BT To Score, Appear In "Rollerball," "Redline" Films

Composer-producer-performer BT has just signed on to oversee the music for a pair of upcoming film projects, including the remake of "Rollerball," featuring L.L. Cool J, as well as a car-heist flick entitled "Redline."

Publicists for BT, a.k.a. Brian Transeau, confirmed to MTV News that he will provide the score for each film, contribute an original song to each soundtrack, and appear in both movies, which are slated to arrive on screens in the first half of next year.

BT, whose "Never Gonna Come Back Down" single continues to climb the Alternative charts, previously scored the 1999 Katie Holmes film "Go" and wrapped work on another movie, "Under Suspicion," while recording his current "Movement In Still Life" LP.

Despite the hectic workload, Transeau admitted to MTV Radio that he finds scoring films to be a therapeutic break from his solo efforts, and he talked about the differences in how he approaches the two.

"When you're making music for an album," BT said, "it's all about kind of purging yourself emotionally. You have something that you're trying to say or something you're feeling or something you've experienced that you're trying to get out. Making music for your own records, to me, is how musicians keep a journal. My albums are like a journal. Every single one of those tracks has a story to me, [as does] every track I've ever worked on.

"It's a very personal, intimate thing when you're making music for a record," he added, "whereas when you're working on a film, your job as a composer is to complement,

sonically, what a director and actors and producers and set designers have already said visually. So you have to really resonate with what they're trying to say, with what the message of what they're saying [is], or their performances.

"So, you gotta pick things that you really gel with, and it's a different kind of challenge," BT continued. "This last [film project] was insane, 'cause I was literally sitting there -- while I was working on 'Movement In Still Life' -- for four months, writing out stuff on pencil and paper for violin, viola, cello, and contrabass. It was proper, classical sort of stuff. It was a great break, very meditative, [to be able to] sit down and write with pencil and paper, and then power up the computer and a bunch of loud guitars and work on the [solo] record. It was challenging." [RealAudio]

BT is currently in the last few days of a solo outing in support of "Movement In Still Life" and is slated to play the Red Jacket in Dallas on August 9. Transeau plans to head back on the road, this time with a full band, later in the fall.