The Orb’s musical output is so paramount to the development of ambient electronica that it should need little introduction to the discerning Inverted Audio reader. Following the release of their two albums on Kompakt “Moonbuilding 2703 AD” and “COW / Chill Out World“, film director Patrick Buchanan took the chance to find out more about the legendary group, their evolution and modus operandi.
Soberly named “Lunar Orbit“, the documentary explores The Orb’s unique creative process and investigates the story behind the music, lifting the veil on their growth from the origins and the foundation of the friendships which still anchor the mothership onto their most recent configuration and freshest endeavours.
The full film boasts unprecedented studio access from the duo’s Moonbuilding 2703AD recording sessions in Berlin, live concert footage, rare unseen archive material and interviews with key creative players including Youth (Killing Joke), Guy Pratt (Pink Floyd), Mixmaster Morris, Matt Black (Coldcut), and members of The Orb’s extended family.
Lunar Orbit is being screened as part of the Doc‘n Roll Film Festival in London at Picture House Central, followed by a Q&A, with The Orb’s extended family. The release party takes place November 11th at The Social (Portland St, London) 8.30pm – 1am, featuring a DJ set by Alex Patterson, plus guest DJ’s.
The Orb also play the following tour dates, which encompass Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld played in full, plus other classics and music from COW / Chill Out, World:
Sheffield, Plug, 24th November / Tickets
Manchester Academy 2, 25th November / Tickets
Glasgow, SWG3, 26th November / Tickets
Waterfront, Norwich, 1st December / Tickets
Brighton, Concord 2, 2nd December / Tickets
Nottingham, Rescue Rooms, 3rd December / Tickets
Southampton, Engine Rooms, 8th December / Tickets
Cardiff, Tramshed, 9th December / Tickets
Bristol, Marble Factory, 10th December / Tickets