List of trance genres

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A list of trance music subgenres. Several crossover with other major forms of electronic music.

Subgenre Classifications Of Trance
SubgenreOriginDescriptionNotable artists
Acid tranceGermany, Belgium and United KingdomThe prevalent early '90s style, sometimes called "first-wave" trance. Characterized by the use of a Roland TB-303 bass machine as the lead synthesizer.Art of Trance, Union Jack, Eternal Basement, Emmanuel Top, Hardfloor, Kai Tracid, Solar Quest, Oliver Lieb, Alex Shelley
Dark tranceAn umbrella term for some genres of trance music, including dark psytrance, hard trance, and hardstyle.
Dream tranceItalyA variety of epic trance popularized by Robert Miles in the mid-'90s which is highly melodic. Very often it features soothing piano riffs.DJ Dado, Robert Miles, The Cynic Project, Zhi-Vago
Euro-TranceEurope; mainly in Germany, Netherlands, Sweden, France, Belgium and UKEuro Trance is a hybrid of Dream trance, Progressive trance, Hard trance and Eurodance music incorporating hardstyle bass drums and trance elements. It is closely related to uplifting trance. The trance synths at times can sound like techno hoovers with trancey effects and strings backing it up. The vocals are often pitched up for the most part, but sometimes they can be heard as in normal pitch range. This is often confused as vocal trance because of its use of vocals. The lyrical content is usually primitive, containing an introduction to the song with usually no or little drums, and often includes renderings of classic Happy hardcore anthems or melodies. Also some of the middle '90s Happy Hardcore producers started to produce tracks in this style.Jan Wayne, Milk Inc., Special D., Marko Albrecht, Pulsedriver, Cascada, Alice DeeJay, DJ Manian, Insomnia, Tune Up!,
FuturepopNorway, Germany, United Kingdom, United States and CanadaA fusion of mainly Electronic body music and Anthem Trance. This music has a cold, dark feel to it, while having grandiose synth melodies and general more trancey sound than EBM. Lyrics have a more prominent place in Futurepop than most other types of trance, and tend to be about love, hate, human emotions and global issues.VNV Nation, Icon of Coil, Angels and Agony, Apoptygma Berzerk, Covenant, Assemblage 23
Goa tranceGoa, IndiaA complex, melodic form of trance named for Goa, India, and originating in the early '90s. Often uses Raga. The style has been developed by musicians from many countries, and is now generally referred to as Psychedelic trance, which is discussed below.Yahel Sherman, The Infinity Project, Transwave, Man With No Name, Infected Mushroom, Astral Projection, Goa Gil, Juno Reactor, Message From God, Trilithon
Hard tranceGermanyAggressive and slower trance sound, originating in Frankfurt, and including influences from hardcore. This style arguably began around 1993 and peaked in popularity in in the late '90s.Kai Tracid, Gary D., Yoji Biomehanika, Lisa Lashes, Trance Generators, Flutlicht, Mat Silver & Tony Burt, DuMonde, Jones & Stephenson, Yves Deruyter, Cosmic Gate, Mauro Picotto, Sunburst, DJ Scot Project, Jon The Baptist, System D
Ibiza Trance a.k.a. Balearic beat, Balearic tranceSpainThis style has been influenced by various relaxed music genres, especially linked to Ibiza's (Spain) chill-out style of life paralleled with the huge rave scene that is present in the islands. Very melodic and mellow, sometimes with ethnic features, and it often samples seaside elements like seagulls and ocean waves. It relies more heavily on guitar than other trance genres. It also include danceable uptempo songs featuring syncopated or Latin rhythms.Café del Mar, Chicane, Energy 52, Imagination, Miromusic, Roger Shah, Salt Tank, York
Neo-tranceGermany and DenmarkNeo-trance is new genre that arrived in the vernacular to describe the recent developments towards more minimalist trance.Kyau & Albert, Gui Boratto, Trentemøller, James Holden, Nathan Fake, Dominik Eulberg
Psychedelic tranceGoa, IndiaA kind of trance that was developed in the late '90s and grew from Goa trance culture of India. While it retains strong cultural ties to India, the term has come to refer generally to the music and style of culture associated with it, which is now found in many countries. One defining feature of this genre is the use of a lot of spontaneous sounds and samples. However the range of styles is quite broad, and it has several subgenres of its own, listed below.1200 Micrograms, Infected Mushroom, Astral Projection, GMS, Son Kite, Skazi, Hallucinogen, Astrix
Full onIsraelFull on or "Melodic psytrance" draws its main influences from more radio-friendly genres such as uplifting trance (Nitzhonot and vocal trance) and electro house, futuristic melodies, occasional electric guitar performances and usage of vocals.Astrix, Vibe Tribe, Kali, Sesto Sento, Puzzle, Talamasca, Frozen Ghost, Slug
SuomisaundiFinlandA style of freeform psychedelic tranceEraser vs Yöjalka, Luomuhappo, Salakavala, Shiwa 2000
Tech tranceGermanyA merge of Techno and Trance, Tech Trance appeared in the mid-'90s. Usually Tech Trance tunes consist of non-changeable bassline, loud drums and percussion and mostly ambient pads.Oliver Lieb, Humate, Sander van Doorn, Jesselyn, Megamind, Ernesto vs Bastian
Uplifting Trance a.k.a. Anthem trance, Epic TranceGermanyPopular style of commercialized trance that emerged in the wake of progressive and acid trance in the late '90s and is sometimes called "second-wave trance".Andy Blueman, Nitrous Oxide, Super8 & Tab, Ferry Tayle, System F, Gouryella, Carlo Resoort, Ayla, Paul van Dyk, Armin van Buuren, Above & Beyond, ATB, DJ Tandu, Neo & Farina, Blank & Jones, Marco V, Matt Darey, Filo & Peri, Daniel Kandi, Digital United, Sean Tyas, Airscape, EX-PLOSION, Darude, Tiesto, Vincent de Moor, Airbase, Aly & Fila, Cascade, Sash!, The Thrillseekers
Vocal trance also Uplifting Trance involvedGermany, Sweden, Netherlands, Belgium, and United KingdomBroad term referring to trance with a full set of lyrics, which may or may not be any of the above genres (Uplifting, and epic trance often have vocals). Often an artist will borrow a singer's talents as opposed to the singer himself or herself, or sample from/remix more traditional pop music. Note that there is some debate as to where the divide lies between vocal trance and Eurohouse.Astroline, Nadia Ali, Dash Berlin, Dance Nation[disambiguation needed], 4 Strings, Lange, Ian Van Dahl, Above & Beyond, Fragma, Lost Witness, Armin van Buuren, OceanLab, Chicane, Lasgo, Faithless, Ayumi Hamasaki (remix albums), Sylver, ATB, DJ Encore, DJ Sammy, Santamaria, Do, Delerium, Angel City, Jessy De Smet and Paul van Dyk.
Trance-FusionUnited StatesA sub-genre of the jam band movement that blends such musical styles as rock, jazz, funk, and electronica. It consists primarily of instrumental music. The terms Jamtronica and Livetronica are also used to refer to this style of music.Disco Biscuits, The New Deal, Lake Trout, Brothers Past, Sound Tribe Sector 9, Lotus, Particle, Holy Fuck, Future Rock, EOTO, Pnuma Trio

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