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5.0 out of 5 stars This album continues to grow inside my brain, 26 Feb 2003
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A year ago I was a strictly jazz and classics guy. When my wife started out on the clubbing scene and started bringing home this thumping techno music my immediate reaction was that it wasn't music at all. Nonetheless I could see how these very interesting sounds, in the hands of the right sensibilities could be used to make something entirely new, but where was it? I mentioned this to a friend and she said that she had once drifted off to sleep to this amazing band called the Orb. I duly picked up Cydonia, their latest release, from my local music shop. When I first put the disc on my first reaction was disappointment. Just more pop music I thought. That was 6 months ago. Since then, at various times each track has opened up, one by one, to become the new favourite, and now I realise that it is without doubt, one of my favourite albums of the last few years. I've played it dozens of times and I'm still finding whole new worlds being revealed in layer after dazzling layer. The intricacy of textures and depths of structure are for me entirely parallel with the best in classical music, and yet are entirely unrelated to it in method and compositional approach. I hear this as an exemplar of a whole new form of music that is an entire departure from the western musical tradition of the last few hundred years, and which seems to have matured somewhere in the nineties, amidst a lot of noise and craziness. The mission for me now is to find out who else is doing this stuff and to track it all down. As I think another reviewer has pointed out, the most extraordinary track of all, which passed me by pretty well for the first few dozen hearings, is the final track, Terminus, which in five minutes manages to express the depths of profundity, the heights of absurdity and everything between. Utterly splendiferous.

Addendum: To the kind commentator who suggested I check out Ultraworld: Yep, I followed up with all the classics - Ultraworld, Orblivion (my other favourite), Terrarum, UFOrb. But this album still has a special subtle magic that for me makes it not quite like anything else. It's not as spacey as the classic series, nor as densely textured, and can even seem to be superficially poppy? But the incredible attention to tiny, tiny details, perhaps more apparent for being more sparsely textured, and the consummate craftsmanship of the sound design never fails to blow me away. I have played this album well over a hundred times yet still hear new details in the sidebands every time.
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Initial post: 18 Sep 2012 14:08:10 BDT
spaced-out says:
I think you need to look up adventures beyond the ultraworld if you like this. The orb in the early days, I bought it back then and it is still the best album I own today !

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Sep 2012 14:16:33 BDT
Last edited by the author on 18 Sep 2012 14:16:52 BDT
Yep, I followed up with all the classics - Ultraworld, Orblivion (my other favourite), Terrarum, UFOrb, but this album still has a special subtle magic that for me makes it not quite like anything else. It's not as spacey as the classic series, not as densely textured, and can even be seen as superficially poppy? But the incredible attention to tiney, tiny details, perhaps more apparent for being more sparsely textured never fails to blow me away. I have played this album well over a hundred times yet still never fail to hear new details in the sidebands.
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