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A form of electronic music that has spiralled out from other forms such as techno and house. Essentially, trance combines a powerful "4-to-the-floor" (or occasionally breakbeat) drumtrack with a strong melodic hookline.

Trance is indisputably one of the most emotional genres that actually exists, because it is all self-interpretation. There are no instrumental or musical limits to trance, and rather than listening to some random guy screaming about his life, associating with a trance progression or hookline is much more deep, and much more personal.

Like other genres, trance has many subgenres, some of which have become very commercialised to the extent where the musical merit of some tracks must be questioned (eg. Flip'n'Fill, Scooter etc.)

At the higher end of the more uplifting, melodic (and relatively popular) styles of trance are DJs such as Tiesto, Armin van Buuren, and Ferry Corsten. These DJs in particular can make beautifully structured mixes their own music, and the music of others, building it into a euphoric collage which spans multiple energy levels, in order to provide the listener with peak/trough feelings, and carry them through numerous emotions and mental states.

The creation and spread of trance music is mainly down to machinery such as the Roland JP-8000 (providing the prominently manipulated supersaw wave), and experimental DJs such as Sasha & John Digweed.
I want to listen to a melodic, energetic form of music that emotionally affects my state of mind. Therefore, I will listen to trance.
by Col April 20, 2004
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The most sublime, divine, advanced music genre known to man, representing a quantum leap in artistic creativity analogous to the development of the frontal lobe in the human brain. Having an IQ below 130 renders one incapable of apreciating, let alone enjoying trance. Being a connoisseur of trance bespeaks of extremely high intelligence and impeccable level of personal sophistication. On the other hand, those who despise trance can uniformly be characterized as primtive troglodytes, closer to ape than man.
OMFG, this Tunnel Trance Force compilation pwnz!
by Professor chaos April 14, 2005
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By far the best form of music that exists. A recent study showed that if a population is divided into musical preference, those who claim a strong allegiance to trance have the highest average IQ.
Trance is the music of the genius-generation.
by Champ October 08, 2003
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A type of electronic dance music characterised by a moderately fast tempo (typically 140-155 bpm) and "steady 4" rhythm (as opposed to the more syncopated rhythms commonly found in house, breakbeats, etc.)

Trance has a strong influence from early Detroit techno, but tends to be more dramatic or "emotional" than the minimalism of earlier techno. Common elements in trance include heavy, compressed kick drums, dramatic sweeping pads, and cascading synth arpeggios.

As with any kind of music, there are a billion sub-classifications possible -- hard trance, psytrance, acid trance, goa trance, etc. Trance has been one of the most popular forms of club music over the past few years, and has arguably produced more mainstream appeal (Oakenfold, Van Dyk, etc.) than most other electronic sub-genres.
"She spun a sick trance set in the big room last night; lots of distorted 909s and squelchy basslines, none of this shite that sounds like a car commercial."
by h_double August 07, 2003
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The ultimate music for improving your concentration. Great for studying, writing papers, reading long books, ect. Has a great beat to drown out all distractions but no words to distract you.
Fuck the mozart effect, i'm gonna listen to some trance while I write my report.
by agentsteve November 25, 2005
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A type of electronic music, usually around 130-140 bpm, but can also be slower or faster. Most songs have some sort of break that is all atmospheric and then gradually builds up and the beat kicks in again.

Its called trance because people say it usually puts them into a dreamy and uplifting mood.

While trance is one of the leading styles in EDM scene. There are many people that hate trance, because they think it is boring and repetitive and lacks creativity unlike more artistic genres such as minimal techno. But mostly people get that illusion because they don't hear the good trance and just hear songs that are so basic, you'd think they were created using some calculated formula...

While trance music has changed a lot over the years and it seems like its getting too soft, there is still some trance out there that is way out of the box and keeps pushing the boundaries of the style combining the best of current and old EDM and is just purely mindblowing. Such music is a massive pleasure to listen to once you find it.
A: "Hey, I just listened to this really old album by BT. Wow! Why didnt i ever hear of him before?"

B: "Its because all the kids are busy listening to the cheesy and repetitive crap from people like Basshunter and you never really hear the good artists. Thats why all those other techno-heads are hatin' on trance.."
by audiozombie June 24, 2012
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