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Uplifting Trance

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Ah, and now we are to uplifting trance, one of my very favorite genres of all time. It can also be called emotional or euphoric trance, due to its unique and specific sound. It is related to psytrance, considering it had an influence on it, and it's also strongly influenced by classical music.

Euphoric trance has a much lighter sound than many other variants of electronic music. Rather than going for a darker sound, like Goa trance, it will incorporate chord progressions like that of progressive trance. The main difference here is that euphoric trances tracks usually rest on a major chord, and depending on what the artist is going for, he can balance the major and minor chords to create either a happy or sad sound.

Arpeggiation is also a really great feature of this music, where the full chord is broken down into single notes and played in a sequence. This can make for a very nice and melodic feel. Along with that, most trance genres use a sound before a transition. This can be a voice, a synth noise or a chord progression. This is like the final sound before the main, amazing part of the song comes on.

The tempo will usually fall between 134 beats per minute to about 140 beats per minute, although depending on the artist, this can be slightly different. This music will also typically incorporate a newer technique called "side-chaining," where the bass and synth have their volume reduced during the main beat, giving a pulse-like effect during the off-beat notes.

history of electronic music

The term "uplifting trance" arose at around the time of the emergence of progressive trance, during the middle of the 1990s. It is taken from the feeling which listeners say they get (I can vouch for this; I get the same feeling a lot). The feeling, in my case, as well as others is a feeling of, well, euphoria. Feeling light and energetic sometimes, and just being happy and comfortable.

Classical music was the primary influence for this genre back in the 1990s and even now it plays a strong role in its production. When it was first developed in Germany around 1996, it was still a new and unheard of genre. By the 2000s, it had an explosion of interest and grew beyond expectation. As of now, it's one of the rulers of dance music worldwide, and the trance music of choice in Germany.

Some of the primary artists in this genre include trance artists that incorporated this new sound into their mixes, like 4 Strings, Armin van Buuren and Above & Beyond.

A new genre was spawned off of this one, named "Orchestral Uplifting." It was created by Andy Blueman, Ralph Barendse and many other artists. It takes on a more orchestral sound, incorporating flutes, violins, pianos, horns and other instruments.

Uplifting Trance Specifications

Average Beats Per Minute: 134-140

Where It Originated: Germany

Stylistically Similar To: Psytrance, Progressive Trance, Classical

Year Developed: Mid-1990s


General Trance - Back to the overview of trance.

Acid Trance - There are many types of acid, but only one type of acid trance.

Dream Trance - Set for a calmer, more soothing type of dreamy music (Zzz...).

Goa Trance - A sort of music you can trip out on. Created by hippies, for hippies.

Hard Trance - Deriving from breakbeat hardcore music, this trance kicks hard!

Ibiza Trance - A soothing fusion of trance and Balearic beat, to enjoy the summer.

Psychedelic Trance - One of the faster trance genres, with many sub-genres.

Techno Trance -  It's not techno, it's not trance, it's techno trance, the fusion!

Uplifting Trance - My personal favorite genre of trance, no summary, just listen!

Vocal Trance - Beautifully sung vocals with the familiar trance sound!

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