Biosphere ‎– Autour De La Lune

Touch ‎– TO:62
CD, Album


1 Translation 21:43
2 Rotation 11:08
3 Modifié 5:10
4 Vibratoire 3:37
5 Déviation 10:26
6 Circulaire 6:15
7 Disparu 2:26
8 Inverse 5:32
9 Tombant 8:07

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On Digipak rear:
Developed following an original broadcast on Radio France.
P & C 2004 Touch.
Made in England

Under clear CD tray:
Une commande conjointe de la Délégation aux Arts Plastiques / Ministère de la Culture et l'Atelier de Création Radiophonique de France Culture.

Thanks to: Philip Langlois and Frank Smith from L'Atelier de Création Radiophonique, Einar Broch Johnsen for translating Jules Verne's novel Autour de la Lune, Trinc for her insight, Tor-Magnus Lundeby for doing the painting.
Published by Touch Music [MCPS].

Issued in a Digipak.
Track 3 consists of (among other sounds) a ring modulation of Sigur Rós' "Ný Batterí".

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (written): 5 027803 146228
  • Barcode (scanned): 5027803146228
  • Matrix / Runout: deluxe TO62 01
  • Matrix / Runout (Etched in inner hub): MADE IN THE UK BY UNIVERSAL M&L
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI L135
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI 04H6
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI 0457
  • Rights Society: MCPS

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TO62 Biosphere Autour De La Lune(9xFile, MP3, Album, 320) Touch TO62 UK 2004
BS082CD Biosphere Autour De La Lune(CD, Album) Beatservice Records BS082CD Norway 2004 Sell This Version
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TO62 Biosphere Autour De La Lune(9xFile, WAV, Album) Touch TO62 UK 2004


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May 5, 2018

Surely it's the most abstract and hermetic piece of Biosphere's opus so far, thus the initial negative reviews from some, but I'm glad to see this album slowly picking up its ratings (finally above 4).
Creating a "soundtrack for space" (while averted from formulaic sci-fi cheesiness) is such a challenging task for a producer, but Geir was on top of his game here.
Not really a "musical album" in the conventional sense, but rather a sound installation, this minimalistic piece requires active listening on a good sound system, or with a pair of decent headphones, in order to truly appreciate the atmosphere and details (especially in the low frequencies range).
Oh... and turn the lights off, if possible.


August 8, 2015
This album is very lifting in a way. It could be great ambient noise in a movie like Gravity or Interstellar. I'd say it's Biosphere's most experimental work, with some Drone and Minimal elements.


May 7, 2012

Biosphere moves into pure abstraction and minimalism with AUTOUR DE LA LUNE, an album that demands patience and attention. The notes of "Translation," as they change in dynamic frequency and location, are concerned with the sense of movement, even in stasis, while "Rotation" is mostly but long, drawn-out tones, with a few high pitches for color. The submerged voices of "Modifié" sounds as if they're coming from a radio tuned to a station across the globe, and the subterranean rumbles of "Vibratoire" seem to have come from deep within the earth's core. That denseness seeps into "Circulaire," which has an almost claustrophobic feel. "Disparu" offers up a small melody as respite for its short run time, and "Inverse" keeps its harmonics deep within itself, like an arrow in the heart. "Tombant" warms up a little, but its minimal nature never lets up for a moment. Engrossing.


October 17, 2010
Best Biosphere ever. Point.


October 4, 2006
edited over 12 years ago
When I listen to this album, all I can think about is being in space. Possibly in a shuttle or space station, just looking out the window at the universe. I believe visions like this is what Biosphere intended for this album. This isn't his typical style, but I welcomed the change because this album has a real magic. There isn't many albums out there that can truly create an image and scenerio in your head like this one can. Minimal space ambience.


September 18, 2006
edited over 12 years ago
I think this is a wonderful album, and I'm surprised at all the negative comments. Also, Geir as Biosphere may usually have a little more going on than this, but it seems to me a very natural progression from his other works, esp. after ShenZhou. Excellent minimal ambient.


July 31, 2006
edited over 12 years ago

An interesting release. You really need a very good speaker system and room acoustics in order to appreciate this album fully.

I really wonder though why Geir Jenssen didn't use a different alias (or just his own name) for this release because it is -so- different from any other Biosphere release that came before and after it.



November 13, 2005
edited over 13 years ago
Wow ... What can i say! Im really impressed by this album. It makes all the prior Biosphere albums seem like pop music. This is deep, this is dark, this is minimal, this is actually disturbing. Some of these tracks makes your ears hurt, even though it's ambient music, but still you can't help listening. I have never heard ambient music as deep as this. Biosphere on this album, really experiments with the extremes. The bass is so deep that you can only really hear it with headphones, otherwise you'll just feel the rumbling below you ... it's really that deep ... And then we have the disturbingly high pitched monotone sounds, that almost makes your ears bleed ... wow! ... This is the deepest ambient i have ever heard, makes everything else obsolete ... I hope Biosphere will continue this style in the future ... Respect! ...


January 21, 2005
edited over 14 years ago

This does develop at a much different pace than Substrata, etc, but it's still quality work. It's got a lot more drone, and shares common ground with Coil's 'Time Machines' disc. You might miss out some with the headphones on though - some tracks are in large part bass vibrations that benefit from proper woofers.


January 4, 2005
edited over 14 years ago
It's unfortunate to read all the negative reviews above. Perhaps the above readers have the wrong perspective. Biosphere may not be giving them something they expected to hear, but he is giving us something altogether different - and it is grand.

Most importantly, Autour De La Lune simply must be heard on headphones to really "hear" it, or else one is bound not to perceive its true depth. All the subtle sounds carefully placed have the effect of expanding the brain and opening it up to a unique sonic experience. Turn on a blacklight, pop in Autour De La Lune on headphones and sit quietly in meditation for twenty minutes and you will feel the impressions and effects of Autour De La Lune; it is sublime. You can never ever lose with Biosphere before bedtime, he is the ambient master.