|Originally posted by Trance-MB |
Well, that's true and that's how I remember it. At a certain point at the late 90's I got the feeling trance would get mainstream. Don't know exactly why, probably because trance jumped in the gap because Eurodance was reducing in popularity, or simply because both became closer to eachother.
Early 90's hardtrance however doesn't sound monotonous and boring to me, but because of the speed still didn't attract many people. Most people first needed to get used to House at the time. Happy Hardcore actually did closed the gap to hardtrance a little and because of that also more people came in contact with trance. Just giving my view, which doesn't need to be correct.
"I and many people our age", is that people of your age or mine or is yours close to mine?
I think im close to your age. Im 34 and been listening to this stuff since early 90s. Didnt fully get to enjoy it live u ntil i could go out all the time and hear it live at venues etc until turning 18 in 96 though.
That moment in the late 90s is what i am referring to. That was the point when the commercial trance ie what was popular and closing the most commercial of festivals was still quality and still real trance. Something about the approaching millennium, created this perfect moment in which almost everyone liked hearing trance music. Trance that was both popular, easily digestible, but still real trance and great music. To me that is what people are bemoaning. The loss of that one moment in which there was no distinction between commercial trance and artistic trance.
The best analogy is actually in the cinema. A lot of cinephiles constantly bemoan the death of the cinema as an artistic enterprise and hearken back to the 60s when Antonioni and Godard were not only making modernist art house masterpieces, but those movies got played at local movie theaters. But the cinema and art house cinema never died. It just went more underground. The art house cinema of antonioni and godard got replaced by the art house cinema of kiarostami and Hou Hsiao-Hsien. Its still there but it no longer is played at the local movie theater. You have to dig deeper. When cinephiles bemoan the death of cinema, they are wrong. Its not dead as an artistic movement. its death is the death of the popular cinema having artistic value. Replaced by commercial easily digestible garbage. Same thing has happened in dance music and trance in particular.
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