Behind that pop-star-looking face on a few of BT's album covers is the mind of a musical engineer. Maryland's Bryan Wayne Transeu started writing music at an early age and got a shot at Berklee School of Music at 15. He arrived on the trance scene a bit late for his mix of engineering curiosity and classical music background, but he managed to throw a wrench at the scene with 1995's Ima, which included the hit remix of Tori Amos' "Blue Skies."
That notoriety helped BT land a few production credits for Britney Spears and N'Sync, alongside the opportunity to write scores for films—all while continuing to release albums and tinker with what would eventually become that glitchy stutter effect that all the Top 40 kids front these days. His nerdy glee for music and electronics got him running off the deep end with the navel- and star-gazing lullabies of 2006's This Binary Universe, a fine album for background music but not much else.
Thankfully, his latest, These Hopeful Machines, is a return to danceable music with that trailblazer mentality that helped him earn his distinguished place in the scene.
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