_ (album)

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_
BT - Untitled.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 14, 2016
Genre
Length46:56 ( _ )
92:28 ( _+ )
LabelBlack Hole Recordings
ProducerBrian Transeau
BT chronology
Electronic Opus
(2015)
_
(2016)

(2019)

_ (Underscore)[1] is the tenth studio album by American electronica musician BT.[2] It was released digitally on October 14, 2016, and the physical USB release was shipped on December 2, 2016. This includes over two hours of music with 4K drone videos shot for the album.[3]

The album was intended to be untitled; however, due to the restrictions of digital download services which forbid blank titles, BT chose to use an underscore ("_") as the album's name. BT has admitted that this title has resulted in complaints from fans about difficulties in finding the album on popular services due to the inability of most search engines to handle the "_" character.[4][5]

Background[edit]

On December 14, 2015, BT disclosed news to DJ Mag about a new album to come by early 2016. Similar to This Binary Universe, BT explains that "the entire record is recorded in a way [I have] never recorded anything before," and that the record has a "modular, ambient aesthetic". Track names that were mentioned in the article include "Chromatophore", "Ω", "Indivism" and "582"[6] (the names of "Indivism" and "582" were changed to "Indivisim" and "Five Hundred and Eighty Two" in the final release). On August 1, 2016, BT spoke to Mix about the album, which was recently completed. The album is intended to be named by the listeners. Additional track names that were mentioned in the article include "Artifacture", "Five Hundred and Eighty Two", and "Found in Translation". On October 10, 2016, BT announced on Facebook that the parts of the album ("Artifacture", "Indivism" and "Ω") would be released in "movements"[7] on October 14, 2016.[3]

The album was recorded in Maine, Maryland, Iceland, China, Poland, Bora Bora, Tokyo, Australia and many other places around the world.[8]

Track listing[edit]

Digital download – _+[9]
No.TitleLength
1."Tokyo"6:02
2."The Code of Hammurabi"3:37
3."Lustral"3:52
4."Found in Translation"3:52
5."Artifacture"18:28
6."Indivisim"12:12
7."Ω"15:21
8."Chromatophore"15:56
9."Five Hundred and Eighty Two"13:08
Total length:92:28

"Artifacture", "Indivisim" and "Ω"[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2016) Peak
position
US Top Dance/Electronic Albums (Billboard)[10] 9

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
Worldwide October 14, 2016 Digital download_ Black Hole Recordings
December 2, 2016 USB
January 18, 2017 Digital download – _+

References[edit]

  1. ^ "[T]here is no right or wrong way to articulate the title of _. It's open to interpretation, yours to reference, entirely as you will" Black Hole Recordings Fleming, Justin (2016). "BT--"_" Full Review". Medium. Retrieved 17 July 2018.
  2. ^ "BT Returns With His New Album '_'". EDM Identity. Retrieved 22 May 2018.
  3. ^ a b Eskow, Gary (August 1, 2016). "BT's Dropping a New Album –You Name It". Mix. Retrieved September 23, 2016.
  4. ^ Mancino, Mark (October 26, 2016). "The Nocturnal Times Exclusive Interview: BT". The Nocturnal Times. Retrieved October 28, 2016.
  5. ^ "I am composer and technologist BT. My new album is _ AMA". Reddit.
  6. ^ Sharoni, Erin (December 14, 2015). "BT's Opus of Discovery". DJ Mag. Retrieved December 15, 2015.
  7. ^ "[Album] BT – _". The Music Essentials. October 12, 2016. Archived from the original on 2016-10-18. Retrieved October 17, 2016. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help); Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |work= (help)
  8. ^ "BT - Artifacture". YouTube. October 11, 2016. Retrieved October 12, 2016.
  9. ^ "_+ by BT on Apple Music". 17 January 2017.
  10. ^ "BT Chart History (Top Dance/Electronic Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved 17 July 2018.

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