Internationally renowned artist, visionary producer, film composer and technologist BT is back with These Hopeful Machines, a double-disc opus that carries listeners through 2 hours of sweeping orchestral arrangements, pulsating electronic beats, heartfelt vocal melodies and even simple acoustic guitar. These Hopeful Machines embodies BTâ€™s ability to weave both his technical prowess and compositional mastery that reminds listeners why he is the composer that all other composers and producers study.
These Hopeful Machines is the follow up to 2006â€™s This Binary Universe, an album that created an entirely new genre of evocative electro-acoustic music.
Album opener and first official single â€œSuddenlyâ€ (out January 12) opens to a minute's worth of glitchy breakbeats made using BT's own software, Breaktweaker, before morphing into a powerful, guitar-driven anthem that is among the album's most memorable songs. The track â€œThe Emergency,â€ is instantly a classic BT dance hit designed to linger long after the song ends. The album even features BT's first cover, a reinterpretation of â€œThe Ghost in Youâ€ by The Psychedelic Furs. The song was recorded on tape, giving it a familiar and sentimental feeling while maintaining BT's distinctive style. There are also multiple collaborators on These Hopeful Machines, like Rob Dickinson vocals on â€œAlwaysâ€ and â€œThe Unbreakable,â€ Jes, (formerly of Motorcyle) on â€œEvery Other Wayâ€ and â€œThe Light In Things,â€ and The Policeâ€™s Stewart Copeland who lends a drum breakdown to â€œEvery Other Way.â€
â€œWhen examining my creation process, it makes perfect sense why I am a forced technologist,â€ he explains. â€I frequently face the fact that the tools I need to compose music simply don't exist. It is like being an architect without bricks or mortar. I routinely create my own bricks and connective tissue as the diving off point to the compositional process.â€
Says BT, â€œMy ultimate goal is to keep the emotional counterpoint and the integrity of the song intact, even when pushing the envelope with style and technique. The faster things get, the less people are willing to take in a body of creative work. There are so few things now that will engage us. The intent of consuming music is usually to have an awareness or a feeling, to have a truly, empathic connection to others. My hope is to create something that makes people feel that they have consumed something that completes a void. I want to create something lasting.â€