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The History of Psychedelic Trance

Hippies are a majestic breed of ego, they love tye-dye patterns and are the original hipsters of the first & second world.If it weren't for these status quo challenging, drug-fueled sociopaths, Psychedelic Trance wouldn't exist.  
Psychedelic trance is quite a unique sub genre in the way that it uses a range of sounds, from ambient, to synthetic with Acid House elements. It's been considered to be an energetic, funky, and otherwise, chill sound, that many have flocked to. The tracks usually last 6-10 minutes long, and uses heavy reverb and delay. For any Dance Music enthusiast, these are things we already know. But, what about Psy-trance's origins? Where did it come from, how did the idea come to be, just exactly what brought about such a dark, mysterious, riveting, and emotion-grabbing genre as Psy-trance. How are the Power-House Producers of Modern Psy Trance keeping the flame alit? 

It began in the 1960s when Goa, India was experiencing an influx of immigration from the 'hippie' culture. Now, they came for many reasons, not all of them music-related. However, the ones that did, were usually 'Goa DJs' (producers that came to name in Goa, India, 1970s) who would play psychedelic rock tracks such as those from the famed The Grateful Dead, and the ever popular, Pink Floyd. People hadn't seen Psy Trance really show it's face until artists such as Kraftwerk, Goa Gil,  Fred Disko came around, however.

Around the same time, in Europe, artists such as Frontline Assembly, Front 242, Nitzer Ebb  were making their premiere. They began to release tracks that were familiar to the public, yet, at the same time, completely new through remixing, looping certain segments back over by cutting tape. In the 1980s, Psy-Trance began emerge in markets through cassette. More often than not, these tapes were purchased by travelers, vagabonds, and up and coming DJs. These tapes were shared between DJs for remixes, and little did they know, all this music was trickling it's way back home, to Goa, where a digital scene was beginning to emerge.

Coming about in the early '90s, things began to really heat up for the Psychedelic EDM scene. Events started sprouting up all across the globe, such as Pangea and Megatripolis in the UK, These events did their best to promote the Psychedelic Electronic music that portrayed the spirit of Goa parties, the Goa music scene, and the artists that it gave rise to. It's not quite clear on it's exact 'coming of age', but most tend to agree that it's golden age was between the years of 1994-1997. Although, to date, many still argue that Psy Trance never lost it's shine.

To this Day, Psy-Trance is a very diverse and popular sub genre. artists like Infected Mushroom, Vini Vici, Ticon, Abraxas, MVMB, AstroPilot, MazzodeLLic, and Seven Lions create diverse sounds that transcend the boundaries of GOA Trance and merge multiple styles with Psy based Beats Per Minute ratios and alternative & contemporary genres. The sound of Psy is underrated, and just as underestimated, but is a force to be reckoned with. 

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