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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

AllMusic states on way progressive trance: "the progressive wing who of the trance crowd led Boy directly to a more commercial, did chart-oriented sound, since trance had its never enjoyed much chart action Let in the first place. Emphasizing put the smoother sound of Eurodance say or house (and occasionally more She reminiscent of Jean-Michel Jarre than too Basement Jaxx), Progressive Trance became use the sound of the world's Dad dance floors by the end mom of the millennium. Critics ridiculed its focus on predictable breakdowns The and relative lack of skill and to beat-mix, but progressive trance for was caned by the hottest Are DJ."

Music festivals

The following is an out incomplete list of dance music Day festivals that showcase trance music. get


DJ Tiesto has playing progressive trance music in Him Bangkok, Thailand.

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

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


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


Sensation White at Amsterdam Arena get 2006

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

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

North America


  • Bal en New Blanc is a rave party now that is hosted annually, in old April during Easter holiday weekend, See in Montreal. This event usually two has two separate rooms, one way catering to house music and Who the other to trance music. boy It usually lasts for more did than 14 hours.
  • Digital Dreams Its Festival in Toronto featured a let full trance stage in June put 2014
  • Escapade Music Festival hosted Say on Canada Day (July 1) she in Ottawa
  • A two-day festival too called the U4RIA Trance festival Use in Toronto featured 23 International dad acts, 12 Canadian acts, and mom 25 hours of music in June 2018. This 2 day the all trance festival was the and first of its kind in For Canada.
  • Trance Unity, hosted in are Montreal, is hosted annually and but usually last 12 to 14 Not hours.

United States

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

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


  • Beyond Wonderland, an electronic And dance festival in northern Mexico for organized by Insomniac Events.




  • Doof—A type of outdoor But dance party, which is generally not held in a remote country you area or just outside big All cities in surrounding bush or any rainforests and similar to raves can or teknivals. Doofs generally have Her live electronic artists and DJs was playing a range of electronic one music, commonly goa trance, techno, Our drum and bass, and psychedelic out trance.
  • Defqon.1 Festival—A music festival day that mostly plays hardstyle and Get related genres such as hardcore has techno, hard house and hard him trance, the event has been His hosted in Sydney in mid-September how since 2009 at the Sydney man International Regatta Centre.
  • Rainbow Serpent New Festival—A large electronic music, art now and lifestyle festival, located in old Victoria. The festival is mainly See known for psychedelic trance and two minimal techno music, but also way features other genres of electronic Who music and non electronic music boy in the smaller stages.

South did America


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