Brothers Paul and Phil Hartnoll announced today that they’re hanging up their iconic torch-glasses and parting ways, as Orbital, for the final time.
Having first broken up in 2004, the Hartnolls reunited to play the Big Chill, celebrating 20 years of their DIY techno track ‘Chime’ in 2009.This led to extended touring and a performance before millions at the opening of the Paralympics, with Professor Stephen Hawking on vocals.
Here’s their iconic track, Halcyon: Continue reading
This official Novation video features Orbital’s Paul Hartnoll, in his studio, sharing his thoughts on their new Bass Station II. Continue reading
Phil and Paul Hartnoll want you to be raving on and on through the holidays, and have released a new Orbital single, Christmas Chime.
This video, via DJ Mag, takes a look at the story behind Orbital‘s seminal track, Chime.
Novation has announced the release of two new free sound packs for their MiniNova and UltraNova keyboard synthesizers. The new Supernova sound banks are made up of sounds from the original 1998 rack mount Supernova synthesizer, created by the Supernova’s original sound designer, Phil McDonald.
McDonald created the iconic sounds of the Supernova that powered classics by Orbital, ATB, Jean Michel Jarre and A Guy Called Gerald, among others.
The first of the two soundpacks, with 64 sounds, is available now, as part of Novation’s 21st Anniversary celebration. The second pack will be released later in the year.
Here is a SoundCloud demo of the sound bank: Continue reading
Today Moog Music announced limited edition all white versions of its analog instruments:
Moog has polarized the color of their traditionally black steel and natural wood instruments to a solid white finish. Included in this limited edition white release are the Slim Phatty, Minimoog Voyager, and the Minimoog Voyager XL analog synthesizers. Moog has also included the entire line of Moogerfooger Analog Effects Modules in this all white release.
Sunday Synth Jam: British techno duo Orbital performs Chime, live on KCRW.
You can listen to or watch the full live session at the KCRW site.
This video captures the Orbital + Stephen Hawking performance at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Summer Paralympics.
The performance defiantly celebrates the possibilities embraced by the Paralympiad, and features Orbital’s Where Is It Going? and Ian Dury’s Spasticus Autisticus.
Better than the 2012 Olympic opener? Check it out and let us know what you think!