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Hello Waveforms [CD]

William Orbit Audio CD
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William Orbit is probably best known to American audiences for his Grammy winning production work on Madonna’s multi-platinum record Ray of Light in 1998. Orbit and Madonna received six Grammy nominations for the record and took home statues for Best Pop Album and Best Dance Record, but Orbit has been pioneering his unique combination of ambient electronica and acoustic music since the ... Read more in Amazon's William Orbit Store

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  • Audio CD (26 Feb 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Sanctuary
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 95,708 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Sea Green - William Orbit, Damian Legassick, Rico Conning
2. Humming Chorus - William Orbit
3. Surfin' - William Orbit, Rico Conning, Laurie Mayer
4. You Know Too Much About Flying Saucers - Iain Roberton, William Orbit, Rico Conning
5. Spiral - William Orbit
6. Who Owns The Octopus? - Finley Quaye, Carl Robinson, Charlie May, Damian Legassick, Rico Conning, Laurie Mayer
7. Bubble Universe - Mike Caren, Rico Conning, Laurie Mayer
8. Fragamosia - Caroline Lavelle, Jocelyn Pook, Sonia Slaney, William Orbit
9. Firebrand - Pete Whyman, Richard Exall, Mike Kearsey, Mike Lovatt, Sid Gould, Dave Heath, Rowland Sutherland, Fergus Gerrand, Rico Conning, William Orbit, Richard Henry
10. They Live In The Sky - Carl Robinson, Paulette Morris, Annette Morris
11. Colours From Nowhere - William Orbit

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William Orbit - Hello Waveforms

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Orbit is back in style! Finally... 27 Feb 2006
Format:Audio CD
Upon seeing William Orbit had a new album out i became very exited.
Being a fan of his original strange cargo series i hoped this album would go back to these routes.
I am glad to say that it has slightly gone back and there are some great Orbit sounding tracks here. However there are some racks with vocals which dont sound bad, however dont have the same style and feel as his non-vocal work. I think he should stick to just using vocals like in Strange cargo, i.e to tell short stories or for album depth.
Overall the album is much lighter than his previous work which had some dark themes within them. I hope if he makes another album he will make it darker with a bit more thought on vocals and how to use them.
If you are an Orbit fan however, buy this now! You will not be dissapointed.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff, even WITH the vocals 22 Feb 2006
Format:Audio CD
I'm not too sure why some people have a problem with Orbit using vocals in some of these songs on the album. Spiral is a fantastic example of Orbit's sheer talent in song writing; a hyponotic and beautiful song with really cleverly selected vocals (mainly Mutya; Her voice suits the atmosphere and style so well.) Most of the tracks are lovely, well produced tracks which you cannot just dismiss as good background music. Highlights include "Sea Green" and "Surfin'" both acousticy electronica chill out songs. I only hope that next time Orbit releases another album (which I gather is again sometime this year, i think in the early summer) he includes more vocals so he can show off his massive talent in song writing which he so gloriously presented with Madonna on her "Ray of Light" album and in Spiral. Great!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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This eagerly awaited release is a mixed bag, to be fair. Some tracks could've easily come out of Strange Cargo (mainly the vocal ones tracks 5-7 & 10) whilst some are extremely ambient and are more in line with Electric Chamber/Pieces in A Modern Style (not the remixed versions!). No crunchy beats dominate, in fact the first 4 tracks drift by pleasantly but unexcitedly. The focus on programming, occasionally interspersed with slightly tired Orbit sounds (the ones he always uses) is sometimes a little bland - but amiable enough.

Reviewers are split re track 5, Spiral, with Sugarbabes (and Keenan) vocals. In fairness it's not a bad track atall, but oddly positioned on the album. As Laurie Mayer's vocal contributions are quite apparent on the following two dubby/vocal tracks it would've sat far easier either between, or after these, rather than rearing it's head so suddenly. Strange track order indeed, Mr Orbit!

All in all he is capable of better (hopefully) based on his previous releases and often excellent remixes of other artists. This seems quite a lazy release, almost like a compilation of out-takes and uneasy crossovers. The artwork is nice, and the production generally pristine and thoughtful. If you're an Orbit fan (even through his "Orbit" project) then there will be at least half a good album here - it's just you may want to reach for the Program button on your CD remote!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A "nice" CD. 7 July 2006
By Drumhum
Format:Audio CD
Many of the tracks here are from ideas and productions that never made it to CD before. Perhaps backing "ideas" for Madonna, All Saints etc developed into finished tracks. Perhaps older noodles of his own that were never taken further until now.

Orbit is a talented man - and highly creative, but what we have here is some of his craft without the passion found elsewhere. The Strange Cargo series was inspiring while this just sounds, well, "nice". If it were someone unknown I'd congratulate on the slick production and watch their development with great interest. But Orbit can do much better than this.

I can't help feeling it was released to keep his name in the public's mind - or perhaps a suggestion from the record company, to trade on his reputation and fame. I can't see he would need the money. I'm sure he knows this is far from his best work (and to be fair it ain't his worst).

From past work he has set very high standards for himself. I expect a new solo album from WO to be a cut above the rest, to show others how its done, to have elements of daring, experimentation, even self indulgence. I hear little of that here.

Come on Orbit, you've proved your worth, now exercise your art, challenge and battle with yourself like you would have done before the fame and fortune.

Hopefully this is just to fill time while he rests, re-charges and works out his next evolutionary step.

In summary, a lazy effort, could do better. See me after class!

(I still love you though Mr Orbit)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Music Ditch the Vocals 21 Feb 2006
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This CD sounds best when Orbit sounds like his classic self - those filter-y delay-driven-like electronics and the tastefully spare and ambient guitar textures present in all the classic Strange Cargo releases - quite brilliant and distinctive. Very atmospheric and with a great rhythmic feel throughout - the production and recording is first rate as one may expect. Favourite track is the far-ranging 'Fragmosia' (number 8).
My only gripe is this - when Orbit uses vocals in an 'abstract' vocalise way they are very effective and add much to the overall ambience. However, when he includes banal up front pop vocals it never hits the mark and is in fact quite irritating (it is a throwback to some of the 'artists' Orbit has been spending his time producing over the last few years).
Program out those offending tracks (5, 7 and 10) and you have a very satisfying piece of work.
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