The different “forms”? No no, we do not speak of “style” or “sub-style” but “form”.
The forms rather mean what could be called “sonorities” and “peculiarities”. So we can count on three different:
Since the expansion and complexification of Psychedelic Trance, these two terms were, and still are, subject to many confusions and contradictions. Psytrance term being used indiscriminately to designate:
- sometimes Psychedelic Trance as a whole (that is to say, as encompassing as Goa Trance sub-style of this latter),
- sometimes Psytrance as Psychedelic Trance sub-style and all the sub-styles derived from it (Full-On, Dark, Twilight,...etc),
- sometimes Psytrance as sub-style of Psychedelic Trance but alone (that is to say without its derivatives).
The first use of the word proposed is fundamentally wrong, it is a misuse of language. Psytrance term being quicker to pronounce because shorter. The correct term associated with this meaning being and remaining “Psychedelic Trance”.
The second use, is already much more logical because it comes from the beginning of Psytrance (the late 90s) who then had no sub-style of it at that time and is based on a division into two of Psychedelic Trance according to a genealogical tree. On the one hand, Goa Trance and its derivatives descending thereof, and on the other hand Psytrance and its derivatives descendant of this latter them too. However this is a somewhat incorrect language shortcut. If you would like to use abbreviations and to avoid confusion, it would be better to use terms like “Full-On”, “Dark”, “Psyprog”,...etc.
The third use is the only version that is correct and to avoid any confusion.
As regards the term “Goa Trance”, it suffers almost the same problems as that of “Psytrance”.
This term used in turn to nominate:
- sometimes Psychedelic Trance as a whole (that is to say, as encompassing as Psytrance sub-style of this latter),
- sometimes Goa Trance as Psychedelic Trance sub-style and all the sub-styles derived from it (Proto-Goa, Nitzhonot, a certain segment of the old school Suomisaundi,…etc),
- sometimes Goa Trance as Psychedelic Trance sub-style but alone (that is to say without its derivatives).
Like Psytrance, the first use of the proposed word is fundamentally incorrect. However this use is explained as Goa Trance was the name originally given to the Psychedelic Trance before the coming of Psytrance thereafter. This did make sense because it was the only style. It was only with the arrival of Psytrance and its derivatives that had to classify the different sub-styles and while preferring to use the term “Psychedelic Trance” to avoid any confusion.
Again, the second use of the word is not correct for lack of precision, including, for example, by the fact that it also includes Nitzhonot (sub-style which sought thereafter to stand out from Goa Trance).
Again, the third use is the only version that is correct and to avoid any confusion.
To sum up:
“Goa Trance” or “Psytrance” ≠ Psychedelic Trance
“Psychedelic Trance” = Goa Trance + Psytrance + Proto-Goa + Full-On + …etc
“Goa Trance” ≠ Goa Trance + Nitzhonot + Proto-Goa + …etc
“Goa Trance” = Goa Trance
“Psytrance” ≠ Psytrance + Full-On + Darkpsy + …etc
“Psytrance” = Psytrance
Contrary to what “catch-all” mainstream media displayed, Trance, Electro, Industrial, Ambient, Hardcore Techno, IDM...etc are not part of a same genre called “Electronic Music”. Nowadays, this term is almost no meaning as it brings together numerous, diverse and varied genres. It only serves to facilitate the work of a commercial purposes communication.
A genre is not defined by these instruments or even by its sonorities (related to it) but by its structure, its way to use instruments and other particularities to the concerned genre. For example, in the case of an abusive similar amalgam, we could consider styles and genres voice-based such as Rap, Pop, Reggae, Soul...etc as being set to a single genre that could we call “Vocal music”.
A style, for example, Psychedelic Trance among others such as Hard Trance, Acid Trance, Nu-Trance,...etc is set in a genre called “Trance”, which encompasses all these styles.
A sub-style, according to the system of russian dolls, is a style of an adjacent main style. For example, Goa Trance, Psytrance, Forest, Suomi,...etc are not styles but sub-styles forming part of a style called “Psychedelic Trance”.
So the hierarchy is organized following this way: