Grammy-Nominated film composer, technologist, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and Trance music icon BT releases his long-awaited new studio album (and first dance music-oriented album in seven years) The Lost Art Of Longing via Black Hole Recordings.
The Lost Art of Longing is BT at his finest and finds a spot next to classic material including all-time greats Ima, ESCM, and Movement In Still Life.
The album features 14 tracks that traverse the world of electronic dance music, from the cinematic ambiance of Game Theory, the Progressive Wildfire, Walk Into The Water, 1AM in Paris and Windows, the breakbeat wallop of The Light Is Always On and The War, the electro/synth inspired Weltanschauung, the brooding Trance of No Warning Lights with Emma Hewitt, to the electronic lullaby Save Me.
The Lost Art of Longing is BT’s ode to the things in life that have a deep personal significance and meaning that are becoming archaic, antiquated, even extinct.
The handwritten love letter, a rotary telephone, a book, early computers, vintage synthesizers, telephone wires, typewriters (all in sheds or garages, landfills, and other places) slowly decaying and being forgotten.
There are love stories in there, stories of war and triumph, and courage and tragedy. People’s stories. Things that should be remembered.
“One of the things nearing extinction; is the art of longing. As in, wanting of something you cannot immediately have. If anything positive is to come from the situation the world collectively finds itself in, it is my great hope – speed, instant gratification, and over-stimulation are swapped out for longing, imagination, and relational connection. For a child or teenager to sit thoughtfully and ponder what is to come, to hope for or envision something amazing, to dream of a place or a future – is becoming obsolete. Longing has been replaced with instant gratification. My hope is that this record reacquaints my audience with the lost art of longing. That they will take pause, get quiet, daydream, and connect to their own place of longing. Because that, I believe, is where the magic is,” BT says.
Earlier this summer BT gave fans an inside look at The Lost Art Of Longing with the release of double single 1AM in Paris (with Matt Fax) / The War (with Iraina Mancini), and most recently, his latest single No Warning Lights with Emma Hewitt.
The song takes the listener on a voyage, starting from a field recording taken at a train station in Amsterdam and departing through a wall of Emma Hewitt’s rich vocals and BT’s blend of trance 2.0, orchestral writing and heavy sound design.
This is the peak of BT’s orchestral writing combined with the best of his dance music writing in a single composition.
BT’s The Lost Art Of Longing is available now – August 14 – on Black Hole Recordings
ABOUT BT With a career spanning nearly 25 years – BT is credited as a pioneer of the Trance and IDM genres and is the creator of the Stutter Edit technique, holds patents and trademarks, and a Guinness Book of world records award for the most edits in a recorded piece of music….ever. BT has written, produced, and remixed artists like Death Cab for Cutie, Peter Gabriel, Howard Jones, Tiesto. Depeche Mode, Armin Van Buuren, Sting, NSYNC, Blake Lewis, The Roots, Madonna, Britney Spears, and more. His full-length records are essential buys for any electronic music fan’s record collection. He has created a slew of plugins that are heard on the radio and in films every day. Stutter Edit has been used on everything from Star Wars and Stranger Things to #1 Country records. His latest plugins Phobos and BreakTweaker can be heard in upcoming films and productions galore. BT is also a classically trained symphonic composer, arranger, and orchestrator. He has composed a full score for films such as the Oscar-winning Monster starring Charlize Theron, The Fast and the Furious, and recently Solace starring Anthony Hopkins and the Amazon television show Electric Dreams. He also composed all of the music for the Tomorrowland section of Shanghai Disneyland.
BT The Lost Art Of Longing Tracklist
Walk into the Water (with Matt Fax and Nation Of One)
1 AM In Paris (with Matt Fax)
The Light Is Always On (with Au5 and Magal Suvarnan)
The War (with Irina Mancini)
I Will Be Yours
I Can Love You Right (with Wish I Was and Lola Rhodes)
Never Odd or Even
Windows (with April Bender)
Red Lights (with Christian Burns)
No Warning Lights (with Emma Hewitt)
Save Me (with Christian Burns)