Goa trance is a genre of electronic dance music that originated in the late 1980s and early 1990s in Goa, a state in western India. It is characterized by its psychedelic soundscapes, hypnotic beats, and spiritual undertones. Goa trance often incorporates elements from various genres such as techno, house, and ambient music.
The music typically features a fast tempo ranging from 130 to 150 beats per minute, with repetitive melodic patterns and intricate layering of synthesizers and samples. The use of exotic instruments, ethnic vocals, and nature sounds adds to the unique atmosphere of Goa trance.
Goa trance gained popularity through outdoor parties and festivals in Goa, where it became synonymous with the hippie culture and the search for spiritual enlightenment. Goa trance is often associated with psychedelic experiences and altered states of consciousness.
In the 1990s, Goa trance spread globally, influencing the development of other electronic music genres such as psytrance. Today, it continues to have a dedicated following and remains an important part of the electronic music scene.