The progressive marker was used to distinguish the works of performers experimenting with a fusion of jazz and rock in the late 1960s, and the first techno producers in Detroit and Chicago in the 1980s. In the electronic music scene, the word progressive refers both to the gradual construction that can be observed in the recordings and to the willingness to incorporate the characteristic stylistic elements of other trends. Again, the label was first used by Mixmag experts. Its roots go back to the early 1990s, with critics considering the early maxi of Guerrilla Records and Leftfield (especially the 1992 Song Of Live) as the very first progressive house recordings. The cradle of the trend is Mansfield, England, where the Renaissance Club opened its doors in 1992, with residents of later key players, Sasha and John Digweed. The popularity of progressive really grew until the mid-1990s, when the increasingly kitschy, distorted, commercial eurotrance no longer met the expectations of more demanding music listeners.
Progressive trance was created by mixing several trends; it also drew from elements of trance, (mostly deep) house, techno, dub and ambient. The recordings have typically four four rhythm, with 125-135 bpm deliberately more restrained than the then-fashionable “resident trance” 130-160 tempo. Its structures are more complex, more abstract, and the deeper, more definite bass line feeds on the aesthetics of the dub. The introductory, slowly recovering phase of progressive trance can take up to 3-4 minutes, and then rhythm and the main motif return after (often with a long break - with or without a snare drum). Progressive trance music is typically longer than trance pieces, at least 5-6, but often 10-12 minutes. Lots of music scenes have a “progressive” version that extends the framework of their aesthetics, from Progressive Breaks to Progressive Trance and Progressive House, and even non-electronic music like Progressive Rock and Progressive Metal. These “progressive” genres have nothing in common with each other other than a drive to explore and expand the quality of their genre’s native essence. At least, that’s what they think they’re doing. And then there’s this – an actual scene and genre called Progressive. Not Progressive anything, just Progressive, or Prog. A noun rather than an adjective. It probably got its name as a fusion genre between Progressive House and Progressive Trance, producing something that simultaneously sounds like both and neither (but don’t call it Trouse because that’s just stupid. What kind of Dutch idiot would call it that?). Two Progressives = One Prog, if my math is correct.
You can find more details about its formation and development on Ishkur’s Guide to Electronic Music, and you can listen to progressive music right away. https://music.ishkur.com/?query=Progressive
The Every Noise at Once platform provides an opportunity for people to get to know better the names of the creators who have ever been in the genre and thus the peculiarities of it. https://everynoise.com/everynoise1d.cgi?root=progressive house&scope=all
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