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Orbital is a {{techno}} / electronica duo from England, consisting of [[BandOfRelatives brothers]] Phil and Paul Hartnoll. Within techno, their style ranged from acid to ambient to hardcore, with influences from jungle and soundtrack music.

Their first single, 1989's "Chime", became a huge rave hit. Not long afterwards, Orbital started gaining fans outside the dance scene (they were one of the first techno bands to do so) due to the strength of their live shows and their emphasis on their albums as cohesive units rather than merely collections of songs. Their output through the '90s is commonly cited as among the best of the UK's techno scene; the quality of their output since the turn of the millennium is disputed.

In 2004, the brothers Hartnoll went their separate ways. Phil teamed up with Nick Smith to make the techno band Long Range, while Paul composed music fusing electronic and orchestral styles. In 2009, Orbital reunited for a string of live shows, and in 2011 they announced work on a new studio album.

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* ''[[SelfTitledAlbum Orbital]]'' aka the ''Green Album'' (1991)
* ''[[SelfTitledAlbum Orbital 2]]'' aka the ''Brown Album'' (1992)
* ''Snivilisation'' (1994)
* ''In Sides'' (1996)
* ''Film/EventHorizon (OST)'' (1997)
* ''The Middle of Nowhere'' (1999)
* ''The Altogether'' (2001)
* ''{{Film/Octane}} (OST)'' (2003)
* ''Blue Album'' (2004)
* ''Wonky'' (2012)
* ''{{Film/Pusher}} (OST)'' (2012)

For more exhaustive information, see the discography section of [[http://www.loopz.co.uk/begin.html their website]].

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* ''The Ideal Condition'' (2007)

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* ''Madness and Me'' (2007)
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Not to be confused with the ambient electronic duo Music/TheOrb.

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!!Provides examples of:

* AlbumIntroTrack: "Time becomes..." on ''Orbital 2''.
* BaldOfAwesome: Phil Hartnoll
* BandOfRelatives
* BrokenRecord: "Never". The voice repeats the single word over and over and over...
* EpicRocking: Of course. Among the most drawn-out are "Out There Somewhere" and "Meltdown" (the DVD version), each 24 minutes long, and the 28-minute-long version of "The Box" from the American release of ''In Sides''.
* EverythingsLouderWithBagpipes (and GlamRock samples): "Bigpipe Style"
* EvolvingMusic: Happens a lot in live performance. The most spectacular example is "Halcyon"--nowadays Orbital fans know it as a hands-in-the-air anthem with a heavy use of Belinda Carlisle and Bon Jovi samples, neither of which even appear on the original studio versions.
** "Satan" started off as techno with a bit of industrial flavor. Then it got remixed (with electric guitar by Kirk Hammet) for the ''Spawn'' soundtrack. Then it got remixed as synth-heavy Big Beat and renamed "Beelzebeat". Finally, it got the dubstep treatment and was renamed "Beelzedub".
** "Remind" began life as their remix of a MeatBeatManifesto track, "Mindstream".
** In 1992, Paul Hartnoll made a one-off single with Mike Hazell under the name Golden Girls. The single was called "Kinetic". A while later, it was reissued with an Orbital remix, which in turn was eventually reworked into Orbital's own 2002 single, "Frenetic".
* FadingIntoTheNextSong: "Lush" / "Remind" / "Impact" from ''Orbital II''. The entirety of ''Peel Sessions''. "Way Out" / "Spare Parts Express" / "Know Where to Run" from ''The Middle of Nowhere''.
* ForeignLanguageTitle: "Dŵr Budr" (Welsh), "Kein Trink Wasser" ([[GratuitousGerman German]]), "Otoño" ([[GratuitousSpanish Spanish]]), "An Fhómhair" (Irish Gaelic). As "An Fhómhair" is a remix of "Otoño" and both mean "Autumn", this may also count as BilingualBonus (and perhaps a non-personal example of ThisIsMyNameOnForeign).
* GratuitousPanning:
** "Fahrenheit 3D3" and the ''Snivilisation'' album were mixed in 3D. There was also a surround-sound mix of ''The Altogether''.
** "Time Becomes..." and "Input Out" use this for odd effect. The audio loops slightly faster in one channel than the other, so the two channels gradually fall out of sync. Both tracks end when the two channels finally re-sync.
* GreatestHitsAlbum: They have several, none of which include their actual biggest chart hit, "The Saint". The closest to definitive is ''Orbital 20'' but even that has some odd track choices.
* GreenAesop: ''In Sides''. The liner notes include an essay decrying "dirty electricity" and encouraging the use of solar power (noting that the first track was recorded entirely using solar power). "Dŵr Budr" (Welsh for "Dirty Water") references water pollution. And "P.E.T.R.O.L." was written in response to a recent oil spill.
* HeartbeatSoundtrack: "The Girl with the Sun in Her Head".
* IconicItem: The headlights that Paul and Phil wear for live gigs.
* InTheStyleOf: "New Style", which was "Style" remixed to sound like a {{Stereolab}} tune. (Orbital originally wanted Stereolab themselves to remix "Style", but couldn't contact the band in time.)
* LastChorusSlowDown: The album version of "Belfast" does this despite not really having a verse-chorus structure in the first place.
* LuckBasedMission: When ''In Sides'' was imported to America, two different versions were made: the only difference was the song selection on the bonus disc. There's no indication of which version you were getting on the outside cover--the only way to know was by checking the disc label.
* NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly: They occasionally forayed into some very odd places. "Walk Now..." has a didgeridoo for bass and a sample of an Australian pedestrian crossing. "The Box" is built around a zither sample and also features the heavily echo-treated creak of one of their studio chairs. "Bigpipes Style" features [[EverythingsLouderWithBagpipes bagpipes]]. And, while piano samples are hardly unusual in techno, "Kein Trink Wasser" uses almost nothing but piano for nearly three minutes, which ''is'' rather odd. Also, the bizarre 1:23 techno-does-thrash-metal track "Quality Seconds".
* NewSoundAlbum:
** ''Snivilisation'' kept the extended compositions and half-ambient-half-rave atmosphere of the early albums, but expanded Orbital's sonic palette with eclectic samples and breakbeats.
** ''The Altogether'' was a slightly darker take on Orbital's sound, and featured more rock samples than before. However, it wasn't received very well, and Orbital didn't pursue this style any further.
* NothingIsScarier: ''The Box'' EP is some of the creepiest music Orbital ever made. This adds an air of menace to the cover artwork, even though it's just a picture of a completely ordinary house.
* NoTitle: Their first two albums, commonly known as ''Orbital'' and ''Orbital [=II=]'' or ''The Green Abum'' and ''The Brown Album''. The first was supposed to be simply titled ''[=LP=]'', ''[=MC=]'' or ''[=CD=]'' depending on the format but nobody got it.
* OminousLatinChanting: Inverted in "Belfast". It's real Latin (from a 12th century plainsong) and it's disarmingly beautiful.
* OneWomanWail / {{Scatting}}: Kirsty Hawkshaw in "Halcyon + On + On". [[Music/{{Goldfrapp}} Alison Goldfrapp]] in "Dŵr Budr", "The Box"(vocal reprise), "Out There Somewhere", and portions of "Nothing Left". Barbara Cohen in "Way Out". [[DeadCanDance Lisa Gerrard]] in "One Perfect Sunrise".
* PopStarComposer: They've done various soundtrack commissions including a full-length incidental score for ''Octane'' and remixing Michael Kamen's score for ''Film/EventHorizon''. Other soundtrack commissions include "Crash And Carry" and "Quality Seconds" for ''Shopping'', "The Saint" for ''The Saint'', a special remake of "Satan" for ''Spawn'' and "Beached" for ''The Beach''.
* PortalNetwork: In the video for "Funny Breaks (One Is Enough)", the woman is able to travel between the interiors of suitcases.
* PrecisionFStrike: "I Don't Know You People" has a sample of someone shouting "God damn you!" Which goes to show [[GoshDangitToHeck just how inoffensive most of their discography is]].
* RevisitingTheRoots: ''Blue Album'' was a deliberate throwback to the acid techno sound of ''The Green Album'' and ''The Brown Album''.
* {{Sampling}}
* SongStyleShift:
** The live remix of "Halcyon". It starts off light and ethereal, a lot like the version from ''The Brown Album'', then the "Heaven Is a Place on Earth" and "Shot Through the Heart" samples [[MoodWhiplash come out of freaking nowhere]].
** "Beelzebeat" starts off heavy, but turns lighter and trance-ier for its second half. The remix "Beelzedub" starts off as dubstep, then turns into a drum-n-bass track in the second half.
* TakeThat:
** The reason several of their radio edits were labelled "Industry Standard Edit".
** When the Criminal Justice Act--which gave British police greater legal powers to break up raves--was passed, Orbital responded by releasing the remix "Are We Here? (Criminal Justice Bill?)", consisting of four minutes of silence.
* TemptingFate: In 1993, they produced a track called "Lush (Eurotunnel Disaster '94)". Fortunately 1994 subsequently came and went without a disaster on Eurotunnel.
* UncommonTime: "Mock Tudor" is in 7/4 time.
* UnderCrank: Used for creepy effect in "The Box" music video. Tilda Swinton moved very slowly during filming; due to the undercranking, the finished film has her moving at normal speed but still looking [[UncannyValley not completely natural]], while everyone around her is a superfast blur.
* WithLyrics: The vocal mix of "The Box", from the EP. Also (with the same collaborator, Grant Fulton), "Belfast/Wasted".

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