Trance is a genre of electronic dance music (EDM) that emerged during the 1990s in Germany. It is characterized by its fast tempo, typically between 125 and 150 beats per minute, and a repetitive melodic phrase or tune.
The term “trance” refers to a hypnotic state, which aligns with the genre’s emphasis on sustained, synthesizer-led melodies and build-ups that create a sense of anticipation and progression throughout a track. Common musical elements in trance music include synthesizers, sequencers, electronic drums, and additional effects such as reverb or delay.
Trance is well-known for its breakdowns — periods where the song decreases in tempo and intensity, often stripping back to simple elements, before building back up to a climax. This rhythmic ebb and flow is one of the genre’s defining characteristics.
Notable artists and DJs in the genre include Paul van Dyk, Armin van Buuren, Ferry Corsten, and Above & Beyond. Trance has evolved into many sub-genres including progressive trance, psychedelic trance, and uplifting trance, each with their own stylistic nuances.
Trance remains a popular genre within the global EDM scene, and has a dedicated fanbase and numerous music festivals worldwide.
For more comprehensive information, visit the Trance page on Wikipedia.