I tell ya, the more i read about them thayre multiple classifications of the same thangs, the more conufused i git.
So if Tangerine Dream "Ziet" is space music, and Brian Eno and Jon Hassels "Possible Musics" is ambient music, and Tomita's "The Bermuda Triangle" is electronic music, and Lois and Bebe Barron's "Forbidden Planet" Soundtrack is an electronic realization, where does one draw the line(s)? Where does this "Space music" term come from? Is it like "Space Age", space truckin' type stuff, or is it playing with the space in the room it's being listened to? I guess what I'm really askin is do we (or me) do space music? If so, then I've got some other genre page to start pluging it on.
I'm not out to piss anyone off, I'm just confused. Hell, I didn't know what a synth pad was until I read about it here. I thought is was a piece of square equipment like a mouse pad that one could move there finger around on and get different sounds. Silly me.
So... seriously...Space Music from a Compostional Viewpoint. If you are out to figure out what it is, then you expect to get lost in a sea of coctail trivia (I haven't got to use that one yet, my Diet and Disease professor told me that one). I think it was Bill Binkerman who mentioned a long time ago about how the level of hostility increases in an indirect proportion with the temperment of the music. (eg: us ambient guys will get into some heated debates about the music, while thrash/speed/death metal musicians are really a laid back bunch of guys). If you are out to find out music on the scifi realm, then, man, I don't know. I mention the Barron's "Forbidden Planet", and then I think of Jerry Goldsmith's Soundtrack to "Planet of the Apes" which I don't think would go anywhere close to what any one here would consider space music. So then, we get around to early Tangerine Dream, but isn't that really ambient? hmmm. I recently go an album of Debusy, the first side was "Tres Nocturnes". It has to be one of the spaciest things I've ever heard. No matter how you wish to define it.
I don't think I do space music, although I did do a 6 hour, one song disc called "A Line From A Pale Blue Dot" which if played and sent out over the airwaves through outer space, it would make a line from here to the end of the solar system. Kinda exploring Carl Sagan's whole Pale Blue Dot thing. I actually considered it a self-imposed art project, kind of like an electric "Spiral Jetty".
I'll stop now.