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BiosphereAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (January 23, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Touch Records/Forced Exposure
  • ASIN: B00004TFNB
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #321,153 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Reissue of this classic album, originally released in 2000. Biosphere's music is an intimate reflection of the space and climate of Troms”, Norway, but made universal. Adjectives like "glacial" and "remote" do no justice to the intense emotion of the music. Here, the shifting world of previous album Substrata is fused with the liquid electronic rhythms of Biosphere's earlier work in techno. The outcome is almost addictive -- layers of detail reveal themselves as you listen and appreciate the convergences deep within the music, between classical and pop. The music plays like a film, one scene dissolving into the next. Codas pinpoint the action like spotlights, and location recordings weave in and out of the sound giving it the dramatic tension of a great documentary. There is nothing old-fashioned, however, in the outcome. Cirque is future music. Cinema for the spirit. Touch. 2007.

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars glacial December 9, 2000
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Biosphere is Geir Jensen, a unique techno artist who is spearheading Norway's current improv/electroacoustic/electronica revolution - a revolution that makes it the most interesting musical country on the planet right now. `Cirque' is the best of four groundbreaking Biosphere records. Like Autechre's, this is a deliberately, expressively distressed music. Precision structures billow at you numbed by Arctic cold which blurs and quietens them. The pieces are like geometric ice formations muffled by snowdrifts. Bass tracks boom like hidden substrata; melodies emerge anaesthetised. There's a sense of longed-for warmth and comfort. Like Polar weather, sunlight briefly appears, and just as suddenly disappears, in `Too Fragile to Walk On'. Mossy lifeforms bloom in `Nook and Cranny' before the music darkens again. The Biosphere aesthetic is unique and completely original, like Tarkovsky in sound, inducing nostalgia, a need to return to something lost, but which can never be found: in `Black Lamb and Grey Falcon', Sinatra goes for another take, only to find the chords the pianist is hitting keep transmuting into glacial electroacoustics.
`Cirque' is a major achievement in techno; 2000's best, most original release in the genre. It has a commercial, softly beat-driven sheen, but behind this, the material is as distantly silent, awesome and elemental as an avalanche; and as endlessly fascinating. Essential.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Ambient Chillage December 14, 2004
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As a pretty hardcore ambient lover, I think I can safely say this is one of the best electronic ambient albums of all time. This is a great CD to fall asleep to, with very subtle percussive rhythms (almost atmospheric D&B like in place) and lovely use of symphonic samples. Easily one of my top 5 ambient discs.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars *Better than Substrata October 27, 2003
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I might as well get the shocking part of this out the way.... This album is better than Substrata. I appreciate that Substrata is one of the finest ambient albums out there (making the luke warm response to the follow up almost inevitable) but Cirque is better. In the contexts of ambient techno it's slightly more organic and, to me, feels like a more complete sound. A recurring phrase that comes up when people try to describe Substrata, for whatever reason, is 'arctic landscape'. If you take the North Pole as your departure point then Cirque would probably be Iceland.... Sounds like a mess of a description I'll admit but if you listen to them both, although oblique, I think makes some sense. So where would you rather go on holiday - Iceland or the North Pole?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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"Cirque" is an isolationist playground, one that completely captures the sounds of the less-frozen northern latitudes. The Chris McCandless story just serves as a reference point, it puts the idea of the album into clarity. This is a departure from anything familiar to most of us. The mountain runoff-drenched expanses of "Nook And Cranny" lead in perfectly to the sunwashed whitewater funk of "Le Grand Dome. "Grandiflora" serves as the blissful counterpoint for "Black Lamb and Grey Falcon"'s dark contemplation. "When I Leave" is my favorite, nice bass and an ancient muted jazz beat anchoring the most subtle orchestral hits i've ever heard. The track doesn't do much, but it's amazing just how natural all of this sounds. "Algae and Fungi pt. 1" is a storm moving in, slowly darkening everything it rolls over. "Algae and Fungi pt. 2" is the torrent, thunderheads rumbling, covering the whole landscape in sheets of rain.
As good as this all is, part of the magic from it is what this music makes me remember or feel like when I hear it. For someone who probably doesn't spend much time in the outdoors or in the mountains, it won't be the same. Biosphere makes electronic music for mountain climbers and nature fiends.
Being that I like climbing mountains and backpacking in the middle of nowhere, and happen to like electronic music, I don't think any album could get better than this.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From the arctic to the countryside October 13, 2001
By Jay M
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It's what you've come to expect from Biosphere. A beautifully packaged album with stunning photography, and oh yeah, a brilliant album full of gentle, ambient music.
'Cirque' shows a shift from its predecessor 'Substrata'. Rather than the arctic setting, 'Cirque' evokes a sense of the countryside and of a warmer, more moderate climate. I suppose title tracks like 'Ibiza' give it away really! But don't worry there's not a pounding 4/4 beat or cheesy trance rhythm in sight. This is Biosphere remember!
Starting off with the best track on the album in my opinion, 'Nook and Cranny' is just a great track to sit back and listen to. The rolling bass and undercurrents of electronic blips and beeps will take you far away. Elsewhere on the album, 'Don't follow' is another standout track.
But don't take my word for it, listen to it for yourself. If you're not one of those thousands of Biosphere fans, then you'd better ask yourself why!
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