Zoë Blade's notebook


In Sides
In Sides

Orbital are a pair of UK electronic musicians who rose to prominence during British rave culture. Their name comes from the M25 motorway people would drive around while looking for raves.

They're known for their live act. While this involves playing pre-sequenced notes, the manual switching to different patterns, tweaking the TB-303's knobs, and bringing in each part on the faders, was still much closer to a truly live performance than other electronic musicians of the era, and in a way seems like a precursor to Ableton Live's workflow.

Equipment list

Circa Chime

Additions circa [The Brown Album]

Additions circa Snivilisation

Selected discography


  1. "The Magic Circle" Phil Ward, Music Technology, Jun 1993, pp. 56—60
  2. "[Unknown]" Dave Robinson, Future Music, Aug 1993
  3. "Classic Tracks: Orbital 'Chime'" Richard Buskin, Sound On Sound, Dec 2006
  4. "Music of Spheres" Nigel Humberstone, Sound On Sound, Apr 1994
  5. "'Chime' by Orbital" Mat Smith, Electronic Sound, Apr 2017
  6. "A Cosmic Dog" Andy Fyfe, Record Collector, Dec 2015


Artists: Aphex Twin | Autechre | Derrick May | Fatboy Slim | Juan Atkins | Kevin Saunderson | Kraftwerk | LFO (artist) | Man Machine | Moby | Nine Inch Nails | Orbital | Richie Hawtin | The Future Sound of London | The Prodigy | Underworld | Vladimir Ussachevsky | Wendy Carlos | William Orbit