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 - Little Fluffy Clouds - UK - 12" vinyl - £40.00, $48.40, €44.80 (New Item) (arrived 19-Jan-2023 11:22)on February 5, 2023 at 3:51 am
THE ORB Little Fluffy Clouds (Classic 1990 UK 3-track 12" vinyl single including Dance Mk 2 on the 'Earthside' plus Ambient Mk 1 and Into The Fourth Dimension: Essenes Beyond Control on the 'Spaceside', picture sleeve. The sleeve shows some minimal shelfwear whilst the vinyl looks barely played. Ambient dance essential BLR33T)
- The Orb - Blue Room - UK - 12" vinyl - £15.00, $18.15, €16.80 (New Item) (arrived 18-Jan-2023 11:37)on February 5, 2023 at 3:51 am
THE ORB Blue Room (Parts 1 & 2 1992 UK 12" vinyl single, with a total running time of over 37 minutes. Features Jah Wobble on bass, guitar by Steve Hillage and Aisha, The High Priestess on vocals & a sample from 'Fast Forward Into Dub' by theMadProfessor, picture sleeve. The sleeve has some edge wear, whilst the vinyl is Excellent with minor play only BLRT75)
- The Orb - More Tales From The Orbservatory - 180gram Green Vinyl - UK - 2-LP vinyl set - £75.00, $90.75, €84.00 (New Item) (arrived 07-Dec-2022 09:51)on February 5, 2023 at 3:51 am
THE ORB featuring LEE SCRATCH PERRY More Tales From The Orbservatory (2013 UK/EU limited edition 11-track double LP pressed on 180gram Green Translucent Vinyl - This collaborative album expertly weaves thelate Perry's vocals through an Orb mix of dubby house & reggae tinged beats. The two vinyl discs look barely played issued in single-pocket picture sleeve which comes complete with the download code voucher and the hype-stickered outer polythene bag! THEORB2LP01) **Limited to 1000 Copies Only**
- The Orb - Orblivion - UK - 2-LP vinyl set - £75.00, $90.75, €84.00 (New Item) (arrived 06-Dec-2022 13:09)on February 5, 2023 at 3:51 am
THE ORB Orblivion (1997 UK 12-track double vinyl LP, including Asylum & Toxygene, single pockdet picture sleeve with illustrated credit inners and tour date insert. The sleeve has some light edgewear and a small sticker removal mark, the vinylis in near mint condition ILPSD8055)
- The Orb - Prins Thomas Remixed - H (The Orb Mix) - UK - 12" vinyl - £15.00, $18.15, €16.80 (New Item) (arrived 25-Oct-2022 16:31)on February 5, 2023 at 3:51 am
PRINS THOMAS H (2017 UK 12" single, featuring The Orb's Heaven Or Hell Remix backed with the Orbient Mix, plain die-cut sleeve. This copy remains sealed in the shrink from new STS29712)