BT – Ittefaq (Official Orchestral Score Album)


There are few if any artists from the electronic music domain that studied at a conservatory, much less can write, orchestrate and conduct a full orchestra. BT is completely unique in the electronic music realm as he does this, well… all the time.

This month sees BT return to a musical realm in which he is uniquely versed. Since cutting his teeth scoring cult crime caper Go in 1999, the US composer has provided OSTs for an incredible diversity of films. He’s written groundbreaking scores for everything from The Fast & The Furious to Oscar winning Monster and even Pixar shorts.

In association with Black Hole Recordings, this December sees him release a beautiful intricate, emotionally soaring, orchestral and modular hybrid score. It is one though that presented the composer with a myriad of new and distinct challenges.

‘Ittefaq’ (English title: ‘Coincidence’) is the US composers first non-English language film. Written and shot in the twisting, turning, Akira Kurosawa-forged Rashomon-style (where mutually contradictory interpretations of events are presented), BT found himself in uncharted composition territory.

To overcome this multi-faceted scoring challenge, while synchronously echoing the fast moving events of the whodunit, BT drew on his most eclectic palette of musical forms to date. Amongst its 29-track span, BT sits classical instrumentals and cooler, more downtempo electronic pieces (written primarily with a large modular synthesizer), alongside orchestral and symphonically led numbers, in turn featuring any number of sub-styles, techniques and methods. It’s a truly remarkable and unique tour de force – wild ride; elucidating the bleeding edge of what is possible in modern score.

Currently holding a rare ‘100% Fresh’ rating on review aggregator RottenTomatoes.com, ‘Ittefaq’ has been one of Bollywood’s biggest word-of-mouth sleeper hits this year. While initially proving a hurdle, the intricacy of the Mumbai-shot thriller’s plot ultimately proved to the strongest spur for Brian Transeau’s score. Centered on the story of a man falsely – or otherwise – accused or murdering his wife, BT crafts one atmospheric, suspenseful and evocative set piece after another. Swift-yet-fluid musical pivots mirror the film’s unfolding events/conflicting dialogues (‘Ittefaq’s strapline “2 Murders, 2 suspects, 2 versions” saying much). Throughout though Brian maintains an overarching air of intrigue, expectation and anticipation to the music. His latest OST triumph, BT’s accompaniment to ‘Ittefaq’ is out today and available to buy or stream here: https://bt.choons.at/ittefaq

BT‘Ittefaq’ [ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SCORE] tracklist:

  1. ITTEFAQ Theme Suite
    02. Vikram, Katherine, Maya Theme
    03. Modularis
    04. Prologue Chase
    05. Night Market Arrest
    06. The Crime Scene
    07. A Murderer Loose
    08. Discovering Katherine’s Body
    09. Vikram’s Great Escape
    10. Into the Apartment
    11. Maya’s Story
    12. End of a Life
    13. Investigation Theme Suite
    14. The Faulty Light
    15. Hostage
    16. Two Sides of the Story
    17. Flight
    18. The Aftermath
    19. Was it Maya?
    20. Is it Vikram?
    21. The Video Argument
    22. The Accused
    23. Maya’s Theme Suite
    24. Truth in Photos
    25. Dev’s Suspicion
    26. Vikram Finishes the Story
    27. The Two Brothers Theme
    28. Blackout
    29. The Peak

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BT – Ittefaq (Official Orchestral Score Album)

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