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->''"My motivation is simple.\\
To be additive. I wish in some small way to [[AWorldHalfFull bend the collective human narrative towards the positive.]]\\
To inspire untold (even to me) small leaps of faith that germinate and grow in people I will never know.\\
To make music that makes people [[YouAreNotAlone feel connected & less alone.]] That inspires people to face life and even if they fail to do so with dignity."''
--> --'''BT'''

'''BT''' is the stage name of Brian Transeau, a prominent electronic musician. His signature style includes a lot of post-processing effects, oftentimes making you think that your MP3 player has crashed horribly or become possessed by [[EldritchAbomination something quite unpleasant]]. Despite this, his music is still precisely rhythmical, [[EarWorm insanely catchy]], and omnipresent.

His albums have run the gamut from straight progressive trance, to vocal-heavy dance, to phenomenally stirring ambient music. As a producer, he's collaborated with many other artists ([[SoulCoughing Mike Doughty]], Music/ToriAmos, BritneySpears, and [[ThePolice Stewart Copeland]] to name a few) and remixed songs by... pretty much anyone he hasn't collaborated with ({{Madonna}}, TheDoors, DianaRoss).

His 2010 album ''These Hopeful Machines'' was nominated for a GrammyAward in the "Best Dance/Electronica" category, losing to [[Music/LaRoux La Roux's]] self-titled album.

!! Discography

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[[folder: Studio Albums ]]

* ''Ima'' (1995)
* ''ESCM'' (1997)
* ''Movement in Still Life'' (1999/2000)
* ''Emotional Technology'' (2003)
* ''This Binary Universe'' (2006)
* ''These Hopeful Machines'' (2010)
* ''Nuovo Morceau Subrosa'' (2012)
* ''If the Stars Are Eternal So Are You and I'' (2012)
* ''A Song Across Wires'' (2013)

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[[folder: EP's ]]

* ''Turn Me On'' (1999)
* ''Extended Movement'' (2000)
* ''The Technology EP'' (2004)
* ''Human Technology EP'' (2005)

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[[folder: Compilations ]]

* ''R&R: Rare & Remixed'' (2001)
* ''Still Life in Motion'' (2001)
* ''10 Years in the Life'' (2002)
* ''These Humble Machines'' (2011); Radio-edits of ''These Hopeful Machines'' on a single disc.
* ''These Re-Imagined Machines'' (2011); A 2-disc set containing many assorted remixes of tracks from ''These Hopeful Machines''. [[LimitedSpecialCollectorsUltimateEdition A 4-disc set containing an obscene amount of goodies]][[note]]3 CD's containing 24 remixes, 1 DVD of all 59 remixes and 3 music videos, a 2.32-page, 12” hard bound book, a 3.12” x 72” poster and a BT logo sticker, as well as being personally autographed and serial-numbered by BT... whew![[/note]] was released some time later.
* ''Laptop Symphony'' (2012); A 2-disc set containing various new remixes, in the spirit of most of his live performances. "Flaming June" from ''ESCM'' makes its triumphant return as the final track on the second disc.

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[[folder: Sample CD's ]]

* ''Breakz from the Nu Skool'' (2002)
* ''Twisted Textures'' (2002)
* ''300 Years Later'' (with Nick Phoenix) (2005)

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[[folder: Music appearances ]]

* ''TheFastAndTheFurious'' (Complete score)
* ''Stealth'' (Complete score, and collaborated with DavidBowie)
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}: [[PixarShorts Tokyo Mater]]'' (Complete score)
* ''VideoGame/FreQuency'' and ''Amplitude'' (Contributed tracks to each)
* ''Alpha Protocol'' (complete score)
* ''Need For Speed: Underground'' (Licensed his song "Kimosabe")
* ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory Toons: [[PixarShorts Partysaurus Rex]]'' (complete score, minus some musical cues from ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory2'')
* [[SomethingCompletelyDifferent Of all things]], he provided background music for a series of direct-to-DVD Yoga and Pilates DVD's MTV released in the early 2000s.

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!! Tropes used in BT's music:
* AuthorAppeal: Mathematical concepts, which prominently show up in song titles and samples, and occasionally lyrics. He once explained on Facebook an old technique of his that used the curve of a parabola to calculate pings/samples that speed up or slow down.
* {{Bishonen}}: Oh yes.
* BoastfulRap: On "Knowledge of Self", "Madskillz-Mic Chekka", and "Kimosabe", with the caveat that the vocalist isn't BT.
* ClusterFBomb: The final verse of the Industrial section of ''Solar Plexus''.
* EpicRocking: Barring Sasha's 42 minute DJ mix on BT's debut album ''Ima'', most of the standalone songs fit the bill: the two-part "Loving You More" is a total of 13 minutes; "Blue Skies", another two-parter, is 17 minutes; and "Divinity" is 11 minutes. They don't call it "epic house" for nothing.
** Sasha, who had a penchant for long songs back in the day, also did a 12-minute remix of "Embracing the Sunshine", and a 13-minute mix of "Remember".
** The majority of songs on ''ESCM'' were also over 8 minutes in length, culminating with the awesome 11-minute "Content".
*** "Content" proper is actually around 8 minutes in length; following nearly two minutes of silence, there is a short hidden track starting at 9:51. It is a small orchestral version of "Flaming June".
* EpicInstrumentalOpener: The album version of "Loving You More" has a 9-minute lead in track (the "Garden of Ima" dub mix), which segues into the "Final Spiritual Journey" mix (the radio edit).
* EverythingIsAnInstrument: Best exemplified on ''This Binary Universe'', where the sounds of his daughter's infant giggles get used to great effect. One press release for the album mentioned that BT had used circuit bending (re-wiring instruments, or in this case, even household appliances and Furbys) to create unique sounds.
** The credits for the song "Le nocturne de Lumière" on ''These Hopeful Machines'' list "who knows what else" after all of the conventional (and non-conventional) instruments, and all of the software BT wrote himself.
* GenreRoulette: So often, it [[{{GenreRoulette/BT}} requires its own page]].
* KidsRock: "Forget Me", out of nowhere, ends with BT's daughter Kaia singing the chorus herself.
* LoudnessWar: ''These Hopeful Machines'' has gotten a bit of flack for this.
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: Despite being a dance music musician, BT loves playing rock at any chance he gets...
** Level 2: "Satellite" from ''Movement In Still Life'', "Animals" from ''Emotional Technology''.
** Level 3: "Dark Heart Dawning" and "The Only Constant Is Change" from ''Emotional Technology'', "Always" from ''These Hopeful Machines''
** Level 4: "Shame" from ''Movement In Still Life'', "Superfabulous" from ''Emotional Technology'', "Love Can Kill You" from ''These Hopeful Machines''
** Level 5: "Suddenly" and "Forget Me" from ''These Hopeful Machines''
** Level 6: "Solar Plexus" from ''ESCM'', "Circles" from ''Emotional Technology''.
* NewSoundAlbum: BT has changed sounds several times as his musical and mathematical vocabularies continue to grow.
** ''Ima'' was deep/progressive house.
** ''ESCM'' went for progressive trance, trip hop and drum and bass.
** ''Movement in Still Life'' kept the trance but added New Breakbeat music.
** ''Emotional Technology'' was trance-pop and rock ballads. ''These Hopeful Machines'' followed suit with more trance and more rock.
** ''This Binary Universe'' was a complete GenreShift to experimental, ambient and new age electronica (influenced by CreatorBreakdown due to his equipment being stolen and his daughter's kidnapping.) ''If the Stars Are Eternal, So Are You and I'' and ''Nuovo Morceau Subrosa'' followed suit with more glitch, dark ambient, drone music and chillstep (an ambient form of dubstep.)
** ''A Song Across Wires'' went straight for electro house and trance (aka electronic dance music.)
** His soundtracks will also invariably be in entirely different moods than his albums, due to the nature of scoring films and video games.
* NonAppearingTitle: :"Superfabulous", "Somnambulist"("somnambulating" appears, but not "somnambulist"), "Paris"(although "Parisians" appears), and "The Last Moment of Clarity" from ''Emotional Technology''; "Movement in Still Life" and "Love on Haight Street" from ''Movement in Still Life''; and "Firewater", "Lullaby for Gaia", and "Solar Plexus" from ''ESCM''.
* SingleStanzaSong / LoopedLyrics - "Smartbomb" features a line taken from the next track ("Love on Haight Street": "Back on the set and covering all bets") looping over and over with a short chorus carrying the title.
** "Nectar" from ''ESCM'' is a perfect example; beginning at 1:40, until the very end, the lyrics are just one line:
---> "And it ebbs and goes, ebbs and goes, where love can only flow."
* SitcomArchNemesis: He apparently does not like Borgore very much.
* SweetDreamsFuel: ''This Binary Universe'' filled this void for several of his fans. His daughter's appearance on "Forget Me" also had the same effect.
* TechnologyMarchesOn: As BT is a full-fledged technologist who writes his own software and builds his own hardware, this is bound to happen. Most of his music has held up over the years, but there are definitely sections of ''Emotional Technology'' – like the time-corrected but heavily artifacting horse clops in "P A R I S" and the ...interestingly {{AutoTune}}d vocals in "Animals" – that have not stood the test of time.
* WordSaladLyrics: "Never Gonna Come Back Down", his collaboration with Mike Doughty, is naturally full of this. Adding to the weirdness, Doughty also recites from the [[Literature/TheBible Book Of Revelations]], gives shout outs to an imaginary audience, and asks for DJ Rap's phone number in gratuitous Spanish. BT actually had him do a few takes of improvised rambling and pasted together the best bits of them between verses.
--> "That's what I do for a living..."
** "Blue Skies" from ''Ima'' also qualifies, as the vocals were made entirely of random clips of Tori Amos improvising. In production, she never once said the words "blue" and "skies" in the same sentence.

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