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Biosphere - Dropsonde
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Released: 30th January 2006 | 11 track ambient album
Biosphere is Norwegian composer and performer Geir Jenssen... You may recognise his work without knowing it, so frequently does it crop up on TV trailers and idents. In the early 1990s he was a pioneer of so-called 'Ambient Techno', but since then, he has refined his sound into something more magnetic and enduring. Dropsonde' isn't a soundtrack like the interwoven 'Substrata' nor an episodic journey in the way that 'Autour de la Lune' is. Here Geir Jenssen is pushing new directions towards the jazz colours of Miles Davis and Jon Hassell, whilst re-invigorating the pulse and projection of his signature sound: a hypnotic combination of pleasure and dread. The spatial aspects some have dubbed 'Arctic sound' but it summons strong feelings, or as Exclaim from Canada put it, 'in order to climb higher, you must first go deeper'. Jon Savage adds: 'As with all of the Biosphere albums, the music draws you in and makes you want to listen and feel. Jenssen's work acts on a very emotional level, one that encourages you to drift away into a haze of images and scenes brought to you by the music, where spectacular beauty hides unseen danger. Intense and moving, but comforting and soothing at the same time.' [A 'dropsonde' is a weather reconnaissance device designed to be dropped from an airplane or similar craft at altitude to take telemetry as it falls to the ground. It typically relays information to a computer in the dropping airplane by radio. The fall may be slowed by a parachute. Information collected by a typical dropsonde may include wind speed, temperature, humidity, and atmospheric pressure.] This is Biosphere's 5th release for Touch, after 'Cirque' [Touch # TO:46, 2000], 'Substrata 2' [Touch # TO:50, 2002], 'Shenzhou' [Touch # TO:55], and 'Autour de la Lune' [Touch # TO:62, 2004]. He has also contributed to various Touch compilations, including 'Spire - Organ Music, Past, Present & Future' [Touch # Tone 20, 2004), and more recently to the Storr walk on Skye, Scotland, a guided tour through stunning landscape accompanied by illuminations and sound recordings.'
"One of the most organic sounding electronic albums to emerge so far this year"
The Milk Factory
"Jenssen's most accomplished record to date"
The Wire
"One of the electronica albums of the year"
the wire
"Everything just floats out of you, anger-tension-worry-energy, and you are left to bob up and down with the slow ebb and flow of his sonic waves. Trance has never been so interesting and peaceful."
"Warm, envoloping and comforting"
Rock Sound
"Tremendous ****"
Touching Extremes (Italy)
"Sorf, expansive ambient tones and occasionally menacing and otherworldly feel"
Earplug (USA)
"Like listening to radio waves from space"
"?the most talented musician around able to create such beautiful and intense music out of arid sources *****"
The Milk Factory (Norway)
"Like observing a collection of pure crystals surrounded by a light fog or recollecting childhood memories"
Touching Extremes
"Minimal, heavily-treated chord progressions so delicate that they could almost be the noise of wind passing over ice sheets 8/10"
Future Music
"Dropsonde's gorgeousness is sombre but it IS gorgeous and the mood-lifting properties of these six instrumentals are inestimable."
"Prepare to be moved, things happen when you listen to Biosphere?sounds conjure images of vast panoramic wastes, yet feel warm and comforting"
Straight No Chaser
"?the entire enterprise drifting from the sound sustem unhindered by the banalities of time or physics"
Kingsley Marshall, IDJ
"Consistently Interesting?Soothing but never bland"
Sunday Times
"Compelling Soundscapes?Dropsponde cant help but clamour for your attentions"
The List