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Hia* | BiospherePolar Sequences

Label:Headphone – H004
Format:
CD, Album, Reissue
Country:UK
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Genre:Electronic
Style:Ambient

Tracklist

1Cimmerian Shaft13:11
2Snapshot Survey8:21
3White Lightning10:13
4Countdown To Darkness6:21
5Corona9:55
6Meltwater9:18
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Reissue of original on the Beyond label.
In card sleeve with outer card sheath.

Recorded live in Tromsø, northern Norway, October 1995.

'Tromsø, 70 degrees north, in the Arctic region, in the middle of the most active Northern Lights zone, in summer time, land of the midnight sun, in winter, total darkness.

In October 1995, as part of the annual Polar Music Festival, Geir Jenssen of Biosphere and Bobby Bird of The Higher Intelligence Agency, were commissioned by Nor Concerts to collaborate together on a musical project to take place in Geir's home town of Tromsø, Norway.
The brief was for them to perform three concerts, using sounds sourced from the area as the basis of the music - the machinery of the local mountain cable lift, the snow, the ice etc...

The performances from which this recording is taken, took place on top of a mountain above Tromsø, in a cabin reached by the cable car, in which the audience were transported up the mountain in turn.'

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 5 027803 650428
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI L056
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI RP101
  • Matrix / Runout: BP-13345 H004 3070810

Other Versions (5 of 9)View All

Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Polar Sequences (CD, Album, Special Edition)Beyond, BeyondRBADCD17, rbadcd17UK1996
Polar Sequences (6×File, MP3, Album, Reissue, 320 kbps)HeadphoneH004UK2003
Polar Sequences (6×File, FLAC, Album, Reissue)HeadphoneH004UK2003
New Submission
Polar Sequences (6×File, WAV, Album, Reissue)HeadphoneH004UK2016
Polar Sequences (7×File, WAV, Album, Reissue, Remastered)Biophon RecordsBIO32DNorway2018

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Articuno
The loudness war had already struck by 2003, with this remaster greatly boosting the loudness and lowering the dynamic range of this beautiful music. Stick with the original Beyond CD.
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rob--dburn
This is a live recording from the 1995 Polar Music Festival, in Tromø Geir Jenssen's hometown. Recorded on the top of a mountain above the town, the music uses only samples sourced locally - people speaking at the festival, the cable car which brought people to the performance, the melting snow and ice, et cetera.

The result is a stunningly accomplished and balanced piece, musically, technically, emotionally. It bridges uplifting, glacial sounds with a dark moodiness without ever becoming tired and clichéd, neither natural nor electronic, but somewhere out on its own. An absolute essential for all ambient heads and discerning listeners out there.