Ambient got a bad name through its association with yoga classes and rubbish compilations. But in the early 1990s it was exploring new and vital areas. There are two godfathers of UK ambient – Mixmaster Morris and Dr Alex Paterson. With his various collaborators, Dr Alex has been The Orb since the late 1980s.

The former Killing Joke roadie has played chess on Top of the Pops, worked with Jimmy Cauty in the KLF and set up his own record label.

From 1992, “Majestic (Millwall Remix)” recorded live at the Birmingham Institute and from 2001, “1855BC” recorded live in Mill Valley, California.

The Orb – Majestic (Millwall Remix)

The Orb – 1855BC

These tracks will only be up for a few days.

The Orb website

~ by acidted on April 27, 2008.

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