Between Two Worlds: American New Age Music and Environmental Imaginaries
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Ottum, J. (2019). Between Two Worlds: American New Age Music and Environmental Imaginaries. MUSICultures, 45(1-2). Retrieved from https://journals.lib.unb.ca/index.php/MC/article/view/28941

Abstract

This article explores how American New Age music imagines the natural world. Through the lens of releases by composers Will Ackerman and Dr. Steven Halpern, I argue that the inherent flexibility and ambiguity of the New Age genre mimics the shifting positions of environmentally-related concepts such as the sublime, the wilderness, and anthropogenic climate change. By exploring two contrasting approaches to the genre, I will outline distinct narratives that provide opposing views of how environmental phenomena function within the New Age context.
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