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The Orb (sometimes credited as simply Orb) is a British electronic music band known for pioneering the genre of . The Orb is heavily influenced by music, and much of their later output has been in the category, more so than .

The group was formed in 1988 by Dr. Alex Paterson (full name Duncan Robert Alex Paterson) and Jimmy Cauty (one half of The Justified Ancients of Mu Mu and later The KLF). The Orb’s first release was the anthem “Tripping on Sunshine”.

In May 1989, The Orb released the “Kiss EP”, which was heavily influenced by New York’s KISS FM. Paterson began DJing around London, England at this time when he met Paul Oakenfold. At Oakenfold’s behest, Paterson began DJing at Land of Oz, the chill-out room at Heaven.

Paterson mixed samples of BBC nature recordings, NASA space broadcasts and everything in between into the music of ambient pioneers such as Brian Eno. Around this time, Paterson met Steve Hillage and Hillage later contributed guitar to the Orb’s “Blue Room” single. In return Paterson worked on Hillage’s System 7 project.

In October 1989 The Orb released the 22-minute single “A Huge Ever Growing Pulsating Brain That Rules from the Centre of the Ultraworld”, which contains large chunks of Minnie Riperton’s “Loving You”. The single managed to reach the lower end of the UK chart. Although Paterson and Cauty had been working on a debut album, the two split in April 1990. Cauty removed Paterson’s contributions to the album and released the remainder as “Space”.


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  • Bolshevized

    Moonbuilding is as good as could be expected, something of a comeback album. Great album art too.

    26 Jul 4:42am Reply
  • chichoeq

    Live at Tokyo last Saturday was awesome

    6 Jul 11:07am Reply
  • Gordonflesher

    Алекс! Вернись в группу!

    3 Jul 9:21pm Reply
  • m1a100

    "Moonbuilding 2703 AD" is a pretty impressive record. Easily, their best studio effort in the last years.

    27 Jun 10:53pm Reply
  • Dimension5

    Interesting new album, i like it

    27 Jun 1:54pm Reply
  • Xhi

    so, "moonbuilding 2703 ad" actually keeps up with its title.

    22 Jun 7:12pm Reply
  • TriptheLight

    new album could have been longer wtf

    20 Jun 7:52am Reply
  • kajuga

    New song is soooo good.

    18 Jun 10:36pm Reply
  • c70

    New song reminds me to orb's ultraworld

    29 May 7:41pm Reply

    Orbus Terrarum is the all time greatest Chillout, Experimental, Ambient album ever made by The Orb or anyone else! I bought it back in the day..... Release date 4 Apr 1995. I have spent my life since trying to collect like sounding music! I challenge any artist or dj to assemble a better hour of Chill! Cheers!

    13 Apr 6:21am Reply
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  • HeitorCruv

    Just listened to A Huge Ever Growing Pulsating Brain That Rules from the Centre of the Ultraworld, loved it.

    2 Jan 5:25am Reply
  • GuakaRocker

    The Orb = magic journey

    14 Nov 2014 Reply
  • ZRFS

    the orb + weed = magic journey

    29 Aug 2014 Reply
  • optimistic_tour

    Good god, that Calypso Frelimo melody on Slug Dub. Brilliant link to a lesser known era of Miles Davis, and a clear influence on early Orb.

    16 Aug 2014 Reply
  • mankymusic

    wow! that is some rant - I feel for thrash, if even half of what he says is true (why wouldn't it be?) he has been right royally fucked over! orbvs terravm is indeed the orbs masterpiece and it sounds like it was mostly down to Kris's hard work.

    4 Aug 2014 Reply
  • TriptheLight

    v so much hate kris weston has. needs to relax or he's gonna have a heart attack

    20 Jun 2014 Reply
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  • TriptheLight

    i guess livingshit doesnt have an imagination what a turd

    4 Jun 2014 Reply
  • CCSandman

    Utterly incredible live.

    31 May 2014 Reply
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