Biosphere
Microgravity


3.5
great

Review

by Marko Polovina USER (90 Reviews)
July 31st, 2009 | 19 replies


Release Date: 1992 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Biosphere's debut finds Jenssen on good ground mixing low bass, a serene/peaceful atmosphere, samples pertaining to astronomy, static releases, and short cycled bleeps.

Interestingly enough the man behind Biosphere (Geir Jenssen) takes his artist name literally. All of his albums take on an environmental edge towards that very notion. Much like the title suggests, Microgravity gives away the safety of gravity and the album thrusts you into the feeling of being physically suspended. Biosphere's debut really is a predominately consistent ambient album with small splices of minimalistic techno dance. I really cringe when I say "dance", since the few songs that are actually applicable to that term aren't sufficiently though-after that very word. It's not like you can pop this baby in and start moving, it's just that some of these songs are more upbeat then others, which isn't what you'd expect since most of Microgravity is quite leveled within its whole concept.

Emitting the sense of suspension is immediately felt once you get your feet wet with Microgravity. Each track contains some sort of whisper-like sampling mixed with low bass tones that are often glossed over with sparse keyboard arrangements. The type of seclusion that is brought into Microgravity can be attributed to the serene, sometimes air-like electronic waves that pulse ever so often within the album and the various static noises that pierce ever so softly within the core of Microgravity. The title track is an easily digestible piece and is extremely comforting for the listener. The low bass tone assorted with that air-like electronic arrangement give the listener enough room to settle in. Even the movement between each long sequence isn't palpable enough to raise your ear instincts allowing it to be a smooth ambient listen.

The movement for most of Microgravity is extremely slow and gradual, the best word to describe the pace would be steady. Although the production is a bit dim, it is for the benefit of the listener since the low volume contains a "freedom" feel to it which helps the overall concept. Despite most of the buildups being heard, they are exceptionally odd for being anti-climatic. They never progress or burst into a wave of liveliness that you would assume. Even the more energetic tracks are consistent enough not to raise the level of the entire album. "Fairytale" brings in a minimalistic techno beat that is more deeper then it seems, being completely masked by a space-like synth and astronomy-referencing samples to boot. Other tracks such as "Baby Satellite", "Baby Interphase" and "Chromosphere" keep the comfort level intact, while generally being more livelier, splashing the occasional static charge and small cycled bleeps. The overall mood is never broken within Microgravity, which is quite amazing. Much like most ambient music if you're not in the mood then you'll feel that this may be a bit repetitive. Luckily the music runs exceptionally quick, almost like a quick lecture with slight piques of interest here and there.



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MassiveAttack
July 31st 2009


2688 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Recommended Tracks: Baby Satellite, Fairytale, Chromosphere, and Baby Interphase.


Willie
Moderator
July 31st 2009


16051 Comments


I want to hear this.

MassiveAttack
July 31st 2009


2688 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I've taken a liking to Biosphere, all of his albums revolve around each concept amazingly well. Extremely soothing to say the least.

Willie
Moderator
July 31st 2009


16051 Comments


That's what I'm hoping for. Thematic and soothing.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
July 31st 2009


8371 Comments


nice review Marko but the first half of the last paragraph could do some work, reads a bit awkward in areas.

MassiveAttack
July 31st 2009


2688 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I fail to see this. :-), but I did add a bit to the first sentence as the second half of the sentence is a bit abrupt.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
July 31st 2009


8371 Comments


wait a sec, I'll bring some examples :-)

Willie
Moderator
July 31st 2009


16051 Comments


uh oh.

MassiveAttack
July 31st 2009


2688 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm waiting Estonian!

2 minutes later: I can see you buckling under the pressure =D

TricksterGRex
July 31st 2009


2087 Comments


love biosphere, good review

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
July 31st 2009


8371 Comments


The movement for most of Microgravity is extremely slow and gradual, the best word would to describe the pace would be steady.
cold just be shortened to: The pace throughout Microgravity is slow and steady
Although the production value may seem a bit dim, this may be for the benefit of the listener. If you consider the low volume gives the listener a sense of freedom then this definitely helps the overall concept.
I would link thes two sentences into one and say something like: Although the production is a bit dim, it is for the benefit of the listener since the low volume contains a "freedom" feel to it which helps the overall concept.

that's just me though, it is almost 4.00 in here so I may just be a lil bit tired :-)

MassiveAttack
July 31st 2009


2688 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

All of these excuses! Thanks buddy. I'll take you up on the second part since I agree. The first eh, not so much =).

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
July 31st 2009


8371 Comments


yep you are right, I can't blame the time since I am up volunteerely. And I still think the first one could be shortened :-)

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
August 1st 2009


8371 Comments


ok as I see you trimmed up your final paragraph so here is your pos mister

MassiveAttack
August 1st 2009


2688 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

ahhh, ain't that sweet lol :-)

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
August 1st 2009


8371 Comments


yes I am such a sweet person i know hahahaha

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
June 4th 2014


18725 Comments


love this album

Digging: Execration (NOR) - Morbid Dimensions

demigod!
June 4th 2014


44726 Comments


been spinning Cirque a lot lately

need to hear this

Digging: Weezer - Everything Will Be Alright in the End

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
June 4th 2014


18725 Comments


this is much more 90s ambient house sounding (kinda like a less playful orb) but wasnt it you who asked me to rec you all those 90s idm albums? if so this is right in with all that

i also have to check out his new one, its supposedly from the patashnik era so it should be pretty sweet



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