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					Psychedelic Trance Music

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Summary:
Electronic music became popular as a result of advances in technology
(particularly the development of Musical Instrument Digital Interface, or
MIDI), and has since blossomed into a bewildering variety of genres
including house, techno, trance, breakbeat, hardcore, and ambient. These
genres, most of them quite danceable (ambient is a notable exception),
can be further divided into sub-genres and spin-offs including trip-hop,
garage, jungle, progressive house, etc. Now the sce...


Keywords:
trance music, goa trance, MIDI


Article Body:
Electronic music became popular as a result of advances in technology
(particularly the development of Musical Instrument Digital Interface, or
MIDI), and has since blossomed into a bewildering variety of genres
including house, techno, trance, breakbeat, hardcore, and ambient. These
genres, most of them quite danceable (ambient is a notable exception),
can be further divided into sub-genres and spin-offs including trip-hop,
garage, jungle, progressive house, etc. Now the scene is starting to
break into sub-sub-genres such as “speed garage” and so on.

”Trance” is one of the most popular of the major electronic music genres,
and in the early 1990s it spawned a sub-genre known as “Goa trance”, so
known because it was developed by Western expatriates living in beach
communities in the former Portuguese colony of Goa, India. Returning
expatriates spread this new form of music throughout the world, and
although it has arguably achieved mainstream status in Israel, Japan, and
parts of Western Europe (most notably Berlin), it became more of a “cult”
phenomenon elsewhere, including the United States. Goa trance later
evolved into today’s sound, known as “psychedelic trance”.

Psytrance, as it is often abbreviated, is classified as “underground”
music and gets very little radio airplay. It is not even heard that
frequently in dance clubs – it is mostly played by DJs at rave parties at
large outdoor venues or in warehouses. Psytrance has a negative image
among many people because it is associated with the use of psychedelic
drugs such as LSD, psilocybin mushrooms, and “club drugs” such as MDMA,
ketamine, and GHB. Indeed, anyone who has ever been to a psychedelic
trance party would be hard pressed to explain why they normally start at
midnight and last until morning (not including frequent “after parties”,
which often continue until noon or later) unless the crowd is being kept
awake by something considerably stronger than coffee. Nevertheless,
psytrance is a truly global phenomenon – this author has seen Israelis
and Iranians peacefully sharing the dance floor at psy-trance parties in
Tokyo.

				
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