In 2002 Real World brought together the contemporary American soundtrack composer and the UK's DJ superstar Sasha. With the additional presence of some outstanding international performers - from Kenya's Ayub Ogada, Geoffrey Oryema from Uganda, B'net Houriyat - the traditional woman's group from the Moroccan deserts, Hukwe Zawose from Tanzania and Pakistan's Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwali group - this unique collaboration created some of the most memorable tracks ever to have come out of Real World.
Da-ka-ne, as featured in Long Way Down is a building, soaring epic track where the trance-like elements of traditional African vocal meet their contemporary counterpart in the world of electronica. This track is an exclusive preview of the forthcoming Real World album by BT and Sasha on which Da-ka-ne will feature in its full 20 minute version.
BT is the creative force currently driving digital songwriting and soundscaping in its evolution into the audio-visual-spiritual art-form that will define and inspire the human narrative of the 21st Century. He is re-mastering the obsolete soundtrack of our late analog planet, reassembling from the chaos of smashed bytes blurring our sampled lives a new paradigm of beauty for This Binary Universe . "To marry melody, harmony and memorable songwriting with the most bleeding-edge technology possible is my passion. These are the things that excite me."
The distinct stamp of BT's virtuoso artistry and craftsmanship is already imprinted across the wide pantheon of modern popular arts and entertainment.
He composed the high octane film score for the blockbuster hit The Fast and the Furious as well as the haunting tonal background for Charlize Theron's Academy Award-winning performance in Monster. His other scores include Doug Liman's Go, Under Suspicion (starring Morgan Freeman and Gene Hackman), Miramax's The Underclassman, Sony's Stealth and the video game Tiger Woods Legends. His wizardry of the keyboards, classical or electronic, as well as his producing, songwriting and orchestral composing and scoring talents have been showcased in collaborations with major artists, including Sting and David Bowie. Considered the founding pioneer of trance electronica, he has engineered legendary mixes for Madonna, Seal and Sarah McLachlan.
BT seemed fated for his present leadership role in new musical directions and innovations. His predilection for always seeking and ascending to the next level began when he first heard electronic music as an adolescent. "This is what my heroes Debussy, Stravinsky and the like were looking for. Technology-based music is the only idiom that packs such infinite sonic possibilities." The revolutionary fruits of BT's musical quest thus far are powerfully evident in the glitched-out yet warmly organic soundscapes infusing his epic albums, IMA, ESCM, Movement In Still Life and Emotional Technology. BT's musical explorations, progressing well ahead of the curve in digital sound composition and programming, even necessitated the creation of his own software company, Sonik Architects, in support of his expanding vision.
Double CD released December 3rd. Thirty tracks follow the intrepid bikers on their journey south from John O'Groats to South Africa.
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