Monday, September 27, 2010

Pink Floyd's David Gilmour meets The Orb

Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour appears on “Metallic Spheres,” the new album by ambient sensations The Orb.

Available October 12, the album is billed as “The Orb featuring David Gilmour.”

The Orb, the visionary UK 'ambient/house' collective, came to collaborate with Gilmour after working together on a version of Graham Nash's "Chicago" for a charity project. Youth (aka Martin Glover), a frequent Orb accomplice, was invited to create a remix, and he and Alex Paterson, as The Orb, were so energized by the task that they continued working until it was an album-length entity. Having asked Gilmour to bring his guitars to Youth's studio in South London to prolong and enrich their new creation, the trio worked up a sonic mixture in a range of styles.

The Metallic Spheres project was born.

"It's a collision that's been waiting to happen with Pink Floyd/David Gilmour and The Orb orbiting many of the same planets,” says Paterson.

The Orb featuring David Gilmour – trailer (2010)

Metallic Spheres is designed to be heard in two parts – 'Metallic Side' (24'48"), and 'Spheres Side' (25'09"). Each track, or side, consists of five movements. The album uniquely utilizes David Gilmour's electric guitar and lap steel guitar, Alex Paterson's sound manipulation, keyboards and turntables, and Youth's bass guitar and keyboards.

The album will be available in three formats: standard and 2-disc deluxe versions on CD; digital download; and 180-gram vinyl. The deluxe 2-CD version includes an extra disc, featuring the new 3D60™ process, which allows a 360-degree sound experience on stereo tracks without any special equipment.

Pink Pink Floyd

David David Gilmour

David Gilmour – Comfortably Numb
AOL Sessions, NYC – April 7, 2006

The The Orb

The Orb – Blue Room (1992)