History Music / Moby

21st Aug '17 1:09:43 AM bt8257
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'''Moby''' (b. 1965) is an experimental/ambient ElectronicMusic artist. Known mostly for his touching orchestrations and his ability to take just about any sample imaginable and make an epic techno song out of it (not to mention his [[GenreRoulette strikingly diverse body of work]]), Moby is one of the most respected artists in his field.

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'''Moby''' (b. 1965) (September 11, 1965) is an experimental/ambient ElectronicMusic artist. Known mostly for his touching orchestrations and his ability to take just about any sample imaginable and make an epic techno song out of it (not to mention his [[GenreRoulette strikingly diverse body of work]]), Moby is one of the most respected artists in his field.
16th Jul '17 8:40:26 AM DimaLeon2000
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* ''More Fast Songs About The Apocalypse'' (2017) - Moby & the Void Pacific Choir
15th Apr '17 9:16:01 PM NWolfman
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* ThreeChordAndTheTruth: "Beautiful," which is almost childishly simple to evoke the image of two self-indulgent people perpetually complimenting one another.

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* ThreeChordAndTheTruth: ThreeChordsAndTheTruth: "Beautiful," which is almost childishly simple to evoke the image of two self-indulgent people perpetually complimenting one another.
3rd Mar '17 12:41:17 PM NWolfman
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* ThreeChordAndTheTruth: "Beautiful," which is almost childishly simple to evoke the image of two self-indulgent people perpetually complimenting one another.
15th Jan '17 10:04:49 PM stuffedninja
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* ''Moby'' (1992)

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* ''Moby'' (1992)''[[SelfTitledAlbum Moby]]'' (1992)
* ''Early Underground'' (1993) - compilation album



* ''Move - The E.P.'' (1993)



** ''Underwater'' (1995) - limited-edition bonus disc of ambient music



* ''I Like to Score'' (1997) - compilation of music Moby has made for films



* ''[=MobySongs=] 1993-1998'' (2000) - GreatestHitsAlbum of music from Moby's early career



** ''Hotel: Ambient'' (2014) - second disc of ''Hotel''; was released with initial copies of original album, but got a standalone reissue in 2014 with several new tracks
* ''Go - The Very Best of Moby'' (2006) - updated GreatestHitsAlbum; contains one disc of hit songs and a second disc of remixes



** ''Wait for Me: Ambient'' (2009) - complete [[RearrangeTheSong rearrangement]] of the whole album in a more ambient manner



** ''Destroyed Remixed'' (2012) - limited-edition 2-disc collection of remixes



* ''Hotel: Ambient'' (2014)

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* ''Hotel: Ambient'' (2014)''Long Ambients 1: Calm. Sleep.'' (2016)



* {{Ambient}}: He's shown quite a knack for this style of music, and he's strategically placed tons of ambient pieces all over his discography. He even had an album entitled ''Ambient,'' which was ambient techno circa-1993, though this was released by his label without Moby's endorsement.

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* {{Ambient}}: He's shown quite a knack for this style of music, and he's strategically placed tons of ambient pieces all over his discography. discography, sometimes in full albums such as ''Hotel: Ambient'' (the second disc of ''Hotel'') and ''Wait for Me: Ambient'' (a complete [[RearrangeTheSong rearrangement]] of the entire album to be more ambient), as well as the more recent ''Long Ambients 1''.
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He even had an album entitled ''Ambient,'' which was ambient techno circa-1993, though this was released by his label without Moby's endorsement.



* EpicRocking: Many of the songs on ''Animal Rights'' span past 5 minutes. "Face It" clocks in at almost exactly 10 minutes.

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* DownerEnding:
** ''Everything Is Wrong'' ends with the horribly desolate "When It's Cold I'd Like To Die", which encompasses the feeling of purely giving up after struggling with emotional problems.
** ''Play'' ends with the beautiful but saddening "My Weakness", which is centered around an unintelligible vocal sample but just ''bleeds'' emotion nonetheless, with angelic orchestrations sweeping over it all.
* EpicRocking: He loves this trope.
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Many of the songs on ''Animal Rights'' span past 5 minutes. "Face It" clocks in at almost exactly 10 minutes.minutes.
** ''Destroyed Remixed'' contains a 30-minute ambient song from Moby.
** ''[[MeaningfulName Long Ambients 1]]'' has eleven tracks that all range from ''20 to 30 minutes'' in length. The album as a whole is just over '''four hours long'''.



* GreatestHitsAlbum: ''Go: The Very Best Of Moby.'' It focuses mostly on his early 2000s wave of success. There's also ''Songs (1993-1998)'' which is designed for fans who climbed on board after ''Play'' became a success.

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* GenreRoulette: His discography is possibly one of the most eclectic out of a musician in the past few decades. He has ambient music, rock, electronica, techno, and trip hop all under his belt, and you better believe he experiments with these a lot on his albums.
* GreatestHitsAlbum: ''Go: The Very Best Of Moby.'' It focuses mostly on his early 2000s wave of success. There's also He has two: ''Songs (1993-1998)'' (1993-1998)'', which is designed for fans who climbed on board after ''Play'' became a success.success, and ''Go: The Very Best Of Moby'', which focuses mostly on his wave of success in the early 2000s.
8th Dec '16 2:51:17 PM ThornBrain
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* LoudnessWar: ''These Systems are Failing'' is a rare album that's compressed so heavily that it clocks in at DR3. DR6 tends to be the average for heavily compressed modern records.

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* LoudnessWar: ''These Systems are Failing'' is a rare album that's compressed so heavily that it clocks in at DR3. DR6 [=DR3=]. [=DR6=] tends to be the average for heavily compressed modern records.
8th Dec '16 2:50:28 PM ThornBrain
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* ''These Systems are Failing'' (2016) - Moby & the Void Pacific Choir



* [[BSide B-Sides]]: Countless. He's compiled some of his b-sides on a few occasions: ''Rare: The Collected B-Sides 19891993, Play: The B-Sides'' and ''18: The B-Sides + DVD''.[[note]]the DVD contains concert footage, music videos, a slew of previously unreleased material and more little doodads from Moby.[[/note]]

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* [[BSide B-Sides]]: BSide: Countless. He's compiled some of his b-sides on a few occasions: ''Rare: The Collected B-Sides 19891993, Play: The B-Sides'' and ''18: The B-Sides + DVD''.[[note]]the DVD contains concert footage, music videos, a slew of previously unreleased material and more little doodads from Moby.[[/note]]



* DarkerAndEdgier: ''Animal Rights'' (and we all know how that turned out).

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* DarkerAndEdgier: ''Animal Rights'' (and we all know how that turned out).Rights'', wherein he dropped his electronic music sound for a heavy and angry sound inspired by the HardcorePunk and Metal records he enjoyed from his youth.



* LoudnessWar: ''These Systems are Failing'' is a rare album that's compressed so heavily that it clocks in at DR3. DR6 tends to be the average for heavily compressed modern records.



* StageNames: Real name Richard Melville Hall. He gets his stage name from the fact that "supposedly Herman Melville was my great-great-great-granduncle." Herman Melville, of course, wrote ''Literature/MobyDick''.

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* StageNames: StageNames:
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Real name Richard Melville Hall. He gets his stage name from the fact that "supposedly Herman Melville was my great-great-great-granduncle." Herman Melville, of course, wrote ''Literature/MobyDick''.
18th Aug '16 7:06:46 PM stuffedninja
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* HopeSpringsEternal: The main purpose of "We Are All Made of Stars", which was written in New York after 9/11 deliberately for this effect.



* ViewersAreMorons: ''Animal Rights'' was made because Moby was fed up of people not understanding his electronic music.

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* ViewersAreMorons: ''Animal Rights'' was made because Moby was fed up of people not understanding his electronic music. Ironically, just as he decided to shift his direction, his electronic music started getting recognition.
18th Mar '16 6:06:37 AM stuffedninja
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![[{{Sampling}} GO!!!]]

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![[{{Sampling}} !![[{{Sampling}} GO!!!]]
* AsTheGoodBookSays: The title of "God Moving Over the Face of the Waters" was inspired by Genesis 1:2.
-->"Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters."


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* UpdatedRerelease: ''Hotel: Ambient'' (the second disc of ''Hotel'') received this in 2014, with Moby [[http://www.moby.com/journal/2014-11-11/were-re-releasing-hotel-ambient.html reportedly]] realizing that there was no way to get the second disc by itself when a fan stopped him and asked him about it.
18th Mar '16 6:00:01 AM stuffedninja
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Moby is an experimental/ambient ElectronicMusic artist. Known mostly for his touching orchestrations and his ability to take just about any sample imaginable and make an epic techno song out of it - not to mention his [[GenreRoulette strikingly diverse body of work]] - Moby is one of the most respected artists in his field.

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Moby '''Moby''' (b. 1965) is an experimental/ambient ElectronicMusic artist. Known mostly for his touching orchestrations and his ability to take just about any sample imaginable and make an epic techno song out of it - not (not to mention his [[GenreRoulette strikingly diverse body of work]] - work]]), Moby is one of the most respected artists in his field.



Then, in 1997 he attempted a genre shift that did not work in his favor. The album, titled ''Animal Rights'', is his attempt at tackling the PunkRock / AlternativeMetal (sources argue over the album's actual genre) movements. Critics laughed at his frail-sounding vocals and semi-pretentious lyrics, coupled by overly-long songs and repetitive riffs. The album sold so poorly that it sent Moby into a depressive stupor, drinking heavily every night in a desperate attempt to construct better songs.

This resulted in the release of his breakthrough album, ''Music/{{Play}}'' in 1999. Though ignored by critics at first (they were still laughing at him for ''Animal Rights''), eventually it received critical acclaim and became the best-selling techno album of all time. Then, just to give him more credit, in 2000 the album became the first album to have every single one of its tracks used in movie and television soundtracks. Between this and him suddenly rubbing shoulders with major celebrities, such as Music/GwenStefani, it was a level of visibility previously thought impossible by anyone in the techno world (hell, he was so popular, Music/{{Eminem}} infamously dissed him).

After this he released ''18,'' which played around with the ''Play'' formula to decent success, before attempting another rock-oriented record in 2005 with ''Hotel.'' This time it was less alternative rock and more of a slicker, radio-friendly rock sound, and while not a failure by any means, it received very mixed reviews. Moby, who was personally unsatisfied with how ''Hotel'' turned out, decided to step back from the mainstream spotlight. He began by returning to his techno roots with ''Last Night,'' and then creating a more mournful, downtempo sound with subsequent records, ''Wait For Me, Destroyed'' and ''Innocents.'' While more of a cult figure now rather than the major player he once was, he's received plenty of critical success in the years since.

''Play'' has been featured on many "greatest of all time" album lists, and ''Animal Rights'' has become little more than a footnote in his discography. His reputation has gained him much respect from fellow musicians in many different genres.

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Then, in 1997 1997, due to frustration from [[ViewersAreMorons the masses not understanding his electronic music]], he attempted a genre shift GenreShift that did not work in his favor. The album, titled ''Animal Rights'', is was his attempt at tackling the PunkRock / AlternativeMetal (sources argue over the album's actual genre) movements. Critics laughed at his frail-sounding vocals and semi-pretentious lyrics, coupled by overly-long overly long songs and repetitive riffs. The album sold so poorly that it sent Moby into a depressive stupor, drinking heavily every night in a desperate attempt to construct better songs.

songs. (In the album's defense, it has been [[VindicatedByHistory getting warmer reception]] over the years, and at the time of its release reportedly garnered praise from Terence Trent D'arby, [[Music/GunsNRoses Axl Rose]], and [[Music/{{U2}} Bono]].)

This resulted in the release of his breakthrough album, ''Music/{{Play}}'' ''Music/{{Play}}'', in 1999. Though ignored by critics at first (they were still laughing at him for ''Animal Rights''), eventually it received critical acclaim and became the best-selling techno album of all time. Then, just to give him more credit, in 2000 the album became the first album to have every single one of its tracks used in movie and television soundtracks. Between this and him suddenly rubbing shoulders with major celebrities, such as Music/GwenStefani, it was a level of visibility previously thought impossible by anyone in the techno world (hell, he was so popular, Music/{{Eminem}} infamously dissed him).

After this he released ''18,'' which played around with the ''Play'' formula to decent success, before attempting another rock-oriented record in 2005 with ''Hotel.'' This time it was less alternative rock and more of a slicker, radio-friendly rock sound, and while not a failure by any means, it received very mixed reviews. Moby, [[CreatorBacklash who was personally unsatisfied unsatisfied]] with how ''Hotel'' turned out, decided to step back from the mainstream spotlight. He began by returning to his techno roots with ''Last Night,'' and then creating a more mournful, downtempo sound with subsequent records, ''Wait For Me, Destroyed'' for Me'', ''Destroyed'', and ''Innocents.'' While more of a cult figure now rather than the major player he once was, he's received plenty of critical success in the years since. \n\n''Play'' has been featured on many "greatest of all time" album lists, and ''Animal Rights'' has become little more than a footnote in his discography. His reputation has gained him much respect from fellow musicians in many different genres.\n
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