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    Hi guys! I'm having a hard time categorizing my trance collection. I have many tracks which I can kind of group but I don't know how to call them, genre-wise. Is there a text about that somewhere? How do you categorize your trance tunes, or is it all trance to you?

    The hardest thing for me is to differentiate between Uplifting, Euphoric and Classic Trance. And: Is everything with vocals in it really called "vocal trance"?

    Some examples:



    Which generes would you attach to these?

    Thanks!
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    Hey mate, well i've been listening to trance for over 16 years, and no matter what bullshit sub-genres people start calling it, its still just trance to me. Check out this site tho, only a generalisation of genres but cool nonetheless.
    http://techno.org/electronic-music-guide/music.swf
    At the most i'll categorise it as: Euro Trance, Progressive Trance, And Psychedelic Trance. Just my opinion tho mate.
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    btw most of the tracks in your list are either euro or prog trance
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    why not group them based on warm-up, peak and end of night? maybe a couple of groups in between. tried that once with breaks and found they mostly did drop into the sub-genres at the same time.
    or group based on preference?

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    Good idea. Also grouping by bpm and "phatness" can help, regardless of genre
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    Quote Originally Posted by JesterNZDJ View Post
    grouping by..."phatness" can help
    Phat trance? give it a few months and it will be a real pigeon hole, lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by JesterNZDJ View Post
    Also grouping by bpm and "phatness" can help, regardless of genre
    Yeah imo there should be a standardized phatness scale for categorizing music. . At the end of jazz concert reviews in the newspaper there ought to be a phatness number, so everybody--jazz fans or not--can understand. haha.

    But really? Why put so much thought and effort into over-analyzing tracks and sorting them into unnecessary subgenres? That's something that annoys me about EDM in general. Seems like artists/producers are always trying to invent their own catagory.

    I know it's not just EDM though. All genres of music try to have their crazy over-classification. It seems like being familiar with the most obscure artists in the most obscure genres is "proof" that you know the genre inside and out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lambox View Post
    Yeah imo there should be a standardized phatness scale for categorizing music. . At the end of jazz concert reviews in the newspaper there ought to be a phatness number, so everybody--jazz fans or not--can understand. haha.
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    Why put so much thought and effort into over-analyzing tracks and sorting them into unnecessary subgenres? Seems like artists/producers are always trying to invent their own catagory.
    if you can't break ground in your chosen field, create a new one. that's why i play 'dirty, squelch, chunky, electro funk-jazz house breaks' lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by JesterNZDJ View Post
    http://techno.org/electronic-music-guide/music.swf
    At the most i'll categorise it as: Euro Trance, Progressive Trance, And Psychedelic Trance. Just my opinion tho mate.
    Thanks, that's the link I was looking for :-) And apparently, I was looking for the differentiation of Ibizia Trance, Uplifting ("Epic" or "Euro") trance and Progressive Trance.

    So... Ibiza Trance is the softer one, but what's the difference between uplifting and progressive?

    Categorizing with warm-up etc. makes a lot of sense. But as I also have all kind of other stuff in my list (mainly house) that kind of categorization wouldn't work for me. I don't want to over-do it either.

    I could try to make playlists for warm up and so on, too.
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    I think you should just listen to a few hundred or so track and just trust your own ears and judgement man.
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