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Given his enviable resume and illustrious 15+ year career, it's difficult to imagine that platinum-selling artist, visionary producer, film composer and technologist BT may only now be beginning to create the best work of his career. An internationally-renowned recording artist himself, he is trusted by superstars such as Sting, Britney Spears, Sarah McLachlan, Tori Amos, Madonna, Seal and Peter Gabriel to produce modernist and memorable hits, with a bleeding-edge electronic flair. BT has composed unforgettable scores for films The Fast and the Furious, Partysaurus Rex, Go, Stealth and the Oscar-award winning Monster.

Throughout his illustrious career, BT has been able to seamlessly combine complex, groundbreaking musical elements into compositions that resonate with listeners of all types without seeming academic and incomprehensible. With his latest two-hour, double-disc opus, These Hopeful Machines, BT definitively weaves together his technical prowess and compositional mastery, reminding us all why he's the composer that other composers and producers study. On his prior full-length LP, This Binary Universe, he created an entirely new genre of evocative electro-acoustic music. As Keyboard magazine wrote in their review of the album, "In a hundred years, it could well be studied as the first major work of the new millennium. It's that good."

Thanks to trailblazers like BT, the current musical landscape is dominated by electronic dance music. Summer festivals across the world see hundreds of thousands of fans gather to see their favorite DJs and producers, turning out in record numbers. Rap, pop, and even country music have borrowed the sounds and production techniques pioneered by EDM artists, and their sound is quickly changing the mainstream market.

Want to be a part of the action? Legendary EDM producer BT recommends these must-have EDM tools:

Ableton Live 9 Music Production Software
"I use Ableton Live. I love Live 9 -- I play live with it and love it to write in it. It's just a different kind of 'hat' to write in. I love the automation inside clips, and playing the clips to come up with exotic arrangements. Live is my main recording DAW, so whenever I'm recording acoustic instruments I love to just record them, warp marker them really quick, see if they're working against one another, put some compression and EQ on them, and then render them out. Then I take 'em into the studio and go through a bunch of valve outboard gear, and then clean 'em up in Logic. Live is a great environment for that looping-and-recording sort of workflow."

iZotope Stutter Edit Effect Software
"With Stutter Edit, we got an email from Taylor Swift's manager saying where on her last single, she's singing through Stutter Edit, and were like, 'This is freakin' incredible.' I would have never imagined she would used it in this context. The people using Stutter Edit and the records we've heard it on -- everybody from Christina Aguilera, Taylor Swift, Pink to Afrojack and Skrillex -- everybody's using it! It's just amazing for them to go out into the world and use it differently from how I would've used it."

iZotope BreakTweaker Beat Production Software
"One of the things I'm really excited about is BreakTweaker -- our new plug-in, my collaboration with iZotope. Seeing people's response and reaction to that has been incredible -- just so exciting. Exciting for me, too, to put something out and have people producing with it. People are using it in a totally different way than I would think of using it."

PreSonus Sceptre Nearfield Monitors
"I am trying a new pair of speakers for my nearfields -- the PreSonus Sceptres, which have the bass diaphragm and the tweeter over the top of one another. I heard them at NAMM this year and I really liked them and I wanted to try some new speakers, so I'm tryin' those out right now and really like 'em so far."

Neumann U87Ai Large-Diaphragm Microphone
"I'm a huge 87 fan. It's my main mic -- I know how to coax just about any sound out of that thing."

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