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An Attempt to Explain

Trance is a style of electronic dance music that emerged in the late 1980s, growing to popularity out of the Rave culture of that time. Trance music is generally characterised by a tempo of between 120 and 140 BPM, featuring repeating melodic synthesizer phrases that will build and drop throughout the piece of music. Another feature would be immense crescendos and breakdowns that would be synonymous with the complexity of many Classical works. Sometimes vocals would also be utilised, these vocal lines will range from repetitive sampled or original one liners to full on vocal structures.

Trance takes in elements that could be traced back to many electronic music styles such as Ambient music, Techno, and House.

One of the earliest reference to the word Trance (within a musical context) would be, the early 1980s, with the German composer Klaus Schulze composing several albums of experimental, atmospheric space music. Two of his albums from the 1980s include the word “trance” in their titles: Trancefer (1981) and En=Trance (1987).

Sub genres would include - Progressive Trance, Psychedelic Trance, Vocal Trance, Hard Trance and Uplifting Trance

Some Artists


Above & Beyond


Ferry Corsten

Gareth Emery

Infected Mushroom



Paul Oakenfold

Paul van Dyk


Robert Miles


Shadmehr Aghili




Stoneface & Terminal