The Orb and founder Alex Patterson are the subject of a new book which charts their history. Babble On An’ Ting: Alex Paterson’s Incredible Journey Beyond The Ultraworld With The Orb is the first full account of Alex Paterson’s life, written in close collaboration by long time friend and Prog Magazine writer Kris Needs.
“I decided to do a book now as I have reached one full human cycle of 60,” says Patterson. “Also to tell my side of stories untold and set the record straight in planet orb.”
The new book reveals a frequently astonishing journey from a traumatic childhood through punk, Killing Joke and The KLF to starting The Orb in 1988 and the five decade rollercoaster that followed. It features a comprehensive discography, unseen personal photographs, an afterword written by Youth, and first hand interviews with friends, collaborators and starship mechanics.
“Working with Kris was seriously brilliant fun,” Patterson continues. “We have been friends and allies for decades now. He’s a beautiful man with a deep knowledge of all things secret and we actually lived through some of the stories together. We met when Killing Joke played at the Zigzag Club in 1980. His knowledge of music is unparalleled and he has skills in writing which are second to none.”
At the same time Pattersaon has set up Orbscure Recordings; a new vehicle for side projects beyond The Orb. Set up under the Cooking Vinyl umbrella, Orbscure will also be an outlet for new music from artists from around the world.
“The name is a play on the Obscure label Eno set up on Editions EG in the 1970s. Orbs Cure. Clever parrot-Orbscure! Orbscure! Orbs Cure for all ills. Orbs Cure made 2 chill” says Patterson.
Picking up on Patterson’s past experiences in A&R for the legendary EG Records, there are a raft of new releases in the pipeline with three albums set for release this year, including Sedibus The Heavens, the first release from the label. Orbscure will feature artists from Uganda, Kenya, Argentina, Japan and America, with further collaborative projects to follow.
(Image credit: Omnibus Press)
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- The Orb - Asylum - UK - CD single - £6.99, $9.65, €8.18 (New Item) (arrived 28-May-2021 16:55)on July 24, 2021 at 8:52 pm
THE ORB Asylum (1997 UK 3-track CD single, includes 7" edit, Blood Sugar's Mix 1 and Andrea Parker's Bezirkskrankenhams Mix, thin jewel case with picture sleeve insert)
- The Orb - Once More - UK - 2-CD single set - £12.00, $16.56, €14.04 (New Item) (arrived 28-May-2021 16:54)on July 24, 2021 at 8:52 pm
THE ORB Once More (2001 UK 6-track 2-CD single set including Mark's Steamroller Mix, Bedrock Edit & Little Fluffy Clouds Danny Tenaglia's Detour Mix. Each disc in their own jewel case with picture sleeve insert CID/X 767)
- The Orb - Toxygene - Black Sleeve - UK - 12" vinyl - Promo - £12.00, $16.56, €14.04 (New Item) (arrived 27-May-2021 11:36)on July 24, 2021 at 8:52 pm
THE ORB Toxygene (1997 UK promotional vinyl 12" featuring the Kris Needs Up For A Fortnight Mix, and Way Out West Begbie Mix, housed in a custom clear stickered black picture sleeve. The sleeve displays some light general wesr adnd the vinyl remains excellent with only light signs of play 12-IS-652-DJ)
- The Orb - Aubrey Mixes: The Ultraworld Excursions - UK - cassette album - £15.00, $20.70, €17.55 (New Item) (arrived 11-Aug-2020 17:06)on July 24, 2021 at 8:52 pm
THE ORB Aubrey Mixes: The Ultraworld Excursions (Scarce 1991 UK 7-track Cassette album which was released & deleted on the same day, consisting of alternate mixes of tracks taken from their debut album 'The Orb's Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld', including the bonus recording 'Spanish Castles In Space [Extended Youth Mix]'. The cassette sits inside the clear casing with its fold-out picture inlay BLRMC14)