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Program 2

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Trance and Techno in general is music that has many more horrible artists then good ones. A lot of that comes from the tendency for songs to all sound very similar, with redundant beats, repetitive sounds and minimal “musical” ideas. It’s not really the artist’s fault, though, since there is really no need to innovate or expand their sound when most of that kind of music is listened to at raves or clubs where only the beat really matters anyway. Program 2 is a band that had the potential to break from that mold, though, with their album Robotix, but unfortunately they couldn’t sustain the quality past the first four tracks.

The album starts off with one of the best tracks, “Una”, which has a few different catchy synth sounds, a pretty piano melody, a dance beat that strays from the stereotypical Trance beat and adds a little groove, and most notably features some really good female vocals that sound very similar to the New Age style of Enya or Clannad. All of that would be enough to make a great Trance song, but they take things one step further by changing things up as the song progresses by adding different sounds and varying the melodies.

The second song is slightly darker due to its use of a female voice that alternately sounds like it is wailing or chanting. The beat on this song is a little more conventional, but it isn’t noticeable due to the varying sounds used as well as the tendency to change up the pace of the song, by stopping the beat completely and allowing the sounds to increase the level of the atmosphere.

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