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Album Review

The perfect response to a music scene swamped by what Paterson himself called "lame ambient noodling for 70 minutes," Orbus Terrarum brings the mothership back to earth for a collision with some surprisingly harsh percussion and noisy synth. The melodies and dub lines of previous Orb recordings are still in the mix, and the esoteric bent of Pomme Fritz is muted somewhat. Orbus Terrarum is definitely not the place to start, but it's still a worthy successor to U.F.Orb. The final track, "Slug Dub," is an ambient epic with vocal samples taken from a children's story.

Customer Reviews

A Milestone In Modern Music

The variety of textures and cross-over in this album helped move techno/electronica out of the exclusive realm of raves and clubs and back into your headphones for everyday listening. The Orb set this milestone as an expansion of modern musical boundaries. Oxbow Lakes solidly displays electronica's connection to classical music, especially when a string quartet version showed up on the single. Montagne D'or crosses with hardcore punk in a fun suprise that really works. Plateau will satisfy your ambient fix if Valley doesn't give you enough. Slug Dub demonstrates the ability for electronica to be whimsical and fantastic. Most of these tunes populated the Orb's live peformances at this time, and still continue to develop. Orbus Terrarum is certainly a huge boost for maturing modern electronica.

pinnacle ambient

I remember listening to this album for the first time. I stole it from my college radio station (sorry). I brought it to the library to listen to while reading, I believe, something by Derrida. Once Montagne D'or came on, I could no longer concentrate on the book. The music forced my attention. This is rare occurence for ambient music. I love the Orb for their ambient, surely the best ever created, much more than their dance, greatly overrated. And this album represents the best ambient can be. Although certain tracks are better than others (Plateau and Montagne D'or), the strength of this album is the trip that it takes you on from the first fade in to the last hiss. I have never stopped listening to this album. One of the greatest albums ever put to a disc.

Awesome!!!

This album is not for the club dance floor, but is great to have on while painting, reading, chilling, driving. It flows so smoothly, and is dense and rich with varied textures, sounds, rhythms, feelings, and moods. This was the first electronic music album I bought, years ago, and has remained one of my favorite all time records. The orb have a great sense of texture and making things flow together organically. Buy it!

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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