You forget that I heard old shitty trance when you were a little kid and new shitty trance when you were… well, here anyway.
Mind you my opinion on Trance comes from experience playing hardware.
When I bought my first drum machine in the early 90s and discovered what “programming” 4/4 house/techno beats entailed, it left a bad taste in my mouth.
When I also bought my first analog synth in the early 90s and discovered the Resonance and bandpass knobs (a la Trance) I was like “oh goddammit you asshole - tweak this one knob randomly for 9 minutes over a canned loop and call it art?! FUCK OFF.”
Of course, now I realize that an occasional tune can have an interesting 4/4 [like any other rhythm], or that it is possible for a fool to actually play one knob like an instrument to create a compelling, expressive performance…
…but I ain’t heard it in Trance yet (and I mean the strict genre definition, don’t be trying to tell me Shpongle is this or that.)
Ironically I think that the one thing Trance gets right is almost completely untouched by most other genres and mainstream practitioners of electronic music - chords. Chords and chord transitions, relationships, intervals are the source of incredible musical nuance and expressiveness and yet there’s barely any of it compared to classical, jazz, and even rock.
More chords and fuck Trance. That’s all I gotta say.