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Substrata Vol.2 Double CD, Extra tracks
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What else can be said of 'Substrata' than it's the best album in the field of ambient music. For me it surpasses the best of Eno and others. From its opening chimes of arctic winds, it leads the listener on a beatless, ambient journey through soundscapes of wind, tinkering electronics and distant, almost medieval, noises. If you don't have it, get it now while you can, particularly when you get another new Biosphere CD with it.
The second CD has much the same feel. But although ambient, it ditches the arctic landscape in favour of an urban one and there are more industrial hisses and textures to certain tracks. The final two tracks, taken from the Japanese version of 'Substrata', sound like Biosphere circa the 'Microgravity' era and are probably the best tracks on the second CD.
If you like ambient music, or you want a relaxing record, or even if you're just interested in electronic music, get this record now, you won't be disappointed.
I bought it after hearing works such as Global Communication - 76:14 and wanted more like that - it isn't that similar, it is a lot more 'sound' based rather than music based. However Substrata the original CD takes you on a journey, you can imagine being in a cave, or sat at the north pole listening to this CD. Songs like 'Chukhung' use reverbed guitar loops to create atmosphere, others use lush strings (my fave, 'Kobresia'), while bleeps pile on the ambience in 'Hyperborea'.
Biosphere also uses vocals to great effect, on a lot of the tracks - they are just vocal snippets of people talking, but used just so to create the perfect atmosphere
Anyway - this CD is for those people who don't mind listening to a CD of drones and tones - that work really well. I'd recommend getting this for the arctic soudscapes it conjures up, and the 2nd CD is also good for a kind of barren, industrial, urban feel.
Since purchasing this album, I have also bought several other Biosphere CDs. This, though, has to be the most impressive. However, if you have enjoyed Substrata and want something similar, I can also recommend the collaberative works with Higer Intelligence Agency: Polar Sequences and Birmingham Frequencies.
I could tell you about each individual track on the CD, but that wouldn't do them justice. After all it is basically a collection of (well thought out) samples and synths. Give it a listen - you'll be impressed.
And I consider it a comforting irony that the world of electronic music, so often criticised by outsiders for its lack of instrumental talent and the "heartlessness" that its use of modern electronic technology apparently brings, could create a record that is such a pure, emotional expression of the very antithesis of such modern technology - Mother Nature herself.
As far as I'm concerned, this isn't just the best ambient album ever, but THE best electronically produced album ever. This is as close to perfect as an album can get.
As this album pack goes, it does the job and does it well, I have only listened to the first cd so far and only a few times so there are definitely a few more listens in need.
I find with Biosphere, it takes a different approach to ambient music, compared to the likes of stars of the lid and the infamous aphex twin.
The turns and winds of his atmospheres are compelling and take a different turn to your typical 'chillout ambient' however this doesn't mean the album lacks in simple ambient pleasure. Tracks 8, 7 and 11 for me are masterpieces in creating the most alarming emotion and feelings within the listener, especially 7.
Among this, I still feel slightly at a tangent with the album, it definitely still needs a few listens to sink in, I don't think I've heard it in it's best form as of yet, and I imagine it would sound much better in the latter stage. As in my experience and other reviews Biosphere does not dissapoint.
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This is my all time favourite ambient album, done justice with a decent hifi and a glass of single malt. Might seem a little sparse initially, but it is sublime and sonorous.Published 18 months ago by Mr. D. E. Waller
This was the first ambient album I ever bought, and I couldn't be more happy with my introduction. The cold, lonely and sometimes peaceful atmosphere within each track (which all... Read morePublished on 29 July 2012 by Ben
Both CDs are superb. Excellent production. Calming but never boring. The same futuristic feel of 'Patashnik', but less heavy. Read morePublished on 14 May 2011 by Max Clemens
Some of the most self-indulgent cr*p I've heard in a while. Maybe buy it if you genuinely, hand on heart, like Autechre.Published on 19 July 2007 by icemeister