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Biophon Records

Biosphere ‎– Shenzhou

$55.00

Biophon Records

Biosphere ‎– Shenzhou

$55.00

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Shenzhou is unquestionably a magic vessel, but one that reveals its enchantment only to those who pay close attention. 

the found sound is old vinyl recordings of the orchestral works of French Impressionist composer and ambient precursor, Claude Debussy. Jenssen lifts fragments of these scratched records in a similar manner as he did for Cirque's "Black Lamb Grey Falcon" and "Iberia Eterea".

The ten tracks (out of the dozen on the album) that follow this model all begin as a barely audible hum, like a small electrical transformer, out of which the dust-dappled loops of Debussy's woodwind, brass, and strings emerge, condense, and fade out into pink noise rustles. Unlike Steve Reich's phase pieces or Brian Eno's Discreet Music, though, Jenssen doesn't set his loops against each other to produce juxtapositions and piquant dissonance; he uses them to describe imagined terrain, at first glance monotonously flat and barren, but on concentration, replete with minute detailing. The overall effect of these pieces is a sense of immensity. The orchestral loops sound distant, abandoned in a vast wilderness, and strenuously battling against Arctic winds. Jenssen sets the listener down in this wilderness as an aloof observer, a witness to the music's futile struggles against entropic forces. - Pitchfork

Label: Biophon Records ‎– BIO27LP

Format: 3 × Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue

Country: UK, Europe & US

Released: 08 Dec 2017

Genre: Electronic

Style: AbstractAmbient