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These Hopeful Machines

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2010 two CD release. Given his enviable resume and illustrious 15+ year career, it is difficult to imagine that platinum-selling artist, visionary producer, film composer and technologist BT may only now be beginning to create the best work of his career. With his double-disc opus, These Hopeful Machines, BT definitively weaves both the technical prowess and compositional mastery that reminds us all why he's the composer that all other composers and producers study. As with previous albums, These Hopeful Machines is rife with vocal collaborations that expose BT's influences and bend them toward his unique perceptions of song structure and sonic parity. BT has become one of the most revolutionary artists and sought after producers on the scene.
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  • Audio CD (February 2, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Nettwerk Records
  • ASIN: B0030IXWH2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,895 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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A few years back, I did a review of BT's "Movement In Still Life", an album that changed the way I looked at dance music. After the decent, yet stutter-step that was Emotional Technology, and the beautiful, yet too ambient for my taste "This Binary Universe", today I am happy to return to Amazon to say that BT's latest offering, "These Hopeful Machines", is an album that once again changes the way I look at dance music, a double-album where I don't even care what the names of each song are or where the skip button is located, because it flows so beautifully well.

Forget your radio-cheese pop or your repetitive club-dance music. THIS is the future right here. Brian Transeau is so ahead of his time that it's ridiculous. This is not a person who goes loop-nuts with synths and drum machines, or relies lazily on his computer to do all the work for him. This album has been composed with TLC and it shows. You can truly feel BT's vision come to life, almost as if every minute detail was meticulously planned and executed precisely according to his vision. Nothing feels "thrown in" for the sake of it, and even at 2 hours long, you'll still be hearing new effects and tricks. Of course, it doesn't hurt that the music is very melodic, uplifting and fresh throughout. THIS is what feel-good music should be, and I feel truly priveleged to have seen a glimpse of the future of music. Hopefully the next generation will see the impact BT has left on electronic music as a whole, because as it's always stood, IMO, the man just does not get nearly enough credit in this oversaturated industry. Marvelous album - thank you, BT!
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... because it means no other artist or album after this will ever live up to my expectations again.

I didn't think he could do it ... after four years, I thought BT had gone to live in a hermitage somewhere to contemplate the wonderful accomplishments of his life, but it turns out, he was working on this album. I feel a little ashamed to be calling this an "album" ... it's not an album, it's an experience. It encompasses everything music should encompass. It's orchestral, lyrical, celebratory ... it's about love, heartache, inner peace, and every other emotion you could possibly imagine. It's tough to explain exactly what I feel when I listen to BT, because his music envelops all of your senses in a bubble of cosmic waves and euphoria. BT's music DOES something to your brain waves and the world just seems a little bit clearer. 'These Hopeful Machines' is no exception to that.

Protip: Don't listen to this album (or really, any of Brian's music) on your laptop speakers. The music should truly be experienced in all of its glory ... use a good pair of headphones or stereo speakers.
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Brian delivered some amazing electronic albums in the late 90s and in the early 2000s. Then, in 2003, Emotional Technology, Movement in Still Life and This Binary Universe took a new approach to electronic music and the clubs didn't quite soak it up.

For good reason. Personally, I think those albums are fantastic but they were experimental, new and broke out of the traditional trance mold.

As I attended BT's shows and started hearing singles from the upcoming album, These Hopeful Machines, it was clear that Brian was bringing things back to basics but I wasn't quite sure how he would deliver...

These Hopeful Machines is a new era in electronic music. Brian has taken every phenomenal aspect of his entire catalog and applied it to this album.

1. The vocals, pop appeal and ballad level lyrics that we love in the album, Emotional Technology
2. The stutter edit effects that made up This Binary Universe
3. The build up and release that we danced to on IMA and ESCM.
4. The guitar and "live" feeling that Movement in Still Life" gave us

Brian took these aspects and modernized it all for this new decade and its the perfect dance album for 2010!

My favorite tracks: (in order)
A Million Stars
The Unbreakable

Brian also teamed up with some amazing DJs to deliver fantastic remixes that you can buy as a seperate digital album on iTunes.

BT hit a home run! I've listened to the album 6 times today and will listen to it 20 more times before the week is over. I'm in love and will have a hard time going back to his old albums because everything I loved about those records are in These Hopeful Machines.
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These Hopeful Machines heralds a new benchmark for quality and sophistication in commercially-viable electronic music. BT, perhaps more so than any popular artist I can think of, consistently produces music that is excellent in every regard. The standard of quality he maintains; the level of his artistry is remarkable. The amount of work he puts into each project is immense, and his dedication is beyond admirable. Every album he has released possesses a distinct identity, and every subsequent album evolves substantially from its predecessor while maintaining stylistic cohesion. BT's music is instantly recognizable as his. I can think of few other artists in the genre that own their music so strongly. He maintains his distinct style in spite of, or perhaps because of the diversity of his musical influences, which have become more apparent with each album. His music is not a patchwork of other artists' ideas, or if it is, then a single piece of that patchwork is microscopic. I'm making a lot of generalizations in what is supposed to be a review of a single record, not an analysis of a career. But I make these comments because they are relevant to this particular album. I think you need to be familiar with his previous work to understand just how brilliant this new album is, though familiarity is not a prerequisite for appreciation. These Hopeful Machines (hereafter referred to as THM) feels like a culmination. It seems as if all of his previous work was developmental, and we are just now witnessing the unveiling, the flowering of his potential (note the album cover). I'm not implying that all his previous work is underdeveloped. Rather, that in the light of this new work, his previous albums are essential developmental stages.Read more ›
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What an amazing album! It takes the best elements of This Binary Universe, combines them with BT and Jes' amazing vocals and produces something that's greater than its parts!
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