Well I am an avid listener and scandalous lover of trance music. I was not able to find any reviews about trance music online so I figured I would share with the lunch community some information about where to find some killer beats, uplifting melodies, techy anthems and just purely amazing and awesome trance music.
Most of the music I listen to is free of charge and provided by the artist themselves via itunes. These shows, usually one hour sometimes two, are easily downloaded via itunes by subscription. I personally love this music and will listen to it any time of day: to wake up to, to shower with, to go sleep, to do homework, walking to class, at work, everywhere! I suggest this kind of music to all because personally it is a 'feel good' music. Many times this music or song, if you allow yourself to concentrate on it, literally puts you into a trance. For me, I put on a song and when that the artist drops in the bass out of no where I want to JUMP! Most of my friends in college listened to the podcasts and cds to help them stay focused when doing homework. For many, the music is just nosies, but I assure you trance is just like any other genre of music: it does not all sound the same. I am sure you country fans out there hear "oh its all about love, horses, chew and rednecks..." just as much as I have heard "dun dun dun dun dun dun...that's all it is." Well you'd be surprised once you gave trance a listen for a good week or two, I assure you it is all quite different.
Much of the music is electronic sounding and many times is lacking words. The most popular songs each year usually end up being vocal trance songs, but some of the greatest trance records, the most goose bump inducing songs are those without any lyrics but simply beautiful anthems, wicked bass drops and grooving intros and outros.
Now on to the good stuff. All of these podcasts can be found on itunes or the internet via torrents. I do not condone or suggest the use of torrents due to copyright infringement but it is up to your (the reader) discretion. Alldj.org is a great site to find good links to shows and www.tranceismylife.com is a great place to find events in the states, read about artists, discuss trance, read tracklistings, find radio shows on the internet (di.fm, ah.fm, etc). I HIGHLY suggest di.fm because almost all of the shows below I will discuss are aired on di.fm >trance channel.
Above and Beyond podcast: Ranked the #3 DJs in the world by DJMag, Above and Beyond is based out of the UK. Known for their prolific and popular label, Anjunabeats, they have pretty much done it all. Some of their most famous tracks are Home, Can't Sleep, No One on Earth and a collaboration with Andy Moor called Air For Life. They also have a side project called OceanLab with the lovely voice of Justine Suissa. Their most recent album under the OceanLab name is Sirens of the Sea- a definite MUST LISTEN! Esp. the remixes album. You can find their podcast on itunes, its called Trance Around the World with Above and Beyond. 2 Hour show every Friday which aires 11am-1p PST. Highly suggested, always a good listen, good for work environment, esp. at the office. A+B's wikipedia page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Above_%26_Beyond_(band)
Andy Moor Podcast: I do not want to tell you much about Andy Moor except that he is incredibly talented and has been climbing the ranks of DJs increibly fast. He NEVER fails to impress, with songs like Air For Life, Fake Awake and his most recent and riveting production collaborated with Ashley Wallbridge- Faces. Faces will release on his label AVA recordings on June 29th, you have to give it a listen, AMAZING SONG! As stated, he never fails to impress. Andy's wikipedia page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andy_Moor
Tiesto Podcast: Many who have not heard Tiesto's songs have probably heard his name. He spun the opening ceremonies at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, has been around since the early 90's and at 40 years of age is still rocking the world with amazing new hits. He releasing yet another album in September (http://www.tranceismylife.com/web/forum/default.aspx?g=posts&t=44). I would run out of characters talking about Tiesto and his productions. Wikipedia him, google him, whatever. People do not like admitting this but Tiesto is was and still probably is the godfather of trance. His influence on the industry is unbelieveable, you have to check him out. His podcast on itunes is called Radio 538: Tiesto's Podcast Tiesto's wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ti%C3%ABsto
Christopher Lawrence Podcast: Many of you may have heard of Christopher Lawrence before, another person I would consider a godfather of the industry. Still considered by many to be one of the best DJs around. You can catch his monthly podcast on Itunes, its called Christopher Lawrence- Rush Hour. Always a good listen but this show is much more techno with a sprinkle of trance. Chris's wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christopher_Lawrence_(DJ)
Gareth Emery Podcast: Gareth Emery was on vacation a 6-7 years ago in France and created a his groundbreaking track, Mystral- GTR. Since then he raised the ranks in the DJ world, started his own record label Garuda records and has made it his sole job to bolster the trance scene in Manchester, UK. His Podcast released every other Thursday of the month and like Andy Moor, a very different style, but never fails to impress. Gareth usually highlights songs he enjoys rather than ones straight out of his label like AvB, Above and Beyond, and Tiesto. On itunes its called "The Gareth Emery Podcast" (My favorite podcast the past few months) Gareth's wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gareth_Emery
Menno De Jong Podcast: To be honest I do not now much about Menno except that he is Dutch, I saw him in concert which was one of the best sets I've seen so I've been listening to his Intuition podcast frequently Menno's wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Menno_de_Jong
A State of Trance with Armin Van Buuren: Armin Van Buuren, the current "leader" of the trance world sitting as the #1 DJ in the world, for the second year in a row. He hosts a weekly two hour show on Thursday from 11a-1p PST which can be found on (di.fm). Armin Van Buuren recently celebrated his 400th episode of this show, bringing trance to the world for almost 8 years. This show is a must listen, don't listen to this at work because it is so good you cannot get anything done!!! Armin's wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armin_van_Buuren
Check out my website which was started by my best friend and I (www.tranceismylife.com) (shamless plug, sorry ! )
Also, here are some radio stations which play trance :)
Trance is a style of electronic dance music that developed in the 1990s. Trance music is generally characterized by a tempo of between 130 and 155 BPM, short melodic synthesizer phrases, and a musical form that builds up and down throughout a track. Trance can be understood as a combination of many forms of electronic music such as industrial, techno, and house. The origin of the term is ambiguous, with some suggesting that the term is derived from the Klaus Schulze album Trancefer (1981) or the early trance act Dance 2 Trance. In any case, the name is undoubtedly linked to the perceived ability of music to induce an altered state of consciousness known as a trance. The effect of some trance music has been likened to the trance-inducing music created by ancient shamanists during long periods of drumming. As this music is frequently played in nightclubs, vacation spots and inner cities, trance can be understood as a type of club music.