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Orbital: Corn Circle Jerks

Interview by Steven Wells, New Musical Express, September 1991

Techno-slaphead alert! Bow-tie-wearing aliens with enormo-ears from planet Proper Dance Music are writhing in our cornfields and masquerading as ORBITAL. Beam me up, Rotty, screams ...

Orbital: Fission Blips

Interview by Stephen Dalton, New Musical Express, March 1992

IT'S GRIM down south. Suicidally so on the remote escarpment of lunar terrain where the Dungeness nuclear reactor hums its menacing mantra out across beaches ...


Overview by Mark Dery, Keyboard, April 1993

TECHNO. THE name sounds at once monolithic and impersonal, the acronym of a multinational conglomerate, and toylike, as in brightly colored plastic Lego blocks. ...

Orbital: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Ben Thompson, MOJO, December 1994

THE WAY THAT ORBITAL wanted to make music, one of the Hartnoll brothers said last year in a rare theoretical moment, was like an idealised ...

The British Invasion?

Report by Frank Broughton, Blah Blah Blah, 1995

With the Chemicals and Underworld making waves stateside, is dance music finally reaching mainstream America? ...

Orbital, µ-ziq: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Ian Watson, Melody Maker, May 1996

Well-Rounded ...

Pleased To Meet You: Mike Oldfield & Orbital

Interview by David Quantick, Q, October 1996

Without "funny" Mike Oldfield ambient music as we know it might never have existed. Without ex-baldies Orbital the Royal Albert Hall might never have hosted ...

Lollapalooza: Coral Sky Amphitheater, West Palm Beach, Florida

Live Review by Will Hermes, Spin, September 1997

"DO YOU WANNA see the first band, or do you wanna see me jump to my death?" a paunchy MC bellowed from a perch atop ...

Our Electric Friends: Humanising the Highway, from ‘Autobahn’ to Orbital

Book Excerpt by Ben Thompson, 'Seven Years of Plenty', 1998

DRIVING ON THE M25 in a rusty Mini. Early evening, thick drizzle. Only one windscreen wiper works because someone has snapped the end off the ...


Book Excerpt by Ben Thompson, Ways Of Hearing, 2001

IT'S A GREY weekday lunchtime in glamorous East Anglia. Cambridge town centre is brought to a resentful standstill as a series of huge pantechnicons disgorge ...

Orbital: The Altogether (ffrr) ****

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, June 2001

ON THE techno calendar, the present era isn't so much AD as AD&B – the post-drum'n'bass era. That genre followed a curious arc – it ...

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