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Techno trance (sometimes simply called tech trance) is obviously a fusion genre of techno and trance music, which can also be considered a sub-genre of EDM (Electronic Dance Music). Tech trance will incorporate many stylistic properties of both genres.
From techno, it will take the hard, dirty bass drum kicks and its repetitive nature (although trance can be very repetitive as well). It will also carry out the dirty or distorted hi-hats and other effects. As with both genres, it will be in 4/4 time. From trance, it will take the melodic nature and complex rhythms, with some elements of the side-chaining technique.
It's also different from both genres for a few reasons, however. First, while more variants of trance used pianos or stringed instruments, this genre almost always only uses synthetic instruments. Also, the amount of note changes seems to be less, and in less frequency with the same note being played in a pattern, until in changed, which can make for an interesting tune.
Also interesting is the fact that this is one of the only sub-genres of trance where the build-ups and breakdowns don't seem as important to the overall song. With this being said, tech trance more focuses on the sudden stops to indicate a change in the music.
Vocals aren't used very much either, maybe a short phrase or two, but it would be rare to find a song with a full amount of vocals. One last fact: it has a nice, even tempo, going anywhere from about 130 beats per minute to about 150 beats per minute, making it a bit slower than some forms, but faster than others.
Techno trance was first introduced by Oliver Lieb around the middle of the 1990s. By the turn of the century, it had started taking a new turn, with new, improved sounds and equipment. And by the middle of the 2000s, it really spread throughout the world as one of trances favorite sub-genres.
It was continued and created by some of the best artists, like Tiesto and Marco V. Being accepted by some popular DJs didn't hurt either. At around this same time, big name DJs like Armin van Buuren started to play and include this variant in their mixes. Even today, this genre continues to thrive and succeed as a style of its own.
As the number of producers, record labels and willing DJs increased, so did the popularity. What was once an underground type of music is now widely known. It was born and developed in Europe, but has since spread throughout most of the rest of the world.
Average Beats Per Minute: 130-150
Where It Originated: Europe
Stylistically Similar To: EDM, Techno, Trance
Year Developed: Mid-1990s
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