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Genres / Vocal Trance

Vocal Trance is a subgenre of Trance music developed in Germany. It contains vocals, highly melodic sessions, intro/outros which are similar to those of Hard Trance or Progressive Trance and tracks of usually about 6 to 8 minutes long. The sub-genre goes back to the early 1990s, when Trance was still developing, and vocals have gone onto become a staple of Trance. Although many early Trance records used vocal samples mixed in with the beats (including Dance 2 Trance's "We Came in Peace," the first song to be referred to as "Trance"), the earliest examples of the style appeared in 1992/93. Another defining track was Jam & Spoon - Right in the Night, which was released in 1993.

A typical track consists of three elements. At the beginning of the track there is an intro of progressive beats, which lasts about 1-3 minutes. The melodic part (2-5min) starts incrementally, combining vocals, usually female, and melodic sound (for the most part high pitched and fast) with the bass pattern to give a great melody cycle. Finally when the outro is approaching, the melody fades out and we get the same rhythm as the intro, usually with some minor changes. Although later tracks have become much less formulaic.

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