German DJs first showed signs of elements that would later be fundamental to trance music as early as the late 80s when they were experimenting with electronic and psychedelic sounds. The influence of Detroit techno in these years was incorporated into the sound, combining the techno foundation with mind-altering sound. Following the fall of the Berlin Wall the city’s underground club scene exploded and trance music became very popular. The record label Masterminded For Success (MFS) released one of the original trance compilations, Tranceformed From Beyond in 1992. Paul Van Dyk and Sven Väth helped massively popularise the genre with Van Dyk’s For An Angel and his remix of Love Stimulation becoming highly successful. 

Frankfurt also established itself as a hub of trance music, with Jam & Spoon’s remix of The Age of Love reaching the charts. This growing success made trance recognised around Europe, moving it out of the underground and into main dance clubs. Trance is recognisable through its emphasis on the build-up, climax, and breakdown song structure, creating a euphoric sense of tension and release. The music is typically around 125-150 bpm and is in 4/4 time. There is commonly a repeated synth melody over the drum and bass parts which is treated with effects such as reverb or delay. The overall aim is to create a trance-like, mind-altering sound that puts the listener in a state of euphoria.

Notable artists:

DJ Armin van Buuren

Paul Van Dyk


Sven Väth

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