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Substrata 2 Extra tracks

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1 release, repressed! "Biosphere's 2nd release for Touch after Cirque is a double CD in digipak designed by Jon Wozencroft. The release consists of: CD1 -- Substrata: Originally released in 1997 on All Saints Records, this remastered version of Substrata contains 11 tracks with a total length of 55:20. '...by many (the undersigned included) considered to be the finest ambient album of the 1990s'. CDTwo -- Man with a Movie Camera: Contains 9 tracks, total length 53:32. The first 7 tracks consist of the soundtrack to Man with a Movie Camera [Verdov, USSR 1929], originally commissioned for the Tromso International Film Festival in 1996, released here for the first time. The last 2 tracks, 'Endurium' and 'The End of the Cyclone', were originally released on the limited edition Japanese version of Substrata in 1997 -- they have never before been released outside Japan.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 1, 2004)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Extra tracks
  • Label: Touch UK
  • ASIN: B00005CBVV
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,380 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Sometimes, just sometimes, you could do with a little less talent. You need it to survive your own gifts. If you are too good, too soon in your carreer, you might never devellop any more, or improve, because you're all ready at the top.
Norwegian ambient artist Geir Jenssen seemed to have this problem with his re-released Biosphere record 'Substrata'. Such a sublime album might never be succeeded, not even by it's own creator. And Mr. Jenssen isn't that old yet, he still has to go through a couple of decades, filling our hearts with his etherical, icy tones.

With his next to albums, 'Cirque' and 'Shenzhou' he doesn't quite seem to know which way he wants to go; the latter even seems more like chilled piece of inner conflict, of hesitation and a momenterally loss of direction.
Don't get me wrong, they're still two beauts, each in its own way, but they lack the magic and the mystical and the sheer brilliance of "Substrata"
"Au tour de la luna", Jenssens most recent effort, must have been some sort of nihilistic mistake, a quicky of some sort, best be forgotten by both fans and artist.

'Substrata' here, however, is a collection of a dozen pieces of transcendental music and undiscribable atmosphere; but they can also been seen as one long track, for every piece of 'audio landscape' that is being produced smoothly connects with the next one. They flow over in to one another. They come to be, the exist and then drown into the next one.
Jenssen combines his ambient music with sound scapes and spoken words and together they form a collective meditation on deeper feelings of alienation and loss. But not without a warm heart beat though.
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Containing 2 discs, one being the original 'Substrata' album re-released and the other being a soundtrack composed by Geir Jennsen for a Russian silent movie of 1929.
What else can be said of 'Substrata' than it's the best album in the field of ambient music. For me it surpasses the best of Eno and others. From its opening chimes of arctic winds, it leads the listener on a beatless, ambient journey through soundscapes of wind, tinkering electronics and distant, almost medieval, noises. If you don't have it, get it now while you can, particularly when you get another new Biosphere CD with it.
The second CD has much the same feel. But although ambient, it ditches the arctic landscape in favour of an urban one and there are more industrial hisses and textures to certain tracks. The final two tracks, taken from the Japanese version of 'Substrata', sound like Biosphere circa the 'Microgravity' era and are probably the best tracks on the second CD.
If you like ambient music, or you want a relaxing record, or even if you're just interested in electronic music, get this record now, you won't be disappointed.
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This album is a remix of the original Substrata with a second CD--the soundtrack written for the Russian silent file, "Man with a Movie Camera," and two bonus tracks included in the "Japanese version" of Substrata.

The music is wonderful, make no mistake. But if you buy it thinking it is something else you will be disappointed.
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I discovered Biosphere while listening to Internet radio "Cryosleep". First I heard Antennaria. Each time this piece was playing, I found it very special, it put me in a special mood with its warm repetition. Than I checked the title and the artist name and looked for mp3s... Now I'm buying the album, since I find it really special from A to Z, not dark, only relaxing, good to accompany the reading I'm doing right now, Dune by Frank Herbert. I'm a big Brian Eno and Steve Roach fan. The nature sounds -- rain, fire (?), wind -- are great mixed with the pieces, simple and clean. A multi-senses journey, listening to this music is like seeing sounds. It's just a great discovery.
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Substrata by Biosphere is an absolutely stunning, ambient masterpiece. Period! What's on this cd has the power to transform the consciousness, the very cells of the listener ... it quickens while at the same time - centers the heart & soul. In an absolutely remarkable and unique manner. Usually, by sampling an album, I can get some sense of its creative heartbeat, so to speak. Sampling this one though, only hints at its sheer, unadulterated beauty, its profound sense of STILLNESS. If you sample it on Amazon and like what you hear, I guarantee you'll feel like you've struck gold as you listen to it in its entirety. There are already thirty or so reviews on Amazon of this cd. Almost all of them glowing. I can't really add to their accuracy. All I can really share with you is how very pleased I am to have simply come upon it checking out ambient cds on Amazon - randomly. Sampled it. Read most of the reviews. Decided to purchase it. And was then floored by it. Hope you'll check it out as well. Something this beautiful I can't help but share. Most highly recommended.
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This is a re-release of Biosphere's 1997 ambient masterpiece Substrata with a second disc of soundtrack music for a 1929 Russian silent film and two bonus tracks from the Japanese version of Substrata.

Diverging from the "ambient house" or beat- oriented material of past Biosphere releases, the musical concept of Substrata is primarily composed of gentle waves of electronic sounds, organized in minimalist soundscapes with a compositional simplicity similar in method to Brian Eno's ambient works. The soft layers of arctic reflection that characterize each segment with the beautiful motion of glacial elegance produce ambient phases both terrestrial and universal. Using occasional light guitar and environmentally atmospheric sounds such as running water, wind, falling rain, and chirping birds captured on field recordings along with calm washes of synth, the music creates a highly visual and hypnotic experience of cold streams and clear winter silence through which an inner clarity of thought processes is reached to a level of serene contemplation. These songs use a soothing repetition and subtle harmonic texturing of sounds in the intention of establishing a central mood carefully enriched through delicate rises in tone, with perfectly sequenced fade-outs, without much variation or directional patterning, allowing each song to settle its particular mood through duration and recurrence.

What makes this such a classic work of ambient music aside from the creator's lucid imagination and effective realization of purpose, is its deep presence of tranquil yearning that permeates every layer of sound just as it seeps into every fade into silence, without ever penetrating, and thus disturbing, the peaceful flow of the music's graceful motion.
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