Trance is a genre of electronic music that emerged from the British new-age music scene and the early 1990s German techno and hardcore scenes. At the same time trance music was developing in Europe, the genre was also gathering a following in the Indian state of Goa.
Trance music is characterized by a tempo lying between 110–150 bpm (BPM), repeating melodic phrases and a musical form that distinctly builds tension and elements throughout a track often culminating in 1 to 2 “peaks” or “drops”. Although trance is a genre of its own, it liberally incorporates influences from other musical styles such as techno, house, pop, chill-out, classical music, tech house, ambient and film music.
This style of music is a state of hypnotism and heightened consciousness. This is portrayed in trance music by the mixing of layers with distinctly foreshadowed build-up and release. A common characteristic of trance music is a mid-song climax followed by a soft breakdown disposing of beats and percussion entirely, leaving the melody or atmospherics to stand alone for an extended period before gradually building up again. Trance tracks are often lengthy to allow for such progression and commonly have sufficiently sparse opening and closing sections to facilitate mixing by DJs.
This style of music is mostly instrumental, although vocals can be mixed in: typically they are performed by mezzo-soprano to soprano female soloists, often without a traditional verse/chorus structure. Structured vocal form in trance music forms the basis of the vocal trance subgenre, which has been described as “grand, soaring, and operatic” and “ethereal female leads floating amongst the synths”. However, male singers, such as Jonathan Mendelsohn, are also featured.
In 1988, in the United Kingdom, a new stream of electronic music emerges from the dance scene, acid house. Originally appeared in Chicago (USA) in the early 1980s, acid house spreads rapidly in the world of the British night and causes the explosion of rave parties in the country. During the summers of 1988 and 1989, the acid house triggers the Second Summer of Love, a real cultural phenomenon in Britain of a magnitude that had not been seen since the punk wave. Some pieces from this movement are retrospectively close to the trance, including some titles composed by the KLF group and that the group labeled “Pure Trance”. As well-named Kylie Said Trance (1989) and Last Train to Trancentral (1990) are considered as pioneering pieces of this nascent trance.
Two titles released in 1990 are considered the first real pieces of trance and therefore compete for the fatherhood of the genre: Age of Love of the group of the same name, which served as a basis for the German trance scene of the 1990s, and We Came In Peace of Dance 2 Trance10,6. Other songs that have influenced the genre include Yaaah / Techno Trance by D-Shake (1990), Papua New Guinea by Future Sound Of London (1991), Stella by Jam & Spoon (1992), Café Del Mar by Energy 52 and Quench’s Dreams (1993).
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Germany is a key place in the development of trance culture. Frankfurt-on-the-Main is often cited as the birthplace of trance, especially through the club’s Dorian Gray. As witnesses of Frankfurter Trance Sound, we find Sven Väth and DJ Dag who collaborates with Jam El Mar on Dance 2 Trance. At the same time, a trance movement was born in Berlin around artists such as Paul van Dyk. From 1994, trance began to gain popularity as an alternative to house and techno.
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This style of music is broken into a number of subgenres including acid trance, classic trance, hard trance, progressive trance, and uplifting trance. Uplifting trance is also known as “anthem trance”, “epic trance”, “commercial trance”, “stadium trance”, or “euphoric trance”, and has been strongly influenced by classical music in the 1990s and 2000s by leading artists such as Ferry Corsten, Armin Van Buuren, Tiësto, Push, Rank 1 and at present with the development of the subgenre “orchestral uplifting trance” or “uplifting trance with symphonic orchestra” by such artists as Sound Apparel, Andy Blueman, Ciro Visone, Soundlift, Arctic Moon, and Sergey Nevone & Simon O’Shine, among others. Closely related to Uplifting Trance is Euro-trance, which has become a general term for a wide variety of highly commercialized European dance music. Several subgenres are crossovers with other major genres of electronic music. For instance, Tech trance is a mixture of trance and techno, and Vocal trance “combines [trance’s] progressive elements with pop music”. The dream trance genre originated in the mid-1990s, with its popularity then led by Robert Miles.
AllMusic states on progressive trance: “the progressive wing of the trance crowd led directly to a more commercial, chart-oriented sound, since trance had never enjoyed much chart action in the first place. Emphasizing the smoother sound of Eurodance or house (and occasionally more reminiscent of Jean-Michel Jarre than Basement Jaxx), Progressive Trance became the sound of the world’s dance floors by the end of the millennium. Critics ridiculed its focus on predictable breakdowns and relative lack of skill to beat-mix, but progressive trance was caned by the hottest DJ.”