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Sextrance, also alternatively called HexD Trance or Hextrance, is an emerging niche subgenre of Hard Trance music[2] that draws influence from multiple other musical genres, like HexD, Nightcore, Freeform Hardcore, Drum and Bass, and Frenchcore (as well as Happy Hardcore and Gabber to a lesser extent). Sextrance songs are characterized by their fast tempo (with the songs particularly being played at over 180bpm), strong synths, bitcrushed sounds, pulsating tones, and compressed and distorted sounds. The tracks are usually either really short or extremely long, often building up an energetic and emotional atmosphere preceding a bass drop. Samples and references to 2000s-2010s anime and videogames are another important aspect of Sextrance, with many musical artists incorporating audio samples or snippets from popular media from this time period to their songs.

The genre is also notable for its distinctive Y2K Futurism-inspired aesthetic, featuring nostalgic elements such as old internet graphics, trading cards, 2000s videogames, cars, 3D anime characters, etc. It can be associated with many similiar nostalgic genres originating from Soundcloud and other underground communities, such as Xpiritualism or Sigilkore. Generally it is mostly associated with Xpiritualism, as both are influenced by HexD music.

It has particularly developed a significant fanbase on RateYourMusic, Bandcamp and SoundCloud, as well as other online underground music communities.

History[]

The term "Sextrance" was originally coined as a joke by the musical artist purity://filter to describe the album "Imago" (released in December 24, 2020) as well as a mix the artist made in Halloween 2022[3]. However, the term started being adopted by other similiar musical artists, and it quickly attracted a dedicated fanbase thanks to record label Dismiss Yourself. However, Purity Filter does not take credit for the creation of Sextrance, and prefers it to be attributed to other artists who picked up the idea like Sienna Sleep or Exodia.

Visuals[]

Trance

Cars and color-changing hues are one of the most prominent visual elements in Sextrance.

Sextrance often utilizes imagery that is reminiscent of the 2000s and the Y2K Futurism era, especially content like video games, anime shows and other media (with samples of songs with similar content). Video games play a significant role in the visual representation of Sextrance, with many artists incorporating old game graphics, fictional characters and Low Poly, pixelated imagery from popular games of the time. Content originating from racing videogames, rhythm games and first-person shooter games are often used in music videos and cover art design. Anime is also a prominent visual aspect of Sextrance. Many artists incorporate visual elements that feature anime characters--like collectible cards, anime figure boxes and 3D models--as well as anime characters and aesthetics into their works. This often includes classic anime shows from the 2000s that combine elements of Japanese pop culture with rave culture. In addition to pop culture, Sextrance sometimes also includes old memes from the 2000s.

Other aspects of the aesthetic include its use of bright, holographic colors and color-changing hues. Distortion and compression effects are also commonly used to create a sense of chaos or disorientation. Another important feature of Sextrance is the use of content relating to Webcore, which is expressed through visuals, song/album titles and stage names.

Music[]

Musical Artists[]

  • #ff85f7
  • Anthony1
  • C!erra My$t
  • C3NTELL4
  • CTRLFR33K
  • DJ Coldsteel
  • DX Legacy
  • Exodia
  • Midbooze
  • Senenity Pill
  • Sienna Sleep
  • c678924
  • isyti
  • latex fruit
  • ooxygen
  • purity://filter
  • Qyoob
  • rainsdeaf
  • trshckdbl
  • verti_dx
  • Vertigoaway
  • YUNG LAIN
  • π˜Ώπ™… π™ƒπ™žπ™’π™šπ™¨π™–π™’π™–

Songs[]

Albums[]

Media[]

Some media found in the Sextrance aesthetic includes:

Anime[]

  • Azumanga Daioh
  • Di Gi Charat
  • Hidamari Sketch
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion
  • Lucky Star
  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica
  • Serial Experiments Lain
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!

Video Games[]

  • Wangan Midnight: Maximum Tune 3
  • CSGO
  • Hyperdimension Neptunia series
  • Love Live
  • Dance Dance Revolution
  • PokΓ©mon
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!

Other Media[]

  • Ukagaka
  • VOCALOID
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game

Communities[]

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