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Hard Trance

Hard trance is the natural progression of trance music merging gabber, techno and trance, and originated in Europe, mainly Belgium, Germany and Holland in the mid 1990s.

Hard trance is synonymous with hard and strong kicks with resonant bass ala gabber and usual trance synth riffs to give it the signature trance sound.  Melody is around 130-150 and is mainly instrumental as vocalisation of the songs gives it a more uplifting warmer sound.  It has since evolved and is now mainly a dead genre form, overtaken by genres such as Hardstyle and Jumpstyle.

Hard trance saw a lot of commercial success in the late 1990s with productions from the likes of Cosmic Gate and Technikal achieving commercial success with Hard trance.

 

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The Hardcore Genre – A General Overview

The Hardcore genre surprisingly has one of the broadest terms of all EDM.  There are dozens and dozens of sub-genres but they are incredibly varied.  The term hardcore usually means music that is darker and harder, but not necessarily faster.

Hardcore as a word (in relation to EDM) can trace its roots to Belgium.  A number of artists such as à;GRUMH… and later Leather Strip began to call their music hardcore techno.  The origins of the name are largely rooted in this scene, although hardcore also regularly incorporated elements of house into its sound.

In the early 1990s, the hardcore sound began to introduce sped up hip-hop breakbeats, piano breaks, dub and low frequency basslines and cartoon-like noises, which has been retrospectively called ‘old skool’ hardcore, and is widely regarded as the progenitor of happy hardcore (which later lost the breakbeats) and jungle (which alternatively lost the techno style keyboard stabs and piano breaks).  This is more or less down to the further development of the synthesizer and the very creative use of the Amen Break.

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