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4.00 | 3 ratings

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4 stars For PE enthusiasts who are not hungry for rehashed dishes, this stuff is for real.

This Biosphere BIRMINGHAM FREQUENCIES (WITH HIGHER INTELLIGENCE AGENCY) post needs some revision, but until that happens for starters Geir Jenssen is Biosphere (typo on this site´s entry) so to set the record straight this following info was copy pasted from their Bandcamp spot:

"Polar Sequences and Birmingham Frequencies are two parts of a same project. Polar Sequences, released in 1996, was recorded two years earlier, during Tromso's Polar Music Festival. Tromso, hometown of Biosphere's Geir Jenssen, is situated 70 degrees north, above the Arctic Circle, in Norway. In 1995, the organisers of the festival commissioned Geir Jenssen and Higher Intelligence Agency's Bobby Bird, a series of three concerts, using environmental sounds recorded in the area. The concerts were given on top of a mountain, where the audience was brought to in turn by cable car. The second part of this project was put together by Bird and Jenssen, using a similar approach, this time set in Bobby Bird's native Birmingham. The chosen venue was on the twelfth floor of the Rotunda, situated in the heart of the city. The one off event also featured videos and digital images, as well as a café and one of the best views over Birmingham.".-Milk Factory Review.

So, back to where I review/rate Geir Jenssen & Bobby Bird´s Birmingham Frequencies.

Well let me count the ways not to overrate it just because it is for starters 100% original in its musical language which is still for me the real deal and thrill in any kind of work in any kind of field of art.

This contemporary electronic music concert is constructed layer by layer and it turns out surprisingly rich in all kind of electronic music possibilities and variations, which travel from sophisticated primitiveness to symphonic like subtle explosions, to strange electronic style encounters which challenge this duo´s masterful performances and brilliant emotional response as composers, never ceasing to explore the before mentioned field recordings (sounds/noises) and delivering in return such sonic magic.

A 7 track release, where six of its parts are if not all masterpieces, all are extraordinary as a sum.

Weak spot (The Rotunda), not because it is weak as such but the rest is just far better in this kind of creative, original and alluring electro/acoustic heights.


admireArt | 4/5 |


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