Founded in Colorado in the late 1970s, Biota's first recordings were released under the name of the Mnemonist Orchestra which, between 1980 and 1984, released five albums on itsown label, before linking up with ReR in1984. That was also the year in which they split into an independent visual arts collective - which retained the Mnemonist name - and the recording project, Biota. Since which time, their releases have presented the work of both groups in tandem.Since the late 1970s Biota has ploughed its own furrow, producing a bodyof work that resembles nothing anyone else has done or is yet doing. Their compositions evolve in long, constantly shifting timbral blocks filled with fragments and echoes of quasi-familiar musical languages. They use instrumental resources bridging half a millennium and two thirds of the planet to create unique combinations of texture, colour and movement. It's a music of constant flux, dissolving, re-forming and mutating without agitation or stress, where motion and stasis blend into a single ambiguous condition. And although it will never arrive, the path, with its simultaneous familiarity and strangeness has an eerie power to compel.The recordings, as always from the Dys Studio, are meticulous and carefully constructed - the fused product of generation after generation of processing and mixing. There's an almost Feldmanesque quality of necessity and unpredictabilty. The band now takes, on average, five years to prepare, record and finalise a new release. They're in no hurry.