Music > Artists > Electronic
Formed:
1989 in London, England

Genre:
Electronic

Years Active:
'80s, '90s, '00s, '10s






The Orb

Biography

The Orb virtually invented the electronic genre known as ambient house, resurrecting slower, more soulful rhythms and providing a soundtrack for early-morning ravers once the clubs closed their doors. The group popularized the genre as well, by appearing on the British chart show Top of the Pops and hitting number one in the U.K. with the 1992 album U.F.Orb. Frontman Dr. Alex Paterson's formula was quite simple: he slowed down the rhythms of classic Chicago house and added synth work and effects inspired by '70s ambient pioneers Brian Eno and Tangerine Dream. To make the whole a bit more listenable — as opposed to danceable — obscure vocal samples were looped, usually providing a theme for tracks which lacked singing.

Top Albums

Ball of Fire (feat. Lee "Scratch" Perry) - EP, The Orb
1. Ball of Fire..
Metallic Spheres (feat. David Gilmour), The Orb
2. Metallic Sph..
The Orb's Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld, The Orb
3. The Orb's Ad..
Okie Dokie It's The Orb On Kompakt, The Orb
4. Okie Dokie I..
Orbus Terrarum, The Orb
5. Orbus Terrar..
The Orbserver in the Star House (feat. Lee "Scratch" Perry), The Orb
6. The Orbserve..
Baghdad Batteries - Orbsessions, Vol. 3, The Orb
7. Baghdad Batt..
U.F.Off: The Best of the Orb, The Orb
8. U.F.Off: The..
Live 93, The Orb
9. Live 93
Orblivion, The Orb
10. Orblivion
Pomme Fritz, The Orb
11. Pomme Fritz
C Batter C, The Orb
12. C Batter C
The BBC Sessions 1991 - 2001, The Orb
13. The BBC Sess..
U.F.OFF - The Best of the Orb, The Orb
14. U.F.OFF - Th..
Orbvs Terrarvm (Remastered), The Orb
15. Orbvs Terrar..
Orbsessions, Vol. 2, The Orb
16. Orbsessions,..
More Tales from the Orbservatory (feat. Lee "Scratch" Perry), The Orb
17. More Tales f..
Orbsessions, The Orb
18. Orbsessions
Orbserving the Star House in Dub, The Orb
19. Orbserving t..
The Orb - History of the Future (Deluxe Edition), The Orb
20. The Orb - Hi..

Top Songs

NameAlbumTimePrice
1.
Little Fluffy CloudsOrb's Adventures Beyond..4:27$1.29
2.
Ball of Fire (Deadbeat NYAH Dub) [fe..Ball of Fire (feat. Lee ..6:09$1.29
3.
Valley (Live At Trekkoner Sunset Fes..Orb - History of the Future..8:18$1.29
4.
Star 6 & 7 8 9 (Live At Trekkone..Orb - History of the Future..9:07$1.29
5.
Once More... (Mark Pritchard Mix)Orb - History of the Future..7:51$1.29
6.
Toxygene (Ganja Kru Remix)Orb - History of the Future..6:19$1.29
7.
Majestic (Heavy Mix)Orb - History of the Future..9:46$1.29
8.
Blue Room (Excerpt 605)Orb - History of the Future..5:58$1.29
9.
Perpetual Dawn (Ultrabass I)Orb - History of the Future..8:09$1.29
10.
Little Fluffy Clouds (Coldcut Heavey..Orb - History of the Future..6:18$1.29
11.
Huge Ever Growing Pulsating Brain Th..Orb - History of the Future..7:22$1.29
12.
GhostdancingOrb - History of the Future..7:29$1.29
13.
Once MoreOrb - History of the Future..4:17$1.29
14.
ToxygeneOrb - History of the Future..5:19$1.29
15.
AsylumOrb - History of the Future..5:19$1.29
16.
Perpetual Dawn (Solar Youth Mix)Orb - History of the Future..3:59$1.29
17.
Prime EvilPsychedelic World Music5:14$0.99
18.
Majestic (Heavy Mix)Orb - History of the Future9:46$1.29
19.
Little Fluffy Clouds (Coldcut Heavey..Orb - History of the Future6:18$1.29
20.
Little Fluffy Clouds (7" Edit)Orb - History of the Future4:09$1.29
21.
PandaharmoniumMusic for a Found Harmonium..5:29$1.29
22.
Free BirdDream9:56$0.99
23.
CodesDream8:13$0.99
24.
Sleeping Tiger & the Gods Unknow..Dream1:09$0.99
25.
KatskillsDream5:55$0.99

Top Music Videos

Nocturnal Bunch, The Orb
1. Nocturnal Bunc..


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