Biosphere ‎– Cirque

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Nook & Cranny 4:02
Le Grand Dôme 5:36
Grandiflora 0:48
Black Lamb & Grey Falcon 5:08
Miniature Rock Dwellers 1:04
When I Leave 5:54
Iberia Eterea 6:38
Moistened & Dried 2:25
Algae & Fungi Part I 5:43
Algae & Fungi Part II 5:17
Too Fragile To Walk On 4:51

Versions (11)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
TO:46 Biosphere Cirque(CD, Album, Dig) Touch TO:46 UK 2000 Sell This Version
APR 056 CD Biosphere Cirque(CD, Album) April Records APR 056 CD Denmark 2000 Sell This Version
TO:46 Biosphere Cirque(CD, Album, Dig) Touch TO:46 UK 2000 Sell This Version
TO:46 LP Biosphere Cirque(LP, Album) Touch TO:46 LP UK 2000 Sell This Version
TO:46 LP Biosphere Cirque(LP, Album, W/Lbl, TP) Touch TO:46 LP UK 2000 Sell This Version
TO:46 Biosphere Cirque(CD, Album, RE, Dig) Touch TO:46 UK 2006 Sell This Version
TO46CD Biosphere Cirque(11xFile, AIFF, Album) Touch TO46CD UK 2007
TO46CD Biosphere Cirque(11xFile, FLAC, Album) Touch TO46CD UK 2007
TO46CD Biosphere Cirque(11xFile, MP3, Album, 320) Touch TO46CD UK 2007
TO46CD Biosphere Cirque(11xFile, WAV, Album) Touch TO46CD UK 2007
BS096CD Biosphere Cirque(CD, Album, RE, Dig) Beatservice Records BS096CD Norway 2007 Sell This Version

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Corazon_saints

Corazon_saints

June 8, 2016
referencing Cirque, LP, Album, TO:46 LP

Repress 3xLP + 2xCD due in 2016 (c/o Biosphere's Facebook page)
4Ever5kyler

4Ever5kyler

October 7, 2015
referencing Cirque, LP, Album, W/Lbl, TP, TO:46 LP
I must have this.... Somebody message me when they wanna sell! ☺️
funkyjeff77

funkyjeff77

November 14, 2014
referencing Cirque, LP, Album, TO:46 LP
This album should be repress...
bell-end

bell-end

April 5, 2013
referencing Cirque, LP, Album, TO:46 LP
There's a reason nobody is selling this.Possibly this guys finest moment.Inspired by a guy who went to explore the icy tundra and never returned.the themes of desolation and isolation run through this album with a beautiful subtlety until the end which has just a sliver of melody which provokes lament whilst still maintaining a chilling indifference inspired by the geographical sparseness of the subject matter.An album which genuinely achieves the intended mood seemingly without effort.Mr Biosphere,I salute thee.
JonnieDarko

JonnieDarko

May 22, 2009
referencing Cirque, CD, Album, Dig, TO:46

An amazing album!

Originally, to me Biosphere's best release was Substrata & in every respect it still remains a classic but Cirque just has that something extra, a real journey into the glacial sound that Biosphere creates, a journey that one takes with the explorer to which it is inspired from.

Every track seamlessly moulding into the next with ease & then we're given the sublime & punchier tracks of Algae & Fungi Parts I & II, with a drum and bass sound backdrop never interfering with the chords but driving both tracks & probably even enough to keep a dancefloor interested & thinking at same time.

Finishing with one of the most moving pieces of ambient music: Too Fragile To Walk On..Emotionally captivating.
kedrilfr

kedrilfr

November 20, 2005
edited over 10 years ago
referencing Cirque, CD, Album, Dig, TO:46
This album was inspired by the true story of a young North American explorer (Chris Mac Candless) who lived a brutal dream of ascetism but fatally lost himself in the dense forests of Alaska. I would like to specify that words you can weakly listen to in the 2nd track are in french. The man is talking about northern lights and the return of the sun, seemingly during an exploration in the North Pole.
scoundrel

scoundrel

March 23, 2004
referencing Cirque, CD, Album, Dig, TO:46

Biosphere does ambient right… again. There are certainly dub elements (the deep, reverberating drums) blended into the music, but <I>Cirque</I> is definitely meant to evoke an icy aura -– “Grand Dome” sounds like being trapped in a deep, frozen fjord. “Black Lamb and Grey Falcon,” with its delicate guitar, is the springtime thaw. Definitely, there’s a Basic Channel-minimalistic feel to “When I Leave,” with its low throbbing beat, but the disembodied vocal sample floating atop it is pure Biosphere. “Algae and Fungi (Pt. 1)” and “Algae and Fungi (Pt. 2)” veer into drum ‘n’ bass territory, but with much more emphasis on the atmosphere than the beats. “Too Fragile To Walk On” finishes the album back on an ambient note, and, no doubt, the listener will still be floating on the Arctic Ocean.
IoaPetraka

IoaPetraka

August 6, 2003
referencing Cirque, CD, Album, Dig, TO:46

In explanation of my earlier comment: When I said it borders on trance, I didn't mean it <i>was</i> like trance, merely that it is suggestive of it. At least to my ears. What I mean by that is that it has much more structure than Substrata, and that structure is reminiscent of trance. Nothing more. Yes, technically it is dub. I should have made the distinction more vivid. This is not a negative, just a difference that someone who really enjoyed Substrata should be aware of.

Secondly: What I mean by muffled is purely from a production quality standpoint; the engineering of the samples and how well they mesh together work to create an environment. With Cirque, the engineering of the samples feels flat to me. This is purely a sound quality issue. Glitch can be extremely emersive and sharp. A good example of that would be Pole's "1" which is practically entirely glitch, but very intricate and sharp. You can listen to it on very high quality equipment and it will never feel "flat."

I didn't mean to come off as negative on this release. It is beautiful music, and I listen to it fairly often.
lazyn

lazyn

June 9, 2003
referencing Cirque, CD, Album, Dig, TO:46

to my mind, best ambient album ever
a little bit 'harder' than substrata with more beats and basslines but still so atmospheric
pure happiness!
i advice it to everyone and not only ambient fans

March 27, 2003
referencing Cirque, CD, Album, Dig, TO:46
i´d like to suggest a few changes in the above comment:
replace trance with dub
replace muffled with glitched

(this is by no means ~scape dub/glitch, but deep biosphere dub/glitch, and very recommendable if you like substrata)