We hear a lot of our folks talk about Trance music and rave about how great or awesome it is. In India, we hear about the artists and DJ’s belting out trance at the Sunburn music Festival that captivates the audience. But what is trance music exactly? But before we dive into music, let’s discuss trance for a minute.

So what is trance?

Trance is an abnormal state of wakefulness in which a person is not self-aware and is either altogether unresponsive to external stimuli but is nevertheless capable of pursuing and realizing an aim, or is selectively responsive in following the directions of the person who has induced the trance. Trance states may occur involuntarily and unbidden. The term trance may be associated with hypnosis, meditation, magic, flow, and prayer. It may also be related to the earlier generic term, altered states of consciousness, which is no longer used in “consciousness studies” discourse. (Wikipedia)

Trance Music

History of trance

Now that we know what trance is, let’s move on to trance music. Basically, trance is an electronic music genre which started in the 1990s. The music creators were attempting to create tracks that were uplifting and gave the listeners euphoria or a feeling of high. The roots of trance can be traced from Paul van Dyk’s 1993 remix of Humate’s “Love Stimulation”, but its origins further dates back to when Van Dyk’s tracks in Visions of Shiva. Initially, Trance tracks were just music, but as the years passed, it evolved with vocals on tracks.

Characteristics of Trance music

Like house music, trance music has a 4/4 beats structure, a tempo of 125 to 150 BPM and is somewhat faster than house music. A typical trance track has 1 to 2 “drops” with no real lyrics (instrumental) and at least last for 4 minutes.These songs have long intros, long endings, key change, fast interchange, happy melodies and classical music. If vocals are used at all in trance music the vocalists(mostly females) singing it have a vocal range of mezzo-soprano to soprano range. Rapid arpeggios and minor keys are other common features of Trance.In recent times Trance music includes elements of electronic music like electro and progressive house. A point that distinguishes house music from trance is that trance music stick to melodic breakdowns and longer transitions.

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Trance music is broken into a number of subgenres. acid trance(, classic trance, hard trance, progressive trance, and uplifting trance are a few of the popular sub-genres.

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1. Dream Trance – Very melodic, soothing piano riffs. Originated in Italy popularized by Robert Miles in the mid-’90s

2. Electro trance / Trouse – Electro house beats and bass patterns

3. Progressive Trance – Focuses on the progressive buildup of the track Originated in Europe

4. Tech Trance – Fusion of techno and trance. Focuses on beats and percussions Tech Trance appeared in the mid-’90s, roots back in Germany

5. Uplifting Trance – Gives you the epic feeling, focus on the atmospheric elements. Originated in Europe

6. Vocal Trance – Involves a male or female singer Originated in Europe

7. Psychedelic Trance – Focuses on the bassline and evolving hypnotic sounds. Thought to make you see the truth of life. A kind of trance that was developed in the late ’90s and grew from Goa trance culture of India.

8. Hard Trance – Aggressive sonic elements and tough beats.This style arguably began around 1993, originating in Frankfurt, Germany.

Some Famous artists –

Trance 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 by such artists as Andy Blueman, Ciro Visone, Soundlift, Arctic Moon, Sergey Nevone&Simon O’Shine etc. The dream trance genre originated in the mid-1990s, with its popularity then led by Robert Miles.

Why do people rave about trance music?

Trance as a genre does not appeal to everyone but to specific set who appreciate quality in their music. A more practical reason that these guys like trance are because the music is fast and energetic, which serves as a good workout or wake up music in the morning and so it makes you feel good. It is a fairly versatile music genre and can fit in many people’s life. Usually, trance fans are known for their unpretentious behaviour and so the slang word PLUR (which stands for Peace, Love, Unity and Respect) is synonymous with the trance crowd. They are also one of the most fiercely loyal fans in the world, hence the term, Trance Family.

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