Friday, 7 October 2011

The Orb - C Batter C

All a bit quiet from me at the mo... but nothing like a new Orb release to whet the appetite

here's the official word on the matter:
Cat no: MD704
Artist: The Orb
Label: malicious Damage Records
Release date: 11.11.11
Barcode: 5060174952678
Territory: World
Format: CD+60pp Hardback Book+DVD; Download
Distributor: Cargo

1 Battersea Bunches Original Soundtrack, 17m 28s
2 To Battersea With Bunches [HFB remix], 6m 03s
3 Meandering Through The Emerald Turf [Gaudi remix], 5m 09s
4 Brixton Hundreds [David Harrow remix], 4m 39s
5 Latchmere Allotments [Nocturnal Sunshine remix], 4m 02s
6 Red House, Brown Dog [Being remix], 4m 59s
7 Beyond the Legend of the Battersea Asparagus Triangle [Autolump remix], 8m 15s
8 Batter C Bunny's Munching Orbular Marrow Mix [Thomas Fehlmann], 9m 03s

1 Battersea Bunches original film [17m 40s]
2 Esmerelda's Turf [5m 09s]
3 Nocturnal Bunch [4m 02]
4 Brixton to Harrow [4m 39s]

Having spent over two decades fast forwarding the future while looking at the world through its own inimitable super-telescope, The Orb's next album project returns to Earth and also goes back in time as Alex Paterson teams up with graphic artist/video maker Mike Coles to release C Batter C, a powerfully evocative audio-visual celebration of family, vanishing London and times gone by.

Released on November 11 [11,11,11], the unique package is the physical manifestation of Battersea Bunches, the film shown at Brixton's Red Gate Gallery last December along with an exhibition of related visuals by Colesy. The soundtrack is a 17-minute, specially-written piece by Alex and esteemed Berlin-based electronic pioneer Thomas Fehlmann, an Orb satellite member for over 20 years, now accompanied by a string of remixes which home in on the track's constantly morphing moods and take them further out in total sympathy.

While the world gets increasingly more snarled up in instant hit gratification and soul-sucking technology, thankfully there are still corresponding currents in art and music which cast back to simpler, more innocent times; recalling childhood glimmers, mysterious half-memories and indelible images. On another level, these can be haunting and irreplaceable, especially when of a vanished location or dear friend or relative no longer here. Using the derelict but still imposing shell of Battersea Power station as centre-piece, the 17-minute film is based on Super 8 footage shot by Alex's Aunt Lil of a 1956 family day out led by his father. The three kids - his brother Martin and cousins Sue and Jen - are obviously having a great time feeding the ducks in Battersea Park [overseen by the still-billowing power station] and pigeons in Trafalgar Square, along with a journey along the River Thames from Battersea to Greenwich, taking in other London landmarks such as Tower Bridge, St Paul's Cathedral and Big Ben, the same spots effectively cut between then and now. The film is, in turn trippy, fascinating, emotions-stoking and sometimes incredibly poignant, lingering long after it's finished, bound to inspire similar warm memories for the viewer. It's without doubt the most personal project that Alex has embarked upon, Colesy surpassing himself on the editing.

Alex and Thomas' hauntingly atmospheric soundtrack is a remarkable counterpart to the film, veering from spectral mood-enhancing to beautifully melodic, the marching band sequence a particularly nagging half-memory. The CD features the original soundtrack along with an electronica-spanning bevy of remixes by Gaudi, H.F.B., David Harrow, Nocturnal Sunshine, Autolump, Being and Fehlmann/Orb, ranging from ghostly dubstep to contagious techno-boogie. These are producers which the Orb loves and trusts implicitly; not one fails to to turn up trumps.

The DVD boasts the original film plus three video mixes and both discs come in a gorgeous 60-page hardback book [the cover based on Alex's father's pilot's log-book] featuring Colesy's film-related images, plus poetry and musings by Alex and his Aunt Lil.

Such love, care and intricacy is a rare thing in the modern world. The Orb and Malicious Damage are about to unleash a new kind of time capsule classic. Even by referencing the past, the future can still be prodded.

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Something new from The Orb...

Hot of the press from the guys'n'gals at Malicious Damage...

"...the new orb album C BATTER C [CD/BOOK/DVD] to be released on 11.11.11. this is the beautifully packaged version of battersea bunches that comes in the form of a 60pp hard-backed book which features images from the film and exhibition of battersea bunches plus a few random bits of poetry and musings from alex paterson and lillian newell inside the front cover will be an audio CD with:

* the original 17-minute track from the film, plus remixes from:
* gaudi
* daid harrow
* nocturnal sunshine
* being
* thomas fehlmann
* autolump

inside the back cover will be a DVD with the original film of battersea bunches plus 3 video remixes of the film set to audio remixes

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Saturday, 11 June 2011

"Do Robots Dream? volume 18"

Better late than never, here are the download links for "Do Robots Dream? [volume 18]":

Disc One - Disc Two

As always, these mixes are produced for my own enjoyment, but as I share them with like minded individuals who may wish to chill along with me, please support these artists by buying and downloading their superb material from official resources...

Friday, 29 April 2011

Its here... "Do Robots Dream? [volume 18]

It took a bit longer than I anticipated, but here is the track listing for the next instalment of my "Do Robots Dream?" series:

Side A
1. Bing Satellites - Twilight Dub
2. Magic Sound Fabric - Photonic Phonic
3. Matt Coldrick - Solar Plexus Yellow Radiance
4. Sub - Nautilus
5. Motionfield - Naked Sun
6. Akhentek - Piksee
7. Lemongrass - Once Along the Way
8. General Fuzz - Red Balloon
9. Reklein - Cassidy
10. Mantrox - Rincon

Side B
1. Deep Space Network - Doors of Perception [edit]
2. Tetsu Inoue - Bionic Commune
3. Rara Avis - Medicine [deep mix]
4. Kenji Williams - Aura
5. Aes Dana - Lysistrata [album edit]
6. Pitch Black - Speech
7. Omicron - Tranquility Base
8. Pacha - Can Figuera
9. Miasma - Settled Storm

Artwork and download details to follow in the next week or so...

Monday, 11 April 2011

...some Orb news

During the hiatus between "Do Robots Dream 17" and "..18", here is some Orb news, courtesy of HFB and those nice guys'n'gals at Malicious Damage (please check out their website and support independent labels like this)

HFB: PixelJunked - The Original Soundtrack to Shooter 1&2 OUT NOW! Malicious Damage Records have released the album as a DRM-Free Download in iTunes and all good MP3 stores as of now. Priced at £7.99 for the UK, the full iTunes version includes a digital booklet featuring exclusive artwork, original concept art from Shooter 1 & 2 and liner notes from Q Games' studio director Shouichi Tominaga and HFB.

Check out Various Artists "Tundra And Sunflakes (Mixed by The Orb)" here

Dr.Alex's new project with Gaudi and Chester is codenamed ScreeN...

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

the Orb... live in London!

The Orb - London Indigo 2
Saturday, 23rd April 2011, 20:00 PM

The Orb, 808 State DJs, LONE & Special Guests

For more info - click here for more details...

With thanks to Spencer/orb4life for the heads-up!

Monday, 7 February 2011

Do Robots Dream? [volume 17]

Fresh from me digital mixing software, here is the track listing for the latest instalment of my "Do Robots Dream?" series:

disc one
01 - Gas - Oxygen
02 - Boards of Canada - Peacock Tail
03 - Erez Yaary - Aero
04 - Asura - Amber Rain
05 - Karma Del La Luna - Travel Without Moving
06 - Khetzal - Glaciales Lacrimae
07 - R Resonant - R Earth
08 - Nemesis - Terra Firma [evolution suite part 4]
09 - Telefuzz - Traffic and Twilight
10 - Spacetime Continuum - String Of Pearls

disc two
01 - Magic Sound Fabric - Space Traffic Control
02 - The Dream Unlimited Co - Up In Dub Heaven
03 - Pitch Black - Ape To Angel
04 - Banco de Gaia - Obsidian
05 - Solar Fields - Infection 268-7
06 - Triple Moon - Industrial Dream
07 - Ra - Tears Of Fire
08 - Single Cell Orchestra - Explore Your Mind
09 - Sync24 - Adrift in Time [drumalix edit]
10 - Digitonal - Maris Stella

As always, these mixes are put together purely for my own enjoyment and not for any financial gain. Please support all the artists featured by purchasing their material from official sources...

...and play, enjoy, float & dream...

aka theORBscureDDJ

Sunday, 6 February 2011

Work in Progress

...has finally hit a rich vein of music discovery and will start work on "Do Robots Dream, volume 17" tomorrow... watch this space campers

aka theORBscureDDJ

Do Robots Dream? [session 054]