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I have probably listened to it well over 500 times. I never get bored of it. That is the big difference between ambient and pop music, you can usually only listen to a pop song a few times before you get bored of it and the words start to annoy you. My wife will buy an album from the latest "Artist du jour", listen to it a few times and then never listens to it again.
If I can't sleep during the night, I will often put this on. If I was stuck on a desert island, this would always be my first choice.
Now, on to the music...
Initially I found Substrata a bit disappointing after Patashnik, but after treating it on its own merits, it grew on me. This is a good follow up to Substrata. I think it is better, because it has a warmer feel to it and there is more melody and a couple of songs with a beat. It is more of a musical soundscape and has interesting samples playing. In Le Grand Dome, there is a French man talking about the sun and sunsets.
Stand out songs for me are Nook & Cranny, Iberia Eterea and Algae and Fungi Pt. 1.
If you haven't bought it and you love ambient music, you must buy it now!
'Cirque' shows a shift from its predecessor 'Substrata'. Rather than the arctic setting, 'Cirque' evokes a sense of the countryside and of a warmer, more moderate climate. I suppose title tracks like 'Ibiza' give it away really! But don't worry there's not a pounding 4/4 beat or cheesy trance rhythm in sight. This is Biosphere remember!
Starting off with the best track on the album in my opinion, 'Nook and Cranny' is just a great track to sit back and listen to. The rolling bass and undercurrents of electronic blips and beeps will take you far away. Elsewhere on the album, 'Don't follow' is another standout track.
But don't take my word for it, listen to it for yourself. If you're not one of those thousands of Biosphere fans, then you'd better ask yourself why!
It can realy influence your brain with many weird frequencies ...
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more music for me to listen too while i read this takes me into the zone and if you like ambient and trippy stuff i'm sure you will like it too my only complaint is i wish the... Read morePublished on 20 Sept. 2012 by joedoe1982
Big rumbling sounds, odd warbling sounds, shimmering synths, mangled samples and no obvious melody/rhythm/harmony/direction etc. Read morePublished on 3 Oct. 2007 by Splossy
Substrata is an ambient classic and a sheer masterpiece. Cirque follows on from it in a very similar vein and if you liked Substrata then you should definately listen to Cirque. Read morePublished on 1 Aug. 2002 by screentan