I love to look back at the golden age of New Age Music in the 1980s and early 1990s. LA Times has a really nice article from “back then” when The International New Age music conference of 1990 took place at the Roosevelt Hotel;
“Opposites Attract at International New Age Conference: Industry people mix with iconoclastic composers, who could be finally acknowledging the business side of their art.
New Age music under the same roof with merchandising, promotion and distribution? With Muzak?
Can it really be that the entrepreneurial mavens of the floating, meditative sounds sometimes described as “yuppie wallpaper music” are actually dealing with the facts and figures of the business world just like any other record producers?
“There are always opposites involved in everything,” explained Suzanne Doucet, director of the conference. “Our hope is that the conference will help bring some of those opposites together.
“We’ve got traditional music industry people . . . and we’re trying to bring them together with people who have been working for 15 years making music in their garages, building their own instruments. Hopefully, they can all learn a lot from each other.”
Read it here.