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Patashnik

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Phantasm
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Startoucher
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Decryption
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Novelty waves
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Patashnik
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Mir
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The shield
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Seti project
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Mestigoth
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Botanical dimensions
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Caboose
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En-trance
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 12   Total Length: 65:59

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Techno for dreamstates

jasound

Such...incredible dreams conjured. With the inclusion of just the right (odd) deep movie samples included over/under the right lulling hypnotic atmospheres and beats Geir manages to keep the listener guessing about which state of mind they are in. It is an early album will take you places if you let it. Warm ambient techno. No albums can be compared to these early works because Geir was in a spaced-out techno mode. These are the beginnings of Biosphere and I love it.

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Several great tracks

Toolik

I wouldn't say that this is the best Biosphere album (my personal favorite remains "Substrata"), but there are several songs that have stood the test of time on my playlists: The Shield, Mestigoth, and En-Trance. My tastes lean toward the ambient side of things, though, and I know that some listeners will prefer some of the other tracks instead.

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how does music used in an advert

jian

affect how ingeniously great this album is as a whole? I'm willing to bet people who think Novelty Waves is a sole reason for creating this album haven't even listened to Jensens music nor this album. 'Cause it's mostly brilliant. Few of the tracks are made for the rave era of its time(Fairytale) but they don't ruin the overall experience.

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a classic of ambient-chillout-whatever

snej

This is still one of my favorite albums of early-90s chill-out electronic music (his previous album "Microgravity" is another), although some of the sampled voices get annoying after a while, particularly on track 1. Later Biosphere albums are much more ambient, dispensing almost entirely with beats, but retaining the rich sounds and spooky atmosphere.

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15 Minutes of Celebrity

dhcmrlchtdj

Geir Jenssen's second studio album as Biosphere lived its 15 minutes of celebrity when 'Novelty Waves" was selected as the soundtrack to Michel Gondry's 1994 "[url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uj6G1C6c0uw]Drugstore[/url]" commercial for Levi's.

They Say All Music Guide

One reason why Jenssen’s work stands out from the flood of early ’90s ambient/techno releases is his strong sense of the quirkily creepy — not in an Aphex Twin mode, but in his own particular way. The contrasting samples of a child quaveringly saying, “We had a dream last night,” followed by a rougher sample saying, “We had the same dream,” gives opening number “Phantasm” an unsettling feeling. Intensified by the, on the one hand, pretty, on the other, disturbing music, buried synth strings and a soft pulse accentuated by clattering noises deep in the mix, it kicks off the striking Patashnik very well. Though not as openly dark as acts like Lull, for instance, Biosphere still has an edge which isn’t just melancholic, it’s downright ominous at point. There’s the slow crawl of “Startoucher,” for instance, with its buried vocal snippets and deep bass drone, or the blend of the space signal atmospheres of “Mir” into the low, brooding intro to “The Shield.” Not everything is so shadowy, though; Patashnik is primarily a relax and chill listening experience, but not without its gentle high points. “Novelty Waves,” which became a crossover single in some quarters, has a good dancefloor sharpness to it even as Jenssen slyly sneaks in odd drones and samples through the mix. The opening snippet talking about an extraterrestrial disc jockey on “SETI Project” is good for a smile, as well as acting as a sharp lead-in to a fast rhythm track. Mostly, though, things continue on a deliciously unnerving pace throughout, gentle enough to go down easy but still just off enough to ensure you can’t call this new age folderol for the rave generation. – Ned Raggett

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