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Dropsonde

30 Jan 2006 | Format: MP3

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4:28
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6:35
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6:50
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5:50
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5:19
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5:04
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7:10
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6:45
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5:11
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5:55
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10:39

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 21 Feb 2006
  • Label: Touch
  • Copyright: (C) 2006 Touch
  • Total Length: 1:09:46
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  • ASIN: B001EREF4U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 68,162 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By monkey_g on 31 Aug 2006
Format: Audio CD
This is darker than Substrata which I loved and grew on me incidentally after some initial uncertainty.

Very minimalist and also quite repetitive more akin to "drone" music in places, but don't let this put you off if you're new to it. There's a lot to hear so you'll need a good system and some good speakers/headphones especially. Beautiful.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By M. D. Vicary on 3 Feb 2006
Format: Audio CD
The last couple of Biosphere albums were dissapointing compared to Gier Jessen's earlier works but Dropsonde is a return to form. If you liked Substrata and Cirque then your bound to enjoy this album as Jessen returns to the glacial textures and sounds that made those albums so stunning and beautiful to chill out to. Biosphere's use of jazz rythymes on some of the tracks is reminisent of the sounds he used on Cirque so this new album is equally as powerful and yet quiet and beautiful at the same time.
Note on the album artwork: For some reason the cloud/crosshair artwork from the original vinyl LP and currently shown on Amazon has been changed to a kalaedoscopic solar eclipse effect, which dose'nt really suit the music (or indeed Biosphere's concept) as well. Still this is a brilliant record to add to anyone's electronica collection.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By RM on 23 Jun 2006
Format: Audio CD
After four ambient albums that have become increasingly experimental, Geir Jenson has evidently decided to take a new direction with Dropsonde. The key difference with this album to previous ones the use of some dense percussion in certain tracks. It seems like a move away from ambient into a different sub-genre of electronica.

It is not a radical transition. There are a old-style ambient style tracks, minimal and without drums, such as 'Dissolving Clouds' and 'Warmed by the Drift' which conjure images of a cloudy or rainy day like the artwork on the cd (it is a shame the artwork tells us what to think). Many of these are as good as previous works, but despite the different theme, it is indeed time for a change because he has done much of this before.

The new-style tracks have varying degrees of success. Some of the tracks have jazzy drum loops. They work well on 'In Triple Time' because there is a strong melody played over the top, but not as well in 'Birds Fly...'; I feel the synths and effects here are more subtle and the drums distract your attention from them. In this track, as well as others, I think he is stuck between two styles. On the one hand, the subtle ambient sounds are undermimed by drums but on the other, the drums cry out for a stronger melody to be played over the top to stop it being boring. The elements do not quite work together. It would be interesting to see him make some stronger melodies in his music if he is to continue to focus more on percussion.

Among some of the average tracks are a couple of highlights. 'Daphnis 26' is a glowing experimental piece with a beat that becomes increasingly catchy; you are tapping your foot by the end of it.
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