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Biosphere - Autour de la Lune
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Biosphere

Autour de la Lune

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Released: 16th August 2004 | 9 track ambient album
THIS ITEM HAS BEEN OUT OF STOCK FOR A YEAR. A LIMITED RE-RESS BACK IN STOCK - 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. - This is Biosphere's most expansive work to date. - - Artwork by one of Norway's most prominent visual artists Tor-Magnus Lundeby. - - One of the most definitive homage to the space age along side Brian Eno's 'Apollo' recordings. AUTO DE LUNA: Biosphere was commission by the Radio France Culture and with access to their archives. It was the early 60s dramatisation of Jules Verne's 'De la Terre à la Lune' that totally captivated him. In 1865 French radical writer Jules Verne penned the visionary 'De la terre à la lune? 'sFrom the Earth to The Moon?). Verne was fascinated with adventure and his writings revealed extravagant voyages to which cleverly prepared scientific and geographical details lent an air of verisimilitude, yet his books were rejected by publishers on the ground that they were 'too far out'. He began writing librettos for operettas, and for some years his attentions were divided between the theater and work. Written in the nineteenth century, Verne managed to describe a manned space flight of astronauts launched from Florida and returning from space to land in the Pacific Ocean'a reality seen some 100 years later. Jensen sampled bits and pieces of the dialogue, coupled it with sounds recorded at the MIR space station and then incorporated into his own compositions. His composition was broadcast at Le Festival de Radio France in Montpellier. Still fascinated in Verne's work, Jenssen completed 'Autour de la Lune', a 74 minute symphony made up of nine 'movements'. The propulsive opening sequence 'translation' gives way to the cross-talk and scrambled communications of 'rotation' and 'modifié', before the listener is enveloped in a dense and seemingly endless space (the sound of zero gravity?). For more information go to: http://www.notam02.no/~geirje/ Read interview about the commissioning of his piece: http://www.mic.no/mic.nsf/doc/art2003072514223315188372 For more information on Tor-Magnus Lundeby go to: http://www.galleriwang.no/artists/lundeby/cv.html Biosphere CDs till available: TO:55 Shenzhou TO:50 Substrata 2 TO:46 Cirque'
"Space music? What?s that? ....Glistening vestiges of sound and subsonic frequencies occur throughout, reminding us that in space the only sounds we will hear are our own. Tremendous.****"
Record Collector
"Autour De La Lune is one of his most evocative and thrilling records to date. Despite the austerity of this album, Jenssen builds on a rich emotional palette to create a stunning and dense piece of work. INTERVIEW http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/reviews/biosphere_lune.htm"
www.themilkfactory.co.uk
"A journey to the moon is currently a two-way affair, a there and back again. So is this LP, since it sets you on a journey that ends at the beginning. But like lunar exploration itself, you will discover something in the process, however intangible it may be, and the beginning of things will therefore be changed upon your return, made new again. And that, through time and space, would surely please Jules Verne"
Stewart Gardiner, http://www.planbmag.com
"Leftfield Bulletin: August sees the release of the sixth album from veteran ambient explorer Geir Jenssen, better known as Biosphere. 'Autour De La Lune' is constructed from an adaptation of a Jules Verne story broadcast by Radio France in the 1960s and is, to paraphrase Jenssen's earlier work, like listening to radio waves from space."
IDJ
"Biosphere does something very different by expressing something like a lunar essence in sound, one devoid of humankind. This is a subtle work of alchemical invocation which summons the moon into the listener's presence, even at midday."
www.BBC.co.uk
"a breathtakingly beautiful, haunted work which is divided into nine movements over 71 minutes. What is most immediately noticeable is the spare and spectral nature of this music?.Biosphere does something very different by expressing something like a lunar essence in sound, one devoid of humankind. This is a subtle work of alchemical invocation which summons the moon into the listener's presence, even at midday."
Colin Buttimer, www.BBC.co.uk
"Cool, unhurried washes of sound, crackling static and gently bubbling basslines"
Plan B