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An Interview Across Wires With Dance Music Scientist BT

If you're even vaguely familiar with electronic music, you'll know of BT. His inventive and biological approach to programming the soundwaves of Trance and Progressive is what first put him on the map in the early 1990s and what's kept his variety of emotional electronic music in a perpetual clash with the often colorless sound of popular dance music. His latest foray into the realms of electronic albums with A Song Across Wires is both gripping and enduring, extending all the way back to 2011 with "Tomahawk" and forward to 2013 with "Skylarking." I sat down with Brian before his smash of a premiere party at Marquee NYC to see if I could somehow get a glimpse into what drives his zeal for such emotional programming.

So BT, you are a jack-of-all-trades. You have so many experiences whether it's scoring movies, performing as a DJ, being a tech guru, or in music production. Out of all these, which would you say you value the most? 

You know, it's funny because they’re all so interrelated. I'll answer that question with a story. As a kid, all of theses things didn't make sense. I was always just talking about it, just being inspired by sound. I was fascinated with sound, just playing with things in the kitchen, and recording things in the garage, in the basement, and sticking recorders in the air conditioning, just crazy stuff. And then music, music just organized all of it. The piano, the drums, Beethoven, Mozart, Bach, and all of the earlier composers that I studied, later led to finding out about tonal music that was more focused on the noise. Then came in my love for computers and technology. From an early age, I’ve been building things with Radioshack project kits, and making little AM radios - these three things, I’ve loved my entire life. Actually, mathematics, too. Those are really my loves. But those things didn’t make sense together; no one knew what I was going to do as a career.

That’s so impressive. I mean, I was building Legos, and like, stick houses!

Well if it makes you feel any better, I didn't have any friends until like 16. So those things were my only driving force as a boy. Still even to this day. Especially when I found that point of intersection where they all converged, that happened when I found synthesizers. Then eventually I found computer music languages, and I was able to build instruments that I loved to work with. My love of mathematics, my love of sound, and it wasn’t even until my career started that these things began to make sense. It was during my second album when I realized I wanted to develop my own software. Since I studied classical music, I could write music for an orchestra, I could do stuff for films. My mom was seriously worried about me until my late twenties, like "Oh my god, he’s going to starve to death!”

So who would be your favorite classical composer?

I’ve thought about this a lot. There is a difference between whom I like and who inspires me. But I pick this person because I’ve loved every single piece of their work and that person is Claude Debussy. If I ever write even one thing in my life as half as beautiful as the first movement of the Sunken Cathedral, then I’m done. And then I listen to dance music now, and I’m like pshh, are you joking me?!

Let’s talk hypothetical. In the crazy, earth-shattering alternate reality where you didn’t go in to music, where do you think you would be working?

Definitely something in science. It involves a lot of the same ideas I use now. I spoke at this thing called Aspen Ideas Institute several years ago, and I listened to scientists talking about noting neurons and I was like ”Oh my god! This is way more interesting than what I’m doing!" Science is the only other field where you’re playing with gadgets, using math, and creating inspiration. I love reading Scientific American, it inspires me. If you were to ask me where is the place that I want to go most in the world, it’s not going to be Bora Bora; I wan to go to Cern in Switzerland. To go there and study particle accelerators, that would be my version of Christmas times a billion.

You are actually brilliantly nerdy.

Oh yeah, like scary nerdy.

What is the beauty of trance music to you?

Trance to me represents a very high art form within electronic dance music. So many type of dance music now resemble a pedal tone, very monotonous. They’re situated around the root, and it stays there. Especially in electro, you never leave that. You’re in this one tonal area, and there’s not a lot of variance in sound. What I love about trance, and it can almost get too much, is the musical balance. There’s melodic structures, harmony, it’s actually music! I really hope this doesn’t upset people, but when you hear too much electro, you could hear a B-flat note for a whole 5 minutes and that’s the whole song!

Last question, where did you get this signature BT hairstyle?

I don’t even know. The same girl has cut my hair for years, and every once in a while she’ll be in the mood to do something new, so it could actually change at any minute now.

A Song Across Wires - Out now on iTunes!

By Anne Chang

Follow me on Twitter: @Ann3c5


Track of the Day: "Code Emergency" (BT Mashup) BT + Andrew Bayer vs. W&W + Ummet Ozcan

If you tuned into to this week's episode of Tritonal's Tritonia or BT's guest mix on episode 26 of Group Therapy, then this tune will sound familiar. "The Emergency Code" is a spectacular mashup that wraps BT and Andrew Bayer's "The Emergency" around the pumping sound of W&W and Ummet Ozcan's "The Code."

These two are amazing on their own, but it surprised me how well the sound meshed together to add a different vibe to one of the favorite Electro tracks from the ASOT Expedition. BT is on a roll this year, having released hits such as his remix of L.A. by Super8 & Tab for Anjunabeats and the mindblowing "Skylarking.I'm off the wall excited to hear his new album and what else Brian has in store for us for the summer.


By Jenna Becofsky

Follow me on Twitter: @BassIsBeauty


"Skylarking" - BT (Original Mix)

There's something so massive about this track's composition that took BT over ten minutes to accomplish. Taking you along for a glorious ride, Brian Transeau introduces us to the first track off of his upcoming album release on Armada music. BT's style has evolved over the years, but his trademark stutter edit, which consists of repeatedly echoing a short sample of music to create a feeling of motion, is still thriving in this futuristic work for 2013. It is hard to grasp how truly carefully and meticulously Brian crafted this, as it comes off more as a meditation than a typical song. "Skylarking" is a work of art, a majestic Trance record with substantial depth and emotion to it, a sonic journey that is waiting to unfold.

Out now on Beatport!

By Edward Fancher


"Love Comes Again" - Tiesto ft. BT (Henrix Remix)

Tiesto & BT's classic is one of my favorite Progressive tracks ever made, and always one that'll put a smile on my face when I hear its huge stadium sound. Due out February 4th is Henrix's masterful remix, which takes a new spin on the original that we've never heard before. As a mainstay of many Trance artists' sets, I'm used to hearing this with deep, pulsating basslines that make the walls shake. Henrix takes that sound and flips it upside down, instead aiming for a heavenly Progressive break that will shine light into any cold, dark day. Just when I've broken down I found, love can come again! 

By Edward Fancher


"Must Be the Love" - Arty & BT ft. Nadia Ali (Au5 Remix)

Get ready for this one...if you thought that the heavenly collaboration between BT, Arty, and Nadia Ali was maxed out in excellence, wait until you give this remix a listen. The remix pack is featured on Beatport with extended and radio mixes from Shogun and Au5, a relatively unknown producer with a handful of originals. The soothing vocals throughout the intro lead into some gorgeous synths that kicks in with the chorus, and the soaring chords match the original in their ability to make any Trance or Progressive fan go wild. The chorus is overflowing with energy to the point where it is near-anthem status and I honestly cannot imagine what it will be like the first time I hear this live! The fill after the first chorus maintains the excitement with a cool arpeggiated section, and there is only a short interlude before the chorus closes out the song in a fitting fashion. Anyone who takes on a remix for BT and Arty is setting some high expectations, and this remix certainly hits the spot! 


Out now on BeatPort!

By Andrew Cordivari

Follow me on Twitter: @___andrew__