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A Song Across Wires

August 16, 2013

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: August 16, 2013
  • Label: Armada Music
  • Copyright: (c) 2013 Binary Acoustics under exclusive license to Armada Music B.V.
  • Total Length: 2:03:01
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  • ASIN: B00EF3MVL4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,033 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

It makes perfect sense then.
James R. Purcell
To some extent, you can also hear BT tipping his hat to his older prog-trance albums, such as ESCM and Ima.
MauiMaine
The continuous mix is the way to listen to this album.
Joel Nafziger

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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By MauiMaine on August 16, 2013
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Listen to the FULL CONTINUOUS MIX (album only) - that's the real album. The continuous mix features all the full tracks at 10+ minutes each. With that being said, this album is BT at the top of his game. You can hear the entire culmination of his career in this album. The track "Skylarking" (full 11 minute version) is an absolute monster piece and sets the tone for the soaring, uplifting BT that everyone loves. A Song Across Wires leans more to the electronic dance side compared to some of the more "rock" influenced tracks on These Hopeful Machines. Audiophiles will love the crisp and clear sound of BT's meticulous production talents while hedonists will love the blissful trance journeys as one song blends into another. BT does experiment with some of today's sounds - there are hints of dubstep and electro here and there - but they are merely in passing and kind of interesting when crafted in BT's hands. Some of my favorite tracks - all long versions - are "Skylarking", "Tomahawk", "Stem the Tides" and "Surrounded". To some extent, you can also hear BT tipping his hat to his older prog-trance albums, such as ESCM and Ima. This album is a must for any BT fan - both old a new.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 25, 2013
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I think the music industry has a hard time coming to terms with BT and his work. Why would you split up something as beautiful as "A Song Across the Wires" into 12 short, incoherent tracks when you have an 80-minute masterpiece that BT basically just handed you on a silver platter? Listen to track 13. That's BT. I'm not quite sure what the rest of the tracks are, or who made the decision to release the album this way. Whether it was BT or the production company ... it just really bothered me. I started listening to the first few tracks and sort of got annoyed that BT would sell himself so short. Then I started to listening to Track 13 and everything made much more sense.

You get that same tingling feeling through your body. It was like I was listening to Skylarking for the first time all over again. What a beautiful experience. Long live BT.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By D. Dorries on August 16, 2013
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This is an absolutely PERFECT production. Masterful in its execution and a true sonic onslaught of blissful melody and hard hitting dance floor shaking beats. This version is the radio edit length tracks while the 13th track is a continuous mix containing all 12 tracks in their extended form and masterfully blended. I recommend this for BT fans new and old. As always BT has raised the bar. You won't hear a cleaner more beautiful collection of EDM tunes. The album is trance, house, progressive and dubstep elements crafted in a way only BT could. Pick this up NOW.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bobby G on November 11, 2013
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BT Does it again...does this guy ever make a bad record? I totally love this album. My only complaint is that the tracks seem a bit short (averaging about 3:30 minutes). All of the songs seemed to be shorten just to fit on one disc. If you buy the MP3's, you still get the shorten songs, but you get the bonus continuous mix, which, surprise, has full versions of the album songs on the track. Maybe they plan on doing a multiple disk set with all the full versions?

Overall, it is a good album and I recommend it to anyone who is in the electronica/trance/dubstep scene
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By hannibalsmith on August 26, 2013
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I have a theory that BT really wishes he were a pop star, or at least a producer of hit pop records. So while I've been a fan since the ESCM days and (retroactively) Ima, especially after Movement In Still Life I felt he really was making an attempt to craft hit electronic-tinged pop songs and make himself into some sort of famous pop-figure at the expense of his roots in more pure electronica. The cover photograph of Emotional Technology with BT clad in his white tux didn't help dissuade me of that. In my mind, BT is probably the most brilliant, technically proficient producer of electronic music on the planet, but for the past couple of albums he's largely done little more than use those skills to overproduce what would otherwise be unremarkable, mediocre and boring pop songs. Too much, I think, production over just composition and song writing. The recent albums were not horrible so much as they were simply disappointing - disappointing to me at least because I've always felt BT to be capable of so much more.

Enter now A Song Across Wires. This is a big improvement from BT's last few efforts. The vocal songs are mostly well written this time, and the great production is still there. Letting Go and Surrounded both are stand outs - excellent songs - the only slight negative I could say is that I felt some of the producers who submitted remixes for BT's competition to remix Surrounded came up with better mixes than BT's own original mix on this album. City Lights, despite using an Asian sounding, non-English vocal is just a well done fun song. The non-vocal instrumentals I don't think will become all time classics like Godspeed or Flaming June or Content, but songs like Vervoreen, Tomahawk and Skylarking are, I think, the best instrumentals that BT's put out there since the aforementioned works.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mike H. on October 10, 2013
Format: Audio CD
Genre: Trance, Dubstep, and Progressive House

Top Three Songs:
- Lifeline (with Dragon, Jontron, & Senadee)
- Surrounded (with Au5 & Aqualung)
- City Life (with Au5, Fractal & Bada )

If you are a fan of EDM (electronic dance music) and don't know who Brian Transeau (BT) is, then you are not a true fan of EDM. BT is someone that really doesn't need an introduction. He has been around since 1993 with making nine studio albums (which I will review someday), has made movie and TV scores for The Fast and The Furious (2001) and Betrayal (2013) to name a few, has been Grammy Nominated for Best Electronic Dance Album in 2011, has made his own software that been used by mainstream artists like Justin Biber, worked with artists like NSync, Britney Spears, Tiesto, Armin and many others, and has an awesome hairstyle. With every new album that BT makes he explores a new genre of music. With the first two albums he was mainly focusing on the trance genre, but in Movement Still in Live (1999) he explored with hip-hop beats and This Binary Universe (2007) was more ambient and glitch-like. With A Song Across Wires (2013) BT focuses on the new hype that has been occurring in EDM lately that he calls, "bass music" and teaming up with an all-star cast of artists like trance vocalist Jes, a coming up dubstep and electro house producer Fractal, and tyDi a progressive trance and house producer. In A Song Across Wires BT is able to explore sounds that we have not heard from him before, but still able to keep that BT style that we all love.
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