Brian Transeau

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Brian Wayne Transeau (born October 4, 1971) is a musician who records under the stage name BT. Born in Maryland, and classically trained from the age of thirteen, he attended Berklee School of Music in Boston for one year before dropping out and moving to Los Angeles, then back to Washington, DC.

Transeau's music was not very well received in the United States during the early 1990s, and he moved temporarily to Europe where his music was discovered by Sasha, a British DJ who introduced BT's music into the club circuit. Instantly popular, BT's 1996 album Ima helped shape the future of the burgeoning progressive house scene as it merged with, and later came to define, the trance music style. However, unlike so many artists of the trance genre, BT has lost neither his momentum nor his edge. While Ima was comprised solely of the "progressive" sound, 1997's ESCM was more experimental (although it still produced several big records for the electronic dance music scene). BT's 1999 album Movement in Still Life continued his experimentation outside of the trance genre he helped to define through an interesting dichotomy emerged between his more adventurous work and the more structured, commercially viable tracks. This album also featured a strong element of nu skool breaks, a genre he helped define with the classic Hip-Hop Phenomenon, in collaboration with Tsunami One. 2003 saw the release of Emotional Technology featuring more vocal tracks than usual, including six with vocals by Transeau. He also provided vocals on the DJ TiŽsto single "Love Comes Again".

In recent years he has also moved into film scoring including Go (1999), Under Suspicion (2000), Driven (2001), The Fast and the Furious (2001), and Monster (2003). Also of note, unlike many artists working in electronica, Transeau frequently performs his music live on-stage. In 2004, he did a very popular "last night of summer" concert at BT Tower (named for British Telecom, not Transeau).

His aliases include Kaistar, Libra (as in Libra Presents Taylor), with John Selway as Dharma, with Deep Dish and John Selway as Prana, with Shaun Keng Collins as Elastic Reality, with Taylor as Elastic Chakra, with Guy Oldhams and Taylor as GTB, and with Sasha as 2 Phat Cunts.

Discography

Singles

  • "Moment of Truth" (1993)
  • "Relativity" (1993)
  • "Embracing the Sunshine"
  • "Loving You More" featuring Vincent Covello (1995)
  • "Blue Skies" featuring Tori Amos (1996)
  • "Divinity" (1996)
  • "Quark" (1997)
  • "Flaming June" (1997)
  • "Love, Peace & Grease" (1997)
  • "Remember" (1997)
  • "Shineaway" (1997)
  • "Believer" (1999)
  • "Godspeed" (1999)
  • "Mercury and Solace" (1999)
  • "Fibonacci Sequence" (2000)
  • "Never Gonna Come Back Down" (2000)
  • "Dreaming" (2000)
  • "Somnambulist (Simply Being Loved)" (2003)

Albums

EPs

  • Still Life In Motion (2001)
  • The Technology (2004)

Compilations

  • R&R (Rare & Remixed) (2001) - A collection of BT's remix work.
  • 10 Years In the Life (2002) - "Best of" album.

Remixes

Film appearances & scores

Video game appearances & scores

Sample CDs

  • Breakz from the Nu Skool (2002)
  • Twisted Textures (2002)

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