Intro and Info
They were an English Electronic Dance Music/Ambient House duo from Kent in the UK, made up of two brothers, Phil and Paul Hartnoll. Their career initially ran from 1989 until 2004, but in 2009 they announced that they would be reforming and headlining The Big Chill, in addition to a number of other live shows in 2009.
They took their name from the Greater London orbital motorway, the M25, which was a major part of the early rave scene/party network in the South East during the late 80s/early 90s.
Something else that adds to their name, the cover art on three of their albums features stylised atomic orbitals.
Orbital achieved both critical and commercial success, something not often managed, they also gained a reputation for their element of live improvisation during shows, a rarity among Techno/Electronic Dance Music acts. They also took inspiration and influence from early Electro and Punk artists.
1) Orbital (1991)
2) Orbital 2 (1993)
3) Snivilisation (1994)
4) In Sides (1996)
5) The Middle of Nowhere (1999)
6) The Altogether (2001)
7) Octane (OST) (2003)
8) Blue Album (2004)
9) Wonky (2012)
10) Pusher (OST) (2012)
Orbital sometimes incorporate political and environmental commentary into their music. The track "Forever" on Snivilisation samples a speech by Graham Crowden from the 1982 Lindsay Anderson film Britannia Hospital, in which he lambasts humankind; and the track "You Lot" on the Blue Album, features a confrontational, partially vocoded anti-genetic sample of Christopher Eccleston playing the second coming of Jesus Christ in the TV two-part series The Second Coming written by Russell T Davies.
The track "The Girl with the Sun in Her Head" from In Sides was recorded in a studio powered only by Greenpeace's mobile solar power generator, CYRUS. On the same album, "Dŵr Budr", Welsh for "dirty water", was inspired by the Sea Empress oil spill which took place just off the southern coast of Wales in February 1996.
Orbital – official site (run by Orbital, Loopz and Mondo Management)
Loopz Orbital – blog run by Loopz (contains news/video/audio which cannot feature on the official site)