Biosphere – N-Plants

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Biosphere - N-Plants

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      2. Shika-1
      3. Jōyō
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      6. Genkai-1
      7. Ōi-1
      8. Monju-2
      9. Fujiko


When Geir Jenssen releases a new album, it does not matter if it turns out to be sensational or it meets with criticism, because it will be loud around it and it will get to the vast number of ambient music fans. The principle seems to be quite simple in this case, if any of you have ever had even a slight contact with ambient music, for sure he had heard about Biosphere. I will not exaggerate if I write that it was this project alongside such artists as: Brian Eno, Klaus Schulze and Pete Namlook, became not only a pioneer of this genre, but also it got an emblem called ‘the product of the highest quality’. After a five year break, the Norwegian master, finally releases another album, which appears under the name of founded in 1982, British label called Touch,.

The creation concept of the album is quite unusual. The artist inspired by the development of the economy and nuclear power plants in Japan, decided to create the ambient album dedicated to this topic. As you might guess, the album title N-PLANTS refers precisely to the nuclear issues, just like the titles of the tracks that are nothing but names of some reactors stationed in Japan. Jenssen could not get over that a country, where the earthquakes and tsunami are nothing unusual, in such a great way copes with the development and production of the nuclear energy.
(This album was released before the earthquake occurred off the coast of Honshu, which led to a disaster of Fukushima nuclear power plant).

What can I write about the album N-PLANTS itself? Ambient. And it is at its best. To all the laymen in the field of ambient I only want to recall that it is the specific and unique genre of electronic music, which is characterized by moving away from the linearly developed melodic line, which is used in other branches of electronic music and replace it with a loose composition of some audio spots. It is well known that in any kind of music – from classical to punk rock – the construction axis of the track is the harmonic process, and in the case of ambient music the track develops primarily through manipulation of timbre. And so it is the album N-PLANTS. Dark, deep, swaying, accelerating the production of endorphins. It is great, though it is not quite easy to listen to. It seems ideal for the meditation (as probably every music of this genre), or even for a temporary exemption from surrounding us everyday hustle and bustle.

I’m in…


8.5 / 10