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Geir Jenssen - Born 1962-05-30 (Troms°, Norway)

BIOSPHERE comes as the solely made work adaptation of norwegian electronic instrumentalist Geir JENSSEN, being the most succesful and well-recognized of his main recording names, as well as the deepest reach ever done by him (extensively and qualitatively), as a project and as a way of interpreting the music gift. JENSSEN evolvs slowly around the imperatives of ambient music, electronic workings and, to the extent of a originality's delight, to the so-called "arctic sounds", drawn elegantly from (or in relation) to his life and spirit, having the close touch of the Arctic Circle, with its surroundings that managed to impress him in all soundscaping ideas possibilities.The alias basically comes from the "Biosphere 2 Space Station" a sealed dome project undertaken in Arizona Desert. In the early and anonymous years, Geir JENSSEN spend three years and two albums with the pop outfited dance oriented BEL CANTO (1987-1989) and also made his solo debut by peculiar and modest trance-oriented works, as BLEEP, in 1990, producing 12'' records, under influence of acid house/new beat music. The BIOSPHERE idea proved the most lasting and the most effective journey through mastering a never easy art and gaining a never lost sense of depth impressionistics.

Geir JENSSEN can go regarded as uncontrolably popular and easy-oriented (however, not necesarily in the deficit of everything). Several live festivals and clubs performances, under the auspicies of electronic mix approach, plus many commissions towards remixes and soundtrackings acknowledge a modern fame. Still, he remains a proving artist in the same modern world being present in the recognitions of art movement, inner feeling (or passion) and influenciality. "Substrata" is considered an ambient material peak, considered the best of its year. Moreover, he can be a spiritual person. With a hobby in active climbing and mountaineering, his highest reach was Cho Oyu, sixth giant from Himalaya, making the full summit sans oxygen. Plus, the constant allusion of cold, space, ice or exploration can be much more than just the common sense inspiration to his work, but, as already mentioned, a way of life transposed in a way of music.

Nine albums up to date and several collaborations express around that many tendencies, though the succint style remains the cold-entrusted ambient power, the naturalscapes environmental, the dark/light gravity, some loops ...
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Senja RecordingsSenja Recordings
Biophon Records (Norway) 2019
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Touch Uk 2006
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SMALLTOWN SUPERSOUND 2016
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ShenzhouShenzhou
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Petrified ForestPetrified Forest
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BIOSPHERE top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

2.30 | 8 ratings
Microgravity
1992
2.21 | 5 ratings
The Fires Of Ork (with Pete Namlook)
1993
2.96 | 7 ratings
Patashnik
1994
2.25 | 4 ratings
Insomnia OST
1997
3.96 | 14 ratings
Substrata
1997
3.95 | 3 ratings
Biosphere and Deathprod: Nordheim Transformed
1998
4.00 | 3 ratings
Birmingham Frequencies (with Higher Intelligence Agency)
1999
3.55 | 4 ratings
The Fires Of Ork 2 (with Pete Namlook)
2000
3.88 | 7 ratings
Cirque
2000
3.08 | 7 ratings
Substrata▓
2001
3.52 | 10 ratings
Shenzhou
2003
4.00 | 10 ratings
Autour De La Lune
2004
3.98 | 12 ratings
Dropsonde
2005
3.96 | 9 ratings
N Plants
2011
4.00 | 5 ratings
L'incoronazione di Poppea
2012
4.00 | 4 ratings
Patashnik 2
2014
3.88 | 5 ratings
Biosphere and Deathprod: Stator
2015
3.00 | 2 ratings
Departed Glories
2016
3.67 | 6 ratings
The Petrified Forest
2017
2.33 | 3 ratings
The Hilvarenbeek Recordings
2018
4.02 | 4 ratings
The Senja Recordings
2019

BIOSPHERE Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.00 | 3 ratings
Polar Sequences (with Higher Intelligence Agency)
1996

BIOSPHERE Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

BIOSPHERE Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

5.00 | 1 ratings
Compilation 1991-2004
2012

BIOSPHERE Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

BIOSPHERE Reviews


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 Birmingham Frequencies (with Higher Intelligence Agency) by BIOSPHERE album cover Studio Album, 1999
4.00 | 3 ratings

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Birmingham Frequencies (with Higher Intelligence Agency)
Biosphere Progressive Electronic

Review by admireArt
Prog Reviewer

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 caf├ę 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.

****/*

 The Senja Recordings by BIOSPHERE album cover Studio Album, 2019
4.02 | 4 ratings

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The Senja Recordings
Biosphere Progressive Electronic

Review by TCat
Collaborator Eclectic Team

4 stars "Biosphere" is an alias used by Progressive Electronic artist Geir Jenssen, which represents his solo work. Jenssen was born in Norway in 1962 and has had ffiliations with several musical acts, including the dance oriented "Bel Canto" in 1987, and trance oriented "Bleep" in 1990. As Biosphere, he has released 26 full length studio albums since 1992.

"The Senja Recordings" were released in June of 2019. This album consists of a 17-track collection of natural outdoor recordings and in-studio improvisations done on the island of Senja, Arctic Norway, between 2015 ? 2018. All of the tracks were written, performed and recorded by Jenssen.

"Skalbrekka" consists of sounds manipulated and processed into interesting electronic soundscapes. The source material is a recording of ice being thrown out on a frozen lake and a dog named Tara. This is an example of the soundscapes that are created here, but without knowing what the original sound was, you would never be able to figure it out. The mood is ambient and sparse, cold and barren as the Arctic Circle, where these field recordings were done. "Strandby" is an improvised passage recorded from a Roland System 100 synthesizer. The music-box sounding tones are simple and unaccompanied and seem to be based on a pattern. "Bergsbotn 1" uses a field recording of a military, concrete snow shed that has a ventilation pipe that the wind blows through creating a sound like a giant flute. Sparse and haunting, there are barely discernable tones hidden under the already quiet sounds and this brings on a feeling of solidarity. "Bjorvika" is based around a field recording of rain and thunder as heard from inside a storage container and some soft tones.

"Berg" is an 8 minute electronic composition that is commissioned work for an exhibition in Oslo. The tones are based on a repeated pattern with slow and subtle changes and various other tones, usually in a low register also come through. The music shimmers and echoes as the notes are sustained, giving a feeling of depth in the lower tones and a sense of reflective light shooting out from ice crystals. "Kyle" is the sound of a vuvuzela (a 2 ft. long, plastic horn) echoing off of a mountain wall in Litjedalen. The sound is soft with a windy drone and echoing caws from birds. This short track segues into "Fjolhogget" which is an electronic recording using a Yamaha FB-01 and an OSCar synthesizer. There are steady low tones with high melodic and short tones playing on top. "Stordjupta" also uses the OSCar synth and the sound of a VHF distress call. This has a steady low drone and ominous throbbing tones.

"Bergsbotn II" utilizes the snow shed again as in the first part, but this time it is joined by high pitched tones from a Cambodian bamboo flute and a Argeiphontes lyre. The sounds are cold, metallic and piercing. "Bergsbotn III" continues from the previous track with the addition of a Vietnamese hand drum producing some interesting effects. A intermittent drone is produced that stops and starts creating a glitchy sound. "Lysbotn" also continues from the previous track. This time a field recording of finger tapping on a hydroelectric pipe and the use of contact microphones are used to create the source material. A low, soft drone vibrates under occasional percussive sounds. "Straumen" is a short field recording of a transmitter station, pretty much just a variant drone. "Steinfjord" is another short track using a field recording of wind through wires in a restricted area. The vibration of the wires create a tonal quality but the track is also drone-like. "Gilberg" continues with the drone from the previous track and uses electronic sounds created by the MetaSynth and the ARP Odyssey. A far off tonal sound creates the sensation of music carried over a distance, almost flute-like in tone, while low tones sound like the wind through hollow pipes. The source material for "Alteret" is a field recording in Mefjordavaer of reindeer high on a mountain and a military plane flying overhead. "Geatkejavri" is a field recording of thunder at Fjeilfrosvatnet. "Ha" is the last track and is another 8 minute track. It uses a Hydraphone, an unusual instrument invented by Max Eastley who used to record on Brian Eno's Obscure label, and a Waldorf Blofeld synthesizer. The tones are sparse and mostly low frequency creating a random melodic sound.

This album is definitely ambient all the way through, the sound is quite minimal. You could call it "The World Unplugged" as these are sounds created by the world when there is nothing around. It answers the question of "If nothing was around to hear it, would it still make a noise?" This study in ambience is definitely experimental, yet it is intriguing and peaceful. Think of "Bass Communion" in a more condensed, yet unstructured format. The tracks are mostly quite short with a few longer ones, but the sound hardly ever surpasses the "pianissimo" dynamic other than a few random thunder claps or windy gusts. This is not music in any traditional sense as much as it is soundscapes. But, when you are in the right mood, it is very engaging and captivating.

 The Senja Recordings by BIOSPHERE album cover Studio Album, 2019
4.02 | 4 ratings

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The Senja Recordings
Biosphere Progressive Electronic

Review by admireArt
Prog Reviewer

4 stars A precisely timed 17 tracks album, with the same kind of concept and in the same kind of tenor as his The Hilvarenbeek Recordings (2018), Geir Jenssen aka BIOSPHERE makes it work out and worth your while on this one.

This time his field recordings are not just field recordings with some subtle decorations. Adding his solid yet ethereal electronic music expertise he blends deep and wisely into these field recordings and comes up with strangely beautiful, profound, enticing, meditative & poetic soundscapes which stand as both great recordings of natural environments alongside his own human sonic imprint in a perfectly threaded mix.

Of course he is not the first one to do so, I mean this kind of fire started way back in time and more than one has given us masterpieces. All it takes is to own a unique musical language and a great sense of artistry, from there your creativity and focus will take care of the ride...

Well, Geir Jenssen does that and delivers after some forgettable releases, another great 4.5 stars work with all the attributes he possess and takes it up a notch in this kind of playgrounds with his very personal way of music expression.

 Departed Glories by BIOSPHERE album cover Studio Album, 2016
3.00 | 2 ratings

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Departed Glories
Biosphere Progressive Electronic

Review by admireArt
Prog Reviewer

3 stars "Departed Glories", BIOSPHERE's 12th album, 2016, touches on those folk tale lands which actually do exist but are too rural and culturally remote from our usual plastic, concrete and perfectly wireless boxes.

Of course Geir Jenssen (BIOSPHERE), has a close geographical connection to these frozen and enchanted lands, being born in north-Norway and residing there where, as his BANDCAMP bio describes, composes most of his releases.

OK. Enough geography for today!

Short electronic soundscapes which sound like sections or parts of longer compositions. Some are too brief to go anywhere and sadly they go nowhere. Too many tracks for so few highlights and these are lost in the crowd diminishing the probabilities of going through all the album to relive them again.

To be honest, I feel disappointed by the lack of teeth most of these compositions show. Even the nostalgic moods seem bland .

At least he does not fall for cliches or rip-offs but in the belle-arts that is not enough it is only the beginning.

Anyway, BIOSPHERE has many great releases this is not one of them.

***3 "flat, flat" PA stars.

 The Fires Of Ork 2 (with Pete Namlook) by BIOSPHERE album cover Studio Album, 2000
3.55 | 4 ratings

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The Fires Of Ork 2 (with Pete Namlook)
Biosphere Progressive Electronic

Review by admireArt
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Way beyond!

I would not make a big issue about both "The Fires of Ork" Vol.1 and 2, 1993 and 2000 respectively, being misplaced in BIOSPHERE's (a.k.a. Geir Jenssen) discography, rather than in long gone Pete Namlook's one. But not even the first one's cover art, which were like a trademark for most of Namlook's works, helped a bit.

Anyway, this second encounter of both electronic musicians, is by far more structured and accomplished, than their first, highly raw and experimental, one. Both musical languages are tightly blended into a single one, and by the way, with its best possible results, maybe in a very low keyed manner, that may fool some in comparing it to each one's own language and works, but at close distance, as in all of Pete Namlook's collaborations, music composition wise, this effort explores teamwork as a way of expression and not just as mere addition.

Its relaxed mood, its non-cheesy embellishments, its detached and subtle but effective dark environments, its refined experimental nature and the cosmic overtone of the human spirit, is quiet intoxicating by its unpretentious but extremely deep songwriting.

To the followers of each or both musicians, the connection of both musical languages in this second effort will be more than apparent and for those who do not follow any of them, this is the kind of release that clearly shows that Progressive Electronic, is not just a bunch of polite Tangerine Dream's clones pulling off the same old tricks again and again, but the possible and endless future this sub-genre still has to offer.

As far as this unrepeatable Namlook & Jenssen association went, this is top game.

****4.5 (low keyed almost masterpiece) PA stars.

 L'incoronazione di Poppea by BIOSPHERE album cover Studio Album, 2012
4.00 | 5 ratings

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L'incoronazione di Poppea
Biosphere Progressive Electronic

Review by admireArt
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Electronic music in 1642.

Realizing that 2012 was a great year for this prog/electronic genre, to keep up the good news Geir Jenssen┤s (aka BIOSPHERE), released "L'incoronazione di Poppea" an electronics meets Claude Monteverdi┤s 1642 opera of the same name, comissioned project.

Not to scare non-opera lovers as myself, this is the kind of opera I will surely attend and sadly even consider it brief.

Resembling a sinking museum of gigantic white-blue sculptures alongside drowning women┤s laments, tainted by deep dramatic or subtle flowing melody lines into sometimes sweet others chaotic or simply raw musical environments, without subduing nor losing the grandeur of its operatic root.

Electronic/crossover experimentation at its best.

Bravo!! ****4.5 solid PA stars.

 Biosphere and Deathprod: Stator by BIOSPHERE album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.88 | 5 ratings

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Biosphere and Deathprod: Stator
Biosphere Progressive Electronic

Review by admireArt
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Two worlds collide independently.

STATOR, 2015, is more or less evenly disposed between Geir Jenssen "Biosphere" and Helge Sten "Deathprod". (3 Biosphere's and 4 Deathprod's songs).

Helge Sten previously associated with Supersilent and Motorpsycho (between 1992?1994; frequent guest and producer 1994?2002 and 2007), began this DEATHPROD solo project in 1991 and has released some boxes of its recorded material.

Anyway, the contrast of musical languages in this kind of separate collaboration makes the whole experience musically untangible the same as attractive. Biosphere's ways are more melodical and dream like. Deathprod's are more inclined to the noise/drone nightmarish ambients. Matched in perfect balance as creativity goes, one's language enhances the other's as well.

Now! It is hard to rate it as a single Biosphere project due to its inherent idea of separate collaboration in a single release. I mean 3 songs although perfect, are just 3 songs and Deathprod (not yet included in PA), also perfect adds up one more.

Nevertheless an easy ****4 "Progressive/Electronic collaboration" PA stars.

 Compilation 1991-2004 by BIOSPHERE album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2012
5.00 | 1 ratings

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Compilation 1991-2004
Biosphere Progressive Electronic

Review by admireArt
Prog Reviewer

— First review of this album —
5 stars Talking about dreams!

Biosphere aka Geir Jenssen's "Compilation 1991-2004" , resembles in surface a best hits collection yet it is actually a recopilation of all sorts of over the years prodigal orphan's returns. Full of prog/techno/ambient/noise/COSMIC- electronic creativity, each song will take you to very different atmospheres and still sound like if they were before-thought of as a single release instead of a sum of its parts.

Of course the techno touches will certainly offend most prog-heads, but what the hell! they rarely visit these electronic- lands for starters. Therefore an open minded prog-electronic follower is all it takes to enjoy such an exquisite joyride.

Good things are hard to explain, excellent things? Well you have to be there or in this case, here !

*****5 "masterpiece", not all prog electronic, PA stars.

 Biosphere and Deathprod: Nordheim Transformed by BIOSPHERE album cover Studio Album, 1998
3.95 | 3 ratings

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Biosphere and Deathprod: Nordheim Transformed
Biosphere Progressive Electronic

Review by admireArt
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Two Norwegian artists remodeling a third.

The third in question is Arne Nordheim and both parties, Geir Jenssen (BIOSPHERE) and Helge Sten (DEATHPROD), render their reinterpretations to Nordheim's material "Electric". (originally recorded in late 60s/early 70s). The artists take turns in presenting us with their reinterpretations of this work.

The original score is respected to the point of recognition, but these "transformations" are in themselves full of sonic proposals that offer new directions in the whole scope of the original "Electric" music.

So we get an almost one and one understanding of the original project. And their respective languages serve the purpose of encompassing both approaches without direct collaborations as far as the scarce liner notes depict.

Music wise, both musicians are distinguishable between each other, so as each track goes by, it refreshes the concept from scratch, without losing thread of this as a single effort project.

Ambiental, experimental, contemporary and daringly attractive. A perfect introduction to three Norwegian electronic musicians at their best.

****4.5 PA stars! Slow and mesmerizing!

 Substrata by BIOSPHERE album cover Studio Album, 1997
3.96 | 14 ratings

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Substrata
Biosphere Progressive Electronic

Review by admireArt
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Geir Jenssen emerges to light!

In that not so distant "Ambient Music" planet, Geir Jenssen a.k.a. BIOSPHERE, is quiet known and respected. And as far as they tell "Substrata" (the 1997 release, which will later be added entirely to the "Sustrata2/Man With a Movie Camera" 2001, 2 cd album), was Biosphere's turning point. It even caught the attention of electronic/ambient pioneer Brian Eno, which of course made everyone else turn their heads and listen.

It takes no genius to figure out this is "game". The music itself, although confined in the "ambient" tagging, offers a taste of this musician's "trade", up to that point in his career and shows him as a mature "clean thought" electronic music experimentalist.

Now, all of this would be senseless, if it lacked song writing to match things up. "Substrata" is completely inspired in that regard. The music blends many ways of expression into single songs, unconnected with each other. With brushes of dark symphonics, plenty of attractive electronic environments, down to earth tape recordings, hypnotic lo-fi acoustic guitar melodies (Shoegaze-like), with intense and deep choirs and unintelligible voices here and there. All lightly threaded into huge musical structures in contrast to the minimal ones. But above all it is a great Prog/Electronic album, which offers to this genre a "new" OWN language musician, which we all know are so scarce.

****4 + my review, PA stars. Welcome to this machine!

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