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take a journey into the ultraworld with the orb


"Mixed in with playful interviews and kitchen rumination, Lunar Orbit, directed by Patrick Buchanan, is an exploration into the past and future of one of the pioneers of ambient music, The Orb. Lunar Orbit, languidly and casually follows the eccentric duo, Alex Paterson and Thomas Fehlmann as they discover sounds and samples in their Berlin recording studio for their 2015 album Moonbuilding 2703 AD. A mix between an expositional and observational documentary, Lunar Orbit is like hanging out with old friends, where silence is golden, banter is abundance and nostalgia colours conversation. Mixed it with archival footage, the film is almost conversational and is best watched with a cup of tea, a glass of wine, slice of pizza, or more ideally, a joint."  Mohini Herse The Iris

 

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take a journey into the ultraworld with the orb


"Mixed in with playful interviews and kitchen rumination, Lunar Orbit, directed by Patrick Buchanan, is an exploration into the past and future of one of the pioneers of ambient music, The Orb. Lunar Orbit, languidly and casually follows the eccentric duo, Alex Paterson and Thomas Fehlmann as they discover sounds and samples in their Berlin recording studio for their 2015 album Moonbuilding 2703 AD. A mix between an expositional and observational documentary, Lunar Orbit is like hanging out with old friends, where silence is golden, banter is abundance and nostalgia colours conversation. Mixed it with archival footage, the film is almost conversational and is best watched with a cup of tea, a glass of wine, slice of pizza, or more ideally, a joint."  Mohini Herse The Iris

 

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“I DON’T PARTICULARLY WANT TO PICK UP AN INSTRUMENT, I WANT TO PICK UP ALL THESE SOUNDS AND MAKE MUSICAL NOTES OF THESE SOUNDS.”

Alex Paterson

 

“THE TUNE IS NEVER FINISHED, YOU ALWAYS HAVE TO CONTINUE WRITING IT IN ORDER TO KEEP IT ALIVE"

Thomas Fehlmann

 

The Orb have changed the musical landscape and have defied perception.  As pioneers of electronica, they were the innovators of ambient house, a mix of acid house and ambient music. Their seminal ground breaking 1991 album “The Orb’s Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld” has been widely recognized as one of the truly great electronic albums of all time.

The Orb is Alex Paterson - although he never works alone.  Alex doesn’t consider himself a musician, he’s a DJ.  “I don’t particularly want to pick up an instrument, I want to pick up all these sounds and make musical notes”.  He got his start in music as a roadie for the legendary post punk band Killing Joke before forming his own label WAU Mr. Modo with lifelong friend and longtime Orb collaborator Youth. He co founded The Orb in 1988 with The KLF’s Jimmy Cauty.

Swiss composer/producer Thomas Fehlmann is the other half of the current Orb lineup -now creating and touring as a duo.  As an art student in Hamburg his encounters with Conrad Schnitzler and Robert Fripp in 1979 encouraged him to pursue a career in music. He and Alex have worked together since 1990 and Thomas has been a member of The Orb since 1995.