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Update #2 (2024. February 17th):

  • Added Secondary sheet, featuring over 300 tracks mostly from 1993
  • Added contact information, reworded some stuff
  • Added 3 tracks to the Main sheet (these are listed below)
  1. Utasia - Stratosphere
  2. Solitaire - Chasing Clouds (Cosmic Baby's Free-Gliding Remix)
  3. Blue Planet Corporation - Midian
I went through / listened to all 6,000 trance tunes that released on vinyl in 1993 and I also listened to all major trance CD compilation series from this year, including Trancemaster 3-6, Reactivate 7-8, and Trance Europe Express 1 to check out a few rare tracks that never came out on vinyl (e.g. the Transform remix of Transform - Transformation). Most top picks from 1993 are now listed in the Main sheet, but many tunes from the year (currently listed in the Secondary sheet) require more listening sessions until I get more confident about their overall quality (so some of them may later end up in the Main sheet). 1990-1992, and 1994 comes next.
 
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Admiral work, well done.

The first thought that came to my mind though was "why use this instead of discogs?". This is also a database will all the tracks, but with more detail, youtube links and other functionality.

This is not to put a damper on what you have accomplished, I am just curious to understand how you see it being used.
 
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Admiral work, well done.

The first thought that came to my mind though was "why use this instead of discogs?". This is also a database will all the tracks, but with more detail, youtube links and other functionality.

This is not to put a damper on what you have accomplished, I am just curious to understand how you see it being used.

Thanks! Because you can't do on Discogs what you can do with this database.

On Discogs, you can't search for all trance tracks released in 1993. The best you can do is to search for all trance albums released in 1993. And then you have to click on each and every one of them (there are thousands of them) to cross-compare tracks on these albums with each other, remove duplicates, etc., and finally create your own list out of them. With this database, you don't need to do this, so while looking at all the tracks from 1988 to 2009, I saved you hundreds of hours of work. Pretty much every trance track is in one place. Furthermore, Discogs also doesn't show stuff like BPM, Key, Camelot Key, etc. These were all manually added to each track (this only applies though to the Curated Database).
 
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Update #2 (2024. February 17th):

  • Added Secondary sheet, featuring over 300 tracks mostly from 1993
  • Added contact information, reworded some stuff
  • Added 3 tracks to the Main sheet (these are listed below)
  1. Utasia - Stratosphere
  2. Solitaire - Chasing Clouds (Cosmic Baby's Free-Gliding Remix)
  3. Blue Planet Corporation - Midian
I went through / listened to all 6,000 trance tunes that released on vinyl in 1993 and I also listened to all major trance CD compilation series from this year, including Trancemaster 3-6, Reactivate 7-8, and Trance Europe Express 1 to check out a few rare tracks that never came out on vinyl (e.g. the Transform remix of Transform - Transformation). Most top picks from 1993 are now listed in the Main sheet, but many tunes from the year (currently listed in the Secondary sheet) require more listening sessions until I get more confident about their overall quality (so some of them may later end up in the Main sheet). 1990-1992, and 1994 comes next.
Well done for doing this. Love the dedication. Looking at names on the list so far there will be plenty of hidden gem tracks that will illuminate many. And many artists not heard off.
Even some more well known tracks that people have missed.
Cosmic baby - The space Track, for example and where I first heard it…the Trance Europe Express 1 compilation that you listened to from 1993. I might still have the mixmag that had the advert for it in it. Legendary. Did you get a copy of the booklet it came with featuring a few pages about each artist and words from most of them. ( I believe if I remember rightly the creator of that compilation contacted the artists where there then was kind of an interview. I think the Aphex Twin information was the most memorable. Unfortunately I’m pretty sure I don’t have the booklet anymore 😔 It would be interesting to see what Andy Weatheral said in that booklet.

R.I.P. Andrew. ✌️
 
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Well done for doing this. Love the dedication. Looking at names on the list so far there will be plenty of hidden gem tracks that will illuminate many. And many artists not heard off.
Even some more well known tracks that people have missed.
Cosmic baby - The space Track, for example and where I first heard it…the Trance Europe Express 1 compilation that you listened to from 1993. I might still have the mixmag that had the advert for it in it. Legendary. Did you get a copy of the booklet it came with featuring a few pages about each artist and words from most of them. ( I believe if I remember rightly the creator of that compilation contacted the artists where there then was kind of an interview. I think the Aphex Twin information was the most memorable. Unfortunately I’m pretty sure I don’t have the booklet anymore 😔 It would be interesting to see what Andy Weatheral said in that booklet.

R.I.P. Andrew. ✌️

Thanks! You know, I would actually love to get my hands on all the booklets that came with Trance Europe Express, or at least a digital copy of them, and I would also love to get my hands on all the MixMag magazines from 1992 to 2006 at least because it would help my work tremendously. I hope someone will digitize them.
 
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Fucking class work mate. Will have a lot of fun exploring through this.

Some questions. You call it a "classic trance database", but what is your definition of classic? There's no way in hell 10,000 classics, let alone 100,000. Classic to me means both old and gold, meaning they are seriously class tacks from the golden era. I showed my pal and he thinks classics is exclusively for tracks that were hits from the golden era, making them classics. I'm guessing you are just using it as a blanket term for anything released before 2008?

Second question. You are curating the database, which Is a great idea. Part of the reason I keep returning to this forum is because the classic section is out of this world, and I am finding new music each month here, that youtube has no chance of serving me up randomly. To get a sense of your where you land musically, what are your top 10, 20, 50 tracks? I puts better weight on the curated version to know there is some good taste here.

Final thought. The 5 star rating system is awful for these things. There is not enough breadth to delineate between great tracks. I would assume all your curated list is 5 star music, how could it not be? Ok, so then how to make a distinction between those ones?
 
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Fucking class work mate. Will have a lot of fun exploring through this.
Thanks!

Some questions. You call it a "classic trance database", but what is your definition of classic? There's no way in hell 10,000 classics, let alone 100,000. Classic to me means both old and gold, meaning they are seriously class tacks from the golden era. I showed my pal and he thinks classics is exclusively for tracks that were hits from the golden era, making them classics. I'm guessing you are just using it as a blanket term for anything released before 2008?

When it comes to the Classic Trance Database, the word classic just means tunes that were released in an era that is commonly referred to as the classic trance era, and which based on the consensus of most trance lovers, lasted from the early 90s till the mid-2000s. There is a specific artistic philosophy and a way of making music that was present throughout this era, but is pretty much absent when it comes to tracks produced later, and naturally, this differentiates these older tracks from the newer ones substantially, hence the different naming of them (classic vs. modern). But obviously, when we are not trying to separate one era of a genre from another using words like classic and such, the word classic in itself only refers to tracks that stood the test of time, have true artistic merit, and still sound great today. And that's where the Classic Trance Curated Database comes in.

Second question. You are curating the database, which Is a great idea. Part of the reason I keep returning to this forum is because the classic section is out of this world, and I am finding new music each month here, that youtube has no chance of serving me up randomly. To get a sense of your where you land musically, what are your top 10, 20, 50 tracks? I puts better weight on the curated version to know there is some good taste here.

I remember writing about this in the Unpopular Trance Music Opinions thread. I recommend you to read through this comment of mine as it gives you a lot of insight into my thought process. I think trance may have peaked artistically in the early '90s (perhaps in '94/'95), but the most amount of high-quality tunes were produced in the late '90s and early 2000s. I believe my choices roughly reflect this.

Two of my favorite tracks are Ace Da Brain - Magic Waters (2005) and The Source Experience - The Source Experience (1993). Magic Waters feels like an abstract theatre stage play that is brought to life simply by melodies alone. It has a three-act structure, each focusing on different subjects, themes, and emotions (such as birth, growing up, facing obstacles, finding love, dealing with tragedy, and learning to let things go), while the essence of the music is telling a story about life itself. Andreas Schmidt's genius shines the brightest here. He is the master of audio-based storytelling. As for The Source Experience, well: I think it tells you a lot that in 1-2 years I listened to it 200-300 times and with each listening, I find more depth in it, I uncover more layers of it. It's a timeless masterwork.

There are also some tunes from the early '90s that I think sort of represent trance's artistic peak I previously mentioned, such as Cosmic Baby - Fantasia (Celestial Harmonies) (1994), Nostrum - Polaris (1995), and Mystic Force - Mystic Force (1994) (this last one had a lot of uploads, including one with 1 million views, but somehow most got deleted from YT). Fantasia is probably the most beautiful and magical thing I've ever heard, I just got emotional again while listening to it. Polaris feels like a monumental journey through time and space, with one of the best uses of acid elements I've seen in this genre (Nostrum was the king of this acid-trance infusion though). And there's also Mystic Force, a brilliant example of early ambient-trance that completely entrances me with its hypnotic melodies.

I also have some favorites from the late '90s and early 2000s (when trance became more commercial). Lange - Follow Me (Lange's Club Mix) (2000) is by far my favorite of those classic club anthems that everyone knows as I think it hits the highest emotional/euphoric highs for me. I also love Malcolm McLaren's The Bell Song (Parks & Wilson Vs. Obscure Remembrance Mix) (1997), which shows you how to blend classical music elements with trance elements to create a long and satisfying journey. Andromeda - Trip To Space (1993) is another gigantic favorite of mine because I love those early trance tunes that are infused with some rave/happy hardcore elements and I think it's the best example of them.

And, of course, how could I forget about some of the tracks created by The Sunday Club? There's Healing Dream (1997), which could very well be the Mona Lisa of trance (I've seen it being called that multiple times), while Paladian Dawn (1995) and their remix of The Art Of Trance's Kaleidoscope (1997) are also incredible. I also like experimental records that show you how to play with the rules of trance without stepping out of its boundaries. A good example of this is Set In Stone (1996) by Bedrock, which actually shows that not everything is set in stone.

Final thought. The 5 star rating system is awful for these things. There is not enough breadth to delineate between great tracks. I would assume all your curated list is 5 star music, how could it not be? Ok, so then how to make a distinction between those ones?

The Curated Database lists tracks rated at 4, 4.5, or 5 stars by me, not just tracks rated at 5 stars. Here's a rough rundown of what each of those ratings means.

5 stars mean the track is essentially immaculate. It perfectly achieves the artistic vision it sets out to create. Its central melody is powerful, long-lasting, and truly memorable. It also has an enjoyable build-up and deconstruction part that does not feel like an afterthought. 5-star tracks are also quite often deeply layered and rich melodically, opening up more (and becoming more rewarding) after multiple listening.

4.5-star tracks share many similarities with 5-star tracks - thus also having the potential to become 5-star ones - but I do not have enough experience with them yet to confidently call them flawless masterworks (deciding this requires many thorough listening sessions). In other cases, a 4.5-star rating could mean that while the given track achieves its vision perfectly, it fails to stand out as much and be as memorable as 5-star tracks. Finally, a track could achieve a 4.5-star rating if it's close to being perfect, but it has a few questionable parts that are not quite up to my quality standards (weaker transitions, short segments that do not fully complement the rest of the music, etc.).

Any track that achieves at least 4 stars is worth listening to on its own because it has such high quality. These are tracks that (similarly to 4.5-5 star ones) have a recognizable melody, and will more than likely stick with you. Furthermore, many of them are already considered to be a classic in the trance scene. However, they are not quite up to the quality level of some of trance's finest works (4.5-5-star tracks) for one reason or another (e.g., a memorable, but not truly outstanding melody, or a build-up and deconstruction part that feels a little tagged-on and doesn't really complement/support the melodic hook).

There is also a Secondary Sheet now in the database that lists a bunch of tracks that have some potential for mixes and DJ sets because they are generally solid, but do not leave such a lasting impression that they would be worth listening to on their own. These tracks are unrated but they are generally around 3-3.5 stars. In other cases, these are tracks that are really good but not trancey enough.
 
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Missing imo:
Gigi D'Agostino - My Dimension

one of my favorites

+ also:
Gigi D'Agostino - Wondering Soul
Gianfranco Bortolotti & Gigi D'Agostino - Forrest Gump Suite
 
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Update #3

- Added ratings data from Discogs
- Added ratings data from YouTube
- Added weighted ratings
- Added a separate sheet for updates
- Additional minor changes

The weighted rating system/formula is not final and may be updated/improved in the future.

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Update #4 (2024. February 24th):

- Added 3.5-star tracks to the Main tab
- Added Adjacent tab
- Reworded some stuff
- Added multiple new categories for rating tracks
- Improved the weighted rating formula
- Added 22 new tracks (these are listed below)

1. Airscape - Cruising (Original Air Mix)
2. Cardiac Infarction - Flying (Ba-Da-Da)
3. Centricon - Marscape
4. Centricon - Ultima
5. Coloured Vision - Violet Rain (139.2014 BPM-Mix)
6. Cosmic Baby - Heaven's Tears (Cosmic Baby's Remix)
7. Cosmic Baby - Sweet Dreams For Kaa (The Sweetest Mix)
8. Digital Excitation - Sunburst (Cubic 22 Remix)
9. Energy 52 - Café Del Mar (Cosmic Baby's Impression)
10. Energy 52 - Café Del Mar (Peace Mix)
11. Exit EEE - Epidemic (Straight From Heaven Mix)
12. Illuminatus - Love Technique
13. Java - Cosmos (C-Mix)
14. Mirage - Airborn
15. Roland Brant - Nuclear Sun (Gianni Parrini Remix)
16. The Visions Of Shiva - How Much You Can Take? (Emotional)
17. Vernon - Vernon's Wonderland
18. X-Dream - Children Of The Last Generation (Rmx)
19. X-Dream Featuring Planet B.E.N. - The 5th Dimension (Rush Mix)
20. Alien Signal - Quantum Limit (Symphony Of Love Remix)
21. Paul Van Dyk - For An Angel
22. Snap! Feat Niki Haris - Do You See The Light (Looking For) (Dance 2 Trance Mix)

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Update #5 (2024. February 29th):

Important notes:

1993 is now considered complete, as all remaining tracks rated at 3.5 stars or above have been added to the Main database from this year. While browsing the database, keep in mind that the Technical Quality rating (TQ) only shows a placeholder value (3 stars) in all cases. Furthermore, individual ratings, certain selected 3.5-star tunes, and the weighted rating formula may not be final and could change/get deleted in the future.

Changes:

-Minor fixes
-Removed Unrated tab (3.5-star tunes will be listed in the Main tab)
-Removed Top tab (Main tab already contains the rating data necessary to be able to make a classic trance top list)
-Added ratings to many tracks, including weighted rating
-Improved the weighted rating formula
-Added missing information to many tracks (e.g. CD/WEB availability, BPM, etc.)
-Added new icons to the CD/WEB availability column
-Added color codes to key, Camelot key, and BPM
-Added X new tracks (these are listed below)

Tracks added:

1. Symphony Of Love - Quantum Leap
2. Alaska - Lost In Alaska (The Eurotrancy Mix)
3. Alici - Somebody Scream
4. Alien Factory - Beta Music (Hanover Remix)
5. Basscult - Paradise Place (Paradise Trance Mix)
6. Blue Planet Corporation - Overbloody Flood
7. Effective Force - Illuminate The Planet (World In Order Mix)
8. External Space - Dreams
9. Alici - Dessert Trip
10. Blue Amazon - Hyper Sleep
11. Control DC - La Mafia (Borsalino Edit)
12. Fix To Fax - Synatic Dream
13. God's Groove - Prayer Seven (Cosmic-Trance-Formation-Mix)
14. Komakino - Beyond Your Dreams (Microbots Remix)
15. Phenomania - He Chilled Out
 
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Update #5 (2024. February 29th):

- Design overhaul (new icons, dark mode/style, etc.)
- Added Beatport, Apple Music, Amazon Music, Spotify, and Juno Download availability information and hyperlinks
- Some minor fixes

Additional notes:

- Not all ratings in the Impact & Recognition column are final
- The Technical Quality column currently shows a placeholder value of 3 stars

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Quick update:

I'm working on a website version of the database with extra features, such as filters, themes (dark mode, light mode, etc.), and other things.
 
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Quick update:

I'm working on a website version of the database with extra features, such as filters, themes (dark mode, light mode, etc.), and other things.
Love the work you’re doing man. Dedication to a fantastic area of life that enhances many (and will enhance more people I feel with your work)
Trance music of certain kinds has been seen to improve mental health issues in some individuals.
 
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Love the work you’re doing man. Dedication to a fantastic area of life that enhances many (and will enhance more people I feel with your work)
Trance music of certain kinds has been seen to improve mental health issues in some individuals.

Thanks! I'm progressing a little bit slowly though since I know practically nothing about web programming so I have to use Chat GPT to write the code.
 
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Thanks! I'm progressing a little bit slowly though since I know practically nothing about web programming so I have to use Chat GPT to write the code.
I know a few people who do code for a living. Il ask around if you would like help with that? Which programing language is it? C sharp etc. Or do you mean excel/spreadsheet codes. They can be useful but, ye, tricky.
 
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I know a few people who do code for a living. Il ask around if you would like help with that? Which programing language is it? C sharp etc. Or do you mean excel/spreadsheet codes. They can be useful but, ye, tricky.
That would be great. PHP, MySQL, HTML, and CSS. It wouldn't be a gigantic job for a programmer, just transferring my database from Google Sheets to a website and implementing a few filtering and display options.
 
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I was busy with the website version of the database for a few weeks and I also had some other things to do, but next week, we are going back to regular weekly updates, so you can expect new tracks added to the database in the coming days.
 
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Update #7 (2024. April 8th):

- Added Mixers sheet
- Design changes
- Removed Juno Download because the website is unreliable and loads extremely slowly using dedicated search links or doesn't show results at all
- Added 8 new tracks (these are listed below)

Tracks added:

1. Bionic Crew - Final Entrance
2. Affie Yusuf & Nigel Casey - London
3. Aqualite - Outback (Philantropic Mix)
4. Alici And Ralphie Dee - Dancing In The Temple Of Lust
5. Amorph - Meryn
6. Amorph - Sunflow
7. Alien Factory - Tomorrow
8. Circuit - Transport Of Love

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This update also means that there are more than 100 tracks in the database now.

41 tunes rated at 3.5 stars
23 tunes rated at 4.0 stars
22 tunes rated at 4.5 stars
15 tunes rated at 5.0 stars

101 tunes in total from 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, and 1994.


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If someone wants to support my work, I would really appreciate the Windows version of Mixed in Key 10. I would use it to further improve my database with more precise Key, Cam, and BPM data, and to also add information regarding a tune's energy levels, danceability, etc.
 
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Update #8 (2024. April 10th):

My goal with this project is to ultimately create a complete database that features every single worthwhile classic trance tune that has ever been released. I draw the line at 3.5 stars (out of 5), ensuring that the collection remains focused and will only feature tracks that stood the test of time, have true artistic merit and still sound great today.

Here's the summary of 3.5-star tunes from the database:

A track that receives a 3.5-star rating possesses at least one notable quality that leaves a lasting impression. This could be a strong melodic hook, an emotionally resonant segment, or a unique sonic texture. Consider these tracks as hidden gems – pieces that are worth exploring and revisiting, even if they don’t claim the top spot among the best.

Upon properly formulating what each rating means (there's an explanation for all on the Home page of the database now), I had to realize that some tunes present in the database simply don't measure up to the quality standards I outlined in these summaries. Specifically, 11 of the 41 3.5-star-rated tunes simply don't have the staying power that the other ones have. I barely even think about them and don't really feel the reason to ever go back to them.

Obviously, this is not what I want from any tune that I choose to feature in this database, especially considering there are other 3.5-star tunes that I listened to on a loop many times over, with great pleasure. I just can't genuinely recommend tracks that I have practically zero interest in revisiting, even if I actually found something interesting in them. Thus, in order to make the database more focused, more authentic, and to better represent the best of the best the genre has to offer, I made the hard decision (it was for me) to remove some tunes that honestly felt like fillers.



On the brighter end, I also added two new 3.5-star tracks, plus as I mentioned, I added information to the Home page of the database on how the ratings work. Still, keep in mind that judging a 3.5-star track is harder than any of the tracks above this rating, so as I continue to explore and evaluate their overall quality, some might also get removed later.

Tracks added:
  • Icon - Desire (Icarus Mix) [1994]
  • DJ Franky Jones - Overwhelming Rain (Jones & Stephenson Remix) [1994]
Tracks removed:
  • Alaska - Lost In Alaska (The Eurotrancey Mix) [1993]
  • Alici - Dessert Trip [1993]
  • Alici - Somebody Scream [1993]
  • Blue Amazon - Hyper Sleep [1993]
  • Blue Planet Corporation - Overbloody Flood [1993]
  • Centricon - Ultima [1993]
  • Centricon - Marscape [1993]
  • Fix to Fax - Synatic Dream [1993]
  • Komakino - Beyond Your Dreams (Microbots Remix) [1993]
  • Bionic Crew - Final Entrance [1994]
 
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