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Substrata

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As The Sun Kissed The Horizon
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Poa Alpina
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Chukhung
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The Things I Tell You
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Times When I Know You'll Be Sad
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Hyperborea
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Kobresia
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Antennaria
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Uva-ursi
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Sphere Of No-form
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Silence
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Total Tracks: 11   Total Length: 58:26

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Classic ambient

donK

Lovely ambient electronic

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A perennial favorite

KabukiEyebrow

The cover image shown here is not for "Substrata," but for a double album that includes both "Substrata" and "Man with a Movie Camara," as the type clearly indicates. It is difficult to add to what Sean Cooper says above about this remarkable album. "Substrata" remains my favorite release from Biosphere, perhaps equaled only by "Wireless: Live at the Arnolfini, Bristol," which includes fresh takes on and extends music from "Substrata" and elsewhere. Both remain in my iPod and get regular play.

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needless to say

Lukeso

it´s one of the best ambient albums.so deep and so unusual. get it ASAP!

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Some of the best

aikicinema

This is some of the best electronic/ambient music I own. And I own a lot. Great album from front to back.

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Wow!

wvufan1981

This is awesome stuff! I'm not much of a reviewer, but I know what I like. And I really like this. Take a trip and never leave the farm...

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This album changed my expectations

dj_riviera

I never truly knew what ambient was until I heard this album. The use of "found sound," such as an aeroplane flying overhead in the first track, is highly effective; under any other artist's direction it would feel like a fly in my soup, but here it's profound. He uses "noises" and synthesized sound alike to craft entire, beautiful landscapes. My favorite "noise," however, is buried in the track "Hyperborea," where Jensen uses a clip from an episode of Twin Peaks, in which Major Briggs describes a vision he had to Agent Cooper. Brilliant.

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excellent disque ambient

david.larre

Un album aux vertus hypnotiques, dont le minimalisme est une des grandes qualités. A classer quelque part entre le meilleur de Murcof et Boards of Canada.

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Soooo Deeeeeep

rblove

Take this music with you on your next psychonautic experience (I recommend playing with fractal zooms). Its on par with Coil's Love's Secret Domain, System 7's Water Album and The Orb's Adventures through the Underworld but a lot gentler. Mindbending in its subterranean workings...

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Classic

Toolik

It's nice to see "Substrata" available on Emusic. This is some of the best ambient music around.

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musical air conditioning

cjaxx

also one of my all-time favorites. Perfect music to play during a heatwave. Seriously, it'll cool you down!

They Say All Music Guide

Substrata (released, oddly, on the new age-heavy All Saints label) was the first full-length solo work released by Biosphere’s Geir Jenssen following a three-year period of silence. The album was the first of three to appear almost simultaneously, however — the other two being the soundtrack to the psychological thriller Insomnia, on the Norwegian Origo Sound label, as well as his third Apollo album — proving he’d hardly been in hibernation. Interestingly, while many ambient artists have moved increasingly toward the integration of percussion and rhythmic sequencing, Substrata finds Jenssen almost completely abandoning the rhythmic elements of earlier works such as Patashnik and “Novelty Waves,” focusing on dark, subtly melodic, often piercingly melancholic soundscapes that flow seamlessly from one to the next. The album recalls the more abstract moments of Global Communication’s ambient works, as well as the glacial expanses of Jenssen’s 1996 collaboration with Higher Intelligence Agency, Polar Sequences, and is quite easily among his most accomplished, satisfying works to date. – Sean Cooper

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