Trance (Techno Trance, Progressive Trance, Psy Trance, Uplifting)

Trance is a genre of electronic music that developed during the 1990s in Germany. It is characterized by a tempo lying between 125 to mid 140 beats per minute (BPM), repeating melodic phrases, and a musical form that distinctly builds tension and elements throughout a track often culminating in 1 to 2 “peaks” or “drops.” Although trance is a genre of its own, it liberally incorporates influences from other electronic music styles such as techno, house, pop, chill-out, classical music, tech house, ambient and film music. A trance refers to a state of hypnotism and heightened consciousness. This is portrayed in trance music by the mixing of layers with distinctly foreshadowed build-up and release. A characteristic of virtually all trance music is a mid-song climax followed by a soft breakdown disposing of beats and percussion entirely, and leaving the melody and/or atmospherics to stand alone for an extended period before gradually building up again. As a result, trance tracks are often lengthy to allow for this progression and have sufficiently sparse opening and closing sections to facilitate mixing by DJs.

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