The Orb is a British music band, founded in 1988. Originally the band consisted of Dr. Alex Paterson (real name Duncan Robert Alex Paterson, the initials of Robert Duncan give the " doctorate ") and Jimmy Cauty.
One of their first releases is the 23- minute long song A Huge Ever Growing Pulsating Brain That Rules From The Centre Of The Ultraworld, The Orb, the immediately famous and made them into icons of the British rave movement. The Opus was marked by a playful rocking understanding of electronic music, paving the way for bands like The Prodigy or Chemical Brothers. After leaving Jimmy Cauty and The Orb focused now on to be just successfully nascent musical project The KLF. Paterson has created a network of musicians with whom he played from now on under the name The Orb. Killing Joke member Youth took the place of Cauty and in 1990 was co-author of the next hit single Little Fluffy Clouds (based on rhythmically arranged samples of a Rickie Lee Jones interview).
1991 came Kristian Weston ( Thrash ) joined the band. In the same year appeared with Adventures Beyond The Ultraworld, the debut album by The Orb. Here also already played Thomas Fehlmann, Steve Hillage and Miquette Giraudy with. Weston and Fehlmann were fixed companion in the next few years Patersons.
With the 92 Single Blue Room they broke a record: With a length of almost 40 minutes, it was the longest single to ever stood at the top of the British charts. Dr. Paterson lived here his psychedelic Ideal fully from, but already announced the next album UF Orb of a departure from the typical early - Orb Ambient House.
The following albums Pomme Fritz and Orbus Terrarum distraught with their wild noise landscapes many fans and worshiped openly the indie roots of Paterson. On Orblivion still gloomy soundscapes shaped the album. Only in the new millennium found the Orb back to their ambient -house roots.
After Bicycles & Tricycles in the year 2004 2005 appeared Okie Dokie Album It's The Orb On Kompakt.