10 Trance Subgenres You Need to Know
To properly delve into all the subgenres under the trance umbrella would require a semester-long university course. From uplifting and progressive to Goa, acid and psy, the different styles of trance are aplenty. For a deeper dive, here’s a handy guide to the basics on the plethora of sounds within the wide trance universe.
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Place of Origin: Europe
Notable Artists: Hardfloor, the KLF, Electric Skychurch, Psychobabble, Union Jack, Art of Trance
History/Description: When you think of classic trance in the late ‘80s/early ‘90s, it could likely be labeled as acid trance, or simply acid. A likely descendent of acid house, since trance wasn’t quite yet a thing, the signature sound of acid trance is attributed to the Roland TB-303 via trippy and hypnotic oscillating melodies. Compared to classic trance, which used softer synthlines and featured a more atmospheric vibe, acid trance tends to change the 303 lines. In the early days, there was also a lot of crossover with Goa trance.
Electric Skychurch “Deus”
Art of Trance “Deeper Than Deep”Trance Dreamstate List Acid Trance Balearic Trance Dream Trance Goa Trance Hard Trance Psytrance Progressive Trance Tech Trance Uplifting Trance Vocal Trance Show more
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