BT ‎– These Hopeful Machines

Black Hole Recordings ‎– Black Hole CD 61
2 × CD, Album

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1-1 Suddenly
Arranged By, Synthesizer [Analog & Modular], Bass – BTDrums [Live] – Kevin Sawka*Vocals – BT, Christian BurnsWritten-By – Christian Burns
1-2 The Emergency
Arranged By [Vocals And String Arrangements] – BTBacking Vocals [Background Vocals] – Christian BurnsProducer [Additional] – Andrew BayerProgrammed By [Additional] – Andrew Bayer, Øistein J. Eide aka Boom Jinx*Written-By – Andrew Bayer, Christian Burns
1-3 Every Other Way
Backing Vocals [Background Vocals] – BT, Christian BurnsDrums [Live] – Brain*Guitar [Classical], Bass, Strumstick, Programmed By, Arranged By – BTWritten-By, Lead Vocals – Jes*
1-4 The Light In Things
Arranged By, Synthesizer [Analog Synthesis] – BTProgrammed By [Additional], Remix [Additional] – Laurent Veronnez aka Airwave*Written-By – Jes*
1-5 Rose Of Jericho
Percussion [Additional Glitchy] – Matt LangeProgrammed By – BT
1-6 Forget Me
Drums – Kevin Sawka*Mixed By – Greg CollinsVocals [End Chorus Sung By] – Kaia TranseauVocals, Guitar, Bass, Voice [Oberheim 4 Voice], Synthesizer [Pro-one And Synthesis] – BTWritten-By, Backing Vocals [Background Vocals] – Christian Burns
2-1 A Million Stars
Acoustic Guitar [Classic], Synthesizer [Synthesis], Backing Vocals [Background Vocals] – BTProgrammed By [Additional], Producer [Additional], Remix [Additional] – Sultan & Ned ShepardVocals – Kirsty HawkshawWritten-By – Kirsty Hawkshaw, Ulrich Schnauss
2-2 Love Can Kill You
Backing Vocals [Background Vocals] – Christian BurnsDrums [Live] – Kevin Sawka*Guitar, Bass, Synthesizer [Synthesis], Vocals [Sung By] – BT
2-3 Always
Arranged By, Programmed By, Guitar, Bass, Drums [Live] – BTEngineer [Additional Time Correcting] – Michael Dimattia*Guitar [Additional], Mixed By – Greg CollinsWritten-By, Vocals, Arranged By [Vocals] – Rob Dickinson
2-4 Le Nocturne De Lumière
Engineer [Additional Time Correcting] – Michael Dimattia*Kalimba, Instruments [Live] – BT
2-5 The Unbreakable
Guitar, Bass, Computer [Breaktweaker], Synthesizer [Pro-one, Arp-2600], Dulcimer [Hammered], Piano [Chinese Toy Piano], Performer [Who Knows What Else] – BTWritten-By, Vocals – Rob Dickinson
2-6 The Ghost In You
Backing Vocals [Background Vocals] – Amelia JuneGuitar, Bass, Vocals, Programmed By – BTWritten-By – The Psychedelic Furs

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  • Artwork By [Art Direction & Design] – Gavin Taylor
  • Artwork By [Creative Direction] – BT, Gavin Taylor
  • Artwork By [Painting] – Aaron Jasinski
  • Engineer [Vocal Comping]Michael Dimattia*
  • Mastered ByEmily Lazar, Joe Laporta
  • Mixed ByBT (tracks: 1-1 to 1-5, 2-1, 2-1, 2-4 to 2-6)
  • Producer, Engineer, Performer, Recorded ByBT
  • Written-ByBT (tracks: 1-1 to 1-6, 2-1 to 2-5)


All songs recorded and mixed at ((Halo)) except "Always" & "Forget Me".

℗ 2010 Binary Acoustics, Inc.
© 2010 Black Hole Recordings under exclusive license from Binary Acoustics, Inc.
All rights reserved.
Made in Holland.

1-1 to 2-5: Copyright Control
1-1, 1-2, 1-6: Good Groove Songs
1-3, 1-4: Taxigirl Music/Talpa Music
2-6: EMI Music Publishing

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 8 715197 006125
  • Matrix / Runout (CD1): BLH61 CD1 #1 ODR
  • Matrix / Runout (CD2): BLH61 CD2 #2 ODR
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI LV51
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI ZM03
  • Rights Society: BIEM/STEMRA

Other Versions (5 of 12) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
none BT These Hopeful Machines(2xCDr, Album, Promo) Not on Label none USA & Canada 2010 Sell This Version
N0002010DIG BT These Hopeful Machines (Continuous Mixes)(2xFile, WAV, Album, Mix) Nettwerk N0002010DIG USA & Canada 2010
N0002010DIG BT These Hopeful Machines(12xFile, WAV, Album) Nettwerk N0002010DIG USA & Canada 2010
0 6700 30849 2 5 BT These Hopeful Machines(2xCD, Album) Nettwerk 0 6700 30849 2 5 USA & Canada 2010 Sell This Version
BHCD 61-1 BT These Humble Machines(12xFile, MP3, Album, 320) Black Hole Recordings BHCD 61-1 Netherlands 2011


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March 2, 2012
edited over 5 years ago
I must say almost every song on this album deserves an attention due to the crazy detalization level; I'm afraid I can't actually imagine how much desire and how many hours of hard and scrupulous work did it take Brian and people who helped him to create this work of art. for me Every Other Way is undoubtedly one of the masterpieces of modern [electonic] music, I just can't count the layers hidden in it.. honestly, I shed tears at its infinite beauty.
Try noticing tiny fading sound of a working machine in the end of The Ghost In You..The man is a genius.
On this album, as well through all his career, he follows the concept of erasing the boundaries between artificial and organic, underground and popular, and creates the future of music.
And what a wonderful and detailed artwork by Aaron Jasinski. No words, just wow.
Brian, if you're reading this, I just want to thank you for being who you are, you really make people happy. Much love for you!


January 31, 2012
edited over 6 years ago

BT is clearly a producer at heart. He shows his artistic talent in everything he releases. Many trance producers half-ass their releases, and it shows in the final product. When you listen to something by BT, it's obvious that there was time put into each and every track. But, it's just too pop-based and cheesy for me to like this. If you like a lot of vocals, then this will be right down your alley, but I'm looking for a more subtle and deep sound, like what he had on "This Binary Universe".


February 26, 2011
This is by far the best compilation of amazing music released in the ranks of the underground since This Mortal Coil released Filigree and Shadow back in the 80's BRILLIANT !!!!!