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  The Orb
by Cherish Lloyd

A good word to describe Alex Patterson of The Orb is 'unconventional.' Then again, anyone who's heard The Orb's music probably already knows that. The following interview with Lunar Magazine continues along the same lines: non-linear, intriguing, and downright odd at times.

The Orb Lunar: For the past 10 years I have considered you to be a pioneer and godfather of electronic music, as we know it today. Having said that, how come there is so little information about 'The Orb' on the internet?

Patterson: WORD OF MOUTH RULES. WE ARE A SERCET BAND FROM KALLEVA.!

Lunar: Do you have an official website?

Patterson: YES, IT LOOKS GOOD…theorb.com

Lunar: I am very intrigued by the debut of 'Bad Orb.' Are you planning on pursuing this?

Patterson: NO WE RAN OUT OF HORSES & CARTS.

Lunar: What about the innovative Bad Orb, online only, record label and website? Have you abandoned it?

Patterson: IT'S NOW A SMALL DOT IN HISTORY SORRY, THE UK IS NOT REALLY, WE STILL EAT BAKED BEANS ON TOAST.

Lunar: As for the www.badorb.com website, who came up with the design of the eye inside of a pyramid?

The OrbPatterson: GARPHOO

Lunar: I ask this question, because there is a cult called 'The Illuminate' and this is believed to be their symbol, it also shows up on some of the (U.S.) dollar bills, any correlation?

Patterson: NON, BUT.....THE TEMPLE & THE LODGE by M.BAIGENT & R. LIEGHON ARCADE. READ IT READ IT.

Lunar: Are you planning any live tours in the U.S. this year?

Patterson: YES WITH A NEW ALBUM CALLED " BICYCLES & TRICYCLES". RELEASED IN THE SUMMER

Lunar: Did you try and have an "Orb sound" to the Back to Mine mix, even though most tracks are not your own productions? Or did you try and stray from that?

Patterson: JUST WENT WITH THE FLOW,,, EASY ONCE THE TRACKS WERE CLEARED.

Lunar: What is your favorite track on this album and why?

The OrbPatterson: SCHNEIDER TM vs KPT THE LIGHT 3000. BECAUSE IT HELPED WHEN I WAS DOWN AND HELPED MY EMOTIONS, BEAUTIFUL SONG.

Lunar: Where did you draw your inspiration for the previously unreleased track "The Land of Green Ginger?"

Patterson: WELL IN BERLIN WITH TOM ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE. A BIT OF A SWING & THERE WAS THIS VOCAL…..

Lunar: How did the Chi-Lites, "Have You Seen Her?" end up smack dab in the middle of this mix?

Patterson: BECAUSE IT"S ANOTHER VERY OLD FAVOURITE TUNE OF MY YOUTH B4 RELATIONSHIPS AND FULL ON DREAMS

Lunar: Being a fellow Brit, I've got to ask, who's your favorite soccer team?

Patterson: CARE FREE WHEREVER YOU MAY BE, WE ARE FAMOUS C.F.C. WE R THE FAMOUS CHELSEA!!!

The OrbLunar: In future releases do you intend on working with any Latin American musical influences?

Patterson: FUNNY BUT YES MAY BE, COCONUT? ME? ON ME 'EAD JOHN

Lunar: Suppose, for a moment, that geologists informed the world that the earth's tectonic plates were going to suddenly shift, and as a result the U.K. was going to drown into the sea within three months. Where would you relocate your studio to and why?

Patterson: JAMAICA, THE WEATHER, THE GREEN, THE SUNSHINE, THE MUSIC, THE RELAXING….DUNN'S RIVER FALLS…THE BLUE MOUNTAINS, THE RIVERS, THE BANANA'S, THE FRUIT. HORSES & CHILLING @ BLUES PARTIES.

Thanks go out to Sue and Vida at Stunt Company and to Alex Patterson for taking time out of his bust schedule to speak with Lunar.

At Amazon.com

Back to Mine from Amazon.com Back To Mine - The Orb
3xLP:

  1. APHEX TWIN-Polynominal-C
  2. CHARLES WEBSTER-Be No One
  3. THE ORB-The Land Of Green Ginger
  4. CREATURE-Ow Much
  5. THOMAS FEHLMANN-I Wanna Be A Fishy
  6. JUNO REACTOR-Nitrogen Part 1
  7. THE CHI-LITES-Have You Seen Her
  8. ELECTRIC CHAIRS-Barbie Girl (TF Long version)
  9. B12-Interim
  10. APHEX TWIN-Blue Calx
  11. JOACHIM SPIETH-You Don't Fool Me
  12. FFWD-Hempire
  13. JULEE CRUISE-Falling
  14. SCHNEIDER TM vs KPT MICHI.GAN-The Light 3000
CD:
  1. APHEX TWIN-Polynominal-C
  2. CHARLES WEBSTER-Be No One
  3. JUNO REACTOR-Nitrogen Part 1
  4. B12-Interim
  5. CREATURE-Ow Much
  6. THE CHI-LITES-Have You Seen Her
  7. THOMAS FEHLMANN-I Wanna Be A Fishy
  8. JULEE CRUISE-Falling
  9. THE ORB-The Land Of Green Ginger
  10. APHEX TWIN-Blue Calx
  11. ELECTRIC CHAIRS-Barbie Girl (TF Long version)
  12. JOACHIM SPIETH-You Don't Fool Me
  13. FFWD-Hempire
  14. SCHNEIDER TM vs KPT MICHI.GAN-The Light 3000



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