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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 24, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Touch UK
  • ASIN: B0002BPIDG
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #558,551 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Fourth Biosphere release on Touch. "Widely regarded as one of Norwegian electronic music's most important artists, Biosphere's [Geir Jenssen] career spans nearly two decades, six albums, lots of remixes, various sound installations, commissions, soundtracks and even the odd Himalayan summit. Says Jenssen on his latest commission: 'Radio France Culture contacted me some time ago and proposed a commission that was to be premiered at the Le Festival de Radio France et Montpellier. I was granted access to Radio France's archives and given permission to use this vast source of audio material. I settled on this early 60s dramatisation of Jules Verne's De la Terre … la Lune that totally captivated me. The story is quite amazing -- Verne wrote it in the nineteenth century; still he managed to describe a manned space flight in such detail one is stunned. In De la Terre … la Lune Verne describes a space mission that sees the astronauts launched from Florida and returning from space to land in the Pacific Ocean -- exactly the same procedure that the US space program would follow many, many years later. I have sampled bits and pieces of the dramatisation's dialogue, coupled it with sounds recorded at the MIR space station and then incorporated it with my own compositions.' Following the original broadcast, Jenssen continued to work on the recording which now sees the light of day as Autour de la Lune, a 74 minute symphony made up of nine 'movements'. The propulsive opening sequence 'Translation' gives way to the crosstalk and scrambled communications of 'Rotation' and 'Modifi‚', before the listener is enveloped in a dense and seemingly endless space (the sound of zero gravity?). The circular flight of Autour de la Lune is Biosphere at his most expansive. Featuring a specially-commissioned painting by Tor-Magnus Lundeby, one of Norway's most prominent visual artists, this new release is set to compete with Brian Eno's 'Apollo' recordings as the definitive homage to the space age."

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By somethingexcellent VINE VOICE on July 21, 2004
Format: Audio CD
With his wide body of work, Geir Jenssen worked his way up my list as one of the most consistent and creative artists working in the genre of ambient electronic music. He's collaborated with both Deathprod (reworking Arne Nordheim) and HIA (on two separate releases), and has still managed to release albums at a fairly steady rate.

Autour De La Lune is the newest effort from Biosphere and it's a release of massive proportions. 9 tracks clock in at almost 75 minutes and find Jenssen again moving in a different direction in terms of his sound. While some artists keep adding more layers to their palette, it seems that Biosphere is intent on slowly peeling back pieces of sound to reveal what's underneath. His masterful Shenzou was a stripped-down reworking of classical music that wass subtle and beautiful (and probably my favorite work of his), while this newest effort finds him at an even more minimal level.

Originally developed for a Radio France broadcast, the album is a mixture of sampled dialogue from an old Jules Verne (De La Terre A La Lune) broadcast, sounds recorded on the MIR space station, and the incorporation of original compositions. The opening track of "Translation" sets the stage at nearly 22 minutes, a super slowly-evolving piece that ripples sheets of low-end under high-end tones that palpitate with a slowly-increasing intensity before edging off again. Bits of broken dialogue slowly creep into following tracks while the same sort of sound palette again dominates. "Rotation" finds ultra-deep bass throbbing in the background while pinging tones bounce like transmissions from another system.

Listening to the release, it's hard not to imagine the exploration of space.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ingalls on October 27, 2007
Format: Audio CD
After the great Cirque and Szhenzou, this is a big disappointment. This is very minimalist - which could be good - but is poorly done. Tracks that should be brief seem to go on forever. Drones that do not compel never shift or change to something more interesting. Stars of the Lid does minimalist and keeps it fascinating. I'm afraid that Biosphere has gone down the wrong road with this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By as on March 31, 2006
Format: Audio CD
"Autour de la Lune" is Biosphere's most introspective, minimal and beautiful release to date. This is an immensely enjoyable, highly accomplished minimal/drone/ambient album, by any standards. Especially recommended to those who enjoy Bernhard Günter, David Sylvian's ambient music, and later recordings by Lull.
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By P. Guy on March 29, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I don't say this pejoratively, but there isn't a great deal that can be said about Autour de la Lune. It's by far the most minimal work in the Biosphere catalogue; Geir has mined some seriously subterranean tones for this release. In fact, you might think on first listening that it's too minimal, but give it time. Sure, it doesn't have the 'personality' of a Substrata or a Cirque, but after repeated listening on a decent pair of headphones, each track will surrender its character: the unremitting, rumbling dirge of Deviation; Rotation's shrill chimes and subjacent warped drawlings; and the reviewer's favourite, Inverse, an accompaniment to foreboding that will always come to mind in the circumstance. As mentioned elsewhere, the album is inspired in part by Jules Verne's Voyages Extraordinaires. But Geir has also cited one of his hobbies--astronomy: "I had also bought a very good Russian telescope at that time. Studying the moon with this telescope also influenced the compositions considerably."
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