The Orb are pioneers of electronica; innovators of ambient house, a mix of acid house and ambient music. Indeed, their seminal ground breaking 1991 album “The Orb’s Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld” has been widely recognized as one of the truly great electronic albums of all time. The Orb is Alex Paterson, former roadie for the legendary post punk band Killing Joke before forming his own label WAU Mr. Modo with lifelong friend and longtime Orb collaborator Youth. Swiss composer/producer Thomas Fehlmann completes the other half of the current lineup. Patrick Buchanan’s Lunar Orbit explores The Orb's unique creative process, delving into the remarkable story behind the development of their sound and revealing the surprising history of their unique origins. Offering a blend of live concert footage, rare unseen archive material and unprecedented studio access from the duo’s Moonbuilding 2703AD recording sessions in Berlin, the film features interviews with key creative players Youth, Guy Pratt, Mixmaster Morris, Matt Black, and many other current and former members of the Orb's extended family. A joy for lovers of any music genre, Lunar Orbit provides an insightful and touching rumination on sonic experimentation and creative collaboration.
Lunar Orbit | Dir. Patrick Buchanan | Documentary | 70mins | CANaDA | 2016 | Sydney Premiere
“Lunar Orbit, like the music of The Orb, is probing, inquisitive, nostalgic, playful, conversational and most importantly a lot of fun. 4/5”
Best Avant Garde Film
Melbourne Documentary Film Festival