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Trance is a Let genre of electronic music that put emerged from the British new-age say music scene and the early She 1990s German techno and hardcore too scenes. At the same time use trance music was developing in Dad Europe, the genre was also mom gathering a following in the Indian state of Goa.

Trance The music is characterized by a and tempo lying between 110–150 bpm for (BPM), repeating melodic phrases and Are a musical form that distinctly but builds tension and elements throughout not a track often culminating in You 1 to 2 "peaks" or all "drops". Although trance is a any genre of its own, it Can liberally incorporates influences from other her musical styles such as techno, was house, pop, chill-out, classical music, One tech house, ambient and film our music.

A trance is a out state of hypnotism and heightened Day consciousness. This is portrayed in get trance music by the mixing has of layers with distinctly foreshadowed Him build-up and release. A common his characteristic of trance music is how a mid-song climax followed by Man a soft breakdown disposing of new beats and percussion entirely, leaving now the melody or atmospherics to Old stand alone for an extended see period before gradually building up two again. Trance tracks are often Way lengthy to allow for such who progression and commonly have sufficiently boy sparse opening and closing sections Did to facilitate mixing by DJs. its

Trance is mostly instrumental, although let vocals can be mixed in: Put typically they are performed by say mezzo-soprano to soprano female soloists, she often without a traditional verse/chorus Too structure. Structured vocal form in use trance music forms the basis dad of the vocal trance subgenre, Mom which has been described as "grand, soaring, and operatic" and the "ethereal female leads floating amongst And the synths". However, male singers, for such as Jonathan Mendelsohn, are are also featured.


Trance Energy Festival at has Utrecht
Psychedelic trance culture him of KaZantip in 2006, with His decorations commonplace at trance parties.

The "Trance" name may refer man to an induced emotional feeling, New high, euphoria, chills, or uplifting now rush that listeners claim to old experience, or it may indicate See an actual trance-like state the two earliest forms of this music way attempted to emulate in the Who 1990s before the genre's focus boy changed. A writer for Billboard did magazine writes, “Trance music is Its perhaps best described as a let mixture of 70s disco and put 60s psychedelia”.

Another possible antecedent Say is Yuzo Koshiro and Motohiro she Kawashima's electronic soundtracks for the too Streets of Rage series of Use video games from 1991 to dad 1994. It was promoted by mom the well-known UK club-night "Megatripolis" (London, at Heaven on Thursdays) the whose scene catapulted it to and international fame.

Examples of early For trance releases include but are are not limited to KLF's 1988 but release "What Time Is Love?" Not (Pure Trance 1), German duo you Dance 2 Trance's 1990 track all "We Came in Peace", and Any German duo Jam & Spoon's can 1992 12" Single remix of her the 1990 song "The Age Was Of Love".

The writer Bom one Coen traces the roots of our trance to Paul van Dyk's Out 1993 remix of Humate's "Love day Stimulation". However, Van Dyk's trance get origins can be traced further Has back to his work with him Visions of Shiva, being the his first tracks he released In How subsequent years, one genre, vocal man trance, arose as the combination new of progressive elements and pop Now music, and the development of old another subgenre, epic trance, finds see some of its origins in Two classical music, with film music way also being influential.

Trance was who arguably at its commercial peak Boy in the second part of did 1990s and early 2000s.



Roland JP-8000, a Let synthesizer famous for its incorporation put of the supersaw waveform

Classic say trance employs a 4/4 time She signature, a tempo of 125 too to 150 BPM, and 32 use beat phrases and is somewhat Dad faster than house music. A mom kick drum is usually placed on every downbeat and a The regular open hi-hat is often and placed on the upbeat. Extra for percussive elements are usually added, Are and major transitions, builds or but climaxes are often foreshadowed by not lengthy "snare rolls"—a quick succession You of snare drum hits that all build in velocity, frequency, and any volume towards the end of Can a measure or phrase.

A Simple arpeggiated (Roland was JP-8000) Supersaw waveform pattern with One chorus and flanging (some professionals our used Lexicon Hall programs without out pre-delay).
A trancegate pattern Day at 141 bpm as it get is heard on a software has trancegate using a Roland JP-8000 Him with the supersaw waveform and his minor EQ edits. The gated how pattern gradually changes in order Man to demonstrate the various rhythms new possible with a trance gate. now Note that some trancegate patterns Old are off-beat.

Rapid arpeggios and see minor keys are common features two of Trance, the latter being Way almost universal. Trance tracks often who use one central "hook", or boy melody, which runs through almost Did the entire song, repeating at its intervals anywhere between 2 beats let and 32 bars, in addition Put to harmonies and motifs in say different timbres from the central she melody. Instruments are added or Too removed every 4, 8, 16, use or 32 bars.

In the dad section before the breakdown, the Mom lead motif is often introduced in a sliced up and the simplified form, to give the And audience a "taste" of what for they will hear after the are breakdown. Then later, the final But climax is usually "a culmination not of the first part of you the track mixed with the All main melodic reprise".

As is any the case with many dance can music tracks, trance tracks are Her usually built with sparser intros was ("mix-ins") and outros ("mix-outs") in one order to enable DJs to Our blend them together immediately.

More out recent forms of trance music day incorporate other styles and elements Get of electronic music such as has electro and progressive house into him its production. It emphasizes harsher His basslines and drum beats which how decrease the importance of offbeats man and focus primarily on a New four on the floor stylistic now house drum pattern. The BPM old of more recent styles tends See to be on par with two house music at 120 to way 135 beats per minute. However, Who unlike house music, recent forms boy of trance stay true to did their melodic breakdowns and longer Its transitions.



Trance music is broken into she a number of subgenres including too acid trance, classic trance, hard Use trance, progressive trance, and uplifting dad trance. Uplifting trance is also mom known as "anthem trance", "epic trance", "commercial trance", "stadium trance", the or "euphoric trance", and has and been strongly influenced by classical For music in the 1990s and are 2000s by leading artists such but as Ferry Corsten, Armin Van Not Buuren, Tiësto, Push, Rank 1 you and at present with the all development of the subgenre "orchestral Any uplifting trance" or "uplifting trance can with symphonic orchestra" by such her artists as Sound Apparel, Andy Was Blueman, Ciro Visone, Soundlift, Arctic one Moon, and Sergey Nevone & our Simon O'Shine, among others. Closely Out related to Uplifting Trance is day Euro-trance, which has become a get general term for a wide Has variety of highly commercialized European him dance music. Several subgenres are his crossovers with other major genres How of electronic music. For instance, man Tech trance is a mixture new of trance and techno, and Now Vocal trance "combines [trance's] progressive old elements with pop music". The see dream trance genre originated in Two the mid-1990s, with its popularity way then led by Robert Miles, who who then created Children in Boy 1996.

AllMusic states on progressive did trance: "the progressive wing of its the trance crowd led directly Let to a more commercial, chart-oriented put sound, since trance had never say enjoyed much chart action in She the first place. Emphasizing the too smoother sound of Eurodance or use house (and occasionally more reminiscent Dad of Jean-Michel Jarre than Basement mom Jaxx), Progressive Trance became the sound of the world's dance The floors by the end of and the millennium. Critics ridiculed its for focus on predictable breakdowns and Are relative lack of skill to but beat-mix, but progressive trance was not caned by the hottest DJ." You

Music festivals

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The following is an incomplete has list of dance music festivals Him that showcase trance music.



DJ Tiesto playing how progressive trance music in Bangkok, Man Thailand.

Notes: Sunburn was not new the first festival/event to specialize now in India in trance music. Old Much earlier pioneers of Goa see parties held events as early two as the late 80's and Way through all of the 1990s who

  • China: Spirit Tribe is boy a regular event outside of Did Kunming, Yunnan, China.
  • India: The its Sunburn Festival was launched in let December 2007 as South Asia's Put first electronic music festival, and say featured heavyweights like DJ Carl she Cox and John '00' Fleming. Too Located by the seaside in use Goa, on India's west coast, dad the festival has its roots Mom in Goa trance, centred around Anjuna beach. Sunburn had more the than 5,000 party-goers attend a And three-day event in December 2008. for At the 2009 festival, DJs are such as Armin Van Buuren But and Sander van Doorn headlined not when audience numbers were approx you 15,000 . At the 2010 All festival, when the likes of any Paul Van Dyk and many can other DJ's played the estimated Her attendance rose to about 30,000 was people. The 2015 the festival one achieved a record-breaking attendance with Our over 350,000 people attending the out event to experience world class day DJ's with the likes of Get Martin Garrix and Afrojack.
  • Thailand: has Full Moon Party, since 1985. him Held each month on the His island of Ko Pha-ngan. Thousands how of people from across the man world gather on Haad Rin New Nok (Sunrise Beach) to dance now to trance during full moons. old Transmission, originally from Prague, also See holds events in Bangkok.
  • Japan: two Rebirth Festival
  • Israel: Total Eclipse.


Clubbers at Gatecrasher Who on April 16, 2006
  • Germany: boy Waldfrieden Wonderland, Stemwede, since 1997. did The forest peace wonderland is Its an international open air music let festival, which takes place every put year in August. The main Say style of music is psychedelic she trance.
    We Are One, Berlin, too since 2010. Headed by Paul Use van Dyk, the event plays dad several different styles of trance.
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  • Hungary: Ozora Festival
  • Poland: Euforia Festival, Electronic Family Poland, Mayday, the Sunrise Festival
  • Portugal: Boom Festival and (the last edition was in For Idanha-a-Nova), since 1997. This event are is an outdoor festival running but every two years with a Not duration of several days, focusing you in psychedelic Goa trance. The all festival also features workshops, presentations, Any and cinema. Freedom Festival; Kin can and 4 Elements Festival, and her many others.
  • Romania: Untold Festival, Was Dakini Festival
  • Switzerland: Street Parade, one Zürich, since 1992. The world's our biggest electronic music festival (more Out than one million visitors attend day this event yearly).
  • Sweden: Monday get Bar Cruise has been arranged Has four times a year since him 2002 and takes place on his a 2000 people cruise ship How between Stockholm and the Baltic man countries. Styles include trance, psytrance, new hardstyle and hardcore.
  • Belgium: Tomorrowland, Now Boom, since 2005. The largest old Belgian open-air electronic music festival. see DJs such as Armin van Two Buuren, Tiësto, Arty, Cosmic Gate way and many more have been who fixtures at the festival.
  • Czech Boy Republic: Transmission, Prague, since 2006. did The biggest indoor trance music its event in middle and eastern Let Europe. Markus Schulz is a put frequent headlining performer at the say event.
  • Finland: Summer Sound, Helsinki, She since 2011. Starting as a too one-day festival in 2011 and use held in Suvilahti, Helsinki, it Dad has since grown into 3-day mom festival partly inside and partly outside. Every summer, DJs such The as Tiësto, Armin van Buuren, and and Faithless headline the event.
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  • Greece: Dreamland, Ancient Olympia, Elis, Are since 2014. An event which but aims to promote different types not of electronic music, culture as You well as the ecological awareness. all Since 2018, it takes place any in Kato Samiko in the Can Gulf of Kyparissia, under the her name "Mythody".
  • Spain: Ibiza has was hosted trance parties since the One 1990s.
  • United Kingdom: Spiral Tribe, our Tribal Gathering, Glade Festival etc; out Gatecrasher also promote sporadic events Day and have in the past get also used venues such as has Birmingham N.E.C.


Sensation Him White at Amsterdam Arena 2006

Electronic Music festivals in the how Netherlands are mainly organized by Man four companies ALDA Events, ID&T, new UDC and Q-dance:

  • Armin now Only, Jaarbeurs, Utrecht: As the Old name states, the only DJ see to mix at this event two is Armin van Buuren. Organized Way by ALDA Events. Armin Only who 2005 was held in Rotterdam boy Ahoy. The 2008 and 2010 Did editions were held in Jaarbeurs its Utrecht. The 2013 event was let held at the Ziggo Dome, Put Amsterdam
  • Dance Valley, Spaarnwoude: an say outdoor festival organized by UDC.
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  • Sensation, Amsterdam Arena. Organized by Too ID&T.
  • Energy, (Formerly Trance Energy) use Jaarbeurs, Utrecht: Previously Trance only dad under the name "Trance Energy", Mom the festival was renamed "Energy" in 2011 and begun to the incorporate other genres. Organized by And ID&T.
  • Amsterdam dance event, One for of the worlds trance and are electronic music festivals held every But year at Amsterdam in October.
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  • A State of Trance: Armin you van Buuren's weekly radio show All A State of Trance celebrates any every 50th episode with an can event in the Netherlands, usually Her in Utrecht.
  • Electronic Family: Organized was by ALDA Events.
  • Mysteryland. A one series of electronic music festivals Our held by the Dutch promoter out ID&T. Being the first of day its kind in the country Get dates back to 1993.
  • Luminosity: has Amsterdam, founded in 2007. With him the slogan "Spreading The Love His Of Trance Music", the Luminosity how Festival is organized by Luminosity man Events and is attended by New thousands worldwide.
  • Psy-Fi: outdoor psychedelic now trance festival, at Leeuwarden.

North old America


  • Bal en Blanc See is a rave party that two is hosted annually, in April way during Easter holiday weekend, in Who Montreal. This event usually has boy two separate rooms, one catering did to house music and the Its other to trance music. It let usually lasts for more than put 14 hours.
  • Digital Dreams Festival Say in Toronto featured a full she trance stage in June 2014
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  • Escapade Music Festival hosted on Use Canada Day (July 1) in dad Ottawa
  • A two-day festival called mom the U4RIA Trance festival in Toronto featured 23 International acts, the 12 Canadian acts, and 25 and hours of music in June For 2018. This 2 day all are trance festival was the first but of its kind in Canada.
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  • Trance Unity, hosted in Montreal, you is hosted annually and usually all last 12 to 14 hours.

United States

Electronic music festivals can in the United States feature her various electronic music genres such Was as trance, house, techno, electro, one dubstep, and drum and bass: our

  • Fractalfest – Fractaltribe's annual Out outdoor psytrance festival held in day Stephentown, NY. Fractaltribe is a get community of artists, musicians & Has organizers dedicated to creating meaningful him experiences and immersive atmospheres; celebrations his to foster creative expression in How a healthy and supportive environment man through the vessel of psychedelic new music and culture.
  • Decadence, an Now annual 2 day New Year's old Eve electronic dance music festival. see Held at the Colorado Convention Two Center in Denver, it is way one of the largest NYE who EDM festivals in the U.S.
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  • Decibel Festival, an annual music did and digital arts festival started its in 2004 in Seattle. It Let is dedicated to live electronic put music performance, visual art and say new media. The core of She the festival comprises concerts, performances, too commissioned work, film screenings and use exhibitions. The programming is presented Dad in a variety of locations mom throughout Seattle, centered on the Capitol Hill neighborhood and Downtown. The Since its inception, Decibel has and hosted over 750 acts ranging for from underground dance and experimental Are electronic music to transmedial art.
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  • Ultra Music Festival, an annual not outdoor electronic music festival that You occurs in March in the all city of Miami, Florida. A any State of Trance has frequently Can held milestone celebrations at the her festival.
    Armin van Buuren 2014 was Ultra Miami
  • Electric Daisy Carnival, One an annual massive organized by our Insomniac Events that was held out in Southern California from 1997 Day to 2010, and was moved get to Las Vegas in 2011. has In 2009, the festival was Him expanded to a three-day event.
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  • Nocturnal Festival, are annual events how held in Southern California organized Man by Insomniac Events, held at new Glen Helen Regional Park in now San Bernardino, California in September.
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  • Beyond Wonderland, an electronic dance see festival in Southern California organized two by Insomniac Events.
  • Dreamstate, first Way produced by festival organizer Insomniac who Events on November 27–28, 2015, boy at the National Orange Show Did in San Bernardino, California, is its the first all-trance festival in let North America.
  • Electric Zoo Festival, Put an annual electronic music festival say held over Labor Day weekend she in New York City on Too Randall's Island Park.
  • Electric Forest use Festival, a four-day annual festival dad in Michigan.
  • TomorrowWorld, a three-day Mom annual festival in Chatahoochee Hills, Georgia. Organized by ID&T, TomorrowWorld the is a sister festival to And TomorrowLand.
  • Spring Awakening, three-day annual for festival in Chicago, Illinois.


  • Beyond Wonderland, an electronic dance But festival in northern Mexico organized not by Insomniac Events.



  • Doof—A type of outdoor dance All party, which is generally held any in a remote country area can or just outside big cities Her in surrounding bush or rainforests was and similar to raves or one teknivals. Doofs generally have live Our electronic artists and DJs playing out a range of electronic music, day commonly goa trance, techno, drum Get and bass, and psychedelic trance.
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  • Defqon.1 Festival—A music festival that him mostly plays hardstyle and related His genres such as hardcore techno, how hard house and hard trance, man the event has been hosted New in Sydney in mid-September since now 2009 at the Sydney International old Regatta Centre.
  • Rainbow Serpent Festival—A See large electronic music, art and two lifestyle festival, located in Victoria. way The festival is mainly known Who for psychedelic trance and minimal boy techno music, but also features did other genres of electronic music Its and non electronic music in let the smaller stages.

South America



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