A State of Trance

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A State Of Trance
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A State of Trance Logo
Genre Trance, Progressive Trance, Uplifting Trance
Running time 2 Hours
Country Netherlands
Home station Digitally Imported/Radio syndication
Starring Armin van Buuren & Various Artists
Creator(s) Armin van Buuren
Air dates since 1 June 2001
No. of episodes 678 (000 not included)
Website A State of Trance

A State of Trance (often abbreviated as ASOT) is the title of a weekly radio show (every Thursday at 20:00 (CET), 7pm (UK Time), 2pm (EST)) hosted by prominent trance DJ and producer Armin van Buuren. First airing in March 2001 on ID&T Radio (the predecessor of Slam!FM), the show takes the format of a two hour mix in which he plays new trance music (uplifting trance and progressive trance), both promotional and commercially released. Selected tracks are announced during the show in order to help promote new artists and releases. Its radio-show/website combination has proven popular internationally, as fans—while listening to the radio-show—will converse in the website chat-rooms and forums, such as Digitally Imported, during the broadcast. Progressive trance and uplifting trance producers all submit promotional and commercially released tracks to compete to make it onto the playlist of the show each week. The success of the show has also spawned to include several dance events around the world. The show is celebrated live each year in different locations around the globe with a lineup consisting of many trance artists.

Broadcasts[edit]

When ID&T Radio changed genres at the end of January 2005, A State Of Trance was removed from their line-up. The show is currently broadcast on the following radio stations:[1]

On Demand[edit]

DI.FM hosts each weekly A State Of Trance show for their On Demand service. The show is streamed in multiple formats: 256 kbit/s (MP3), 128 kbit/s (AAC), 128 kbit/s and 64 kbit/s (Windows Media), 64 kbit/s and 32 kbit/s (AAC+) for users with the paid Premium package, and free at 96 kbit/s (MP3), 24 kbit/s (AAC+), 40 kbit/s (Windows Media).

Digitally Imported postponed the development of its onDemand feature as of 10 August 2010. This service is therefore currently unavailable. However, they do have plans to bring it back in the future as a more substantial service.[3]

Episodes of A State of Trance are also widely recorded and redistributed in MP3 format on filehosting websites such as Rapidshare, YouTube, private FTP servers and BitTorrent sites. File quality ranges from 192 kbit/s to 320 kbit/s (source file), however, 192 kbit/s is the most common due to the wide (and free) availability of 192 kbit/s source streams as well as the relatively small file size (~180 mb per episode).

In September 2012, A State of Trance was made available to stream on Spotify[4]

Special episodes[edit]

Occasional episodes feature guest DJs and/or live broadcasts. These were known as 'XXL' episodes, due to their longer than usual length.

Episodes 000-100[edit]

  • Episode 013 (2001-09-14): Featuring guest mix by Vincent Van Tongeren
  • Episode 020 (2001-11-01): Live at Scanners, Dordrecht, Netherlands, 27 October 2001
  • Episode 023 (2001-11-22): Live at Golden, Stoke-on-Trent, UK, 17 November 2001
  • Episode 024 (2001-11-29): Live at Passion, Coalville, UK, 17 November 2001
  • Episode 028 (2001-12-27): Top 20 of 2001
  • Episode 039 (2002-03-14):
  • Episode 043 (2002-04-11): Live at Passion, Coalville, UK, 30 March 2002
  • Episode 052 (2002-06-13):
  • Episode 053 (2002-06-27): Featuring guest mix by Airwave
  • Episode 055 (2002-07-11): Live from Godskitchen at Code, Birmingham, UK, 5 July 2002
  • Episode 058 (2002-08-08): Featuring guest mix by Ferry Corsten
  • Episode 059 (2002-08-15):
  • Episode 061 (2002-08-29):
  • Episode 062 (2002-09-05): Live from Godskitchen at Eden, Ibiza, Spain, 27 August 2002
  • Episode 064 (2002-09-19): Featuring guest mix by Kid Vicious
  • Episode 066 (2002-10-03):
    • Hour 1: The Newest Tunes Selected
    • Hour 2: Live from Godskitchen at Eden, Ibiza, Spain, 10 September 2002
  • Episode 067 (2002-10-10): Live at Glow, Washington DC, USA, 7 September 2002
  • Episode 068 (2002-10-17):
    • Hour 1: Ferry Corsten Non-stop in the mix (Re-run of Episode 058)
    • Hour 2: Live from Godskitchen at Eden, Ibiza, Spain, 27 August 2002 (rebroadcast of hour 1 of Episode 062)
  • Episode 076 (2002-12-12): Featuring guest mix by Signum
  • Episode 078 (2002-12-26): Top 20 of 2002
  • Episode 079 (2003-01-02): Live at Club Eau, The Hague, Netherlands, 28 December 2002
  • Episode 087 (2003-03-06): Live at Glow, Washington DC, USA, 22 February 2003
  • Episode 090 (2003-03-27): Featuring guest mix by M.I.K.E.
  • Episode 095 (2003-05-01): Featuring guest mix by Misja Helsloot
  • Episode 096 (2003-05-08): Live at Passion, Coalville, UK, 4 May 2003
  • Episode 100 (2003-06-05): Celebrating 100 Episodes. 5 hour special Live from Bloomingdale, Bloemendaal aan Zee, Netherlands
    • Hour 1: The Newest Tunes Selected
    • Hour 2: Guest mixes by Jon O'Bir and Marco V
    • Hour 3: Guest mix by Harry Lemon. Best of A State of Trance
    • Hour 4: Best of A State of Trance
    • Hour 5: Armin van Buuren Non-stop in the mix

Episodes 101-200[edit]

  • Episode 104 (2003-07-03): Featuring guest mix by Harry Lemon
  • Episode 105 (2003-07-10):
  • Episode 109 (2003-08-07): Featuring guest mix by DJ Remy
  • Episode 113 (2003-09-04): Featuring guest mix by Lange
  • Episode 115 (2003-09-18):
    • Hour 1: The Newest Tunes Selected
    • Hour 2: Live at Exposure Festival, 5 September 2003
  • Episode 117 (2003-10-02): Featuring guest mix by Gabriel & Dresden
  • Episode 118 (2003-10-09): Non-Stop In the Mix
  • Episode 119 (2003-10-16): Live at The RA, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, 8 October 2003
  • Episode 122 (2003-11-06): Featuring guest mix by Markus Schulz
  • Episode 126 (2003-12-04): Featuring guest mix by Above & Beyond
  • Episode 127 (2003-12-11): Live at Asta, The Hague, Netherlands, 28 November 2003
  • Episode 129 (2003-12-25): Top 20 of 2003
  • Episode 130 (2004-01-08): 4 hour special
  • Episode 131 (2004-01-15): Featuring guest mix by Perry O'Neil
  • Episode 132 (2004-01-22): Featuring guest mix by M.I.K.E.
  • Episode 133 (2004-01-29): Non-Stop In the Mix
  • Episode 134 (2004-02-05): Featuring guest mix by Ben Lost
  • Episode 138 (2004-03-04): Blackhole special. Featuring guest mixes by Ton TB and Mark Norman
  • Episode 141 (2004-03-25):
  • Episode 142 (2004-04-01): Bonzai Special. Featuring guest mixes by Airwave and Yves Deruyter
  • Episode 143 (2004-04-08): Live at Spundae, San Francisco, California, USA, 2 April 2004
  • Episode 147 (2004-05-06): Featuring guest mix by Rank 1
  • Episode 151 (2004-06-03): Featuring guest mix by Marco V
  • Episode 155 (2004-07-01): Featuring guest mix by John '00' Fleming
  • Episode 159 (2004-07-29): Live at Bloomingdale, Bloemendaal aan Zee, Netherlands, featuring guest mix by Markus Schulz
  • Episode 161 (2004-08-12): Live at The Pavilion, Nicosia, Cyprus, 4 August 2004
  • Episode 169 (2004-10-07):
  • Episode 171 (2004-10-21): Featuring guest mix by DJ Precision
  • Episode 173 (2004-11-04): Featuring guest mix by Matthew Dekay Live at Club Panama, Amsterdam, Netherlands. Also, an Armin's mix Live at Club Panama
  • Episode 175 (2004-11-18): Live at Colors, Helsinki, Finland, 5 November 2004
  • Episode 181 (2004-12-30): Top 20 of 2004
  • Episode 182 (2005-01-06): Yearmix 2004 and final episode to broadcast exclusively on ID&T Radio as the show was unexpectedly cancelled after the station decided to change its music policy.
  • Episode 183 (2005-02-10): After a month off the air, ASOT returned on Internet radio station ETN.fm for 2 episodes. To better suit an international audience, Armin switched from presenting in Dutch to English.
  • Episode 185 (2005-02-24): The show moved from ETN.fm to DI.fm and began to become synchronized across many national radio stations.
  • Episode 200 (2005-06-02): 4 hour special

Episodes 201-300[edit]

Episodes 301-400[edit]

A State Of Trance 400[edit]

Episode 400: 72 Hour show including recorded guest mixes, classic episodes, and three live shows.

Episodes 401-500[edit]

A State Of Trance 450[edit]

Episode 450: 5 live events (plus a live "pre-party" broadcast)

A State Of Trance 500[edit]

For the celebration of the 500th episode, the show has taken place in 5 different countries across 5 continents:

Episodes 501-549[edit]

A State Of Trance 550: Invasion[edit]

During ATB's set, Armin was scheduled to play the main stage at the Ultra Music Festival. This set was broadcast following the conclusion of ATB's set.

A State Of Trance 600: The Expedition[edit]
  • Part 3 SAO PAULO, BRAZIL (2013–03–01): Live at Espaço das Americas, Sao Paulo, Brazil. All times listed are BRT (UTC–3)
  • Part 5 SOFIA, BULGARIA (2013–03–08): Live at Arena Armeec, Sofia, Bulgaria. All times listed are EET (UTC+2)
  • Part 12 DEN BOSCH, NETHERLANDS (2013-04-06): Live at Brabanthallen, Den Bosch, Netherlands. All times listed are CET (UTC+1)
    • Main
    • Turn The World Into A Dancefloor
      • 21:00 – 22:15 Beatservice
      • 22:15 – 23:30 Ummet Ozcan
      • 23:30 – 00:45 Chris Schweizer
      • 00:45 – 02:00 Heatbeat
      • 02:00 – 03:15 Tenishia
      • 03:15 – 04:30 Ben Gold
      • 04:30 – 05:45 Solarstone
      • 05:45 – 07:00 Mark Sherry
    • Who’s Afraid of 138?!
      • 21:00 – 22:15 James Dymond
      • 22:15 – 23:30 Arctic Moon
      • 23:30 – 00:45 Aly & Fila
      • 00:45 – 02:00 John Askew
      • 02:00 – 03:15 John O'Callaghan
      • 03:15 – 04:30 Armin van Buuren
      • 04:30 – 05:45 Bryan Kearney
      • 05:45 – 07:00 Indecent Noise
    • Expedition
      • 21:00 – 22:00 Rex Mundi
      • 22:00 – 23:00 Juventa
      • 23:00 – 00:00 Estiva
      • 00:00 – 01:00 Craig Connelly
      • 01:00 – 02:00 KhoMha
      • 02:00 – 03:00 Faruk Sabanci
      • 03:00 – 04:00 Fabio XB
      • 04:00 – 05:00 Matt Darey
      • 05:00 – 06:00 Sneijder

Episodes 601 and onwards[edit]

  • Episode 605 (2013-03-21):
    • Hour 1: The Newest Tunes Selected
    • Hour 2: Live from A State Of Trance: The Expedition, at Mumbai, India, 16 March 2013
  • Episode 609 (2013-04-18): Who's Afraid Of 138?! Special
  • Episode 611 (2013-05-02): Armin van Buuren's "Intense" Album Release Special
  • Episode 617 (2013-06-13): Who's Afraid Of 138?! Special
  • Episode 620 (2013-07-04):
    • Hour 1: The Newest Tunes Selected
    • Hour 2: Live from A State Of Trance, The Expedition: Ibiza Mondays, at Privilege Ibiza, 1 July 2013
  • Episode 629 (2013-09-05): Live from Berlin, Germany featuring guestmixes from Andrew Rayel and Ørjan Nilsen
  • Episode 630 (2013-09-12): Universal Religion 7 Special
  • Episode 633 XL (2013-10-03): Live from A Human Adventure – Jaarbeurs, Utrecht, Netherlands
  • Episode 639 (2013-11-14): Armin van Buuren's "More Intense" Album Release Special
  • Episode 642 (2013-12-05): Who's Afraid Of 138?! Special
  • Episode 644 (2013-12-19): Top 20 of 2013
  • Episode 645 (2013-12-26): Yearmix 2013
A State Of Trance 650: New Horizons[edit]
  • Part 1 MOSCOW, RUSSIA (2014–01–30): Kick-off party live at The Artist Club, Moscow, Russia. All times listed are MSK (UTC+4)
  • Part 2 ALMATY, KAZAKHSTAN (2014–01–31): Live at Atakent – EXPO, Almaty, Kazakhstan. All times listed are ALMT (UTC+6)
    • 21:00 – 22:00: Rank 1
    • 22:00 – 23:00: Tenishia
    • 23:00 – 00:00: Omnia
    • 00:00 – 02:00: Armin van Buuren
    • 02:00 – 03:00: Solarstone
    • 03:00 – 04:00: RAM
  • Part 4 UTRECHT, NETHERLANDS (2014-02-15): Live at Jaarbeurs, Utrecht, Netherlands. All times listed are CET (UTC+1)
    • Main Stage
    • Who's Afraid of 138?! Stage
    • ASOT Invites Stage
      • 21:00 – 22:15 Eximinds
      • 22:15 – 23:30 Protoculture
      • 23:30 – 00:45 Max Graham
      • 00:45 – 02:00 KhoMha
      • 02:00 – 03:15 Ben Gold
      • 03:15 – 04:30 Kyau & Albert
      • 04:30 – 06:00 Mark Sixma
    • Talent Room Stage
      • 21:00 – 22:00 Toby Hedges
      • 22:00 – 23:00 Maarten de Jong
      • 23:00 – 00:00 David Gravell
      • 00:00 – 01:00 Fisherman & Hawkins
      • 01:00 – 02:00 Hazem Beltagui
      • 02:00 – 03:00 Arisen Flame
      • 03:00 – 04:00 Alexandre Bergheau
      • 04:00 – 05:00 Reorder
      • 05:00 – 06:00 Allen & Envy
  • Part 6 BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA (2014–03–01): Live at Ciudad del Rock, Buenos Aires, Argentina. All times listed are ART (UTC-3)
    • Aly & Fila were scheduled to play the last slot, but they were unable to make the trip. Their slot was played by Tomas Heredia with all DJs (who had performed at the event) B2B.
    • 20:00 – 21:00 Armin van Buuren warm-up set
    • 21:00 – 22:00 Ruben de Ronde
    • 22:00 – 23:00 Chris Schweizer
    • 23:00 – 00:15 Heatbeat
    • 00:15 – 01:30 Ørjan Nilsen
    • 01:30 – 02:45 Dash Berlin
    • 02:45 – 04:45 Armin van Buuren
    • 04:45 – 06:00 Tomas Heredia B2B with All Performing DJs
  • Episode 656 (2014-03-27): ASOT 2014 Release Special
  • Episode 659 (2014-04-17): Who's Afraid Of 138?! Special
  • Episode 666 (2014-06-05): Who's Afraid Of 666? Special

Playlists[edit]

Playlists for every episode can be found at the Episodes Section of Armin van Buuren's A State of Trance website.

Regular features[edit]

Each broadcast features three songs selected as Tune of the Week, Future Favourite and ASOT Radio Classic.

Tune of the Week[edit]

The Tune of the Week is selected by Armin van Buuren as his personal choice of best new tune in the show.

Future Favorite[edit]

The Future Favorite is voted for by listeners from a list of new tunes from the previous week's show. The poll takes place at A State of Trance.

ASOT Radio Classic[edit]

The ASOT Radio Classic track has been part of the show since episode 284. Armin selects a track from past years of trance and briefly describes what made the track a classic. It is played as the last track of the show. Armin also played a classic track on each of the first 16 episodes in the early days of the radio show. These tracks were productions from the 1990s and showcased some of the very earliest pioneers of the Trance genre.

Legacy[edit]

While it was not the first radio show to broadcast a two-hour mix from a recurring DJ, A State of Trance's legacy has arguably extended beyond the trance scene. Part of this may be due to the fact that for most parts of the world, A State of Trance was only accessible via Digitally Imported, an internet radio station. Since A State of Trance has gone on the air, numerous DJ's have created their own radio programs out of the spirit of A State of Trance. Some of which include, Above & Beyond with Trance Around the World (now rebranded as Group Therapy), Aly & Fila with the Future Sound of Egypt, and Markus Schulz with the Global DJ Broadcast. Some radio shows that don't even play trance music have spawned out of the spirit of A State of Trance (such as Carl Cox's Global, Hardwell on Air, and Nicky Romero's Protocol, just to name a few).

In March 2011 during the Ultra Music Festival, A State of Trance was given its own stage as part of its 500th episode tour. This was the first time a radio show was given its own tent at a music festival, along with its own broadcast, separate from the festival's official broadcast. Typically a festival stage is hosted by either a particular style of music, or a record label. Since Ultra 2011, A State of Trance has had its own arena at Ultra and the Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas.

Since ID&T's shift from trance to house music, A State of Trance's annual episodic celebrations have effectively replaced Trance Energy (now simply called Energy, focusing on electro house instead of trance) as the pinnacle trance event in The Netherlands.

Compilation series[edit]

Armin van Buuren regularly releases double mix CD "A State of Trance" compilations, as listed below:

Armin van Buuren also regularly releases double mix CD "A State of Trance Year Mix" compilations. The Yearmix 2004 (Episode 182) was not released:

A release of 4-CD unmixed compilations of "A State of Trance Classics" has occurred annually since 2006:

These consist of unedited, full length tracks, in either the original or most popular mix, and state that they are from "uncompressed masters". Despite being called "Classics", the criteria for inclusion weighs heavily towards the difficulty of finding uncompressed digital copies of tracks and as such relatively recent tracks which were vinyl-only or on small record labels have featured.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1][dead link]
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  4. ^ "A State of Trance now exclusively streamed on Spotify!". Armin van Buuren. Retrieved 2014-08-09. 
  5. ^ "Corsten's Countdown". Corstenscountdown.com. Retrieved 2014-08-09. 

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