Elements of Progressive Psytrance

In this article I will follow another approach by looking at the base elements of Progressive Psytrance. I will explain this using different tracks to show their variations.

BPM

If you have a look at the Beatport Psy-Trance Top 100 page these days one can find a dominating tempo  for the progressive tracks – 138bpm. From a commercial point of view it seems at least that the progressive sound has gained the upper hand at the moment, because faster „classic“ psytrance pieces > 140 bpm (e.g. Planet Goa – Tristan, Trippy Trail) are heavily outnumbered.

Bass

I guess the most famous bass phrasing is the „offbeat“ bass. You can hear this here:

At the piano roll this would look like this:

offbeat base2

While the bass drum hits are on one, two, three and four (four-to-the-floor) you can find the the bass tones beetween the gaps by counting: one AND two AND three AND four AND. This element already could be found e.g. in the track La Musica Tremenda from Ramirez (1991).

The next bass phrasing is used in more uplifting tracks like this:

A rhythm sometimes called as „horses gallop“. The basedrum and the bass tones build triplet figures which reminiscent of horses gallop.

Triplets

The next one creates a nice layed back feeling:

layedback

And the faster pieces use a bass phrasing like this.

Together with the bassdrum one can here constant semiquaver notes.

16tel

Of course there are a couple of slight variations of the above mentioned phrasings and additionaly enriched with shuffle/swing,  but I would say that these are the most widely used ones.

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