Long-running UK electronic group, originally formed by Jimmy Cauty (of The KLF) and Alex Paterson in 1988, that grew out of a love of ambient music and dub, soundscapes and science fiction. Due to the early work in this style, The Orb became pioneers of the early-90's-born "ambient house" genre. The group's lineup has shifted over the years, with Alex being the only consistent member. Notable members include Thrash and Thomas Fehlmann. Though he was never officially a member, Youth (a.k.a. Martin Glover) was instrumental throughout the group's existence, and co-owned the label WAU! Mr. Modo Recordings with Alex (they had known each other since they were young, and Alex was a roadie for the group Killing Joke, in which Youth played bass).


The Orb - Big Life Sampler album art Various A Huge Ever Growing Pulsating Brain That Rules From The Centre Of The Ultraworld (Orbital 9AM Radio Mix 3) Various - Big Life Sampler (Comp, Album) Phonogram France 1991 Sell This Version
CMJ CD-036 The Orb - CMJ Presents Certain Damage! - Volume 36 album art Various Perpetual Dawn Various - CMJ Presents Certain Damage! - Volume 36(CD, Promo) College Music Journal CMJ CD-036 US 1991 Sell This Version
The Orb - In A Field Of Their Own - Highlights Of Glastonbury 1992 album art Various A Huge Ever Growing Pulsating Brain That Rules From The Centre Of The Ultraworld Various - In A Field Of Their Own - Highlights Of Glastonbury 1992 (Comp, Album) New Musical Express UK 1992 Sell This Version
The Orb - Mixmag Live Volume 9 album art The Orb's Alex Patterson* & Mixmaster Morris O.O.B.E. (Pool Mix) and 1 more… The Orb's Alex Patterson* & Mixmaster Morris - Mixmag Live Volume 9 (Comp) DMC Publishing Ltd. UK 1993 Sell This Version
The Orb - Glastonbury 93 (In A Field Of Their Own Volume Two) (Highlights From The NME Stage) album art Various Blue Room Various - Glastonbury 93 (In A Field Of Their Own Volume Two) (Highlights From The NME Stage) (Album, Comp) New Musical Express UK 1993 Sell This Version
020E The Orb - HitDisc 020E album art Various Little Fluffy Clouds (as Orb) Various - HitDisc 020E(CD, Promo, Smplr) TM Century, Radio Express 020E US 1993 Sell This Version
The Orb - Now Dance 94 Volume 2 album art Various Perpetual Dawn (Solar Youth Mix) Various - Now Dance 94 Volume 2 (Comp) Virgin EMI, PolyGram, Box Music (3) UK 1994 Sell This Version
INSTRUMENTAL 1 & 2 The Orb - Music For Film & TV album art Various Oxbow Lakes (as Orb) Various - Music For Film & TV(2xCD, Promo) Polygram Music Publishing INSTRUMENTAL 1 & 2 Australia 1995 Sell This Version
PRCD 7324-2 The Orb - Axiom Dub - Mysteries Of Creation album art Various Cocksville U.S.A. Various - Axiom Dub - Mysteries Of Creation(CD, Promo) Axiom PRCD 7324-2 US 1996 Sell This Version
The Orb - Hackers² album art Various Toxygene Various - Hackers² (Comp, Album) Edel America Records US 1997 Sell This Version
The Orb - Club Mix 97 2 album art Various Toxygene (Kris Needs Up For A Fortnight Mix) Various - Club Mix 97 2 (Comp) PolyGram TV UK 1997 Sell This Version
CD 10 The Orb - Zoo Magazine CD Sampler 10 album art Various Bedouin / Toxygene Various - Zoo Magazine CD Sampler 10(CD, Promo, Smplr) Zoo Magazine CD 10 Denmark 1997 Sell This Version
6727 The Orb - The Orb - Spicy Box - Archive album art Various Ubiquity and 3 more… Various - The Orb - Spicy Box - Archive(CD, Smplr) PolyGram, Island Records 6727 France 1997 Sell This Version
The Orb - Bee Gees Tribute Album / Gotta Get A Message To You album art Various I Started A Joke Various - Bee Gees Tribute Album / Gotta Get A Message To You (Album, Comp) Polydor UK 1998 Sell This Version
The Orb - Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased) - The Soundtrack album art Various Hamlet Of Kings Various - Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased) - The Soundtrack (Comp) Island Records, Island Records UK 2000 Sell This Version
The Orb - Communicate album art Sasha And John Digweed* Once More (Bedrock Dub Mix) Sasha And John Digweed* - Communicate (Comp) INCredible Russia 2000 Sell This Version
The Orb - Global Underground 015: Uruguay album art Darren Emerson A Huge Evergrowing Brain That Rules From The Centre Of The Ultraworld (Orbital Dance Mix) Darren Emerson - Global Underground 015: Uruguay (Comp) Boxed UK 2000 Sell This Version
548 665.1 The Orb - I ♥ Serge (Electronica Gainsbourg 2) album art Serge Gainsbourg Requiem Pour Un C... Serge Gainsbourg - I ♥ Serge (Electronica Gainsbourg 2)(LP) Mercury, Universal 548 665.1 France 2001 Sell This Version
The Orb - Ibiza Chillout Session album art Various Toxygene Various - Ibiza Chillout Session (Comp) Ministry Of Sound UK 2001 Sell This Version
The Orb - 4 Scott album art Various A Huge Ever Growing Pulsating Brain That Rules From The Centre Of The Ultraworld Various - 4 Scott (Album) V2 UK 2002 Sell This Version
The Orb - Tubular Road album art Tiefling Little Fluffy Clouds (Tsunami One Mix) Tiefling - Tubular Road Temporal-Net UK 2003 Sell This Version
23-EOIO-02 The Orb - Lycantropii Volume II (Flush Bush) album art Fritz Von Runte You Dub Know Where The Hidden Towers Are Fritz Von Runte - Lycantropii Volume II (Flush Bush)(20xFile, MP3, 192) Marshall Records (3) 23-EOIO-02 2004
The Orb - Live At Sónar album art Miss Kittin Traumvogel Miss Kittin - Live At Sónar (Comp) Labels, Labels, NovaMute, NovaMute France 2006 Sell This Version
The Orb - Thai Mix album art Dj List Captain Korma Dj List - Thai Mix Not On Label (DJ List Self-released) Russia 2006 Sell This Version
The Orb - Earthcore Global Carnival Edition album art Various Orb Is (Shopping Version) Various - Earthcore Global Carnival Edition Earthcore Recordings Australia 2006 Sell This Version

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August 12, 2019
Don't bother with anything after '94, for better or worse Trash was the visionary of the Orb, compare their Live 93 to Toxygene, worlds apart. Hughes or Falconer really didn't get remotely close.


April 8, 2018
The Orb — a name derived from Woody Allen’s sci-fi film, "Sleepers". [Frank Hoffman, "Encyclopedia of Recorded Sound (2nd Edition)" (Routledge, 2004), p. 778.]


January 13, 2017
The Orb is perhaps the best-known name in mainstream Ambient music, and for all the right reasons. Since the end of the 1980s, Alex Paterson and a changing list of collaborators have produced chilled-out, ecstatic grooves and fluffy, flowing remixes for dancers greeting the dawn.
Their output is every bit as brilliant and stunning as the rising sun after a long night of physical flow and endless four/four pounding. Multicolored synth lines run like a watercolor palette in the rain. They layer blissful selections from Pink Floyd, Minnie Riperton, Ennio Morricone and Rickie Lee Jones to create a harmonious pastiche of original music, seamless samples and astute dialog.
...As the Orb's pulsating harmonies weave self-contained ecosystems of sound, delirious beats climb up the mix like vines, heavy with sweet fruit, ready for plucking.


January 31, 2016
Always been very keen on both The Orb and Pink Floyd so was very excited and not disappointed by The Orb and Dave Gilmour's 'Metallic Spheres' so why isn't it here?!


January 2, 2016
Has Alex Paterson's reggae collection surfaced on discogs?


December 8, 2015
edited over 3 years ago
There were some bald persons shouting "I hope you fall down!" to Alex at Quart '94. I didn't agree.


June 13, 2014
This is quite an incendiary piece by Thrash. It's quite long, but a good read.


August 15, 2011
edited over 8 years ago
well i have to say i am stunned, shocked, and totally in disbelief that unless there is some glitch with Discogs, that there are only 2 reviews on the Orb - surely that can't be.......well i am not going to say too much about them as im sure if your a collector or in to their releases & remixes, then there is nothing i can say that hasn't already been thought or said (sounds like the ramblings that should be an excerpt from one of their outings)!!!

having said that, Alex has continued on this banwagon for what seems like 25 yrs now and the releases just got better and better (and stranger to some degree - POMME FRITZ) but also have to say that in the latter yrs, their stuff hasn't been quite right - don't know what is, but there is a distinct lack of some input or direction. trust me i never thought i would say this about the orb, but i think I prefer the orb releases (especially albums) up until about the point of Bicyles & Tricycles - sure there have been some odd toots that have come along which in my opinion are scrapings from older projects revamped to get an album out - and don't get me wrong, there were some standout pieces amongst them, but overall, nowadays their seems to be something .......Andy Hughes & Thomas Fehlmann (forgive if thats mispelt). i wished they would get back in the studio with thrash and get some good old classics reborn into 2011 and beyond cos i tell you now, together - these guys knew how.

i am not going to rave about their individual set pieces, but those who are new to this genre and particularly The Orb, my advice is definitely start with their earlier stuff from 1991 - 2001 as this was the decade it was all IMO unfortunately i think if you checked their most recent ensembles from the last 10 yrs, there is too many changes on the collaborations front and although change is good in some cases, i think overall, it has killed what is some of my fondest moments in ambient history.

apologies to all that disagree with this, it is only my personal opinion and is no way meant as a discredit to The Orb or Mr P as im sure if you check my keen interest and enthusiasm with the orb (by viewing my collection) and their material, i own nearly everything thats has come out and for the record, some that hasn't come out. i also have an extensive collection of bootleg and live mixes from their Live performances......put it this way - if you liked the LIVE 93 album, you aint heard nothing until you've heard and experienced listening to the actual LIVE recordings of the 3 night performances in Tokyo 93 - it is truly amazing and will leave a true orb fan speechless (especially if monged out ha ha)!!!



February 12, 2003
I agree that The Orb are a fantastic collective and produce some of the most remarkable remixes I've ever heard. I must add though that The Pink Floyd Remixes were not created by Alex Patterson (only remaining founder member) or any other member of The Orb collective, but by an dj from America who realised that the bootleg cd would sell faster with the Orb label rather than his own. Please don't let this prevent you from tracking down and buying the remixes though - they are very good. I've been a collector of Orb merchandise since the Kiss e.p. and own every single item released (and some that never were or will be due to copyright problems), I've seen The orb perform live too many time to count and have interviewed Alex and other members of the group on several occasions for various different publications on a variety of different subjects.
Keep your eyes peeled for the new album due for release at some point this year, working title "Orbisnowhere".


January 8, 2003
a great trippy ambient trance act. if you're a pink floyd fan, check out the orb remixes of Dark Side of the Moon and Wish You Were Here.

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