In the blink of an eye, your entire outlook on a specific style, perhaps even life itself can be shaken to its very foundations. It changed my perception of a whole genre, and it also changed the way I experience the narrative of an artist. Around , electronic music was my antichrist. I associated this rich subgenre with cheap clubs, dull techno beats, and mindless raves. Many of my headbanging friends agreed on that, so we existed in a bubble of belittling electronic music without even having the smallest idea of the genre. Endless soundscapes. An entity of sonority overwhelmed me.
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This Binary Universe is a new release from the artist known internationally as BT. The DVD collaboration of composer and animators is more than a bonus animated version of the CD tracks. It is a genuine unification of music and visuals; a stand-alone artwork pushing the limits of available technology in sound engineering and computer-generated art. BT's This Binary Universe is really a follow-up to his soundtrack to Monster , a brilliant work of cinematic moods and ambient Americana. It was unjustly ignored by both the Oscars and the Grammys, where it should have at least been nominated for Best Surround Sound Recording. None of that has stopped Brian Transeau from going further down this path of expansive ambient electronica that takes him out of the techno-pop and trance direction he had been pursuing. This Binary Universe taps into BT's classical side, with expansive arrangements and intricate, albeit minimalist, thematic development. From the opening of "All That Makes Us Human Continues," BT reveals himself as a master of Eno-esque melancholy, as simple melodies evolve through an electro-orchestral instrumental palette. Lounge jazz with solos in the key of abstract, plaintive arpeggiated guitars, electro marches, minimalist hymns, and pastoral dreamscapes drive an album that seeks out joy and redemption, but not without traveling through the dark.
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This Binary Universe is the fifth studio album by the composer and electronica artist BT. It was released on August 29, The album was a significant about-face for Transeau, largely abandoning the progressive trance music he was known for, in favor of ambient soundscapes, live orchestration and glitch music. It is the first BT album not to be released on vinyl , nor feature any singles though an edit of "1. The album was also composed specifically for DTS 5. A film version of the album received a limited theatrical run, usually accompanied by appearances by Transeau himself. The album is dedicated to Transeau's daughter, Kaia. The album's artwork makes nods to binary by spelling BT's name in morse code on the cover, as well as using additional morse code on the DVD menus. BT's most successful album, Emotional Technology , was the beginning of a more introspective and mature sound, which carried over to the soundtracks Transeau was producing at the time, including those for the films Stealth and Monster.