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Psychedelic trance has a distinctive, energetic sound that tends to be faster than other forms of trance or techno music with tempos generally ranging from 135 to 150 BPM but some psytrance songs can also reach 190BPM, 200bpm, 210bpm and even 300bpm. It uses a very distinctive bass beat that pounds constantly throughout the song and overlays the bass with varying rhythms drawn from funk, techno, dance, acid house, eurodance and trance using drums and other instruments. The different leads, rhythms and beats generally change every eight bars. Layering is used to create effect in psychedelic trance, with new musical ideas being added at regular intervals, often every four to eight bars. New layers will continue to be added until a climax is reached, and then the song will break down and start a new rhythmic pattern over the constant bass line. Psychedelic trance tracks tend to be six to ten minutes long.

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Dark
Dark psychedelic (also dark psytrance or darkpsy) trance is the heavier end of the psychedelic trance spectrum with tempos around 148 bpm and over. Related styles include psycore (fast and crazy), hi-tech (bouncy and glitchy), and forest (organic and earthy). Characterized of having obscure, deep and more eschatological background that leads into profound meditation of death, night and transcendence, often with dismal sounds and heavy basslines. The subgenre often samples horror films in contrast to the science fiction film samples more regularly used in "normal" psytrance. The German artist Xenomorph, Mark Petrick, is considered a pioneer of dark psytrance, with his album Cassandra's Nightmare released in 1998 being a major influence on the subgenre; X-Dream's Radio is another 1998 album cited as an early influence.

Full-On
Full-On is a psychedelic trance style that is particularly popular in Israel.[4] This genre has high energy for peak moments, often having melodic, energetic and crisp basslines with a fast tempo (usually 140 to 148 bpm). There are some related styles that are derived from this style and are distinguished as different varieties of Full-On: twilight and night full-on (or dark full-on), having bolder and lower notes in their basslines, morning (light and kind of happy), and uplifting.

Progressive
Progressive psytrance is among the common party themes, normally played during the afternoon or on a different stage. It has grown in popularity since the mid-2010s to the point where it is often also labelled "psytrance". Artists working in the genre are Astrix and Protonica.

Psybient
Psybient (short name of psychedelic ambient) is a style of electronic music that contains elements of psychedelic trance, ambient, downtempo, dub, world music, new wave and ethereal wave. Psybient pieces are structured to generate vast soundscapes, or a "musical journey". Like psytrance, it emphasizes on-going rhythm and beatmatching. However, it is more lenient to beat changes than its parent genre, in the interest of generating interesting soundscapes. Psybient is known by other names, including ambient psytrance, ambient goa, psychill and psydub.

The origins of this genre is from the trend of goa and psytrance artists ending albums with slower, "chillout" tracks. Shpongle's 1998 release, Are You Shpongled? is widely considered to be the key album which popularized this genre, though full-length psybient records had been released before.

Suomisaundi
Main article: Suomisaundi
Suomisaundi (English: Finnish sound; also known as spugedelic trance or freeform psy) is an experimental variety originating in Finland during the mid-1990s. Popular artists and groups include Luomuhappo and Texas Faggott.

Zenonesque
Zenonesque is a style of psytrance which is any psytrance that has characteristics of Zenon Records signature sound. It is often deep, dark ambient sounding with a lower bpm, making it almost progressive. It can include elements of techno. Relevant artists include Electrypnose, Kromagon, Ivort, Grouch, Tetrameth and Shadow FX.

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5 months 4 days ago #12 by Padfoot
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Do you guys consider dark prog and zenonesque to be separate sub-genres? Zenon has its own sound and feels more techno-y (to me) than Dark prog labels like padang and occulta (although they cross over in places obviously) which to me sounds more driving, raw and primal.

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5 months 4 days ago #13 by StefandB
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Padfoot wrote: Do you guys consider dark prog and zenonesque to be separate sub-genres? Zenon has its own sound and feels more techno-y (to me) than Dark prog labels like padang and occulta (although they cross over in places obviously) which to me sounds more driving, raw and primal.


It is a tough one. The sounds all have bee pioneered by Zenon Records. Started with Zenon which beccame Zenonesque and later on evolved. I personally like the more Psygressive sound that is produced by Sentemony and Isonitus. Think if we have to drill down, this post will take a couple of days to read. :side:
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5 months 4 days ago #14 by StefandB
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But yeah, Zenonesque, Psygressive and Dark Prog are each sub-genres on their own, but I blend them as well.
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4 months 4 weeks ago #25 by Semantics
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This is also a cool website with examples that showcases the different sub-genres

psytranceguide.com/
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19 hours 2 minutes ago #97 by wootig
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hi, i am woo from Sweden and i want to explain any thing about "pandemic". Please ask me :)

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