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Vocal Trance

electronic music genres
sound of electronic music

Hmm, vocal trance will be a bit harder to write about, considering it’s basically trance with vocals. And considering many trance songs do have vocals, I'm not entirely sure that there's a huge difference. But there are some special characteristics of this music, even while they may sound very similar to regular trance.

First, the most important aspect of this music is obviously the vocals, but melodies are also very important to the overall song structure. With the right melodies, the vocals can carry and sound very nicely, but with the not-so-perfect melodies, it can be a disaster. Artist must pay special attention to this when having vocals in their tracks.

The tracks typically begin with a progressive sounding rhythm, and the melodic parts follow shortly after, sort of fading into the beat. The lyrics will almost always be sung by females with higher than average pitch, because in trance, the melodies will also usually be high pitched. They will usually be the last to appear, after the initial beat and melodies.

The outro of the song will be similar to the intro, perhaps with some small changes, removing the melodies and vocals until there is just the progressive beat. The songs will have an average length of 6 to 8 minutes with a slower than average tempo of around 134 to about 142 beats per minute. It is said that this form of trance is similar to pop, because of the radio-ready sound of it.

history of electronic music

Vocal trance was introduced during the early 1990s. The earliest examples that could be found with these characteristics were in 1992 or 1993. It originated in Europe and has since then transitioned a bit to sound more like progressive and uplifting trance. This transition happened during the mid to late 1990s up until the early to mid-2000s.

It was mainly produced my Germans, but spread throughout the rest of Europe due to several different music channels and record labels. It had become more popular is the United Kingdom, Spain, Belgium, Holland, and several other places around Europe.

During the middle of 2004, however, this type of trance started to become a bit less popular, especially on said music channels. This is due to the fact that Viacom (based in the UK) took control over some of these music channels and changed what they played (R&B, urban contemporary, hip-hop, etc...).

However, there are still several of these channels around Europe that play vocal trance on a regular basis. Also, let's not forget about the internet! During the year 2006, it has made a great number of fans through the internet and especially on YouTube, where music videos are one of the prime subjects.

As far as the popularity of the genre in the North America goes, well, it's not bad. During the early 2000s artists such as DJ Sammy and DHT were quite successful. Also in 2000, a Canadian group called Delerium released a track that charted worldwide called "Silence." It continues to hold a good level of popularity in North America, with many artists and producers fueling the trance fire.

Vocal Trance Specifications

Average Beats Per Minute: 134-142

Where It Originated: Europe

Stylistically Similar To: Progressive Trance, Uplifting Trance, Trance (General)

Year Developed: Early 1990s


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

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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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