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Album Review

Much like the early Orb-related project recorded as Space, Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld simulates a journey through the outer realms — progressing from the soaring ambient-pop of "Little Fluffy Clouds" and the stoned "Back Side of the Moon" (a veiled Pink Floyd reference) to "Into the Fourth Dimension" and ending (after more than two hours) with the glorious live mix of "A Huge Ever Growing Pulsating Brain." A varied cast of samples (Flash Gordon, space broadcasts, foreign-language whispers) and warm synthesizer tones provide a convincing bed for the midtempo house beats and occasionally dub-inflected ambience. With a clever balance of BBC Radiophonics Workshop soundtracks, '70s ambient meister-works by Eno, Hillage, and Floyd, plus the steady influence of Larry Heard's sublime Chicago house, Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld is the album that defined the ambient house movement. [The 2006 deluxe edition is remastered and includes extensive bonus materials.]

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Classic early nineties English chill out sound. Ground breaking and defining for a host of musicians today. Excellent!

Great if you have five hours to spare...

Trippy, and pretty intriguing-if overlong. Reminiscent of Pink Floyd's early prog experiments and long, space-rock operas by bands like Hawkwind. This ain't you're pulsing dance electronic, but it ain't bad electronica at that. There are lots of long synth progressions and fairly complex harmonies overlaid with the obligatory ambient ramblings; taken from a variety of sources. These range from pop culture to (I guess) those that have been specifically recorded for this peice, and there are plenty of atmospheric sound effects scattered throughout the peice. Not a bad album, but probably a bit heavy for those not into the whole prog/house scene.

Biography

Formed: 1989 in London, England

Genre: Electronic

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

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...
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