edm equivalent to pop, very popular, but not really the best. It has it's merits and shortcomings. It does take a great amount of talent to produce any sort of edm, give a regular music listener Ableton and lets see how easy it is to make a good song.
trance=/= techno, trance=/= house, techno=/=house.

Before you bitch about it, learn the difference.
by m.O.T. May 10, 2010
98/99 was trance's downfall from a production and creative level. The cheap gimmick of the build-breakdown-anthem was what allowed it to become so commercial and so successful.

Pure trance is very repetitive, unresponsive, hypnotic, and is an acquired taste.....the exact antithesis to the music that dominated the club scene in 98/99.

Thing is......people are stupid. They have neither the intelligence nor the patience nor the introspection to appreciate something like trance, so they virtually ignored it for most of its existence until trance developed these singalong melodies and flighty, ethereal orchestral chords.


Only when trance brought itself down to the level of the lowest-common denominator of music listeners did it become wildly popular on an unprecedented level. And like anything, it created a theme. A gimmick, in the form of shallow breakdowns and trite, limp anthems. And like any gimmick, it needed to be exploited, milked dry, chewed up and spat out. Trance producers became addicted to the insta-fame the new Anthem Trance gave them. A lot of them started making a very comfortable living, and they refused to go back........they refused to take risks, refused to innovate, refused to produce, succeed, and excel in music. They grew lazy and complacent. It was far easier, after all, to simply replicate the same song over and over again with the same template, with a few minor key changes. They churned out, instead, Pulp Trance, manufactured assembly line McTrance, commercial schlock intended for mass consumption.

The music, like breads and circuses, distracted the ignorant peons from what trance was supposed to be doing to them. They ate it all, of course. Like greedy little consumers, they swallowed the tra(sh)nce whole and asked for more, never thinking about the care or quality of the culture that once fostered it. Like a seed passing undigested through the body of a bird, they drifted in and out of the rave scene, devouring the products of trance but never thinking to enrich and strengthen the community; like parasites, they became docile spectators, free to engorge themselves on the superscene they're told to worship; never to participate, never to involve, never to self-actualize.

And then they proceeded to think that they were (and still are) somehow more cultured and evolved than the rest of society because they listen to this bumping underground trance music, unaware that trance is utilizing essentially the exact same tricks, techniques and sacharine schmaltz that they so loathed about the pop music world. Trance became instrumental pop music in 1998. That's why it became so popular.

Nothing "beautiful" or "magical" about that.
Resistance D - Cosmic Love is trance, System F - Exhale is an abomination.
by pseudonym November 08, 2004
Music that comes out from evolution of techno, new wave, psychodelia, hindi music and others. Just allowed to people who like good music. It means not allowed to brains who consider rap majestic. Enjoy the silence..
Would you compare Michellangelo and Picasso? The Doors and Pavarotti? In trance there is some music (especially european) but there's also a lot of rubbish. Just sort them out
by Jg July 28, 2003
Techno with a march layered over the standard 4-on-the-floor drums. Beatless portions are interspersed throughout; these "ambient" sections then get an accompanying snare roll that doubles several times until the bass drums resume. Typically 130-160 BPM.

Characteristic tracks include:

Robert Miles - "The Dream"
Astral Projection - "Mahadeva"
Commander Tom - "Are Am Eye?"
"When she played that trance record with the pianos and chanting in it, I suddenly started crying and dancing really hard. I couldn't stop crying or dancing."

"Trance'll do that to you."
by heikediguoren April 21, 2006
Trance Gemini, the hottest character on the TV show Andromeda. The show sucks, but Trance almost makes up for it. She's a weird purple alien chick, who turns golden in the later seasons of the show, for some reason.
I wanna do Trance

Um, is this supposed to be longer or something?
by Bob882 October 07, 2004
Verb. In a contest of any sort, this is used when one party is almost flawlessly victorious over the other
You got Tranced
I absolutely tranced you
I'm gonna trance you
by TheLaughingSam September 09, 2006
trance is sad
it's a tear
it's the cry of the memories
the music of lost feelings
of the love that hurts
or if you're lucky enough, is the music of recapture...
the music of two people
that cry
again
holding eachother
maybe from happiness
or perhaps because of the things that hurts to much to be like they were somethimes...

but in the same time trance is an attempt to forget
a prison-breaking
an escape
to sublime...
ferry corsten vs the thrillseekers - sublime
by !LL4armin August 11, 2005

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