Trance is a genre of electronic music that emerged from the British new-age music scene and the early 90s German Techno and Hardcore scenes.
This music is characterized by a tempo lying between 110–150 BPM, repeating melodic phrases and a musical form that distinctly builds tension and elements throughout a track often culminating in one to two “drops”.
The “Trance” name may refer to the hypothesis that the depth of these sounds can provoke a state of psychic trance induced by a feeling of ecstasy, high, chills and euphoria, but some claim that the trance name comes simply from the word “Trancefer” (name of an album by Klaus Schulze ’81). Since the second half of the 70s some European record producers experimented with authentic musical genres using only synthesizers, composing new musical bases on which they will later merge some genres such as Techno, House and Italo-disco. Some tracks will already contain an embryonic sound setting but we will have to wait until the end of 80s to identify a melodic style technically ascribable to Trance. One of the first productions characterized by an exclusively Trance groove is the remix of “The Age of love” in 1992 by the Germans Jam & Spoon.
From the beginning the genre was the object of interest from German, Belgian, French and Italian producers but the country where this style was more expanded was Germany where it cut its own space in the ferment of the Club Culture of the years after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Paul Van Dyk was one of the first deejays to propose Trance regardless of Techno and Acid. Even Sven Väth, with his “Harthouse” label and the famous sets at the “Omen Club” in Frankfurt, played a fundamental role in the growth and success of the scene.
Trance, first rooted in Germany, soon conquered Switzerland and Belgium, stealing the show from other genres, later becoming famous in the Netherlands and touching the peak of popularity in the period ’99-’00 with a notable increase in productions recordings and with the reconversion of the major existing European festivals; it was also a media phenomenon in these nations, changing, in part, the concept of electronic music.
Its popularity will also reach the UK, finding its epicenter in the famous “Gatecrasher” of Sheffield, Poland and moderately also the Nordic countries but will not have a significant following in the Mediterranean countries such as Italy, France and Spain (with the exception of Ibiza) until the middle of the following decade.
Soon, Trance shifted her attention to more epic sounds, softening her acidic component to favor full-bodied and orchestral melodies, so she entered radio circuit in an overwhelming way and inaugurated the season of the great Dance Festivals. 1996 is the year when Trance merges with Eurodance Music that in those years was at the peak of world success. In the second half of the 90s other sub-genres of Trance took over, with more aggressive and angular sounds including Acid Trance, Hard Trance, Progressive Trance, Psychedelic Trance and Goa Trance.
This specific genre found its culmination in the period from ’94 to ’98 and has its roots in the State of Goa, on India’s west coast. Defined as the Mecca of the hippie between the late Sixties and early Seventies, Anjuna Beach became the center of Goa Trance around the early 90s, a style developed from the mix between music and spiritual elements such as Yoga and the use of psychedelic drugs. This genre was mainly inspired by Industrial/EBM music, Acid House, Psychedelic Rock in addition to the Oriental Folk Music.
Goa productions were not used for clubs, but for Rave parties. The substantial difference between “Techno Rave Party” and “Goa Rave Party” is that while the former takes place within industrial urban realities, the latter takes place in the context of a reality in contact with nature. The small State of Goa was the first scenario to have hosted Rave parties in the middle of nature by means of energy generators, usually on the beach, giving life to a real culture that continues to present day around the world.
Now you can sit back, relax and enjoy this ten timeless old school Trance classic tracks.