What is space music

Inquiring minds want to know, what is

space music?

The expression Space Music seems pretty descriptive and easy to explain. At least on the surface. Looking more in depth and listening to it, you began to realize that there are layers and layers to the sound and to the range of compositions. Space music, or spacemusic, is a subgenre of new-age music and can be best described as tranquil, hypnotic and moving. It is ambient music and is associated with lounge, easy listening, and elevator music. The predominant defining element of space music is its contemplative nature.

The term Space music is used to describe music that evokes a feeling of contemplative spaciousness and can range in styles. The music can be simple or complex, it can be instrumental or electronic. Influences are from western classical, world, Celtic, traditional and experimental music. And with the addition of sounds from actual space, a new dimension of music has opened. Road and clouds what is space music

Space music is used for both background enhancement and foreground listening and is enhanced with headphones. Benefits include enabling states of relaxation, contemplation, inspiration, and generally peaceful moods. It may promote health through relaxation, therapies, and meditation. The predominant defining element of spacemusic is its contemplative nature.

1798 The Beginning

Author and classical music critic David Hurwitz describes Joseph Haydn’s choral and chamber orchestra piece, The Creation, composed in 1798, as space music; both in the sense of the sound of the music, and in the manner of its composition. Haydn conceived The Creation after discussing music and astronomy with William Herschel, oboist and the astronomer who discovered the planet Uranus.

Joseph Haydn “The Creation”

This may well be the very first Space music composed. While I have never been a fan of classical music, this piece opened my eyes and ears to the genre. From now on, I will be a little more tolerant and respectful to the early composers. And on the watch for more great trivia type knowledge!

Reaching and Listening to the Starsatlantis-space-shuttle What is space music

From a discussion about the planet Uranus to the sounds of the cosmos. Technology has finally caught up. Now we can listen to natural sounds from our Solar System, the Sun, planets and space craft. The literal sense of the term space music at its most pure. Sounds from outer space: Music of the universe

For music inspired by Space itself, click Amazing Ambient Space Music. A complete music with great potential for meditation and relaxation

New Age Influences

Space music as a subgenre of new-age music and is related to electronic music with influences from the 1970s, world music and modern compositional methods. This peaceful, tranquil music is ideal for sleep. Many find the music perfect for healing and meditation or for use in alternative and healing therapy work such as aromatherapy, massage and alternative health treatments.

Space Music Instrumental music to enjoy.

friends what is space musicNew-age music is intended to create artistic inspiration, relaxation, and optimism. Used for yoga, massage, meditation, and to bring about a state of ecstasy rather than trance, or to create a peaceful atmosphere in their home or workplace. New-age music
includes both acoustic forms, featuring instruments such as flutes, piano, acoustic guitar and non-Western acoustic instruments, and
electronic forms.

Psychedelic Space Music

Psychedelic music is a wide range of popular music styles and genres influenced by 1960s psychedelia, a subculture of people who used psychedelic drugs such as LSD, psilocybin mushrooms, to experience visual and auditory hallucinations or altered states of consciousness. Psychedelic music may also aim to enhance the experience of using these drugs.

Psychedelic music emerged during the 1960s among folk and rock bands in the United States and the United Kingdom before declining in the early 1970s. Numerous successors followed in the ensuing decades, including progressive rock, krautrock, and heavy metal. Since the 1970s, revivals have included psychedelic funk, neo-psychedelia, and psychedelic hip hop, as well as psychedelic electronic genres including psychedelic Space Rock.

But no worries. You don’t have to take psychedelic drugs to enjoy the music. To paraphrase an old quote about Pink Floyd…You don’t get high to listen, you listen to get high. The music is intended to mimic three fundamental effects of LSD: dechronicization (move outside of conventional perceptions of time), depersonalization (losing the self and gaining an awareness of unity, and dynamization as Timothy Leary wrote, makes everything from floors to lamps seem to bend, as “familiar forms dissolve into moving, dancing structures”.

5 Hours of Relaxing Psychedelic Space Rock Featuring different artists and styles while providing a great musical experience. Some songs speed up on the tempo here and there but most of the time it’s really laid back.

Weedpecker “Already Gone”


What is Space Music? A steadily growing genre of music that is becoming increasingly popular and beginning to branch out as all styles eventually do. The music is a blend of New Age, pop, and recently with the natural sounds of the planets and the Solar System being integrated.

Space can be used for meditation, other alternative healing practices, and for relaxation. As a background music (please see my ambient article) or as the focal point of your day, space music can enhance your day and night.

I do hope you have enjoyed our excursion into Space as much as I have. For me it has been a good 3 days and nights of listening to some music that not only has a rich and varied history but a future as bright as the stars themselves.

“Yesterday is already gone. Tomorrow is not yet here. Today is the only day available to us; it is the most important day of our lives.” Thich Nhat Hanh

Your thoughts and comments are welcome and I would love to hear your thoughts on Space Music… or of any music. Please share with your friends and we will meet together on The Dark Side of the Moon!

Walking the Path of Peace,



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14 thoughts on “What is space music”

  1. Super awesome reviews of space music and the different kinds therein. Great site I’ll be bookmarking this. I love finding new music and I’m never picky about the genre if I don’t like it just hit next.

  2. Great post and it is something I never wondered about before.

    I already listened to this music because it is so relaxing, it calms me down, because I’m a very stressful person.

    Then I’m looking for ambient calm music, but knowing this now, I’m going to typ in Space Music instead!

    It will relax me even more.

    Thanks for sharing it!

    • Hi Emmanuel, Space music is a sub-genre of ambient music but it will narrow down the search. Stress affects us all and I’m glad you now have another tool to use!

      Walking the Path of Peace,


  3. Well, this is totally new to me and I quite enjoyed the read. I never know such music do exit and one that helps with mind, body and soul relaxation during meditation. You have really done well here and thank you for educating folks one this new trend of music.

    I do relaxation few times as it helps me brain storm for new ideas or improve on the existing ones. I will surely give this a try and I love forward to your other article on this subject.

    Thanks for sharing this.

    • Hi Richard,

      Thank you and I am glad to be able to introduce you to space music. I have found that being relaxed and using music for a focus point allows me to remain on task when I need to follow one thought or idea. 

      Walking the Path of Peace,


  4. Hello Sanders,

    I have heard and experimented with different types of music especially when studying as a way to remain focused for extended periods and understand that the same can be applied to the interaction between music and relaxation.

    Are there scientific studies being conducted to measure and quality some of the effects that music has on the mind when it comes to relaxation? It would be interesting how far science has come in revealing some of the minds mysteries.

    Thanks for a great article.


    • Rich,

      I have found music to go hand in hand with studying. Often I use ambient music with binaural beats to improve my focus. I have read (glanced at really) a few studies but never thought about how it all ties together. Something for me to look into for a future article. Thanks for a great idea and direction!

      Walking the Path of Peace,


  5. Great article friend! I think that space music one of the best genres for me. I like the pop too but this mix is awesome. I will definitely share this article because I want many people to see this very beautiful music. Also, my son will enjoy in this I am sure. Thanks a lot Sanders.

    • Hi Daniel,

      Nothing wrong with pop but space music (sorry, pun intended) can take you to another world! Thanks for sharing and have a great bonding time thru space.

      Walking the Path of Peace,


  6. l love the idea of this space music, never heard of it before though. Anything that can help me find some peace and quite through relaxation is very much welcomed by me. To think I can now listen to sounds made in space.. that is definitely a win-win for me!


    • Hello Queen, Always great to hear of a new space music fan! And the space sounds are made by the planets, the sun, even by the rings of Saturn! Just to start a list… Great music and glad you enjoy it!

      Walking the Path of Peace,


  7. Enjoyed your post, it’s always nice to be able to get away from the noise of the world. Who doesn’t love music? No one! Everyone loves music!

    I certainly do and this type of music is amongst my favorite.

    I enjoy classical space music with space sounds particularly when I’m working at my desk or just doing my chores around the house.

    Thank you for this article.


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