Some artists lead. Others follow. Well and truly leading with each of his varied musical ventures, Brian Transeau remains as innovative to technically refined modern music as Shakespeare was to written prose. Juggling a legacy more than two decades and long six-albums strong, a successful stint of film scores and commissioned work by Madonna and Peter Gabriel alike, the Grammy nominations and platinum selling spells are mere ornaments compared to the creative integrity that his BT moniker has breathed upon EDM. But for all of his technological efficiency and compositional stamina, the route to his seventh artist album for Armada Music has mustered yet more industry firsts cut from the core of his game changing studio etiquette with Laptop Symphony. Call it nerdy, ingenious or abstract if you will, but as Dan Carter discovered during an exclusive interview with BT, the tides of change are meaningless without passionate innovation. Continue reading
There are few more technically superior composers on the modern Dance music market than American technologist Brian Transeau. Having donned the industry orchestral electronic landmarks throughout his long serving career, there has been litte doubt to the fact that outside of his film scoring and rigorous studio duties BT is one the most creatively superior artists on the globe. Six albums down the line and one Grammy nomination later for 2010′s ‘These Silent Machines’ have seen the inspired producer transition from overtly mysterious clubbing entity to one of the industry’s most highly respected contributors to date.
But for a fresh extension of his similarly named radio project, the American EDM revolutionary takes on the gruelling tast of canning the evocative energy of his enigmatic live sets with two-discs definitive club fuel for Laptop Symphony. Considerably more in tune with the Electro-orientated stylings that have overrun his homeland, his collaborative effort alongside Adam K for ‘Tomahawk’ proves a potent amalgamative opener for the more heavy-set stylings of Wolfgang Gartner, Porter Robinson and Feed Me alike that fuel this first encounter. Though verging far from his more euphoric heyday as Trance’s club savvy middle-man, his undeniable wit and tangible flexibility towards this popular sub-genre is never tedious, but a formative insight into the creativity such an oversubscribed sound can still muster on the modern market.
While Disc One embraces the more familiar trends in EDM, it is Disc Two that reels in the more familiar magic of BT’s intrinsic presence both on record and behind the decks. In a collection of tracks that breed euphoria and divine melodic refinement from the outset, Myon and Shane 42‘s remix of his own vocal masterpiece ‘A Million Stars’ and Hardwell‘s infamous remix of his collaborative anthem alongside Tiesto ‘Love Comes Again’ reels in a sturdy instalment of the unfathomable beauty that BT has cornered within Electronic music. With more Trance orientated peers Andrew Bayer and Ferry Corsten on hand to extend his own tantalising standard of production, Transeau’s more devout fans are sure to breath a sigh of relief within the unwrapping progressions that make up the body of this definitive instalment.
With his Seventh artist album on the horizon for Arvin Van Buuren’s Armada Music imprint and first album track ‘Must Be The Love’ already stirring excitement across the globe, BT’s iconic status seems as safely preserved as ever within this impressive collection of defining musical movements.
Laptop Symphony is out now on Black Hole Recordings via iTunes and Beatport.
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