Psychedelic Trance

form of Trance music Developed in early 1990`s in Goa, india from Goa Trance

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Psychedelic trance developed out of the early 1990s Goa trance scene through the influence of artists such as Timeshard and Eat Static, both on the Planet Dogrecord Label.

In addition, whilst Goa trance was usually made with hardware samplers and Modular synthesizers, modern pystrance uses VST and AU software sampler applications.


The first pure psychedelic trance label was Dragonfly Records, formed by the artist and trance producer Martin "Youth" Glover (a former bassist for the bandKilling Joke) in Brixton, London. For this he took advantage of the organization and the studio of his already existing label, Butterfly Records. It quickly became the center of the London psychedelic trance scene. Raja Ram and Graham Woodfirst produced here as The Infinity Project. Simon Posford, who worked as a sound engineer at Butterfly, later released his legendary album, Twisted asHallucinogen on Dragonfly. The first compilation from Dragonfly was released as a trance sampler and was soon followed by another compilation titled Project II Trace in August of 1993. These included work from such well-known artists as the French project Total Eclipse and Mandra Gora. In 1994 it released singles fromMan With No Name, Prana, Ayahuasca, Slinky Wizard and Doof. The signatureOrder Odonata compilation was released the same year.

Israel Psychedelic Trance

-Darker Mood (not as dark as modern DarPsyTrance)

In 1988 due to a change of laws and the political situation in Israel, many Israelis were allowed to get Indian travel visas for the first time. Many of them had just completed military service and were looking for a vacation. The beaches of Goawere a natural destination. Many of them returned from the trips bringing back recordings on the new style of music. Developing mostly separately from the scenes elsewhere, Israel DJ's emerged playing their own variations on the sound. Some of them were Avi Nissim and Lior Perlmutter (SFX and later Astral Projection), Har-El Prussky and Miko (California Sunshine), Guy Sebbag, Avi Algranati (Phreaky, Space Cat) and Ofer Dikovsky (Oforia). There were alsoIsraeli labels formed, including Melodia Records, Trust In Trance, Phonokol andKrembo Records. With the emergence of new innovative artists such as Infected Mushroom, psychedelic trance became a big part of the culture in Israel, more so than in any other country in the world.

U.K. Psychedelic Trance

With the increase in illegal rave parties in the UK, psytrance grew in status and reputation and ended up with something of a cult following. However, since electronic music has become more and more mainstream in recent years, the harder genre of psytrance has seen its audience dwindle in favour of the sharp synthesized rhythms of DJs like Soulwax and Erol Alkan who have taken the club scene by storm by appealing to younger party-goers.


NOTES: Psychedelic Trance and sub genres/Projects. 140 and 150 BPM. Psychedelic trance uses prominent bass beats that pound constantly throughout the song, and overlays the bass with varying rhythms. The different leads, rhythms and beats generally change every 32 beats. Psychedelic trance tracks tend to be 6–10 minutes long. Reverb is also used heavily, with large, open sounding reverb present on most of the lead synthesizers in the track. Introductions can start off slow and strange, and then break off into the actual song. Some Psychedelic Trance artists include Man With No Name, Hallucinogen, Infected Mushroom, X-Dream, Cosmosis, and Wizzy Noise.

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