On Friday 21st April at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, The Orb present ‘An Ambient Evening with The Orb & Friends Electrical’, featuring leading figures in electronic music including Dee Deeon, DJ Dadaist, DJ Food, Gaudi, King Michael, Metamono, Pete W, Rev Eno, Roney FM, and Youth.
The four-hour journey of non-stop music will include The Orb aka Dr. Alex Paterson and Thomas Fehlman playing an ambient selection of tracks from their first album ‘The Orb’s Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld’ with guest appearances from Youth and Gaudi. The duo will also perform the album ‘COW (Chill Out World)’, in its entirety with special guest Youth. Released in October 2016, ‘COW / Chill Out, World!’, is The Orb’s fourteenth studio album and is described by Patterson as their “most ambient album yet”. A mind-melting, trance-inducing body of work, the album received critical acclaim on release.
Ahead of the performance, there is a free screening of ‘Lunar Orbit’, Patrick Buchanan’s feature documentary that explores The Orb’s unique creative process and delves into the story behind the music and is followed by a Q+A.
Special guests for the evening come from numerous esteemed friends in the electronic world. Ninja Tune veteran, DJ Food, brings over 2 decades of experience to the Royal Festival Hall. Well-known for his epic and thoroughly researched mixes such as Raiding the 20th Century, he now applies his highly creative formula to the screen with Audio-Visual shows that are equally well-realised.
Martin Glover, aka Youth is a renowned music producer and bassist in the post-punk band Killing Joke. He achieved his first success with the latter in the late Seventies and has often been at the forefront of innovation and development in British music since. Having played a key role in developing their uniquely dubby, dark sound, Youth parted ways with Killing Joke in 1982 and formed Brilliant, a band that espoused an ahead-of-its-time dance musical ethos and included the involvement of both future members of the KLF.
Rev Eno is known primarily as an ‘ambient’ composer through his collaborations with brother Brian Eno and producers Michael Brook and Daniel Lanois, but his depth as a musician defies categorization. A multi-instrumentalist, Eno has composed many memorable scores for film and TV including ‘Dune’, ‘Nine And A Half Weeks’ and ‘Warm Summer Rain’. He also contributed to ‘COW (Chill Out World)’. Rev Eno will be joined by his daughter Dee Deeon on vocals.
DJ Dadaist is heavily involved with electronic music and (slide) projections and is artistic director for various Zurich music clubs including Persil and Labitzke. Since 2001, he has made regular appearances at home and abroad as DJ (Dada), performance artist and musician. He released his first album in 2010 under the pseudonym ‘Katharina Kabel’ on the lalamusik label.
Gaudi is an Italian-born, UK-based producer, composer and arranger with a discography full of dub-infused surprises. Gaudi’s eclectic style and versatility has kept him at the forefront of his field throughout a notable and prolific career.
Metamono is a musical trio formed in 2010 by Jono Podmore, Mark Hill and Paul Conboy to create analogue electronic music without using digital sound generation and processing, overdubs or microphones. Their improvised compositions are created using pre-used, borrowed and handbuilt vintage analogue synths and ring modulators, enhanced by the sounds of a theremin, a siren and a valve radio.
Between the Orb’s sets, Roney FM will be entertaining the audience while in the corridor, King Michael, owner of the Book and Record Bar in West Norwood, London, will join DJ Food with music and books galore!