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ok if you were to make a collection of tunes to explain the origins of trance, what would be your pics? I mean, ranging from "trance" that already existed in the late 80s before the actual name was given (even before? ie Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze... personally I considered that "trance" should at least have a 4/4 kick but it's up to you to define the exact startof point;) ), and building up until 94-95 which would be more or less the time when we had all these genre-splits and the death of "trance" per se (cause after that everything was "hard", "epic", "goa", etc...). The best would be to name some milestone classics that everyone knows, but also less known tracks that still sound great today ;) And of course, a trip from the origins would imply naming oldest tracks first and moving on to newer stuff but if you find that 2 tracks split by a few years difference sound great together then feel free to put them together ;) Also keep in mind that I refer to trance in BROAD terms, not just the sub-sub genre for psytrance...

 

After a careful selection that lasted weeks and weeks I've narrowed down my list to these (ok I admit my choice is slightly biased towards drifting dreamy stuff cause for me, that's the best that trance had to offer back then).

 

A Split Second - Flesh (1986)

Amnesia - Ibiza (1988)

KLF - 3AM Eternal (Pure Trance Original) (1989)

Neon - Voices (Remix) (1989)

Dance 2 Trance - We Came in Peace (1990)

Age of Love - Age of Love (1990)

Tainted Two - This is Not a Dream Song (Instrumental) (1990)

Sven Väth - Accident in Paradise (1992)

Jam& Spoon - Stella (1992)

Zyon - No Fate (Back From Goa Mix) (1992)

Dance 2 Trance - Hello San Francisco (1992)

SFX - We Are Controlling Transmission (1993)

Aquila - AM (1993)

Humate - Love Stimulation (Lovemix) (1993)

Genetic - Transmission (1993)

Mental Planet - Anihilating Rythm (1993)

Virtual Symmetry - See You (1993)

Afrotrance - Spiritual Energy (1994)

Der Dritte Raum - Stella (1994)

Union Jack - Cactus (1994)

Indoor - The Key (1994)

MWNN - Teleport (1994)

Arcadia - Interstellar (Moebius Mix) (1994)

Sven Väth - Harlequin The Beauty and The Beast (1994)

Jam & Spoon - Odyssey to Anyoona (1994)

Azid Force - Magic Mushroom (1994)

Cybordelics - Peter Pan (1994)

Synthetic Progress - Acid Future (1994)

Razor's Edge - Exquisite Sin (Exquisite Dream Mix) (1995)

Banco de Gaia - Last Train to Lhassa (1995)

Electric Universe - One Love (1995)

Pleiadians - Boarding Pass To Balagan (1995)

 

so what would your pics be?

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I add some more titltes to your list.

 

Dance 2 Trance - The Power of Amerivan Natives (1992)

Cosmic Baby - Sweet Dreams for Kaa (1992)

Vernon - Wondere (Instrumental Version) and (Chapter 2: The Future) (1993)

Cygnus X - Positron (1993)

Resistance D - Human (1993)

4 Voice - Eternal Spirit (Nothern Mix) (1993)

Cosmic Baby - Heaven´s Tears (Jam El Mar Funny how the Time Flies Mix) (1993)

Cybordelics - Adenture of Dama (1993)

Quench - Dreams (1993)

Art of Trance - Gloria (Transparent Mix) (1993)

Sven Väth - L'Esperanza (1993)

The Visions of Shiva - How much can you take? (Emotional) (1993)

Paragliders- Paraglide (Humate Remix) (1994)

Virtual Symmetry - The V.S. (1994)

Icon - Desire (1994)

Juno Reactor- High Energy Protons (1994)

Brainchild - Symmetry (C-Mix) (1994)

Legend B - Lost in Love (1994)

Microglobe - All Our Colours (1994)

Velocity - Lust (Art of Trance Remix) (1994)

Virtual Symmetry - Mammal (Mix I) (1994)

Paragliders - Oasis (1995) I like the funny part from this song. :)

L.S.G. - Lonely Casseopaya (1995)

Poltergeist - Vicious Circle (Union Jack Remix) (1995)

Earth Nation - Liquid Desert (1995)

Cenith X - Feel (Legend B Remix) (1995)

SYT - Matrix (1995)

 

Hmmm... there exsist so much good old trance songs, I can't remember me to all. :lol:

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KLF - 3AM Eternal (Pure Trance Original) (1989)

Dance 2 Trance - We Came in Peace (1990)

Age of Love - Age of Love (1990)

Sven Väth - Accident in Paradise (1992)

Jam& Spoon - Stella (1992)

Zyon - No Fate (Back From Goa Mix) (1992)

SFX - We Are Controlling Transmission (1993)

Humate - Love Stimulation (Lovemix) (1993)

Genetic - Transmission (1993)

Virtual Symmetry - See You (1993)

Afrotrance - Spiritual Energy (1994)

Der Dritte Raum - Stella (1994)

Union Jack - Cactus (1994)

Indoor - The Key (1994)

MWNN - Teleport (1994)

Sven Väth - Harlequin The Beauty and The Beast (1994)

Cybordelics - Peter Pan (1994)

Synthetic Progress - Acid Future (1994)

Razor's Edge - Exquisite Sin (Exquisite Dream Mix) (1995)

Banco de Gaia - Last Train to Lhassa (1995)

Electric Universe - One Love (1995)

Pleiadians - Boarding Pass To Balagan (1995)

 

Dance 2 Trance - The Power of Amerivan Natives (1992)

Cosmic Baby - Sweet Dreams for Kaa (1992)

Vernon - Wonderer (Instrumental Version) and (Chapter 2: The Future) (1993)

Resistance D - Human (1993)

4 Voice - Eternal Spirit (Nothern Mix) (1993)

Cosmic Baby - Heaven´s Tears (1993)

Cybordelics - Adenture of Dama (1993)

Quench - Dreams (1993)

Art of Trance - Gloria (Transparent Mix) (1993)

Sven Väth - L'Esperanza (1993)

The Visions of Shiva - How much can you take? (Emotional) (1993)

Paragliders- Paraglide (Humate Remix) (1994)

Virtual Symmetry - The V.S. (1994)

Icon - Desire (1994)

Juno Reactor- High Energy Protons (1994)

Brainchild - Symmetry (C-Mix) (1994)

Velocity - Lust (Art of Trance Remix) (1994)

Virtual Symmetry - Mammal (Mix I) (1994)

Paragliders - Oasis (1995)

L.S.G. - Lonely Casseopaya (1995)

Poltergeist - Vicious Circle (Union Jack Remix) (1995)

Earth Nation - Liquid Desert (1995)

I agree with all of these tracks, they are in my list as well...

 

I will try to squeeze in what you guys forgot :

 

Humanoid - Stakker Humanoid (1988)

Future Sound Of London - Expander (1991)

Future Sound Of London - Papua New Guinea (1991)

The Overlords - Sundown (1991)

Cosmic Baby - Space Track (1992)

Hardfloor - Acperience (1992)

Hardfloor - Trancescript (1993)

Genetic - Transmission (1993)

Juno reactor - High Energy Protons (1993)

Union Jack - Two Full Moons And A Trout (1993)

Blue Planet Corporation - Overbloody Flood (1993)

Amorphous Androgynous - Ephidrena (1993)

Solar Quest - Acid Crumble (1993)

Choice - Acid Eiffel (1993)

Slam - Positive Education (1993)

Brainchild - Synfonica (1993)

Cygnus X - Superstring (1993)

L.S.G. - Hearts (1994)

L.S.G. - Blueprint (1994)

Earth Nation - Alienated (1994)

Der Dritte Raum - Lyquit (1994)

Stevie B Zet - Blue Illusion (1994)

Solar Quest - Acid Air Raid (1994)

Blue Planet Corporation - Lubiantia (1994)

Total Eclipse - Waiting For A New Life (1994)

Total Eclipse - Transparent Mind (1994)

Air Liquide - The Cloud (1994)

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Some forerunners, maybe a bit industrial-sounding and heavy on the vocals, but worth checking out:

 

Front 242 - Kampfbereit (1982)

Public Relation - Eighty Eight (1988)

Amnesia - Ibiza (1988) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQMHOSGwudM

Bigod 20 - America (1988) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gqCHngNa3M8

Abfahrt - Alone (it's me) (1989) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6musPMSe24Q

Klangwerk - Die Kybernauten (1990) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nfkiXBnEWRA

Techno Bert - Neue Dimensionen (1990) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkafv5mmg-A

Love is Colder than Death - Wild World (1991) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KfTuuIJlqY4

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ah thanks to everyone for their inputs... some tracks I do not know, I should check them out ;)

 

 

I didnt even know that trance music existed before 94-95 :rolleyes: I was just a young child with no clue.

well legend has it that the term "trance" as an electronic music genre was officially defined in 1992... although a quick stroll through discogs will show you referals to "trance" already in the late 80s (KLF, Dance 2 Trance,...)

 

 

Who cares about "genre split" far more importantly... mainstream trance no longer had the classic sound :(

that's because it became "epic" ;)

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I'm quite shocked nobody mentions Kraftwerk.

Granted, they don't make music you can describe as "trance" nowadays, but you can see that the roots lie there. If you want to go back to the origins, a glance towards this great band is inevitable.

 

Their song Trans Europa Express for example ... that was 1977 and it already shows elements of what modern electronic music later on became. They also had releases before (Radioaktivität) ... but I recall them having less of these elements, that's why I picked that song.

 

The aforementined Tangerine Dream and Klaus Schulze are to be considered aswell IMO, although that's rather the ambient department. Also Jean-Michel Jarre - especially Jarre made some compositions later on that are more upbeat...

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Mosaic - Is it Serious (1990)

Mosaic III feat. Zion - Dance Now (Instrumental Headcrash Mix) (1991)

Mosaic III feat Zion - Dance Now (After Hour Mix) (1991)

Mosaic 4 - Glory to the Rave (1991)

Mosaic 4 - Symbiosis (1991)

Peyote (Dance 2 Trance) - I will Fight no more (Wolf-Dance-Mix) (1991)

Dance 2 Trance – Dance 2 Trance (1991)

Dance 2 Trance – Let’s get Rollin’ (1991)

True Love featuring Mark Keys - Breath of Stars (1991)

2 German Latinos - Viva la Droga Electronica (1992)

Zyon - Raindrops (Red Rain Mix) (1992)

Resistance D - Cosmic Love (1992)

The Odd Company - We are Experienced (1992)

The Odd Company - Swing in Trance (Effective Mix) (1992)

Dance 2 Trance – Where is Dag? (1992)

Dance 2 Trance – Remember Exxon Valdes (1992)

The Visons of Shiva - Perfect Day (1992)

Effective Force - Diamond Bullet (1992)

Cosmic Baby - Oh Supergirl (1992)

Cosmic Baby - Cosmikk Trigger (1992)

Cosmic Baby - Cosmic Babies (The Sonic-Trance Remix) (1992)

Mind Gear - Don't Panic (Harmonic) (1992)

Virtual Love - God's Brain (1992)

Space Cube - Dolphins (1992)

Barbarella - My Name is Barbarella (1992)

Barbarella - The Mission (1992)

Barbarella - Babarella Butterfly (1992)

Microglobe - High on Hope (Long Hot Summer) (1992)

The Volunteers - Sundown (1993)

Dance 2 Trance – Take a free Fall (1993)

Marmion - Schöneber (1993)

Basic Gravity - Rajah (1993)

Comic Baby - Stellar Supreme (The Land of Toys Remix) (1993)

Arte Bionico - Voyager (1993)

Mirage - Airborn (1993)

Virtual Symmetry - See You (1993)

Azid Force - Brainkiller (1993)

Microbots - Vibrations (1993)

Transform - Transformation (1993)

Mijk's Magic Marble Box - Spring (The Wildlife) (1993)

Mijk's Magic Marble Box - Autumn (Personal Generator) (1993)

Summerbreeze - Summerbreeze (1993)

The Frankfurt Tokio Connection (Yokota) - Astralis (1993)

The Frankfurt Tokio Connection (Yokota) - Luminescent (1993)

R.D.1 (Resistance D) - Total Eclipse (1993)

Bassxpansion - Acid Bird (1993)

Bassxpansion - Your Ears are Mine (1993)

Peyote (Dance 2 Trance) - Alcatraz (1993)

Progressive Attack - Hypnotic Harmony Part 1&2 (1993)

Taucher - Atlantis (1993)

Taucher - Happiness (1993)

Effective Force - Illuminate the Planet (1993)

Onda del Futuro - Terra (1993)

Digital Excitation - Lifetime Warranty (Sax Anthem Mix) (1993)

Digital Excitation - Sunburst (Cubic 22 Remix) (1993)

Arpeggiators - X-Plain the Un-X-Plained (1993)

Marco Zaffarano - Sunpad (1993)

Marco Zaffarano - Supernova (1993)

Marco Zaffarano - For My Love (1993)

Energy 52 - Cafe del Mar (DJ Kid Paul Mix) (1993)

Energy 52 - Cafe del Mar (Porte De Bagnolet Mix) (1993)

Energy 52 - Cafe del Mar (Cosmic Baby's Impression) (1993)

Loopzone - Natural High Magic (1993)

Cuare - Schneller Pfeil (1993)

Java - Cosmos (1993)

Zyon - No Fate (Mix 93 respectively No Fate Mix) (1993)

Spicelab - Spice is a Fulltime Occupation (1994)

Spicelab - Falling (1994)

Lazonby - Scared Cycles (Original Mix) (1994)

Microwave Prince - I need Your Love (1994)

Alter Ego - Soulfree (1994)

Alter Ego - Nude Restaurant (1994)

Dissidenten - Jungle book Part II (B-Zet Mix) (1994)

Aquaform - El Sueno (1994)

Resistance D - Dark Side (1994)

Resistance D - Throm 03 (1994)

Resistance D - Skyline (Eternal Basement Remix) (1994)

Resistance D - Airwalk (1994)

Infinite Aura - C-Trance (1994)

VOOV - Extra Power & Enjoyment (XP&E) (1994)

Eternal Basement - Taking Place in You (1994)

Cybordelics - Alice in Wonderland (1994)

MikeroBenics - Julika (Comes Too Late Mix) (1994)

Paul van Dyk - For an Angel (1994)

Paul van Dyk - Emergency (1994)

Paul van Dyk - My World (1994)

Positive Thinking - Infinite (Future) & (Past) (1994)

Positive Thinking - Morris (1994)

Positive Thinking - Infinite Orbit (1994)

Positive Thinking - Vintage (1994)

Positive Thinking - Free Mason (Secret Hand-Shake Mix) (1994)

Positive Thinking - The Temple (Grandmaster Mix) (1994)

Cosmic Baby - Fantasia (1994)

Cosmic Baby - Loops of Infinty (1994)

Taucher - Fantasy (1994)

The Essence of Nature - Blue Lotus (1994)

Mystic Force - Everglade (Effective Force Remix) (1994)

Mystic Force - Psychic Harmony (1994)

Humate & Rabbit in the Moon - East (1994)

Effective Force - My Time is Yours (1994)

The Ambush - Casablanca (1994)

Cal-Q-Lator - Dr. Bradford (Tiki-Tiki Edit) (1994)

Cal-Q-Lator - Dr. Bradford (To be taken Two Times a Day) (1994) <-- Reminds me to Kraftwerk's - Die Roboter 91 Mix

Commander Krilly - Depest (1994)

God's Groove - Back to Nature (Pure Hemp Mix) (1994)

God's Groove - Into the Blue (Jule Vernes Mix) and (Underwater Voyage Mix) (1994) The Voyage Mix has some Goa Trance influences.

Humate - 3 (1995)

Scooter - Rhapsody in E (1995) <-- This and Cosmos (from 1993) are the only good tracks from this shit act.

L.S.G. - My Time is Yours (1995)

Hippies With Altitude - Heather's Trax (1995)

Der Dritte Raum (The Third Room) - Aeolus (1995)

The Cosmo Kid - The Theme (1995)

Elektrochemie LK - Positive Vibes (1995)

Jones & Stephenson - The 3rd Rebirth (1995)

Robert Miles - Children (Dream Version) (1995)

Joe T. Vanelli featuring Csilla - Voices in Harmony (1995)

Denki Groove - Niji (Commander Krilly's Spectral Mix) (1996)

Denki Groove - Niji (For Boys Remix) (1996)

Denki Groove - Niji (For Girls Remix) (1996)

Denki Groove - Niji (Pot of Gold Remix) (1996)

Denki Groove - Niji (Acid Rain Remix) (1996)

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I'm quite shocked nobody mentions Kraftwerk.

Granted, they don't make music you can describe as "trance" nowadays, but you can see that the roots lie there. If you want to go back to the origins, a glance towards this great band is inevitable.

 

Their song Trans Europa Express for example ... that was 1977 and it already shows elements of what modern electronic music later on became. They also had releases before (Radioaktivität) ... but I recall them having less of these elements, that's why I picked that song.

 

The aforementined Tangerine Dream and Klaus Schulze are to be considered aswell IMO, although that's rather the ambient department. Also Jean-Michel Jarre - especially Jarre made some compositions later on that are more upbeat...

 

 

well yes I guess the hardest part would be where to draw the line between "trance" and "something elese that inspired trance". Indeed acts like Kraftwerk, Tangerine Dream, Jean-Michel Jarre have undoubtley influenced trance (and techno in general) but if you go down that path then the origins of trance could go as far as tribal chanting/ druming which would basically be the most primal form of music created by man... So for me personally, IMHO, for trance to be trance it has to have:

1. almost exclusive use of electronic music instruments

2. a 4/4 kick

3. produce a trance-like hypnotic dreamy state BUT also have "feelings" (ranging from happy to sad)

 

 

But of course eveyone is welcome to give their definition of trance ;)

 

 

 

Mosaic - Is it Serious (1990)

Mosaic III feat. Zion - Dance Now (Instrumental Headcrash Mix) (1991)

Mosaic III feat Zion - Dance Now (After Hour Mix) (1991)

Mosaic 4 - Glory to the Rave (1991)

Mosaic 4 - Symbiosis (1991)

Peyote (Dance 2 Trance) - I will Fight no more (Wolf-Dance-Mix) (1991)

Dance 2 Trance – Dance 2 Trance (1991)

Dance 2 Trance – Let’s get Rollin’ (1991)

True Love featuring Mark Keys - Breath of Stars (1991)

2 German Latinos - Viva la Droga Electronica (1992)

Zyon - Raindrops (Red Rain Mix) (1992)

Resistance D - Cosmic Love (1992)

The Odd Company - We are Experienced (1992)

The Odd Company - Swing in Trance (Effective Mix) (1992)

Dance 2 Trance – Where is Dag? (1992)

Dance 2 Trance – Remember Exxon Valdes (1992)

The Visons of Shiva - Perfect Day (1992)

Effective Force - Diamond Bullet (1992)

Cosmic Baby - Oh Supergirl (1992)

Cosmic Baby - Cosmikk Trigger (1992)

Cosmic Baby - Cosmic Babies (The Sonic-Trance Remix) (1992)

Mind Gear - Don't Panic (Harmonic) (1992)

Virtual Love - God's Brain (1992)

Space Cube - Dolphins (1992)

Barbarella - My Name is Barbarella (1992)

Barbarella - The Mission (1992)

Barbarella - Babarella Butterfly (1992)

Microglobe - High on Hope (Long Hot Summer) (1992)

The Volunteers - Sundown (1993)

Dance 2 Trance – Take a free Fall (1993)

Marmion - Schöneber (1993)

Basic Gravity - Rajah (1993)

Comic Baby - Stellar Supreme (The Land of Toys Remix) (1993)

Arte Bionico - Voyager (1993)

Mirage - Airborn (1993)

Virtual Symmetry - See You (1993)

Azid Force - Brainkiller (1993)

Microbots - Vibrations (1993)

Transform - Transformation (1993)

Mijk's Magic Marble Box - Spring (The Wildlife) (1993)

Mijk's Magic Marble Box - Autumn (Personal Generator) (1993)

Summerbreeze - Summerbreeze (1993)

The Frankfurt Tokio Connection (Yokota) - Astralis (1993)

The Frankfurt Tokio Connection (Yokota) - Luminescent (1993)

R.D.1 (Resistance D) - Total Eclipse (1993)

Bassxpansion - Acid Bird (1993)

Bassxpansion - Your Ears are Mine (1993)

Peyote (Dance 2 Trance) - Alcatraz (1993)

Progressive Attack - Hypnotic Harmony Part 1&2 (1993)

Taucher - Atlantis (1993)

Taucher - Happiness (1993)

Effective Force - Illuminate the Planet (1993)

Onda del Futuro - Terra (1993)

Digital Excitation - Lifetime Warranty (Sax Anthem Mix) (1993)

Digital Excitation - Sunburst (Cubic 22 Remix) (1993)

Arpeggiators - X-Plain the Un-X-Plained (1993)

Marco Zaffarano - Sunpad (1993)

Marco Zaffarano - Supernova (1993)

Marco Zaffarano - For My Love (1993)

Energy 52 - Cafe del Mar (DJ Kid Paul Mix) (1993)

Energy 52 - Cafe del Mar (Porte De Bagnolet Mix) (1993)

Energy 52 - Cafe del Mar (Cosmic Baby's Impression) (1993)

Loopzone - Natural High Magic (1993)

Cuare - Schneller Pfeil (1993)

Java - Cosmos (1993)

Zyon - No Fate (Mix 93 respectively No Fate Mix) (1993)

Spicelab - Spice is a Fulltime Occupation (1994)

Spicelab - Falling (1994)

Lazonby - Scared Cycles (Original Mix) (1994)

Microwave Prince - I need Your Love (1994)

Alter Ego - Soulfree (1994)

Alter Ego - Nude Restaurant (1994)

Dissidenten - Jungle book Part II (B-Zet Mix) (1994)

Aquaform - El Sueno (1994)

Resistance D - Dark Side (1994)

Resistance D - Throm 03 (1994)

Resistance D - Skyline (Eternal Basement Remix) (1994)

Resistance D - Airwalk (1994)

Infinite Aura - C-Trance (1994)

VOOV - Extra Power & Enjoyment (XP&E) (1994)

Eternal Basement - Taking Place in You (1994)

Cybordelics - Alice in Wonderland (1994)

MikeroBenics - Julika (Comes Too Late Mix) (1994)

Paul van Dyk - For an Angel (1994)

Paul van Dyk - Emergency (1994)

Paul van Dyk - My World (1994)

Positive Thinking - Infinite (Future) & (Past) (1994)

Positive Thinking - Morris (1994)

Positive Thinking - Infinite Orbit (1994)

Positive Thinking - Vintage (1994)

Positive Thinking - Free Mason (Secret Hand-Shake Mix) (1994)

Positive Thinking - The Temple (Grandmaster Mix) (1994)

Cosmic Baby - Fantasia (1994)

Cosmic Baby - Loops of Infinty (1994)

Taucher - Fantasy (1994)

The Essence of Nature - Blue Lotus (1994)

Mystic Force - Everglade (Effective Force Remix) (1994)

Mystic Force - Psychic Harmony (1994)

Humate & Rabbit in the Moon - East (1994)

Effective Force - My Time is Yours (1994)

The Ambush - Casablanca (1994)

Cal-Q-Lator - Dr. Bradford (Tiki-Tiki Edit) (1994)

Cal-Q-Lator - Dr. Bradford (To be taken Two Times a Day) (1994) <-- Reminds me to Kraftwerk's - Die Roboter 91 Mix

Commander Krilly - Depest (1994)

God's Groove - Back to Nature (Pure Hemp Mix) (1994)

God's Groove - Into the Blue (Jule Vernes Mix) and (Underwater Voyage Mix) (1994) The Voyage Mix has some Goa Trance influences.

Humate - 3 (1995)

Scooter - Rhapsody in E (1995) <-- This and Cosmos (from 1993) are the only good tracks from this shit act.

L.S.G. - My Time is Yours (1995)

Hippies With Altitude - Heather's Trax (1995)

Der Dritte Raum (The Third Room) - Aeolus (1995)

The Cosmo Kid - The Theme (1995)

Elektrochemie LK - Positive Vibes (1995)

Jones & Stephenson - The 3rd Rebirth (1995)

Robert Miles - Children (Dream Version) (1995)

Joe T. Vanelli featuring Csilla - Voices in Harmony (1995)

Denki Groove - Niji (Commander Krilly's Spectral Mix) (1996)

Denki Groove - Niji (For Boys Remix) (1996)

Denki Groove - Niji (For Girls Remix) (1996)

Denki Groove - Niji (Pot of Gold Remix) (1996)

Denki Groove - Niji (Acid Rain Remix) (1996)

 

woah man it'll take me months/years to track down everything you've listed ;)

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well yes I guess the hardest part would be where to draw the line between "trance" and "something elese that inspired trance". Indeed acts like Kraftwerk, Tangerine Dream, Jean-Michel Jarre have undoubtley influenced trance (and techno in general) but if you go down that path then the origins of trance could go as far as tribal chanting/ druming which would basically be the most primal form of music created by man... So for me personally, IMHO, for trance to be trance it has to have:

1. almost exclusive use of electronic music instruments

2. a 4/4 kick

3. produce a trance-like hypnotic dreamy state BUT also have "feelings" (ranging from happy to sad)

haha, yes, it's actually a good question where to draw the line...

 

I'd still think Kraftwerk should be mentioned though. At least on a side note.

 

Anyway, nice list, Kai-Q...

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Before I begun with Psychedelic Trance, I listened (I'm still do it) normal Trance. :posford:

I will maybe later post some more. :)

Me too...

 

I wasn't that much into it like you though.

I kinda came to it in 1998 or so ... and because I had no money I had to get my releases from used CD markets. And since they mostly not sell new releases there (at least not cheap), I got in touch with the actual older stuff in that year. I remember Dream Dance 2 being one of the first CDs I bought ... and I instantly fell in love with Paragliders - Oasis, I remember. And there were a lot of other classics on there aswell (The Visions Of Shiva - How Much Can You Take). That's kinda where it kicked in. So I was not part of the scene, but still got to listen to the older stuff, actually grew up with it despite it actually was before my time so to say and I find that cool...

And some stuff I even remember from the radio! Dance 2 Trance - Power of American Natives for example. We had this trance-kinda radio station, but it went down...

Gosh, meanwhile the old Dream Dance and Future Trance in my collection have gone from love to hate to cult status. I sold a few at some point, but now I desperately want them back because of the memories :rolleyes:

 

Ah well, enough bragging...

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