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Autour De La Lune

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  • Audio CD (16 Aug. 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Touch
  • ASIN: B0002BPIDG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 323,207 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Our product to treat is a regular product. There is not the imitation. From Japan by the surface mail because is sent out, take it until arrival as 7-14 day. Thank you for you seeing it.

BBC Review

There was something deeply nocturnal and gorgeously luminescent about the remixes of Arne Nordheim pieces provided by Biosphere and Deathprod on 1998's Nordheim Transformed (one of Rune Grammofon's first and arguably most beautiful releases). Autour De La Lune sounds like the long-delayed successor to those pieces.

There is a degree of commonality between that project and this new release insofar as Biosphere (aka Geir Jenssen) has again chosen to respond to external sonic stimuli. In response to a commission for La Festival de Radio France et Montpellier, Jenssen samples dialogue from a dramatisation of Jules Verne's "De La Terre a La Lune", a nineteenth century story that accurately predicts aspects of space flight that would be unknown until NASA's expeditions decades later. To these samples are added sounds captured by the MIR space station, which were then incorporated into Jenssen's own compositions.

The result is a breathtakingly beautiful, haunted work which is divided into nine movements over 71 minutes. What is most immediately noticeable is the spare and spectral nature of this music.

One of these pieces might best be described as the sonic equivalent of the moon's milky white light; another appears to record the infinitely heavy transit of that globe as it arcs gradually across the sky, and another might be a spectograph recording of the moon's palest phase. Rather unsettlingly, these pieces in totality convey the impression that they are fragments of the moon, rather than songs to or about the moon.

Pigeonholing Autour De La Lune as Ambient would be painfully simplistic. Although attention might be drawn to Brian Eno's Apollo as a comparable endeavour, Eno devoted a significant portion of that recording to musical metaphors for the astronauts' navigation of the moon, which took the form of country-tinged atmospheres.

Biosphere does something very different by expressing something like a lunar essence in sound, one devoid of humankind. This is a subtle work of alchemical invocation which summons the moon into the listener's presence, even at midday. --Colin Buttimer

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By kev on 5 Jun. 2004
Format: Audio CD
Autour de la lune was an original broadcast on radio france,based on jules vernes story,from the earth to the moon.
Geir had access to radio frances early 1960s recordings and put his trademark sound to it.
Its a minimal recording and the first track lasts 21 minutes or so,following on from his last album shenzou so its in the same vein, also reminded me of thomas koners,bass works like teimo/permafrost.
I guess some will find it a bit heavy going tuneless and totally void, so it makes for great late night listening while working on my powerbook, if not while falling asleep!
geir should be releasing another cd this autumn following on from his substrata/cirque cds, working title "karma repair kit" so watch out for that one!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Martin Davidson on 18 Feb. 2006
Format: Audio CD
... like I did. The sounds are so wierd and mechanical that I kept switching off the music thinking the noise was coming from my car!

This is not music in the normal sense of the word. I am known as "Wierd music boy" to friends. But this was almost too wierd for me. Toatally void of anything except nothing (if you get my drift). Kind of reminded me of the sounds you would expect coming from the air recycling system on a space station. (Think 2001: a space Oddessy without ANY dialogue or music)

I am a big fan of Biosphere, but this and Shenzhou were a bit too lifeless for my taste.

Still worth sampling though for the privilege of owning the most wierd album you are ever likely too.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Razvan Porumb on 20 Sept. 2006
Format: Audio CD
This minimalist composition bordering at times with sound sculpture, is far more "classical", profound and soul-stirring (despite 'mechanical' repetitive patterns) than most of the other ambient works I've heard to date. This recording has a true 'alchemical' quality - as a reviewer put it - and the way it paints atmosperes is almost 'paranormal' to a point where it nearly suggests a surreal mystical experience. Jenssen is a true artist, and through this sound poem of ineffable beauty he proves he deserves to be taken very very seriously.
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