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Published: Thu, 07 Sep 2006 13:13:17 -0800

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44 minute singles, working with the KLF, and now a Podcast!

Thu, 07 Sep 2006 13:08:55 -0800

The Orb, known as one of the principal architects of ambient house, have receded into relative obscurity since the popular heyday of the electronic music movement in the US. Despite changes in the lineup - the group now consists of a duo featuring founding member Dr (Duncan Robert) Alex Paterson and Thomas Fehlmann. Paterson's DJ sets are the stuff of legend and I was pleased as punch that they've just put together a podcast (actually a 50.8mb .zip file containing an mp3) that's available through their minimal website.

By: ZenMasterThis

Thu, 07 Sep 2006 13:13:17 -0800

Cool find; thanks!

By: mkb

Thu, 07 Sep 2006 13:20:22 -0800

I can almost guarantee that this is a Fehlmann production. I went to see the Orb a couple months ago. First up was a Fehlmann DJ set, which was excellent barring constant turntable skips. Next, Fehlmann moved over to a laptop while Patterson played records. Every move Patterson made was a trainwreck. He continued to sound horrible after Fehlmann left the stage. At this point I left. I hate to be a naysayer since I value their older and more recent recordings, but I think the Orb is the Orb in name only these days.

By: empath

Thu, 07 Sep 2006 13:25:05 -0800

Listening now, thanks for the link.

By: xmutex

Thu, 07 Sep 2006 13:34:25 -0800

The Orb's latest - Okie Dokie it's the Orb On Kompact is pretty much a Thomas Fehlmann record with some Paterson touches tossed in. It's good, but it's not really the Orb. Ah well - Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld, UF Orb, and Orbus Terrarum remain some of my favorite records ever. I even liked Pomme Fritz. In fact I probably wouldn't even be listening to electronic music at all if it were not for Mr. Paterson.

By: Dean King

Thu, 07 Sep 2006 13:35:34 -0800

Fehlmann is the man(n).

By: Guy Smiley

Thu, 07 Sep 2006 13:48:53 -0800

That .zip file actually contains an m4a (AAC audio file).

By: beaucoupkevin

Thu, 07 Sep 2006 13:50:54 -0800

Sorry about that, guy. I didn't check before I dragged it into iTunes. Rather odd choice, that.

By: Big_B

Thu, 07 Sep 2006 13:51:45 -0800

Wtf can a non-Ipod owning soul do with an m4a file?

By: everichon

Thu, 07 Sep 2006 13:55:42 -0800

Sweet, thanks!

By: zsazsa

Thu, 07 Sep 2006 13:58:18 -0800

Big_B, how about play it with iTunes, QuickTime, VLC, Winamp, Foobar2000, or one of the other many players that support AAC/M4A out of the box?

By: empath

Thu, 07 Sep 2006 14:00:17 -0800


By: ijoshua

Thu, 07 Sep 2006 14:16:03 -0800

I feel like such a nerd for recognizing this, but some of the samples in the first 2 minutes are dialogue and music from Dark Star.

By: snofoam

Thu, 07 Sep 2006 14:19:17 -0800

does anyone have the string quartet version of oxbow lakes? someone "borrowed" it from me about ten years ago and i haven't been able to get ahold of it since.

By: empath

Thu, 07 Sep 2006 14:20:20 -0800

Can someone find a copy of that freebird remix that I can download/purchase somewhere? A playable remix of that song is like one of my holy grails. Suck it drunk yelling redneck!

By: slimepuppy

Thu, 07 Sep 2006 15:02:57 -0800

Saw The Orb live in Helsinki in 2002. Was a suprisingly upbeat/dancy set, if I recall correctly. Sampling Star Trek into the set at some point stroked my geek in a nice way too. The songs I had heard prior to the gig made me a bit sceptical about seeing them live, but I was quite impressed. Not sure if they should've been headlining the main stage, but still an enjoyable set. I'm also a fan of their remix of The Perfect Drug by Nine Inch Nails. Like empath, I too would love to hear a cover version of Freebird. That would be awesome.

By: teishu

Thu, 07 Sep 2006 15:03:00 -0800

man i remember how stoked i was when a friend of mine played me some orb records for the first time back in high school. i haven't thought about what they were up to in years, thanks for the find.

By: Big_B

Thu, 07 Sep 2006 15:08:17 -0800

Thanks zsazsa. I went straight for the anti-pod angle, and I forgot to mention that I am on a locked down work compy with only WMP10 to use. I'll save it for later though...

By: xmutex

Thu, 07 Sep 2006 15:10:47 -0800

stroked my geek What?

By: Bugbread

Thu, 07 Sep 2006 15:14:01 -0800

Apparently, folks shouldn't be too hasty to judge the recent quality of Orb shows from a single experience: my wife and I saw them at New Year's a few years back. Terrible. They came again a few months later. My wife saw them, I passed. She came home telling me how great the show was, and how much astoundingly different it was from the New Year's show. So, better than "good" or "bad", "inconsistent" is probably the most fitting.

By: Vicarious

Thu, 07 Sep 2006 15:14:50 -0800

This is good, thank you.

By: slimepuppy

Thu, 07 Sep 2006 15:23:46 -0800

xmutex, uh, I meant my inner geek... (Too late?) Also, this post inspired me to look for another amazing artist I saw in 2002 at Koneisto. At the time, she didn't really have an online presence and I dropped out of the scene a bit, so she's been forgotten (by me) for quite a few years now. Looks like she now has a website. Misstress Barbara, and better yet, you can download full sets and listen a whole bunch of her songs on the website. Score!

By: iurodivii

Thu, 07 Sep 2006 15:31:25 -0800

I too have been let down by their techno, hiphoppy recent releases. Bring back the Huge Ever Growing Pulsating Brain! I did get a chance to see them twice in the 90's in Atlanta and both times were absolutley amazing. They are still my fav electronic band of any genre and I have to second xmutex's sentiments.

By: aye

Thu, 07 Sep 2006 15:41:52 -0800

Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld is just top-notch stuff. I wouldn't start with anything else if you haven't heard The Orb. I like some of their other recordings but none really live up to that old record, in my opinion.

By: lupus_yonderboy

Thu, 07 Sep 2006 16:30:11 -0800

Thank you thank you thank you!!!!!!

By: tomplus2

Thu, 07 Sep 2006 16:46:51 -0800

I don't think you can say "principal architects" and "house" in the same sentance and NOT be referring to architecture. Greek: architektOn master builder, from archi- + tektOn builder, carpenter

By: 40 Watt

Thu, 07 Sep 2006 16:48:56 -0800

Actually, Fehlmann's been with the Orb pretty much since the beginning, contributing the mix of "Outlands" that appears on "Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld" for example. I think it's really more that the Orb, much like Fehlmann, has really tried hard to keep it's sound fresh and innovative, for better or for worse over the past decade. They made some lousy records in that time, but at least they weren't treading water.

By: boo_radley

Thu, 07 Sep 2006 17:22:17 -0800

this is excellent. Sure, they never got back to Adventures, but I like Toxygene quite a bit.

By: 40 Watt

Thu, 07 Sep 2006 19:26:29 -0800

Yeah, the whole Orblivion album actually ranks up there near the top of my list.

By: Goofyy

Fri, 08 Sep 2006 03:12:43 -0800

UF Orb, the double CD edition, is my favorite. Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld is nice, but not as sureal.

By: mkb

Fri, 08 Sep 2006 07:01:55 -0800

slimepuppy: oh yes, misstress barbara is outstanding. one notch down from charles siegling technasia in my dj book.

By: malocchio

Fri, 08 Sep 2006 07:58:31 -0800

There's a string quartet version of "Oxbow Lakes?" I'd love to hear it, that's easily my favorite Orb song.

By: beaucoupkevin

Fri, 08 Sep 2006 08:02:48 -0800

I have that "Oxbow Lakes" string quartet mix in my personal archives at the house. If people email me through my contact information here, I'd be more than happy to make sure there's a link up tonight when I get home from the office.

By: klangklangston

Fri, 08 Sep 2006 08:29:36 -0800

Two things— One, DJ sets by Orb members were one of the first things that I found on Napster back in the day, and I generally came to the conclusion that I liked 'em even more than the Orb albums. Second, I blame The Orb for making me think that I liked that sort of near-ambient expansive techno that was all around during the '90s. After wasting a lot of money, I discovered that I only really liked The Orb (and certainly much more than Orbital, which I remember confusing them with).

By: Dantien

Fri, 08 Sep 2006 09:35:16 -0800

God I loved the Orb so much. UFOrb is my favorite album. Saw them twice, once in Atlanta (so-so show) and once on Mt. Fuji during a big rainstorm at an all night rave in an old amusement park. Talk about set and setting! Incredible! I actually walked up to Alex in one of the dry tents, asked (like an idiot...i was tripping) "Are you Alex Patterson?" He said "Who?" and walked off. I love that my only contact with him was him messing with me. The string quartet of Oxbow appears on the CD single. It's easily available out there on P2P services also.

By: malocchio

Fri, 08 Sep 2006 11:06:56 -0800

Excellent, thanks for the leads! I managed to find a copy of the Oxbow Lakes CD single on GEMM, and it should be on its way to me shortly.

By: Bugbread

Sun, 10 Sep 2006 14:31:43 -0800

beaucoupkevin, Thanks for the link. While I can't claim I loved the podcast, it did expose me to a very good track (the one with the lighthouse keeper story), which I tracked down as an individual unmixed track.