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Biosphere

Biosphere's Geir Jenssen hails from Tromsø, Norway, a city 500 miles above the Arctic Circle. A founding member of quasi-new age Norwegian trio Bel Canto, Jenssen recorded a pair of albums with that group for Belgium's Crammed label before departing to record solo, first as Bleep, then as Biosphere. He released a number of Bleep singles through the late '90s on Crammed subsidiary SSR, as well as the full-length The North Pole by Submarine, issued in 1990 and an acknowledged precursor of what became known as ambient techno. Fusing elements of composition derived from environmental experimentalists such as Brian Eno, Jon Hassell, and Walter Carlos with the rhythmic backbone of urban dance styles such as techno and acid house, ambient techno's popularity would grow with the popularity of artists such as the KLF, Irresistible Force, Higher Intelligence Agency, and, of course, Biosphere.

Jenssen's first material under that name, the full-length Microgravity, appeared in 1991 on the Norwegian Origo Sound label, and was picked up for international release by R&S subsidiary Apollo the following year. In 1993, in addition to a score for the Norwegian film Evige Stjerner (Eternal Stars) and work for a multimedia installation, Jenssen collaborated with German ambient composer Pete Namlook on the Fax release The Fires of Ork, reissued the following year by Apollo. Jenssen returned to Biosphere in 1994 with a second full-length, Patashnik, and a subsequent live tour, the success of which landed one of Jenssen's tracks ("Novelty Waves") in a Levi's commercial. In 1995, Jenssen collaborated with Higher Intelligence Agency's Bobby Bird, performing the live improvisational piece Polar Sequences, released by Apollo in 1996. Substrata, the first fully ambient Biosphere album, appeared on All Saints Records in 1997, and quickly became referred to as a classic of the genre. Biosphere's soundtrack to Insomnia also came out in 1997. The following year, Jenssen and Deathprod (Norwegian engineer/musician Helge Sten) interpreted compositions by Arne Nordheim; the resulting CD, Nordheim Transformed, was issued by Rune Grammofon.

Jenssen began the 2000s with the release of Birmingham Frequencies, another live recording with Higher Intelligence Agency. He then began a long series of albums on the Touch label, starting with Cirque (2000) and followed by Substrata 2/Man with a Movie Camera (2001), which paired a remastered Substrata with Jensson's soundtrack to a Russian silent film, produced in collaboration with Per Martinsen (Mental Overdrive). Following these releases were the Debussy-inspired Shenzhou (2002), minimalist drone Autour de la Lune (2004), slightly jazzy Dropsonde (2006), and live recording Wireless (2009). N-Plants, a concept album about Japanese nuclear power plants, appeared on Touch in 2011. Most of Jenssen's following releases during the decade were archival releases and reissues on his own Biophon Records, but he returned to Touch in 2015 with Stator, another split album with Deathprod. Biosphere signed to Smalltown Supersound in 2016; Departed Glories, his debut for the label, arrived in September. ~ Sean Cooper
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Selected Discography

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Track List: N-Plants

1. Sendai-1

2. Shika-1

3. Joyo

4. Ikata-1

5. Monju-1

6. Genkai-1

7. Oi-1

8. Monju-2

9. Fujiko

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Track List: Dropsonde

1. Dissolving Clouds

2. Birds Fly By Flapping Their Wings

3. Warmed By The Drift

4. In Triple Time

5. From A Solid To A Liquid

6. Arafura

7. Fall In, Fall Out

8. Daphnis 26

9. Altostratus

10. Sherbrooke

11. People Are Friends

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Track List: Autour De La Lune

1. Translation

2. Rotation

3. Modifié

4. Vibratoire

5. Déviation

6. Circulaire

7. Disparu

8. Inverse

9. Tombant

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Track List: Shenzhou

1. Shenzhou

2. Spindrift

3. Ancient Campfire

4. Heat Leak

5. Houses On The Hill

6. Two Ocean Plateau

7. Thermal Motion

8. Path Leading To The High Grass

9. Fast Atoms Escape

10. Green Reflections

11. Bose-Einstein Condensation

12. Gravity Assist

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Track List: Substrata / Man With A Movie Camera

Disc 1

1. Prologue

2. The Silent Orchestra

3. City Wakes Up

4. Freeze-Frames

5. Manicure

6. The Club

7. Ballerina

8. The Eye of the Cyclone

9. Endurium

Disc 2

1. As the Sun Kissed the Horizon

2. Poa Alpina

3. Chukhung

4. The Things I Tell You

5. Times When I Know You'll Be Sad

6. Hyperborea

7. Kobresia

10. Sphere of No-Form

11. Silene

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The incomparable , the beautiful, the masterful... . I've known and been enjoying Biosphere for over ten years. The sheer amount of music out there sometimes makes it hard to get back to enjoying fine acts like Biosphere.
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I am definitely enjoying my journey @ Soulvibe ! Wow, Biosphere is just incredible
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Intense! The sounds, the music! More from Geir / Biosphere please.
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Norway here I come!
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Yeah Christina you are going to love your journey with Biosphere.
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I've recently become a HUGE fan of Biosphere @Soulvibe. LOVE his music! I agree with you, the songs I've heard so far are so unique and I wonder how did he create this? True art
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Showing more love for a favorite artist
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Ambient-Real i t y !
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Have almost all of his releases and been a huge fan of Geir Jenssen aka Biosphere for so many years.His music has never ceased to amaze me an I am sure never will.
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derek973
Superb! Had syncronicity with Biosphere name, was listening yesterday to podcast from Psychedelic Salon, talk from Burning Man 2012, titled Visions of Biospheres by John Allen and Tango Parrish Snyder. Dig in and get John Allen's take on Biospheric Consciousnes s !
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Substrata is regarded as one of the greatest ambient albums of all time. Transcendent genius. Haunting, beautiful... . all the more magnificent for its sampling of Twin Peaks
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he's god... or at least demi-god, love his... whatever you want to call them... compositions
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yet another gift from Pandora
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beneamata
I am a longtime ambient listener dating to the days as a child when I would put my ear to the refrigerator and listen to it hum. :) Biosphere brings back those profound private moments.
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minja009
holy cow! tripping out! lol
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Great stuff. Total drone ambient, from the one track I've heard. Keep it coming, Pandora. This is the best kind of music for doing work to.
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Kobresia is my fav ambient song of all time
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Biosphere released an album entitled 'Shenzhou' in 2002. If you like darker ambient stuff, check this out. One my favorite albums of any genre.
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Don't take your meds listening to this.
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elmaestrocub a n o
Nelson Mandela lives in a hole in a rock.
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Great music! :-)
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mossbobby
very intriguing to listen to this artist from above the artic circle
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Inspiring
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A true musical visionary for this genre.

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