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Digital Subscriptions > MusicTech > Nov-18 > ADVENTURES OF THE ORB


Alex Paterson and Martin ‘Youth’ Glover are celebrating 30 years of The Orb with a world tour and even their own Orbfest festival. We catch up with them on the road to recall – or try to – three decades of chilled music making and Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld…



Alex Paterson at the decks at Orbfest. All pictures by roney fm@k3 media.

Alex Paterson and producer Martin ‘Youth’ Glover are together again as The Orb, celebrating 30 years of the ambient/chillout band that started life in the late-80s as the perfect antidote to rave music.

Paterson has been the only permanent member of The Orb during that time and achieved his greatest success with singles such as Little Fluffy Clouds and the albums UFOrb and The Orb’s Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld. While The Orb were famous for sampling and creating great washes of synthetic and dubby sound, it was Youth who assumed a more studio-based role and he went on to find enormous success in the world of music production. After playing bass in Killing Joke, and throwing himself into record label management, he become a world-renowned producer for the likes of The Verve (Urban Hymns), Embrace, Beth Orton and Pink Floyd (he co-produced their final album Endless River). He has also remixed and collaborated with many other artists including U2, Kate Bush, Paul McCartney and Guns N’ Roses.

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