Brian Transeau (a Maryland native who later moved to Los Angeles after a stint
in England) became a protagonist of the dance scene of the 1990s when, under the
monicker BT, invented "epic house" (or "progressive house" or "trance")
with the single Embracing The Sunshine (Deep Fish, 1995).
Subsequent singles A Moment Of Truth and Relativity
leveraged the same concept:
grandiose, Yes-style harmonies that achieve anthemic proportions.
The album IMA (Kinetic, 1996), largely still composed in his Maryland
bedroom, pushed the boundaries even futher, revealing an ambitious
composer of out of space electronica
(the 43-minute Sasha's Voyage Of IMA)
and a sublime arranger of pop music
(the collaboration with Tori Amos, Blue Skies).
Compared with that milestone recording,
ESCM (Kinetic, 1997) sounds mediocre. Only Flaming June is up
to that standard, and too many tracks merely wink at fashionable stereotypes
(such as drum'n'bass).
Movement In Still Life (Nettwerk, 2000)
finds him often out of balance while trying to accomodate a number of
BT is also a
producer who scored film soundtracks and remixed other musicians' tracks.
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