Trance Music

Definition: Trance is a genre of electronic dance music. It is a combination of many styles of dance music, but what sets trance apart is the high rate of BPM (beats per minute) that typically ranges from the mid 120s up to the 160s. Trance features a significant amount of synthesized sounds, like house and electro, but trance synths tend to be melodic and progressive, while the beat remains static.

The presence of vocals in trance gives us the Vocal Trance subgenre.

Origin: Trance’s roots are in Germany in the early 90s. The two tracks generally considered to be the beginning of trance music are “Age of Love” by Age of Love and Dance 2 Trance’s “We Came In Peace.”

Artists: Age of Love, Dance 2 Trance, Jam & Spoon, Ferry Corsten, Paul Van Dyk

See also: Euro-Trance, Hard Trance, Goa Trance