Acid trance is a style of trance music that emerged in the late 1980s and early 1990s focusing on the acid sound. The trademark sound of «acid» is produced with a Roland TB-303 by playing a sequenced melody while altering the instrument`s filter cutoff frequency, resonance, envelope modulation, and accent controls. This real-time tone adjustment was not part of the instrument`s original intended operation. Acid trance is the best known form of trance music in Belgium.
Birth: 1991 Bloom: 1993 Death: 1997
The first volumes of Trancemaster compilations contain a few tracks in acid trance style, just as classic trance tracks. The difference is, while acid trance tracks focus more on the changing TB-303 lines, classic trance (e.g. Dance 2 Trance, Cosmic Baby, Age of Love, and Jam & Spoon) tracks are more atmospheric, they use «softer» synth-lines, often stings and other ambient music elements. The line between these two styles is quite blurred; they also emerged about the same time.
The most notable examples of acid trance include track by Kai Tracid, whose surname consists of two words «trance» and «acid». His tracks were globally successful in the end of the 1990s and they are still popular. For example, «4 Just 1 Day», «Express Your Hidden Passion», «Trance and Acid».
The style was developed with the help of artists like Laurent Garnier, Emmanuel Top (esp. his immortal hit «Acid Phase»), Union Jack, Hardfloor, and many others.
Nowadays, acid trance is not represented on the global trance scene. Its contemporary analog is a symbiosis between stadium trance with electro house that`s demanded on radio and TV.
Umbrellate style: Trance
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