The seeds that would later grow into New Earth Records were sown in the late 1980s at the Osho Multiversity in Pune, India. Co-founders Bhikkhu and Waduda were active members of the Multiversity, Bhikkhu often filming Osho’s live talks as part of the video team, while Waduda facilitated various meditation and personal growth courses over the years.
Osho’s Active Meditations were a celebrated daily practice at the commune. Bhikkhu suggested to Osho that the Mediations be made available on CD in addition to cassette. Osho liked the idea, suggesting the name “Tao Music” for the project.
After Osho left his body on January 19th, 1990, Bhikkhu and Waduda felt moved to pursue the idea of Tao Music in earnest. They moved to Munich, Germany and started cultivating the connections and foundation they would need to manifest this vision.
As Bhikkku and Waduda nurtured their new company, musician friends from all over the world began to reach out, seeking kindred spirits who would help share their innovative music with the world. Initially releasing Osho’s music and meditations exclusively, our founders later followed their vision of providing music for meditation, healing, and relaxation to fellow spiritual seekers worldwide. As their family of artists grew, the genre of New Age music became more mainstream across the globe.
Tao Music became New Earth Records in the early nineties, and Bhikkhu and Waduda began searching for an ideal home base in the United States. In 1995 they settled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Boulder, Colorado. This enabled New Earth Records to reach a wider audience as yoga, meditation, and New Age music grew in popularity. They later moved the company to Santa Fe, New Mexico, drawn by its cultural diversity, but returned to Boulder in 2012, called back by its unique landscape and conscious lifestyle.
In the early 2000s, as music began to transition from physical to digital formats, Bhikkhu and Waduda ensured that their artists’ music was available on all major platforms, where it remains today.
Lifetime streams on Pandora for Deuter, who has been part of the New Earth family since the 1990s, have now surpassed 1 Billion. New Earth Records continues to reach an annual streaming audience of over 350 million streams. Thanks to the growing community of meditators, healers, music lovers and kindred spirits, the seed planted in 1980s India now spreads its branches across the globe, guiding those who walk the path.