An encyclopaedia of trance has been published

An encyclopedia charting two decades of trance music has been published.

Dubbed the first encyclopedia to cover “the global trance movement during its most prolific years,” Hypnotised: A Journey Through Trance Music 1990-2005 compiles essential albums, labels and releases, alongside in-depth interviews with influential artists and label owners.

Written by Arjan Rietveld, the 322-page book is published via Mary Go Wild. For an additional charge, it’s accompanied by an eponymous 3LP compilation album, featuring Armin van Buuren and more.

”Most don’t know that the power of repetition was already understood by classical musicians,” said van Buuren, speaking about the book. “Their works can warp you into a trance-like state. Trance was built on those same principles and its influence on popular music has been widespread ever since. Although I am lucky enough to be part of trance since the late nineties, I still learned a great deal from this book.”

Fellow Dutch DJ and producer Ferry Corsten added: “This encyclopedia dives deep into the history, meaning and evolution of trance, thereby exposing its importance as well as its footprint on other genres to dig inspiration from. A fantastic read that will most definitely raise eyebrows and bring ‘aha’ moments with the most dedicated trance fans and its harshest critics alike.”

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