If you’ve never heard of trance music while living in the 21st century, chances are you’ve been living under a rock or you’re probably dead. As a millennial, I can easily confirm that trance music has had quite an impact in current times.
Now ever since teenage, I have been a sucker for classic songs. I would rather listen to Queen all day, sipping my tea and pretending to be British rather than go to clubs point my finger at the ceiling and jump to electronic music. But I cannot deny the fact that trance music, however, is very different and gratifying from trap, techno or house music. It is much more pleasing than any of these genres and can calm you down when you are feeling anxious.
Now this begs answer to the question ‘How?’ How does Trance music work?
What is Trance music?
Trance refers to the state of heightened consciousness or hypnotism. When you listen to trance music, you’re letting it dictate how you feel, much like any other music. Only difference is – this impact is more than just the typical emotional impact other music genres tend to have. Additionally, when you are intoxicated or high, you might feel that the effects are augmented. If you’ve even been to a rave party (not that I advocate it), you have probably experienced an ‘another worldly’ trip.
The beats in trance track can be anywhere between 125 to 150 beats per minute. These are accompanied by repetitive melodious phrases and often culminate in a couple of drops. Though it is considered similar to all the genres I mentioned in the second paragraph, it is not.
How does it work?
It is common knowledge that our brain can be manipulated by sounds around us. The way trance music works is – the repetitive music you listen to sends uniform signals to your brain. This establishes calmness. You enter a mode of serenity and your brain perceives the music as foreseen because of the repetitive music. The vocals in a trance track are serenading and melodious.
Now when you reach this stage your brain releases dopamine, a response similarly found when you’re doing psychoactive drugs, addressed in my previous article here. Now since the dopamine system is the reward pathway of the brain, it eventually asks for more. This may explain why some people are highly addicted to trance music and need their daily fix for it.
If you’ve ever attended a trance concert then you might have noticed that DJs also use visual effects to enhance your experience. While you are listening to the trance music, the coordinated visuals like flashing lights and laser can manipulate your brain and deliver a different sensory experience
Effects on brain
There are many trance tracks can actually help calm you down when you are facing anxiety. They can kill the nervousness building up in your body by slowing down your heart rate. Ever since its invention in the early 90s, trance has come a long way.
It isn’t easy to appreciate trance music if you are into more lyric-oriented music. There is a part of the market that finds trance music boring because of its repetitions. Which isn’t surprising, since music perception is a highly subjective concept. As someone who suffers from mild anxiety, I can tell you that sometimes trance can do wonders for you. I mean when you are listening to the music which metaphorically takes you out of the world, I don’t think you’ll be sweating over your small problems.
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