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Geir Jenssen

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Biosphere is the main recording name of Geir Jenssen (born 1962 in Tromsø, Norway), a musician who has released a notable catalogue of ambient electronic music. He is well known for his “ambient techno” then “arctic ambient” styles, his use of music loops, and peculiar samples from sci-fi sources. His track “Novelty Waves” was used for the 1995 campaign of Levi’s. His 1997 album Substrata is generally seen as one of the all time classic ambient albums.

(1962-1991) Prior to Biosphere
Jenssen was born in 1962 in Tromsø, a city within the Arctic Circle in the northernmost portion of Norway. He would later become famous for his “arctic sound”.

In 1983, he composed his first piece of music. In 1985, Jenssen was part of the newly-created Norwegian moody synth trio Bel Canto. They released their first two albums together. In 1989, he left the band in order to pursue a different music style altogether.

Throughout the late 1980s, Jenssen used the moniker Bleep, under which he produced various 12” records. His early influences were from Acid House and New Beat music.

Released In 1990, The North Pole By Submarine was his first solo album. This album would, however, also mark the end of both the Bleep moniker and a distinct change in artistic direction.


(1991-Present) as Biosphere
Following the release of The North Pole By Submarine, Jenssen chose a new musical direction and began releasing his music as Biosphere on obscure Norwegian compilation albums, marking a major stylistic change as well as avoiding any association with “bleep house” (as made popular in the early 1990’s by the Sheffield UK-based Warp Records).

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