Happy 75th Birthday To Steve Reich

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Steve ReichIt’s Steve Reich‘s 75th birthday – and we couldn’t let the day go by without recognizing him.

Reich is one of the great living American classical composers, as influential in the world of popular music as he has been in the world of classical.

His influence on electronic musicians has been indelible. You can’t listen to 80’s Tangerine Dream, for example, without hearing echoes of Reich. And electronic musicians like The Orb have been sampling Reich for decades.

Some of Reich’s earliest works were electroacoustic pieces that explored the shifting phase relationships between multiple copies of the same tape loop. His early tape experiments, along with his studies of African and Balinese music, have been some of the biggest influences on his work, throughout his career.

Embedded above is Section VI from Music For 18 Musicians, which is a modern classic and offers a great introduction to Steve Reich’s work.

The Orb, Featuring David Gilmour – Metallic Spheres

The Orb has announced a new collaboration with David Gilmour, Metallic Spheres.

Metallic Spheres is designed to be heard in two parts – Metallic Side (24’48”), and Spheres Side (25’09”). The album combines David Gilmour’s electric guitar and lap steel guitar, Alex Paterson’s sound manipulation, keyboards and turntables, and Youth’s bass guitar and keyboards.

The album is out October 5 and will be available in the following formats:

  • Standard CD
  • Double CD: The second disc is a 3D60 mix – www.3d60.co.uk – of the album which allows the listener to experience the album in three-dimensional sound
  • Standard album Download
  • Double album Download
  • Double LP

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The Orb’s Andy Hughes Dead At 43

Andy Hughes, an electronic music producer and DJ best know for his work with The Orb, passed away Friday, June 12th after a short illness:

During the last few days of his life, he was cared for by the staff of the Liver Intensive Care Unit at Kings College Hospital in London and whilst visiting Andy we discovered the excellent, caring and truly ‘intensive’ work that these wonderful people do every day.

Andy’s parents have requested that if you would like to make a donation to charity in memory of Andy, his life and his work, then please use this page to donate to the Kings College Hospital Charity.

Any Hughes is known for his work with The Orb, where he helped mix and produce Orbus Terrarum, Orblivion and Cydonia, as well as The Orb’s singles from this period.

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Hire The Orb To DJ Your Gig

The Orb wants to take their adventures beyond the ultraworld and play your next gig:

The Orb are looking for more gigs for 2009
Current mood: adventurous
Category: Music

The Orb and related projects played about 78 official gigs in 2008 and it proved one one the band’s busiest years. It is now that time again when thoughts for shows and tours are spilling over into the new year.

If you would like The Orb or any of the related projects to play near you, at your venue, festival or any other gathering you have planned, then get in touch. All it takes is the contact details of the event organisers or if you are an event organiser yourself then let us know what you have planned and we’ll see what we can do to put you on the tour schedule.

Here are the contact details:

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The Orb – The Dream – The Tour

Ambient house group The Orb has announced dates for its 2008 tour:

1 May 2008
Scala – The Orb London, London and South East

2 May 2008
Concorde 2 – The Orb Brighton, London and South East

4 May 2008
Wedgewood Rooms – The Orb Portsmouth, South

6 May 2008
The Scala – The Orb – Alex DJ London, London and South East

8 May 2008
Ambassador – The Orb Dublin, Dublin

9 May 2008
Belfast Festival – The Orb Belfast, Northern Ireland

10 May 2008
Birmingham Barfly – The Orb Birmingham, Midlands

11 May 2008
Manchester Academy 3 – The Orb Manchester, Midlands

15 May 2008
Rescue Rooms – The Orb Nottingham, Midlands

16 May 2008
Glasgow Arches – The Orb Glasgow, Scotland

17 May 2008
Hamburg – The Orb – Alex DJ Hamburg, Hamburg

17 May 2008
Fil’s Birthday Fil’s place

30 May 2008
Chibuku to be confirmed tbc

31 May 2008
Sunrise Festival – The Orb near yeovil, somerset, Southwest

1 Jun 2008
Trinity – The Orb Bristol, Southwest

7 Jun 2008
Wyeside Music Festival – The Orb – Alex DJ Hereford, Midlands

8 Jun 2008
Rock Ness Festival – The Orb Dores, near Inverness, Scotland

14 Jun 2008
Ferrere – The Orb – Alex DJ Ferrere

21 Jun 2008
Venue in Genova The Orb – Alex DJ Genova, Genova

29 Jun 2008
G Stage in the Dance Village at Glastonbury Festival – The Orb – Alex DJ Glastonbury, Southwest

4 Jul 2008
Bologna – The Orb – Alex DJ Bologna, Bologna

6 Jul 2008
Workhouse The Orb – Alex DJ unknown

8 Oct 2008
Waterfront – The Orb – Alex DJ Norwich, East

Dates listed as The Orb = THE ORB doing the full live band thing
Dates listed as The Orb – Alex DJ = Alex Paterson from The Orb doing a special DJ set

The Orb Featuring Aki Omori – Vuja De

Here’s what the Orb has to say about the new release:

The Dream was created without pressure from record companies or the studio. As with previous albums, the basic Orb nucleus is joined by guest singers and players, including System 7’s Steve Hillage, who goes back to the earliest recordings, Battersea toaster-singer Eric Walker aka The Corpral and vocalists Aki Omori [the Japanese singer who appeared on 2001’s Cydonia], singer Andy Caine from the W.A.U.! days, and renowned soulstress Juliet Roberts who, according to Alex, is ‘the cherry on the cream on the gateau on the bed of Smarties.’


Tracks:

1 The Dream [The Future Academy Of Noise, Rhythm And Gardening Mix]
2 Vuja De
3 Something Special
4 A Beautiful day
5 DDD [Dirty Disco Dub]
6 The Truth Is…
7 Phantom Of Ukraine
8 Mother Nature
9 Lost & Found
10 The Forest Of Lyonesse
11 Katskills
12 High Noon
13 Sleeping Tiger & The Gods Unknown
14 Codes
15 Orbisonia