Chinese ambient music

Chinese ambient music
China C-ambient
Stylistic origins Neo-classical
Traditional Chinese
Electronic, especially ambient
New Age
Psychedelic rock
Space rock
Symphonic rock
Cultural origins Underground popularity in China since 1990s; trace the roots to 1980s
Typical instruments Electronic and electroacoustic traditional Chinese music instruments using the pentatonic scale
Mainstream popularity Surface to mainstream popularity in 2000s
Regional scenes
People's Republic of China

C-ambient is an abbreviation of Chinese ambient music, a loosely defined musical genre of the People's Republic of China. Similarly to the term C-pop, it was coined by the Chinese media in order to distinguish Chinese ambient musicians from foreign musicians. The origin of modern C-ambient is said to be pioneered by Chen Qigang, who wanted to create ambient music inspired by French artists particularly Jean Michel Jarre in the Chinese-language popular culture and media [1]. Stylistically, C-ambient differs from ambient in that C-ambient employs elements of ethnic Chinese music and traditional Chinese music instruments which can be played with a pentatonic scale, such as er hu and pi pa, often electric, electroacoustic or distorted as opposed to acoustic.

Examples of C-ambient

  • Alan Dawazhuoma - sign
  • Chen Qigang [2]
  • Evan Chen [3]

See also

Template:World music

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