Styles >> Trance
Trance is a genre of electronic dance music that developed in the 90s; generally characterized by a tempo of between 120 and 145 bpm, short repetitive melodic trance synthesizer phrases, and a musical form that builds up and breaks down throughout a track. It is a combination of many forms of trance music such as industrial, techno, and House. It is more melodic than Techno, and usually has harder beats than House. The origin of the term is uncertain, with some suggesting that the term is derived from the Klaus Schulze album Trancefer (1981) or the early trance act Dance 2 Trance. In any case, the name is undoubtedly linked to the ability of music to induce an altered state of consciousness known as a trance. The effect of some trance music has been likened to the trance-inducing music created by ancient Pagan shamanists during long periods of drumming.. Moreover, the trance oriented artists are considered as the most popular DJs in the world. Indeed, since almost fifteen years, trance DJs always reach the top of the DJ Mag ranking : Paul Oakenfold (1998-1999), sasha (2000), Tiësto (2002-2003-2004), Paul van Dyk (2005-2006) or Armin van Buuren (2007-2008-2009-2010).
As an alternative evolution, some artists have attempted to fuse trance with other genres such as drum'n'bass. Others have experimented with more minimalist sounds. Frustrated, extreme versions of trance have mutated through gabber into fringe genres of "hard trance" or "hardstyle" overlapping with hardcore and terrorcore.
Trance more loyal to its roots has begun to rear its head on the internet with the abundance of legal music download sites, including djshop and itunes, enabling enthusiasts to avoid tracking down hard to find vinyl by downloading mp3s and uncompressed wavs. As a result, both commercial and progressive trance now have a much more global, if not chart-bound, presence, with big-draw artists such as Paul van Dyk, Tiësto, ATB, markus schulz, Armin van Buuren, ferry corsten, Above & Beyond, Rank 1, Paul Oakenfold, Headstrong, art of trance, Solarstone and the US's christopher lawrence and George Acosta able to maintain their esteemed positions while upcoming producers and DJs can also break through into the public domain.
Trance music festivals attract enormous crowds and usually feature sophisticated lighting, laser and pyrotechnic displays. Most of the largest trance festivals are held in Europe.
Armin Only, Tiësto In Concert, Mystery Land, Dance Valley, Qlimax,Sensation, Energy, Global Gathering festival, Cream's annual Creamfields festival, Gatecrasher,South West,PlanetLove.