GRAMMY nominated electronic musician, technologist and composer BT unveiled his two-disc “LAPTOP SYMPHONY” (out on Black Hole Recordings) mix compilation on May 14th (digital) and on June 11th (physical), 2012, globally. A face-melting, mind-altering collection of pristinely mixed tracks evocative of BT’s live shows of the same name, “LAPTOP SYMPHONY” is a must-have release for discerning electronic dance music lovers. Disc-one is a snarling, growling assemblage of the nastiest, most sonically vicious dubstep, electro and breakbeats; disc-two is a victorious team of trance hits reimagined for today’s world-weary festival-goer.
Disc-one kicks-off with BT and Adam K’s Tomahawk, a blistering tune that’s been demonizing dubstep and electo-friendly shows across North America and Europe, before mainlining into Savoy’s Kili and then Wolfgang Gartner’s Menage A Trois, the latter a brutally syncopated aural assault. BT demonstrates that American bass music is alive-and-well, and that there’s an entire universe of exquisite electro-dubstep beyond Skrillex; annihilating pieces like Xilent’s Choose Me II and Porter Robinson and Lazy Rich featuring Sue Cho’s Hello are perfect examples. Track after scorching track on disc-one, BT lays forth his master plan for moving bodies with heavy bass and obese beats not meant for the weak-of-heart. The filthy production and hypnotic staccato stabs of DJ Spoko and Mugwanti’s Mugwanti linger in the air long after they’re heard, and just before the breaks-laden ecstasy becomes unbearable, BT transitions to disc-two with the angelic vocals of JES on Cosmic Gate’s Flying Blind.
Disc-two opens like a dream, with richly hued, idyllic landscapes drifting past. Stop to listen, really listen. It’s in these otherworldly dimensions of audio utopia where BT’s magic lives. Time stands still as waves of unspeakable beauty waft over the listener with delicious melodies embedded in tunes like Andrew Bayer’s Counting The Points and BT’s own hit single In The Air with Morgan Page and Sultan and Ned Shepard featuring Angela McCluskey. Dare to daydream to Aurosonic and Ange’s Without You, until BT featuring Kirsty Hawkshaw’s A Million Stars jolts you from your reverie with Hawkshaw’s heavenly vocals. Harmonic synths get hands in-the-air on Ashley Wallbridge’s Vision, and BT keeps the euphoria flowing straight into Arty’s remix of Ferry Corsten’s Punk, a classic track aged like a fine wine. When mashed with Swedish House Mafia’s Save The World,”the result is a monster with a life of its own! BT then drops Allure (a moniker of Tiësto) featuring Christian Burns’ On The Wire before segueing into his own killer track with Tiësto, Love Comes Again, with BT on vocals. The piece-de-resistance is BT’s timeless anthem, the impossibly gorgeous Flaming June, reworked by BT for this release.
More About BT
Born Brian Transeau, BT is a Berklee College Of Music-trained platinum-selling artist who counts Claude Debussy and Igor Stravinsky among his musical influences. BT has scored major motion pictures including Go, The Fast And The Furious, Stealth, and the Academy Award winning film, Monster, starring Charlize Theron. BT is as respected by music’s contemporaries as he is revered by fans, and friend and colleague Armin van Buuren was quoted to DJ Times, saying, “BT is to dance music what Mozart was to classical music.” The artists who have commissioned BT over the years for remix and production work read like a who’s-who of the music world, including: Madonna, Peter Gabriel, Sting, Britney Spears, Seal, Sarah McLachlan, Tori Amos and others. BT’s groundbreaking studio albums become high-watermarks to which other EDM musicians aspire. They are: Ima, ESCM, Movement In Still Life, Emotional Technology, This Binary Universe and These Hopeful Machines, the latter nominated for the 53rd GRAMMY®for Best Dance/Electronic Album. BT’s proprietary Stutter Edit production and performance software is today available from iZotope Inc.