In time for the millennium the Electronica-Duo ORBIENT started to develop music suitable for living in the International Space station on behalf of NASA. The first long term crew got on board in November 2000 for a period of five months; their main task is the activating of the most important systems on the space station. The crew gives the music an excellent feedback and is published on earth in 2001 under the title ‘Music for the ISS’.
The release of the second ORBIENT album was in 2005...under dramatic conditions. After a routine visit of the two music producers to the station for the purpose of checking the new sound modules, their re-entry into earth’s atmosphere went without problem, and the mission was concluded in the Kosmodrom Baikonur (Kazakhstan).
However during the flight from Baikonur to Star City Moscow the transport plane an Antonov, disappeared from ground controls radar screen 30 minutes after take-off...the search for wreckage found nothing. In spite of this the record company decides to release the new album. But ORBIENT is filed as missing.
Years go past, the space shuttle program is terminated, GRAVITY is shown in cinemas...and then it happens: in September 2014 a member of the staff at the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roskomos) discovers during the checking of satellite pictures, a silhouette outline of the missing Antonov in the Karakum desert of Turkmenistan, far from the assumed course of the plan
What nobody anymore could believe: ORBIENT were alive...in spite of many years fighting for survival they and the crew of the plane are in good mental and physical form. By miracle not only the people but also their music equipment had survived unharmed the crash nine years previous.
The crew of the emergency helicopter where the first to get an impression when they landed next to the Antonov and heard – slightly distorted by atmospheric noise, Drum loops and Bass sounds the following audio sample: “Ich fühle mich ganz sicher, ganz geborgen” (I feel very save and protected).
Now ORBIENT have a long awaited new album - ‘REBOOT - which came out December 5th, 2014 and is available on iTunes and other online stores.