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Psychedelic trance, often referred to as psytrance, is a form of trance music that developed from goa trance in the early 1990s. Trance generally has a fast tempo, in the range 140 to 150 beats per minute (bpm). The emphasis in Psychedelic is placed strongly on purely synthesized timbres in terms of programming and lead melodies. The original Goa trance was often made with popular Modular synthesizers and hardware samplers, but the preference in Psychedelic trance has moved to sample manipulation and storage in VST and AU software sampler applications, for instance Native Instruments Kontakt. The use of analog synthesizers for sound synthesis has given way to digital "virtual analogue" instruments like the Nord Lead, Access Virus, Korg MS-2000, Roland JP-8000 and computer VST and AU plugins like Native Instruments Reaktor. These are usually controlled by host commercial sequencer applications such as Logic and Cubase. Completely software-based algorithms and studios are also increasingly popular in commercial sequencer applications and other self-contained modular applications e.g. Propellerheads Reason and Fruity Loops.

Psytrance is most popular in the UK, Israel, Mexico, Germany, Japan, Australia, Brazil, South Africa, Serbia and Montenegro, Netherlands, and Goa. The genre is not as well known outside its "scene" as anthem or progressive trance is.
some of the most popular psytrance artists ever:

Infected Mushroom, Astral Projection, GMS, Hallucinogen, and California Sunshine

reccomended: Nystagmus - The Immaculate Perception, Talpa - The Art of Being Non, Penta - Funraiser, Midi Miliz - Nonstandards,Fatali - Faith
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One who has a mania for music.
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Throbbing, pulsating, dripping music, in yummy layers of banging bliss. A form of hard electronic music that promotes a state of trance-like exstacy. Best listened to whilst under the influence of seriously wicked drugs, amongst the shrubbery of northern NSW...good times people..seriously good times...
"that psytrance is carving me up like a sunday i am high...mmm....roast"
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Derived From 'Psychedelic Trance' - A genre of modern electronically generated music that is constructed in such a fashion that it can induce states of trance. Typically averaging at speed of 130-165 bpm.
Example of Psy Trance include music produced by Infected Mushroom, GMS, Alien Project and many others.
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Psychedelic trance or psytrance is a form of electronic music characterized by hypnotic arrangements of synthetic rhythms and complex layered melodies created by high tempo riffs. It first broke out into the mainstream in 1995 as the UK music press began to report on the trend of Goa trance. Since then the genre has grown immensely and now offers much variety in terms of mood, tempo, and style. Some examples include full on, dark, progressive, suomi, psybreaks and psybient.
The DJ tonight plays mainly PsyTrance music.
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The Best music in the entire world, awesome driving beats, melodies and riffs pulled from outerspace, at once beautiful and dark.
Zac used to listen to other music, but since he went to see Shakta, he only listens to psytrance.
by Zed August 21, 2003
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