‘An Ambient Evening with The Orb & Friends Electrical’
Friday 21st April at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall
Featuring DJ Food, Youth, Pete W, Rev Eno, Dee Deeon, DJ Dadaist, Gaudi, Metamono, King Michael + Roney FM
Visuals created by long-term video partner, Deep Visuals
Free ‘Lunar Orbit’ screening + Q+A, 5.30pm as Southbank Centre’s Friday Tonic
Tickets available here
On Friday 21st April at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, The Orb present ‘An Ambient Evening with The Orb & Friends Electrical’, featuring leading figures in electronic music including Dee Deeon, DJ Dadaist, DJ Food, Gaudi, King Michael, Metamono, Pete W, Rev Eno, Roney FM, and Youth.
The four-hour journey of non-stop music will include The Orb aka Dr. Alex Paterson and Thomas Fehlman playing an ambient selection of tracks from their first album ‘The Orb’s Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld’ with guest appearances from Youth and Gaudi. The duo will also perform the album ‘COW (Chill Out World)’, in its entirety with special guest Youth. Released in October 2016, ‘COW / Chill Out, World!’, is The Orb’s fourteenth studio album and is described by Patterson as their “most ambient album yet”. A mind-melting, trance-inducing body of work, the album received critical acclaim on release.
Ahead of the performance, there is a free screening of ‘Lunar Orbit’, Patrick Buchanan’s feature documentary that explores The Orb’s unique creative process and delves into the story behind the music and is followed by a Q+A.
Special guests for the evening come from numerous esteemed friends in the electronic world. Ninja Tune veteran, DJ Food, brings over 2 decades of experience to the Royal Festival Hall. Well-known for his epic and thoroughly researched mixes such as Raiding the 20th Century, he now applies his highly creative formula to the screen with Audio-Visual shows that are equally well-realised.
Martin Glover, aka Youth is a renowned music producer and bassist in the post-punk band Killing Joke. He achieved his first success with the latter in the late Seventies and has often been at the forefront of innovation and development in British music since. Having played a key role in developing their uniquely dubby, dark sound, Youth parted ways with Killing Joke in 1982 and formed Brilliant, a band that espoused an ahead-of-its-time dance musical ethos and included the involvement of both future members of the KLF.
Rev Eno is known primarily as an ‘ambient’ composer through his collaborations with brother Brian Eno and producers Michael Brook and Daniel Lanois, but his depth as a musician defies categorization. A multi-instrumentalist, Eno has composed many memorable scores for film and TV including ‘Dune’, ‘Nine And A Half Weeks’ and ‘Warm Summer Rain’. He also contributed to ‘COW (Chill Out World)’. Rev Eno will be joined by his daughter Dee Deeon on vocals.
DJ Dadaist is heavily involved with electronic music and (slide) projections and is artistic director for various Zurich music clubs including Persil and Labitzke. Since 2001, he has made regular appearances at home and abroad as DJ (Dada), performance artist and musician. He released his first album in 2010 under the pseudonym ‘Katharina Kabel’ on the lalamusik label.
Gaudi is an Italian-born, UK-based producer, composer and arranger with a discography full of dub-infused surprises. Gaudi’s eclectic style and versatility has kept him at the forefront of his field throughout a notable and prolific career.
Metamono is a musical trio formed in 2010 by Jono Podmore, Mark Hill and Paul Conboy to create analogue electronic music without using digital sound generation and processing, overdubs or microphones. Their improvised compositions are created using pre-used, borrowed and handbuilt vintage analogue synths and ring modulators, enhanced by the sounds of a theremin, a siren and a valve radio.
Between the Orb’s sets, Roney FM will be entertaining the audience while in the corridor, King Michael, owner of the Book and Record Bar in West Norwood, London, will join DJ Food with music and books galore!
Punk and acid house veteran Dr. Alex Paterson is a founding member of The Orb. His career started as a roadie for seminal post punks Killing Joke for whom his childhood friend Martin ‘Youth’ Glover played bass. Alex then met future KLF member Jimmy Cauty and the duo began DJ-ing together as The Orb. They started a residency at legendary London club night ‘The Land of Oz’, and their sonic collage style of DJing soon morphed into making records. Then, in 1988 Alex and Youth put together the seminal acid house/Balearic label WAU! Mr. Modo Records.
In 1990 the Alex and Youth incarnation of The Orb released the bona-fide classic ‘Little Fluffy Clouds’, which borrowed a sample from Steve Reich’s Electric Counterpoint, and transported it to another dimension. 1992 saw the single ‘Blue Room’ reach # 8 in the British charts, with the band famously playing chess on-stage for Top of the Pops.
‘Ultraworld’ is often cited as a seminal classic. Following a limited number of prototype 12”s from early pre-Orb incarnations, ‘Ultraworld’ was The Orb’s first fully formed, double album realization of the sonic sculpture they’d been finessing, amidst a punk-schooled period of fertile, no-rules creativity. The album was a critical and chart smash that soundtracked a generation.
Longtime foil to Alex, Thomas Fehlmann has been at the forefront of Germany’s electronic music scene since his days of avant foraging with Palais Schaumburg in the late 1980s, becoming part of Berlin’s rapidly-evolving techno underground, working with Sun Electric and many of the city’s major artists and operations, including the mighty Kompakt. He has worked on the following Orb releases: ‘Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld’, ‘U.F.ORB’, ‘Orbus Terrarum’, ‘Okie Dokie, it´s The ORB on Kompakt’, the Plastic Planet soundtrack ‘Baghdad Batteries’, ‘THE ORBSERVER in the star house’ and ‘COW (Chill Out World)’.