Where to start on these two staples in Norwegian contemporary modern music?
Geir Jenssen, the face behind Biosphere, has released a notable catalogue of ambient electronic music. He is well known for his "ambient techno" and "arctic ambient" styles, his use of music loops, and peculiar samples from sci-fi sources. Through pop and acid house in the 80's Geir Jenssen started the ambient electronica project Biosphere in the early 90s. His 1997 album Substrata, released on Brian Eno's All Saints Records, was voted by the users of the Hyperreal website in 2001 as the best all time classic ambient album. Jenssen was also a founding member of the Norwegian moody synth trio Bel Canto. He has a comprehensive back catalogue, recording under various names and disguises.
For more than 20 years, Helge Sten aka Deathprod has been one of the most innovative and uncompromising artists, producing some of the most enigmatic and organic electronic music in Norway. His debut album Treetop Drive from 1993 is now considered a classic. Sten is a member of Supersilent and works as a producer on many releases on the Norwegian label Rune Grammofon. His ‘audio virus’ has spread across the music of many collaborators including Norwegian heavyweights Motorpsycho and has worked together with Biosphere on an Arne Nordheim tribute album called Nordheim Transformed.
He’s also a part of Minibus Pimps; a duo featuring legendary John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin's legendary multi-instrumentalist), which has existed since its first performance in 2011.
The Biosphere / Deathprod album “Nordheim Transformed” came out in 1998. Helge Sten and Geir Jenssen remixed Arne Nordheim's electronic works from the 60 - and 70's. The album received much attention and was seen as a bridge between the older and newer Norwegian avant-garde electronica.
Deathprod and Biosphere is going to release a collaboration album on Touch very soon. These key composers and musicians within ambient, electronica, and contemporary music presents a rare and unique collaboration.«The new work of Biosphere and Deathprod is a strong and unpleasant triumph» writes Embret Rognerød of ballade.no