It has to be clarified that Robert Miles is not the original creator of the DREAM MUSIC. Apparently this term was used for the first time by the Italian D.J. Gianni Parrini, at the end of 1993. D.J. Parrini is still the real leader of this style, but it seems he has not the luck as Robert Miles with his 'Children'. Among the first creators of this style were artists like: Adriano Dodici, Gigi d'Agostino (well known nowadays), Leonardo Rossi, and of course Gianni Parrini himself. DREAM HOUSE originally evolved from TRANCE. Usually down-beat, with soft melodic sounds (a piano is characteristic and practically a mandatory section), and a sharp pounding drum beat. It also can have a heavenly female or choir voice (e.g. Zhi-vago, DJ Dado etc).
The cover-sleeves normally shows virtual landscapes, or relating to the cosmos. Frequently the dream can be fused with elements of techno or progressive music, resulting faster with a vibrating baseline straight and running (e.g. B.B.E). This “mutated” style also got the name (e.g. PROGRESSIVE MEDITERRANEAN). Other variant of dream is called COSMIC-DREAM: it is more deep and reflexive (e.g. . Brothers Of The Coast). The main Italian labels devoted to dream music in Italy are: In Lite, Outta (both from Ala Bianca Group), Desastre (from DB One), several labels from Zac Music like Vertikal, Elite, Universal have released some stuff. Also from DiscoMagic we have the side more commercial of this style with a label just named Dream Records. Check these releases: Adriano Dodici ‘Opera Dodici’ (WestWard / 1993), Roland Brant ‘Mastermind’ (Desastre / 1994), D.J. Panda ‘It’s A Dream’ (Outta / 1994), Robiz ‘Universum’ (In Lite / 1995), Gianni Parrini ‘White Blow’ (Drohm / 1995), Sonic Dream ‘Il Sogno’ (Desastre / 1995), Oscar Piatelli & Frank Vanoli ‘Livin’ Age’ (Desastre / 1995), MC Hair ‘Moonra E.P.’ (Red Gate / 1995), Positive with Gianni Parrini ‘Traum Remix’ (UMM PR / 1995), Brothers Of The Coast ‘Ouverture’ (Universal / 1995) cosmic dream.
This is by far; the most popular dance format. So much so, that there exists over a dozen related branches including New York dub, Chicago, New Jersey, Miami, garage, tribal, acid... in fact, almost every other format touches on house at some point because the steady 4/4 time signature beat is virtually universal in dance music. Attributes: the beat, keyboards, home synthesizers, male vocals, female vocals at all... add any or all. What you add defines what kind of house it is but what makes it house is it the beat 110 to 128 BPM.
Examples: lnner City, MK, Ralphie Rosario, Robin S., and anything on the Murk; Eightball or Strictly Rhythm labels.