The Orb 'Ambient Spheres' Gala shows announced
The Orb, built around mainstay Alex Paterson, formed in London in 1989 during the birth of the rave movement. Initially founded on a mutual love of Brian Eno and German electronics, The Orb at present operates with a flexible line-up of collaborators that includes producer / multi-instrumentalist Youth, well-known for his work with Paul McCartney as The Fireman, as well as his production (Crowded House, Dido) and remixes (U2, Marilyn Manson).
The Orb, the visionary UK ‘ambient/house’ collective, came to collaborate with David Gilmour after working together on a version of Graham Nash’s “Chicago” for a charity project. Youth (aka Martin Glover), a frequent Orb accomplice, was invited to create a remix, and he and Alex Paterson, as The Orb, were so energized by the task that they continued working until it was an album-length entity. Metallic Spheres is designed to be heard in two parts - ‘Metallic Side’ (24’48”), and ‘Spheres Side’ (25’09”). Each track, or side, consists of five movements. The album uniquely utilizes David Gilmour’s discernable electric guitar and lap steel guitar, Alex Paterson’s sound manipulation, keyboards and turntables, and Youth’s bass guitar and keyboards.
Following the release of Metallic Spheres, The Orb will be playing two special shows in December, billed as the Ambient Spheres Gala. The first part of these shows will feature a remixed/reinterpreted live version of the original Metallic Spheres recordings, whilst the second part of the show will feature classic Orb tracks from throughout their career. The Orb will play the following shows:
Saturday 11th December - London Scala
Sunday 12th December - Manchester Club Academy
Tickets are £15 (£16 London) and are on sale now at http://www.gigsandtours.com / 0844 811 0051