Label:Origo Sound – sound 19
CD, Album
Genre:Electronic, Non-Music
Style:Abstract, Ambient, Field Recording


1As The Sun Kissed The Horizon1:47
2Poa Alpina4:10
4The Things I Tell You6:29
5Times When I Know You'll Be Sad3:44
10Sphere Of No-Form5:56

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 (Variants 1 & 2): TOСANO DK 22892
  • Mastering SID Code (Variants 1 & 2): IFPI L852
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI 2Z05
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI 2704

Other Versions (5 of 17)

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Recently Edited
Substrata (CD, Album, Digipak)All Saints Records (2)ASCD33UK1997
Substrata (CD, Album)Thirsty Earthi 66033.2US1997
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Substrata (CD, Album)Paradise Island, For Life RecordsFLCP-1009Japan1997
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Substrata (CD, Album, Promo)All Saints Records (2)ASCD33UK1997
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Substrata (CD, Album, Limited Edition, Unofficial Release)ArsNova, All Saints Records (4)AN-2232, ASCD33Russia1999



  • sellerto's avatar
    I've been into ambient for so many years, but oddly, I didn't know much about Biosphere or its master, Geir Jennsen. This kindled my interest in the dark, brooding and beautiful world of Scandinavian ambient music. A different world than Richard D James Aphex world which I've known so well and love, especially his SAW2 record.

    The track, Antennaria, struck me as being one of the most beautiful, yet haunting ambient tracks I've ever heard. Offkey vocals begin to layer into a rich plush and ominous sequence of notes, much like the background music at the end of the first half of Full Metal Jacket before that solider shoots his drill sergeant and himself with a rifle.

    Poa Alpina is a repetitive track of such sorrow and beauty at the same time. Pulsating sequence of chords amidst the high polar winds of the cold Arctic. Simply stunning.

    I could best compare this with TV viewing with bleak Scandinavian noir drama.
    • blackcircledigger's avatar
      Anyone know what the voice on Kobresia is saying in english?
      • kuf's avatar
        Anybody could kindly share any clues on where the voice sample of Hyperborea comes from?
        • Triple-Diamond's avatar
          Voted the best Electronic album of 1997 by the members of The World’s Greatest Ever Electronic Music Albums group.

          • A classic album that defines what ambient is in its truest sense of the genre, you won't be disappointed.See those lists on the side? check it out as it is still exciting and fun even after all these years.
            • Numanoid's avatar
              Edited 6 years 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
              • pregnantpauses's avatar
                This needs a new reissue release doesn't it? The 2011 version still is out there.
                • kZvu's avatar
                  One of best ambient albums ever ... Helped me many times ...
                  • sergiocalzoni's avatar
                    Edited 8 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!!
                    • wakanagary's avatar
                      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!


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