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HE MAY have entered his sixth decade on this particular rock spinning in space – and don’t even get me started on the passage of time, I mean how can this have happened? – but the good Doctor, Alex Paterson, ambient dub techno genius behind The Orb, is ready to roll with a whole clutch …

DEEP space ambient techno overlord Alex Paterson, the good doctor of The Orb himself, has just announced a whole cluster of projects to take us into 2021. Fellow astral travellers: be delighted. Firstly, come May 28th, Alex will be publishing his autobiography, Babble On An’ Ting: Alex Paterson’s Incredible Journey Beyond The Ultraworld With The …

SEMINAL techno groovesters and occasional pranksters of legend The Orb have a brace of excellently exciting news announcements for all you space cadets out there. Firstly, they’re gonna play their first-ever livestream gig to bring a little festive cheer, from 10pm on Saturday, December 19th, entitled ‘This Is Not Here’. What promises to be an immersive, …

When George Harrison wrote ‘It’s All Too Much’ after encounters with LSD, he was voicing that feeling of overwhelming-ness the drug induced in him. That same feeling would later be experienced by late 80s/early 90s ravers, and led to Alex Paterson inadvertently inventing the “chill-out room” to sooth their melting heads. One album that greatly …

  The Orb (Alex Paterson & Thomas Fehlmann) are back, hot on the heels of their last release Moonbuilding 2703 AD, a project which took six years due to the circumstances behind its production*, COW has taken just a measly six months** Described as their most ambient album yet it features only the occasional presence of buoyant, …

The Orb have landed on planet kompakt once more to deliver their latest outerstellar offering entitled ‘Moonbuilding 2703’. If your an Orbian (I just made that up, but Orbian sounds about right for their followers) you’ll know that like certain artists they are in a field of their own, that is to say their music …

The Orb are very reminiscent of a time in my life when, it is fair to say, I did a lot of chillin’. I was a research student but, unlike most of my peers, used to get up very early and get my work done by lunchtime. I would then spend long afternoons listening to …