Ellen Allien & Apparat ‎– Orchestra Of Bubbles

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Tracklist

Turbo Dreams 4:11
Way Out 3:43
Retina 4:03
Rotary 4:24
Jet 6:34
Sleepless 3:36
Metric 3:31
Floating Points 5:13
Under 4:54
Do Not Break 5:13
Leave Me Alone 3:17
Edison 3:48
Bubbles 4:57

Versions (4)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
BPC125 CD, BPC125 Ellen Allien & Apparat Ellen Allien & Apparat - Orchestra Of Bubbles(CD, Album) BPitch Control, BPitch Control BPC125 CD, BPC125 Germany 2006 Sell This Version
BPC125, BPC125CD Ellen Allien & Apparat Ellen Allien & Apparat - Orchestra Of Bubbles(13xFile, MP3, Album, 320) BPitch Control, BPitch Control BPC125, BPC125CD Germany 2006
BPC 125LP Ellen Allien & Apparat Ellen Allien & Apparat - Orchestra Of Bubbles(2xLP, Album) BPitch Control BPC 125LP Germany 2006 Sell This Version
BPC 125 Ellen Allien & Apparat Ellen Allien & Apparat - Orchestra Of Bubbles(CD, Album, Promo) BPitch Control BPC 125 Germany 2006 Sell This Version

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zaac

zaac

January 10, 2015
referencing Orchestra Of Bubbles, 2xLP, Album, BPC 125LP
Rotary is one of the best tracks on the album - it's a shame that it's missing on the vinyl pressing!
robertipauley

robertipauley

December 15, 2014
referencing Orchestra Of Bubbles, 2xLP, Album, BPC 125LP

anyone else have a problem with the first 10 seconds of turbo dreams skipping? i purchased new and experienced it from the beginning. of course it was my favorite song from the album.
mimiq

mimiq

September 30, 2013
edited over 3 years ago
referencing Orchestra Of Bubbles, CD, Album, BPC125 CD, BPC125
Do Not Break contains the most wonderful vocal editing I've ever met in music, resulting in a pure raw electro-funkiness.. maybe Somnambulist by BT can rival it, though representing rather different approach. Unforgettable.
kisdubos

kisdubos

August 26, 2013
referencing Orchestra Of Bubbles, 2xLP, Album, BPC 125LP
i wonder why they left off three tracks from the vinyl release. this should get a full re-release on vinyl.
Electrofreaks

Electrofreaks

April 15, 2012
referencing Orchestra Of Bubbles, CD, Album, BPC125 CD, BPC125

The best thing either artists have ever done.
Apotekaris

Apotekaris

May 30, 2008
referencing Orchestra Of Bubbles, CD, Album, BPC125 CD, BPC125
This album is simply a gem. It's not necessary to be a fan of either Ellen Allien or Apparat alone, although they are great solo artists too. This record is quite different from what they tend to create on their own, and you'll be amazed by the quality throughout the album. I've listened to it tons of times, and it's still one of my favourites.

It would be great if Apparat did more collaborations with mood-creating artists like Allien, because it fits his technical genious very well. He's an amazing sound engineer, and creates some of the more complex beat structures out there. This combined with Ellen Allien's sence of creating elevating, moody tunes should tempt anyone just slightly into electronic music. Some of these tunes are excellent club tracks as well, like for instance "Way out" which is a classic in its own right.
swil.wilson

swil.wilson

April 21, 2008
referencing Orchestra Of Bubbles, 2xLP, Album, BPC 125LP
I've heard a number of all-star collaborations that produced mediocre results. Slag Boom Van Loon should have been a stellar album. Speedy J and u-ziq? What could be better? The results were okay, but fell far below what I had hoped. I was skeptical about this CD when I first bought it. I like Ellen Allien a lot and I've just lately been getting into Apparat. I was very pleasantly surprised with this. It seems to combine the best of both artists into what I hope will be a continuing series of collaborations.

It's danceable, maybe a bit more so than Apparat's usual style, but rhythmically interesting. So often the tired four-on-the-floor beats do little to differentiate themselves from all the rest, but here, the foundation is further enhanced by microscopic little touches - it makes all the difference.

The main strength is the melodic component of each track. If you've heard Apparat's "Walls" album, you know what to expect: tuneful, if slightly mellow electronic music that is both danceable and listenable. I'm happy that the album isn't totally dominated by Allien's vocals. While her voice is very effective on her own work, it would have given this CD a different and altogether more mundane feel. Instead, the music is mostly instrumental allowing for different song structures.

While I say that the melodic content is impressive, that doesn't mean there's a shortage of interesting sounds. Quite the contrary. It's just that the sounds are themselves melodic, rather than rhythmic. When listening to, say, Richard Devine, I'm constantly aware of the amazing sounds he's getting out of his computer, but they are textural rather than melodic. Orchestra of Bubbles clearly falls in the latter category.

If you're a fan of Ellen Allien or Apparat, this is a no-brainer. Buy this immediately. I'd also recommend this to fans of forward-thinking electronic and dance music. It's definitely one of the more unique albums to come out this year.
scoundrel

scoundrel

April 3, 2007
edited over 10 years ago
referencing Orchestra Of Bubbles, CD, Album, BPC125 CD, BPC125

Usually with collaborations, one voice dominates the other. However, with Ellen Allien and Apparat's ORCHESTRA OF BUBBLES, each partner is given equal time. So while Allien's industro-techno leanings are immediately apparant on "Turbo Dreams" and "Way Out," Apparat's classical touch can be felt on the strings in "Retina" and "Metric." The driving "Jet" has Allien's guitar work balanced by Apparat's chilly and deft synths. "Do Not Break" has a smart rhythm topped with a heavily chopped and processed voca sample--funky indeed. The sweet vocals of "Leave Me Alone" feel adroitly balanced atop the stop-start strings and the driving beat, while "Edison" has an aharmonic zither playing over a throbbing IDM backdrop. "Bubbles" closes the album on a mysterious note, Allien's whispered vocals, blending into the melodic tones. Let's hope we hear more from these two soon.
primalstatik

primalstatik

April 1, 2007
edited over 10 years ago
referencing Orchestra Of Bubbles, CD, Album, BPC125 CD, BPC125
A fantastic blend of experimental and dance floor dynamics. Apparat's slick production techniques are very apparent on this LP, with lush soundscapes and crisp sounds. Ellen Allien clearly brings out the rhythm on this LP as well, but it is hard to tell and seems this was very much a 50/50 production. Way out has some fantastic soaring lyrics that are deep, yet enthralling. My personal favourite is Do Not Break, with it's very emotional keys and stripped back breakbeat production. A very consistent LP that is worth listening to from start to finish over and over again.