I found a copy of Abfahrt - Come Into My Life in a charity shop today. The sleeve said it was the David Holmes mixes but it wasn't, there was an Orbital mix. I didn't buy it because I felt the £1.99 was £1 too much. I am fond of that tune though.
I once went to a trance night at Brixton Academy where the decks were skipping like mad all night, I thought it was quite innovative until I found out it wasn't deliberate.
Hasn't it just infiltrated 'minimal' now...I used to go to gatecrasher when I was just starting out clubbing (18) during the crasher kids/dutch trance heyday and some of that just sounds not a million miles from Boka Shade (althought they preserve some flair and panache, not something thats generally possible with a million bezerk drum rolls flying at you). As for that Aril Brikha release on Kompakt...well isn't that just System F or Airwave for 07?
I like the idea of "trance music"... but wouldn't all house and techno be trance music? I'd reckon (actual) minimal stuff like Villalobos and Basic Channel would be the most truly trance-inducing, rather than melody-and-build/breakdown-centered trance. Tho there probably is something to be said for the way those galloping, unresolving, melancholic melodies can create a sense of forward-motion, "importance," journey towards the center, etc... which would add to that tranced-out, "spiritual", tunnel-vision feel.
I guess the emphasis on dramatic melodies was about creating that whole "spiritual journey" and "emotional rapture" vibe, which made for a very romantic, emotional style of techno. Emotional techno as a concept though was just too easy to be translated into a pop-formula... Just cheese it up a bit, add bubblegum vocals and lots of builds and breakdowns, and you have late 90s anthem trance... Kind of a shame what that did to it's image, because I don't think it was all quite as bad as people made it out to be (IMHO). I don't really hate all trance, it's kinda fun, and I do like "trance-iness" when it crops up in minimal techno/house or ebm, or is anticipated in kraut/kosmische.
and faults aside, I'll still take epic/progressive/euro-trance over goa/psych trance any day!
Yeah, sometimes I've wondered if minimal's going to evolve into a less bloated form of trance, kind of been crossing my fingers actually, but there's alot of nu-deep sounds seeping in now too, which is also nice.
As a producer, I'm currently getting quite a lot of mileage out of doing tracks that are structured like trance with dramatic builds and dropouts, but using gnarly, distorted untrancelike sounds. I think my main problem with trance was always the limited sound palette - I always quite liked the kinetic structures, even in the late 90s super cheese era.
I find the same thing now with a lot of minimal - the sound palette is too limited, it's all very pretty and decorative. But the tracks are often structured like 90s minimal techno. Minimal at it's nadir combines the worst of trance (sounds) with the worst of 90s minimal techno (loopy repetitive structures) to create brain-numbing wallpaper music.
I've said before that when trance got really big in the north in the late 90s, I was anticipating a progression into an experimental mindfuck stage analogous with darkside hardcore in '93. Never happened though.
A lot of that early 90s German/Dutch techno that has that big, open, optimistic sound, where trance came from - like Sun Electric, Alter Ego, Jam & Spoon, Oliver Leib, Speedy J - that is still amazing music.