Paul Oakenfold
MTV's AMP
Northern Exposure: Expeditions
Aphex Twin

Electronic » Trance

Breaking out of the German techno and hardcore scene of the early '90s, Trance emphasized brief synthesizer lines repeated endlessly throughout tracks, with only the addition of minimal rhythmic changes and occasional synthesizer atmospherics to distinguish them -- in effect putting listeners into a trance that approached those of religious origin. Despite waning interest in the sound during the mid-'90s, trance made a big comeback later in the decade, even supplanting house as the most popular dance music of choice around the globe. Inspired by acid house and Detroit techno, trance coalesced with the opening of R&S Records in Ghent, Belgium and Harthouse/Eye Q Records in Frankfurt, Germany. R&S defined the sound early on with singles like "Energy Flash" by Joey Beltram, "The Ravesignal" by CJ Bolland, and others by Robert Leiner, Sun Electric, and Aphex Twin. Harthouse, begun in 1992 by Sven Väth with Heinz Roth & Matthias Hoffman, made the most impact on the sound of trance with Hardfloor's minimal epic "Hardtrance Acperience" and Väth's own "L'Esperanza," plus releases by Arpeggiators, Spicelab, and Barbarella. Artists like Väth, Bolland, Leiner, and many others made the transition to the full-length realm, though without much of an impact on the wider music world. Despite a long nascent period when it appeared trance had disappeared, replaced by breakbeat dance (trip-hop and jungle), the style's increasing impact on Britain's dance scene finally crested in the late '90s. The classic German sound had changed somewhat though, and the term "progressive" trance gained favor to describe influences from the smoother end of house and Euro dance. By 1998, most of the country's best-known DJs -- Paul Oakenfold, Pete Tong, Tony De Vit, Danny Rampling, Sasha, Judge Jules -- were playing trance in Britain's superclubs. Even America turned on to the sound (eventually), led by its own cast of excellent DJs, including Christopher Lawrence and Kimball Collins.

Trance Artists Highlights

Paul Oakenfold
Paul Oakenfold
Aphex Twin
Aphex Twin
Paul van Dyk
Paul van Dyk
Art of Trance
Art of Trance
Sven Väth
Sven Väth
Moby
Moby

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Trance Album Highlights

MTV's AMP
Various Artists
MTV's AMP
Northern Exposure: Expeditions
Sasha & John Digweed
Northern Exposure: ...
Moby
Moby
Moby
In Search of Sunrise, Vol. 3: Panama
Tiësto
In Search of Sunrise, Vol.
Classics
Dave Angel
Classics
Move
Moby
Move

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Trance Song Highlights

Title/Composer Performer Stream
Children Robert Miles
Tell Me Why (The Riddle) Paul van Dyk
Energy Flash Joey Beltram
Drop a Beat Moby
Jungle Love Dave Angel
Morning Dove Moby
Dreaming BT
UHF 3 Moby
Dirty Epic Underworld
Polynomial-C Aphex Twin / Richard James

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