Label:Touch – TO:46
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1Nook & Cranny4:02
2Le Grand Dôme5:36
4Black Lamb & Grey Falcon5:08
5Miniature Rock Dwellers1:04
6When I Leave5:54
7Iberia Eterea6:38
8Moistened & Dried2:25
9Algae & Fungi Part I5:43
10Algae & Fungi Part II5:17
11Too Fragile To Walk On4:51

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On Rear: Published by Biophon Records ℗ & © 2000 Touch
On CD: © Biophon Records ℗ 2000 Touch
Made In England

Digipak includes twelve page photo-booklet insert. Original Edition, 12 000 copies. Reissued by Touch with new artwork in 2006.

Tracks 9 & 10 are actually titled on the release as 'Algae & Fungi part 1' and 'Algae & Fungi part 11'.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 5 027803 144620
  • Barcode (Reader): 5027803144620
  • Matrix / Runout: TO46 02 5
  • Matrix / Runout (Inner ring text): MADE IN THE U.K. BY UNIVERSAL M & L
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI L135
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI 04B1
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI 04A9
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 3): IFPI 04B6
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 4): IFPI 04B9

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Cirque (CD, Album)April RecordsAPR 056 CDDenmark2000
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Cirque (LP, Album, Special Cut)TouchTO:46 LPUK2000
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Cirque (CD, Album, Digipak)TouchTO:46UK2000



  • hecku's avatar
    Biosphere is hands down my favorite Ambient artist, and Cirque is my favorite example of what I love in his sound. Excellent samples and mile-deep echoing synths. Cirque crafts an aesthetic and tells a story of a lost hiker deep in the wilderness of Alaska. This album also dips its toes into Minimal Techno and notably Ambient Drum & Bass almost similar to the Rapoon album Cold War: Drum 'n' Bass with the tracks Algae & Fungi Pt. 1 & 2, If anything it has a very similar structure to the song 'You've Won Nothing' from Cold War: Drum 'n' Bass.
    • Notesetsileences's avatar
      Hi everyone ! I'm looking for the lyrics of this album. Does someone know where we can find them ? : )
      • acidbearboy's avatar
        At first, I played this loudly in the car and I thought it was boring. It was much more enjoyable to have on quietly in the background at home. Ambience with sub bass.
        • havardpedersen's avatar
          Reissue "Cirque" with bonus album. Out on November 1st.

          • JonnieDarko's avatar
            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
              Edited 18 years ago
              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's avatar
                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's avatar
                  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's avatar
                    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
                    • 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)


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