Biosphere ‎– Substrata

Origo Sound ‎– sound 19
CD, Album


1 As The Sun Kissed The Horizon 1:47
2 Poa Alpina 4:10
3 Chukhung 7:33
4 The Things I Tell You 6:29
5 Times When I Know You'll Be Sad 3:44
6 Hyperborea 5:48
7 Kobresia 7:10
8 Antennaria 5:06
9 Uva-Ursi 2:51
10 Sphere Of No-Form 5:56
11 Silene 7:54

Companies, etc.



Digital editing at Aurora Lydstudio.
Additional eq's at Strype Audio.

© Copyright 1997 Origo Sound ℗ 1997 Geir Jenssen

© Origo Sound 1997

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 7 040489 000194
  • Barcode (Reader): 7040489000194
  • Rights Society: n©b
  • Matrix / Runout: TOKANO DK 22892
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI L852
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI 2Z05

Other Versions (5 of 16) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
thi 66033.2 Biosphere Substrata(CD, Album) Thirsty Ear thi 66033.2 US 1997 Sell This Version
TO50A Biosphere Substrata(11xFile, WAV, Album) Touch TO50A UK 2006
BIO28CD Biosphere Substrata(CD, Album, RE + CD, Album, RE) Biophon Records BIO28CD Norway 2017 Sell This Version
thi 66033.2 Biosphere Substrata(CD, Album, RP) Thirsty Ear thi 66033.2 US Unknown Sell This Version
BIO5LP Biosphere Substrata(2xLP, Album, RM, TP, W/Lbl, (ap) Biophon Records BIO5LP Norway 2011 Sell This Version


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July 15, 2017
edited 4 months ago
When it came to keeping the spirit of ambient/techno alive, Biosphere came to the rescue. In a time of TripHop/Jungle/DnB being in vogue, Geir Jenssen didn't yield a centimeter, he produced an even more chilling masterpiece than Patashnik, with Substrata.

And for the budding arctic botanist, it is probably interesting that these get a mention: Poa Alpina, Kobresia, Antennaria, Uva-Ursi, Silene


June 27, 2016
This needs a new reissue release doesn't it? The 2011 version still is out there.


June 26, 2016
edited about 1 year ago
This needs a new reissue release doesn't it? The 2011 version still is out there.


January 17, 2016
One of best ambient albums ever ... Helped me many times ...


July 24, 2015
edited over 2 years ago
This is probably the ambient album I listened most and still every time I press play I continue to be totally absorbed by the magnificent soundscapes composed by Geir Jenssen. Electronic music ages very fast, but it is not the case of this album released almost twenty years ago that still sounds fresh and contemporary. This summer I'll go to Norway on holiday and I look forward to experience this album while I drive through the fjords!!


June 20, 2014

Since morning when I pressed play till when I fall asleep in the late night, this sonorous timeless brilliance was on re-play. Thank you Geir Jenssen for this magnificence collection of sounds shared to the world!


March 19, 2011
edited over 7 years ago
Only careful listeners would truly appreciate the timeless brilliance of this album. Listening from start to finish would equate to having read a brilliant book or visited many new horizons. This album is unique in every sense and proven pinnacle of the Ambient music genre. In addition to this, it's a great mix for testing the quality of a decent sound system.

My only regret is not having discovered it earlier...


December 2, 2010
edited over 7 years ago

It's probably pointless to add another praise of this release but I'll throw in mine just as well.

For me, this is one of those unique pieces of music that while offering a cold and secluded sounscape at the initial hearing, on subsequent ones allows you to enter it's domain and fully appreciate it's scope. But this music is suspicious, wary, you must first gain her trust. But when you do, underneath the icy harshness there is warmth, understanding, even a faint smile.

Human feelings rarely feel so...human.



October 28, 2009
This is one amazing album. It was in my collection for quite some time before i decided to give it a thorough listening to. As it happens i was tripping hard on acid at the time. For the first three and a half songs i was completly immersed in space. And then it happened... the phrase uttered by the giant:

"Sorry to wake you...I forgot to tell you something. The things I tell you will not be wrong."

I think something in my brain melted at that stage. The following minute or so of sounds was the best music i have ever heard. Period! It is now a week later and i still am not over the chillness of that one track. The rest is awesome too! Only minor is track 5, dont kwno why but i just have to skip that one...