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  • Vinyl (February 14, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Biophon
  • ASIN: B00683JKWM
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,361 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Marblehead Johnson VINE VOICE on June 27, 2011
Format: MP3 Music
The name "Geir Jenssen" has become synonymous with "isolation". When we think of Biosphere we think of his stark compositions such as the "Insomnia" soundtrack, or his early forays into techno on albums such as "Patashnik", or his general bleak take on electronic music in general. Jenssen has taken a tired ambient genre and transformed it into an exciting cinematic experience which rivals any "darkwave" or other sinister styles that claim to plunge into the deeper parts of the psyche. On Biosphere's latest, "N-Plants", Jenssen achieves something he hasn't reached before in bringing all of his styles from the past into one cohesive piece of work. In doing this, he has never sounded warmer or closer to his beloved machinery.

Always present on a Biosphere album is its soundtrack quality. There isn't a single instance in the Biosphere catalog where you wouldn't be able to paste the music against a celluloid backdrop and not be able to make the viewing experience more rich because of it. Opening track "Hendai-1" is a stark mood piece with an underlying and sinister synthesizer foundation stringing the faint melody and percussive elements together into an intriguing introduction. "Shika-1" follows, and sets the tone for the rest of the album. It's a warm, dynamic, and human moment with Jenssen abandoning the cold and minimal sounds of most of his recent work and exploring melodies and drum patterns more akin to his early albums.

"Ikata-1" is similar with its more open approach and subtle hand claps whilst layered upon a simple foundation. Instead of being intent on establishing a complete and total reduction of the senses, Jenssen pulls you in closer and illuminates the way.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. L. Jennings on July 8, 2011
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Being a HUGE biosphere fan, I was looking forward to any new music from Geir, and Boy, is this a great work of art! My first impression was "Retro Future". I know that sounds odd, but this release hearkens back to a time we thought the future would be Stark White and Empty. It puts one in mind of movies like West World, A Clockwork Orange or Logan's Run and a few tracks could easily go in the bar scenes of any Stars Wars movie... the first 3 anyway. See what I mean by Retro Future? Upon more listening both Intently and Passively the music warmed up a bit and I found myself bobbing my head and dancing around my house. A few of the tracks sound like they would feel just at home on Aphex Twin's Selected Ambient Works vol.2 as they do here, and a few could be way back on some of the first Biosphere releases. The word on the interweb is N-Plants is an homage of sorts to the Nuclear Plants in post war Japan. Upon further inspection of the Plants, Geir wondered why so many were built right by the sea in Earthquake prone areas... and the rest as they say is history. The music does have a Nuclear feel with only a few foreign voices and the sound of a Fly buzzing to remind us we are Human. I won't say it is the Best Biosphere but I will say it is already Nearing the Top.
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By S. Lindow on November 14, 2014
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Thank you Geir. Yr collection 'Substrata' is an unparalleled masterpiece.
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful By hoytie on July 13, 2011
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This album doesn't have the deep riffs, hypnotic atmosphere, and nuanced textures of his previous works. This is the sound of "safe", not of "inspiration". I was looking forward to experiencing the same exhilaration that I got from listening to albums like "Substrata" -- instead I got dime-a-dozen drum sequences and various half-ideas that culminate in a conceptually thin, palatable disappointment.
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