The Orb - Bicycles & Tricycles (Vinyl, LP, Album)

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Archived from the original on 8 July Retrieved 30 April Retrieved 23 October Find out more about our use of this dataand also our policy on profanity. Find out more about our use of this data. Dr Alex Patterson and co. Lewis Dene Even the occasional record buyer will know that The Orb virtually invented the electronica sub-genre known as ambient house. Their resurrecting of the slower, more soulful The Orb - Bicycles & Tricycles (Vinyl provided the perfect soundtrack to the early days of rave culture and the bridge between '70s ambient pioneers Brian Eno and Tangerine Dream and those hallucinogenic muddy fields.

Similarly, as with previous recordings, their latest opus is an effective mix of sprawling environmental textures, clanging, gritty percussion and humorous samples. Doug Dunlop of Concordant preferred to use the 6CG7 as a b9a type with similar electrical LP but finer subjective performance. Once again, my ears will be the principal arbiters of sound quality, along with a few ears borrowed from trusted heads.

I ran signals through both sets for weeks before comparing them. The Chinese no-names were grey and lifeless compared with the Sovteks. The rest of this review is undertaken with the Electro Harmonix valves in place. Testing whether the sound of the valves is better clad in aluminium sleeves as recommended by the manufacturer or naked as has been my experience with other phono pre-amps proved the manufacturers right.

The proverbial veil descended when the aluminium screening sleeves were lifted and the veil lifted when the sleeves were replaced. I have some FullMusic ECC83 in for review from another supplier so I also tried these in the 12AX7 position, but there was some intermittent parasitic oscillation. I assume this to Album) a problem with their internal capacitance and inductance in the internal wiring and The Orb - Bicycles & Tricycles (Vinyl valve socket wiring as these particular FullMusic samples have non-standard thin gold pins and I suspect poor contact contributed to the problem; the EH and the chinese valves did not have this problem.

However, a glance at the circuit diagram for the SMB shows a complete absence of grid-stopper resistors, the addition of which should solve the problem. I tried many of the vibration isolation devices in my armory and the SMB was quite sensitive to changes. The difference is heard sometimes as a loss of precision to timing and clarity degrees of fuzziness or to a sense of the background noisefloor.

After several days of listening via both phono and cd input I decided to put the line stage to the test. Determined to identify the character of the line stage and then consider the phono-line combination as a whole I changed cd player from the Avondale AAA5 to the modified Shanling to make use of the variable output showed how much synergy there had been between the bass and rhythm led performance of the Avondale with the SMB compared to the Shanling which sounded lightweight in comparison.

I compared the MSB with the direct output of the modified Shanling. The total difference was 13 points on my marksheet, but the total difference noted by my 16 year old son is 9 points in favour of DI. Changing from DI back to SMB reduces the difference to 9 points on my scorecard and 4 point on my son's card. This demonstrates the basic stupidity of A-B testing and its tendency to exaggerate differences.

Despite this obvious flaw the test was repeated with less processed other musical genres and the general trends noted. Despite this, lower octaves on the line input are transparent and explicit enough to portray effectively the difference between the modified Shanling CDTc and the visceral thwack of the Avondale AAA5 cdp, especially on material like the Casper remix of TC's 'Where's my money?

Soundstage shrinks in all 3 dimensions; the AAAVT Yaqin MSB linestage doesn't do the illusion of soundstage height and reduces depth to the extent that the soundstage is a shallowarrow flat elipse suspended between the speakers while the DI condition can, with the right recordings, manage a mango shape, twice deeper than height and extending out beyond the speakers.

The Phono Stage Ageing readers of this ageing writer will recall my personal favourite phono-pre-amplifier is the Concordant Excelsiorwhich is far from being the The Orb - Bicycles & Tricycles (Vinyl, or state-of-the-art but I love the way it breaks all the rules by being a valve pre-amp that boogies with the best, PRaT being not far short of the classic Naim point. High Life on that audiophile classic Jazz at the Pawnshop has always been one of my benchmark rhythm tracks. It demonstrated to me that the Concordant Excelsior was superior to the twice-as-expensive Concordant Exquisite by an order of PRaT magnitude.

The 'active' RIAA feedback type filter rather than 2 pole passive EQ should, according to web pundits, kill the timing compared to no-feedback designs on both the Concordant and the Yaqin. Timing is good enough on the Excelsior, and similar on the SMBwhile well behind the best high-end modern benchmarks at ten times the price of the SMB it is good enough to enjoy cymbal stick noise approximately at the correct end of the overtone envelope.

Rhythm is not quite as upbeat as the Excelsior, but well portrayed albeit at a slightly reduced pace. Timing is virtually identical. The texture of the signal gets roughened by the old Concordant, probably as the power supply electrolytic capacitors are well beyond their service life.

The valve regulated outboard power supply of the Concordant always its USP endows it with a high-end sheen, audible over the grain even after all these years. Neither were available to drop into the reference system during this review so I will not name them. From memory of their performance in similar systems I can confidently say that the SMB is well ahead of these for PRaT, the foundation stones for music reproduction. The next layer of musical masonry, accuracy and low distortion are also better than the expected par for the price.

But frankly, at this price point I cannot think of anything that comes close either. I suspect the greater sense of transparency of that combo is down largely to the very accurate RIAA and the fully discrete phono stage, plus the serious vibration damping I applied to the flimsy case. Which brings me onto the next group in my judging system.

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To promote both Badorb. The Orb found critical success on Kompakt; [54] but Badorb. Though Badorb. To promote the album, the band began a UK tour with dub artist Mad Professor.

Though the Orb still pulled in large crowds, The Guardian noted that they lacked the intensity found in their earlier performances. This new track was titled "Battersea Bunches" and was a remixed version of the soundtrack to a short movie of the same title by Mike Coles and Alex Patterson - a film installation to be seen at London's Battersea Power Station on 1 June as part of an evening of art and music.

Mr Modo label. It was released by Columbia Records. Inthe Orb worked with dub musician Lee "Scratch" Perry to produce a reggae-infused album titled The Orbserver in the Star Housewhich was recorded in Berlin over a period of several months and features the single "Golden Clouds". The Orb's members have drawn from an assortment of influences in their music. Orb' s "Towers of Dub".

The earliest ambient influences of the Orb came in during Paterson's roadie days with Killing Joke. While with the band in NeussPaterson listened to Brian Eno's Music for Films while on LSD and watched "the Ruhr steel works explode in the distance", noting that "[t]he scene seemed to be taking place in the music as well".

The Orb have often been described as "The Pink Floyd of the Nineties", [83] but Paterson has stated that their music is more influenced by experimental electronic music than progressive rock of the s.

Imagery has always been an important part of the Orb's persona. Common images include morphing faces, futuristic cityscapes, and aliens. Because of their use of psychedelic images at shows, the Orb's shows are frequently compared to those of Pink Floyd, who also used in-show imagery and films.

The Orb's album art features much of the same imagery as their live act. Graphic design group The Designers Republic created the cover art for the earlier work, including Adventures Beyond the UltraworldU. Orband the singles from those two albums.

Some of the more prominent motifs in the Orb's work are outer space and science fiction, including alien visitations, space flightand mind control. These have included the use of samples from serious sources such as NASA transmissions to comedic clips from films The Orb - Bicycles & Tricycles (Vinyl Woody Allen 's Sleeper. Orb especially expressed a fascination with alien life with its bizarre sound samples and in the album's title itself. In the Orb's early DJ events in the s, Paterson and Cauty performed with three record decks, a cassette player, and a CD player all of which were mixed through an Akai track mixer.

During promotional tours for Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld and U. Orbthey performed using a digital audio tape machine and experimented with other media sources such as dubplates. The tape machines held individual chords, rhythms, and basslines for each composition, allowing the Orb to reprocess them and mimic the act of DJing. Their shows in the early s would often be three hours of semi-improvised, continuous music featuring a wealth of triggered samples, voices, and pre-recorded tracks which were barely identifiable as the original piece.

The Orb began performing regularly at the Brixton Academy in the early s, where they used the high ceilings and large space for their "well-suited amorphous sound", frequently performing their newest and more experimental pieces there. This live setup created a "cacophony" of "gigantic, swarming sounds". The Orb used ADAT recorders for performances from to and utilised large track decks, which Paterson described as being a "studio onstage". For more recent albums such as Cydoniathey used inexpensive equipment such as Korg 's Electribe products, which Paterson described as employing more of a "bedroom techno" approach.

One of the Orb's most notable contributions to electronic music is their idea of blurring the distinction between sampling and remixing. Conversely, the Orb's remixes typically use only small sections of the original track, most notably in the case of their single "Toxygene".

Other artists have become agitated due to the Orb sampling their work, though Paterson jokingly suggests that "[t]hey don't know the half of it. The Orb have used a wide variety of audio clips from sources ranging from McCarthy era speeches to prank phone calls by Victor Lewis-Smith to David Thewlis ' apocalypse-driven rant from the film Naked.

The Orb's combination of ambient music and sampling from lower fidelity audio sources often creates a "fuzzy texture" in the sound quality, depersonalising the Orb's music. The Orb has been a prolific remixing team, having completed over 80 commissioned remixes since The Orb's remixes from the early and mids feature a large number of comical samples, Progressive-Sounds describe them as "ahead of their time" and NME notes them as "not entirely incompatible with contemporary chilling".

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Their resurrecting of the slower, more soulful rhythms provided the perfect soundtrack to the early days of rave culture and the bridge between '70s ambient pioneers Brian Eno and Tangerine Dream and those hallucinogenic muddy fields. Similarly, as with previous recordings, their latest opus is an effective mix of sprawling environmental textures, clanging, gritty percussion and humorous samples.

While the warm synthesised tones on "Abstractions" provide a convincing bed for the midtempo house beats; "Tower Twenty Three" rocks to their better-known dub-influenced ambience of former glories. Closet to the upbeat pop of "Perpetual Dawn" and the "Little Fluffy Clouds"-era comes in the form of the enveloping "Gee Strings" latching onto today's more club-friendly tempos.

The Orb continued to perform the album live during their subsequent U. That same year, they issued a Album) of short releases, including the Alpine EP and the Sin in Space series, which included a Moonbuilding remix collection, an Alpine "diskomiks," and four remixes of tracks from the COW album.

Heading back into the studio inthe duo decided that they wanted to move away from the relatively streamlined nature of the previous two albums. The ethos of utilizing guest artists continued into their next full-length project, 's Abolition Album) the Royal Familiawith the return of Steve Hillage and the addition of his partner, Miquette Giraudy.

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High Life on that audiophile classic Jazz at the Pawnshop has always been one of my benchmark rhythm tracks. It demonstrated to me that the Concordant Excelsior was superior to the twice-as-expensive Concordant Exquisite by an order of PRaT magnitude. The 'active' RIAA feedback type filter rather than 2 pole passive EQ should, according to web pundits, kill the timing compared to no-feedback designs on both the Concordant and the Yaqin.

Timing is good enough on the Excelsior, and similar on the SMBwhile well behind the best high-end modern benchmarks at ten times the LP of the SMB it is good The Orb - Bicycles & Tricycles (Vinyl to enjoy cymbal stick noise approximately at the correct end of the overtone envelope.

Rhythm is not quite as upbeat as the Excelsior, but well portrayed albeit at a slightly reduced pace. Timing is virtually identical.

The texture of the signal gets roughened by the old Concordant, probably as the power supply electrolytic capacitors are well beyond their service life. The valve regulated outboard power supply of the Concordant always its USP endows it with a high-end sheen, audible over the grain even after all these years. Neither were available to drop into the reference system during this review so I will not name them.

From memory of their performance in similar systems I can confidently say that the SMB is well ahead of these for PRaT, the foundation stones for music reproduction. The next layer of musical masonry, accuracy and low distortion are also better than the expected par for the price.

But frankly, at this price point I cannot think of anything that comes close either. I suspect the greater sense of transparency of that combo is down largely to the very accurate RIAA and the fully discrete phono stage, plus the serious vibration damping I applied to the flimsy case. Which brings me onto the next group in my judging system. Considering the envelope of individual notes in various bparts of the audio spectrum and their perceived pitch, the low end had the power and tunefulness implied by its decent power supply.

The PS is probably equally responsible for the comparatively funky bass presentation, 'comparatively' in terms of many other valve units or solid state units at this kind of price.

Onwards and upwards. Human voices, while not in the uncanny class of true high-end valve components, are presented with body and realism and instruments in the most sensitive hearing octave and its overtones basically the treble clef plus a couple of ledger lines. The timbre of acoustic instruments seems accurate and complex passages, while not Naim dissectable, remain coherent and a pleasure to listen to. Soundstage, that elusive quality of scale and space laid out before the listener remains elusive with the SMB.

This is the SMB Achille's heel if it is of any importance to you, dear reader.

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9 thoughts on “The Orb - Bicycles & Tricycles (Vinyl, LP, Album)

  1. May 03,  · Bicycles & Tricycles is the sixth studio album by English electronic music group the Orb, released on 3 May by Cooking Vinyl. It brought together the group's style of the early s with current electronic music, with its most .

  2. View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the Vinyl release of "Bicycles & Tricycles" on Discogs.

  3. The 'Ultraworld' debut was magnificent, 'UFOrb' was okay and everything following that album I did not care for until the wonderful 'Bicycles & Tricycles'. Just in case anyone cares, I didn't like the albums that followed this until the awesome collaboration with David Gilmour that was 'Metallic Spheres'/5(46).

  4. Feb 22,  · referencing Bicycles & Tricycles, 2xLP, Album, Ltd, S Not a full blown Orb classic for me I'm afraid. there are too many tracks that are generally heavy on the beats and derivative in style, and I'm not too keen on some of the vocal contributions/5.

  5. As I have the benefit of hindsight I can now comfortably state that I believe this is the best Orb album of their career. The 'Ultraworld' debut was magnificent, 'UFOrb' was okay and everything following that album I did not care for until the wonderful 'Bicycles & Tricycles'/5(47).

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  7. May 03,  · View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the CD release of "Bicycles & Tricycles" on Discogs.

  8. The Orb (Official Site) OSS Whippersnapper Out Now! Enter The Kettle Out Nov 19th. Enter The Kettle is the second album on Alex Paterson from The Orb’s new label Orbscure. It’s primarily a duo LP with him and old friend Fil Le Gonidec, who together are OSS. OSS have played at Glastonbury, Fuji Rock, supported Kraftwerk and played chess with.

  9. The Orb. Long-running UK electronic group, originally formed by Jimmy Cauty (of The KLF) and Alex Paterson in , that grew out of a love of ambient music and dub, soundscapes and science fiction. Due to the early work in this style, The Orb became pioneers of the early's-born "ambient house" genre. The group's lineup has shifted over the.

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