Orbital

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Techno outfit, founded in the late 80s by the brothers Paul and Phil Hartnoll.
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Albums

Orbital - Orbital album art Orbital Orbital (Album) FFRR Europe 1991 Sell This Version
Orbital - Orbital album art Orbital Orbital (Album) Internal, Internal US 1993 Sell This Version
Orbital - Snivilisation album art Orbital Snivilisation (Album, Single) Internal, Internal Japan 1994 Sell This Version
TCD 0983 Orbital - In Concert - 640 Featuring Orbital (Glastonbury Festival 1995) album art Orbital In Concert - 640 Featuring Orbital (Glastonbury Festival 1995)(CD, P/Mixed, Transcription) BBC Radio International, BBC World Service TCD 0983 UK 1995 Sell This Version
Orbital - In Sides album art Orbital In Sides (Album, Comp, Single) Internal, Internal, Internal UK & Europe 1996 Sell This Version
Orbital - Event Horizon (Selections From The Motion Picture Soundtrack) album art Michael Kamen & Orbital Michael Kamen & Orbital - Event Horizon (Selections From The Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Album) London Records US 1997 Sell This Version
Orbital - The Middle Of Nowhere album art Orbital The Middle Of Nowhere (Album) FFRR, FFRR, FFRR US 1999 Sell This Version
Orbital - The Altogether album art Orbital The Altogether (Album) FFRR US 2001 Sell This Version
Orbital - Octane (Original Soundtrack Score) album art Orbital Octane (Original Soundtrack Score) (Album) EMI, EMI UK 2003 Sell This Version
Orbital - Blue Album album art Orbital Blue Album (Album) Orbital Music North America (inc Mexico) 2004 Sell This Version
Orbital - Live At Glastonbury 1994 - 2004 album art Orbital Live At Glastonbury 1994 - 2004 ACP Recordings US 2007 Sell This Version
none Orbital - September 2009 Tour, England album art Orbital September 2009 Tour, England(M/Stick, MP3, 224) Not On Label (Orbital Self-Released) none UK 2009 Sell This Version
Orbital - Wonky album art Orbital Wonky (Album) ACP Recordings, ACP Recordings Australia 2012 Sell This Version
Orbital - Pusher album art Orbital Pusher (Album) Silva Screen UK 2012 Sell This Version
Orbital - Live At O2 Apollo Manchester 1.12.17 album art Orbital Live At O2 Apollo Manchester 1.12.17 (Album) Live Here Now UK 2017 Sell This Version
Orbital - Live At Eventim Hammersmith Apollo 2.12.17 album art Orbital Live At Eventim Hammersmith Apollo 2.12.17 (Album) Live Here Now UK 2017 Sell This Version
Orbital - Live At Eventim Hammersmith Apollo 15.12.18 album art Orbital Live At Eventim Hammersmith Apollo 15.12.18 Live Here Now UK 2018 Sell This Version
Orbital - Monsters Exist album art Orbital Monsters Exist (Album) ACP Recordings UK 2018 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Orbital - Chime / Deeper album art Orbital Chime / Deeper (Single, Maxi) Oh'Zone Records UK 1989 Sell This Version
Orbital - Omen album art Orbital Omen (Single) FFRR, FFRR, FFRR, FFRR Europe 1990 Sell This Version
Orbital - Midnight / Choice album art Orbital Midnight / Choice (Maxi, Single) FFRR, FFRR UK & Europe 1991 Sell This Version
none Orbital - Belfast album art Orbital Belfast(Acetate, 7") Master Room none UK 1991 Sell This Version
Orbital - III album art Orbital III (Single, Maxi, EP) FFRR, FFRR, FFRR, FFRR UK & Europe 1991 Sell This Version
5001 703 Orbital - Satan / This Is Your Life album art Orbital / Banderas Orbital / Banderas - Satan / This Is Your Life(12", Promo) PolyGram 5001 703 Italy 1991 Sell This Version
Orbital - Radiccio album art Orbital Radiccio (EP, Single) Internal, Internal UK 1992 Sell This Version

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Makavelinine6

Makavelinine6

January 8, 2019
edited about 1 month ago
By far my favorite group. No other artists come remotely close in this genre or in music period. I think of them more as the Mozart and Beethoven of modern music (ie non-classical). Their tracks are usually upwards of 7 minutes, have a high degree of musical complexity combined with euphoric melodies that unless present, would create musical entropy instead of unsurpassed musical intelligence. Quite simply put, they make Rave/Techno music for nerds. The term "Intelligent Dance Music" is frequently associated with them. I really think it's more that it's not that you can't dance to it, but the music is better appreciated sitting down or on a long car ride where you can just, think, as their songs usually contain long but subtle harmonious vocals or next to no vocals at all. Similar artists would be The Prodigy, Underworld, The Orb, The Future Sound of London, Aphex Twin, Chemical Brothers, Hybrid and many more. If you want to get into Orbital you should start off with Orbital 2/Brown Album which contains their most known song "Halcyon." This is the song that got me hooked. It's a soothing and transcending voyage into musical bliss (the song is named after the sleep medicine that their mother would often take). Other notable standout songs include Chime, Belfast, Lush, The Box, Know Where To Run and Funny Break (One is Enough). I stopped buying albums after "The Blue Album" because what they've done prior to that just can not be replicated. My favorite album is Snivilisation for it's dark, sci-fi dystopian feel. Each album has a different theme or feel. It's up to you to interpret it.
dominickillworth

dominickillworth

October 13, 2018
edited 4 months ago
New Album Title Trivia - "If Monsters Exist It Was Buried Deep Within" is a line said by Jim Broadbent in Harry Potter 6 : Half Blood Prince. I only know this as just watched the movie lol. "The Raid" also samples Michael Gambon although not sure where from and the closing sentence "There's A Growing Need..." is Sir Michael Fallon MP of Sevenoaks, the Hartnoll's home town :-)
freakaz0id

freakaz0id

September 14, 2018
Is anyone familiar with a version of Lush which has a record scratch at the beginning of 3-1 and end of 3-2? I have it on an old mix tape someone else made but am not sure if it's an official mix or the person who made it added it. It matches the scratch from the album version but it's longer; about 2 seconds in length.
Jarren

Jarren

July 25, 2018
edited 7 months ago
For me, the defining track of Orbital's career is "Out There Somewhere?".

24 minutes long, and you savour every single second. You're thrown in all directions emotionally, and are more than happy to be flung.

Simply incredible.
AskeladdenBlack

AskeladdenBlack

November 11, 2017
For me Orbital would be one of the most overrated artists in the electronic scene. I am not saying this to get a rise out of fans etc etc their live shows are great not doubt but 95% of their musically output has always left me underwhelmed. I am listening to the first album now and when I compare it to fellow 1991 albums like Ex:el, The Orb's Adventures....its fairly low on the ideas front. Brown album was ok but again for 93 it was nowhere near as strong as many albums from a year earlier, they caught up slightly with Snivilisation but still their were so many albums by unknowns that killed it on the ideas front. I don't dislike them I just rate so many others way ahead of them thats all.
On a really petty note I also never dug their snares much either.
unusualchannels

unusualchannels

July 6, 2017
I saw them in small theater in Denver when I was kid. 90 minutes of pure bliss:-) Right now I am listening to Go With the Flo and feeling.
Numanoid

Numanoid

May 31, 2017
Blood is no doubt thicker than water, the Hartnoll brothers split up in 2004, then reunited in 2009, then split up again in 2014, and reunited for a second time in January 2017 and are doing many live shows this summer of 2017 :-)
TK7606

TK7606

February 15, 2017
The Hartnoll brothers will always be remembered for being true electronic music pioneers. :-)
Rich.C

Rich.C

January 13, 2017
With an ear for delicate electronic textures and earth-shattering breaks, Orbital became an unrivaled force in dance music in the 1990s. As likely to drop a crass sample as a gently caressing synthline, their elaborate tracks are orchestrated with incredible attention to minute detail but often fit into the greater whole of an album's worth of material. They move from chill room atmospheres of tickling rhythms and feather-light melodies to ripping beats that rebound against frazzled synthlines.
Orbital never descend into New Age fluff or hardcore macho aggression. While their tracks are exacting demonstrations of studio mastery and performance wit, they achieve equilibrium between mindful headphone music and kinetic body inspiration. Phil and Paul Hartnoll's final release as Orbital is 2004's Blue Album.
gingetech

gingetech

August 5, 2015
went to south africa in 2001 for the solipse festival and the orb playing live wicked one of my best hoildays

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