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These Hopeful Machines

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Composer and technologist BT is one of the most cutting-edge artists and producers for a dizzying array of musical styles. Whether composing intricate scores for blockbuster films such as Fast and Furious, and the Oscar winning Monster; writing and producing for Sting, David Bowie, Peter Gabriel and Madonna to creating cutting edge proprietary software tools from scratch to make it happen - BT ... Read more in Amazon's BT Store

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  • Audio CD (February 2, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Nettwerk Records
  • ASIN: B0030IXWH2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,258 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Suddenly
2. The Emergency
3. Every Other Way
4. The Light in Things
5. Rose of Jericho
6. Forget Me
Disc: 2
1. A Million Stars
2. Love Can Kill You
3. Always
4. Le Nocturne de Lumière
5. The Unbreakable
6. The Ghost In You

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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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86 of 90 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The master has evolved further yet... February 2, 2010
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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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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartwrenching ... February 2, 2010
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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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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Setting the Tone for trance music in 2010! February 2, 2010
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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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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars TH3S3 H0P3FUL MACH1NES - A BALANCED REVIEW February 7, 2010
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(Since theres so many fanboy raves, heres a balanced review:)

BT has woven an album that is probably his most mature yet. This feels more complete than any of the others. It's amazing but not perfect.

[[[(Constructive Criticism): It seems more effort was put into the production and sounds rather than the music itself (ok, some of the timings are intricate, but the chord structures & melodies/harmonies are nothing 'wow'). The music itself isn't groundbreaking - it's a mish-mash of popular music styles you've heard before - it's the production tricks that stand out. Some of the songs are literally over-produced. Where the album tries to 'rock out' it gets hindered by sounding too technical and sterile. The obsession with micro-managed notes, perfect pitch and granularity means little musically to the soul. BT still hasn't learned that sometimes 'less is more' and that if there was more imperfect substance we wouldn't need so much perfect filler. If the songs seem a bit disjointed, well, they are - theres too much 'icing' and not enough 'cake' at times. The album suffers a bit of an identity crisis with it's hired singers and rock/pop/emo/retro/techno/new age/dance songs often lasting 10 minutes a song. This made it feel more like a project. This is where it lacked a producer(s) to step in and 'trim the fat' and make it more focused and tight.(end of constructive criticism)]]]

HOWEVER, when compared with 90% of what is out there - this stands as a work of art. It does have emotion and technically it's VERY exciting to listen to. I expected a lot from this album and with 2 discs, a few great & memorable songs, countless amazing production techniques, superbly produced and mastered - it didn't dissapoint. BT is maturing as an artist as well as a 'technologist'.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars One of my desert island albums
I'm a relative newcomer to BT's music. While I can appreciate his first few albums, for me this one is the one that I always come back to. Read more
Published 22 days ago by James Lemon
1.0 out of 5 stars Sad really
I am always curious to see where he will head next. This felt more like he needed bus money and threw something together. I guess I was spoiled with all of his previous work. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mike Solomon
5.0 out of 5 stars buy it
BT always puts out good music and this album is no exception. Every Other Way with Jess Mills is great along with Emergency and Forget Me.
Published 4 months ago by DJ Velocity43
5.0 out of 5 stars BT Nails It Once Again
BT is consistently knocking my socks off. This album in particular has undertones of his oldskool sounds as well as highly creative new compositions.
Published 4 months ago by Jennifer Claunch-meyers
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Ole Brian Transeau...
As usual, I like his work and would purchase it all over again. I have always felt that his more ambient tracks are his forte, and that is how I began to admire him.
Published 10 months ago by Fun
5.0 out of 5 stars Aswesome!
Awesome just doesnt do enough to describe the fantastic experience the album takes you on. this is genius production, and sound engineering at ts best, I have been an avid follower... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Spellbound
2.0 out of 5 stars not as good as the first album
bought this after a friend said i might like it. i'd already listened to the first album a bunch and thought it was great, but this had a totally different sound (not in a great... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Reviewer
One of the most amazing albums I've ever heard. I started with the track, 'Unbreakable', because I'm a huge fan of Rob Dickinson's, and I fell in love with the song INSTANTLY. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Robert Oliver
5.0 out of 5 stars A Love Letter to Electronic Music
BT is not an electronic producer. He's a composer, a music writer. While many electronic dance producers around the world like Above & Beyond and Armin Van Buuren know a thing or... Read more
Published 16 months ago by The Typer
5.0 out of 5 stars I really love this one!
I am a huge fan of Bt's work over the last ten years or so, and this does not disappoint.
I am one of the few people on the planet still buying CDs in 2012. Read more
Published 18 months ago by HeatherinOhio
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