Thursday, 25 March 2010

Biosphere - Patashnik (1994)

Biosphere is, probably, the most successful project by Geir Jenssen since his departure from Bel Canto.
These were the first two albums he released under that moniker.
Great ambient-minimal-techno, hope you like it!

Fusing elements of composition derived from environmental experimentalists such as Brian Eno, Jon Hassell, and Walter Carlos with the rhythmic backbone of urban dance styles such as techno and acid house, ambient techno's popularity would grow with the popularity of artists such as the KLF, Irresistible Force, Higher Intelligence Agency; and of course Biosphere.
Jenssen's fascination with science-fiction in general (specifically, space) powers his debut album.
Welding eerie samples to house rhythms,
Microgravity has a sinister quality that's refreshing compared to much ambient-house of the early '9os.
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. 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. (Taken from AMG)

1 comment:

  1. Possibly one of my favorite ambient records ever. There's a track where you get the impression Jenssen is the bastard son of Edgar Froese, it's totally awsome.

    And that first track gives me shivers of fear everytime. That voice sounds like a casting test for a remake of The Shining...