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It's Better Up There

District 9 director Neil Blomkamp talks to WIRED about Elysium, District 10, Halo, his desire to buy a skyscraper and almost casting Eminem or Ninja from Die Antwood in Elysium's Matt Damon role.
posted by Artw on Jul 18, 2013 - 50 comments

I'MMMMMMMMMM SPASTICUS!

In 1981, in response to the UN International Year of Disabled Persons, Ian Dury released the single Spasticus Autisticus. Despite Dury himself being disabled, the song provoked a negative response from the National Spastics Society (now Scope). The BBC denied the song airplay, effectively killing it as a single. Last night, as part of the Paralympic opening ceremony, John Kelly, Orbital and the Graeae Theatre Company performed a version of the song to an audience of millions, bringing the revolutionary classic back to the prominence it surely deserves. [more inside]
posted by howfar on Aug 30, 2012 - 40 comments

Orbital, 23 years after Chime

They were a couple of blokes from a small city in in England who started out messing around with instruments. Paul played the guitar and drums, and Phil the saxophone, but both were interested in electronic music by the likes of Kraftwerk. Phil also liked hip-hop, and Paul got into acid house in the late 1980s. One afternoon, Paul slapped together a happy little song based on a sample from a now-forgotten instrumental cover version of some pop hit, and called the little ditty Chime. Even before it was pressed on vinyl, DJs were asking for it, and Orbital was born. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Aug 12, 2012 - 64 comments

Dissecting OV's 103, 104 and 105.

Orbiter Autopsies "What NASA will learn from dissecting Space Shuttles Atlantis, Discovery, and Endeavour" before they transition into retirement. (From the May 2012 issue of Smithsonian Air & Space Magazine.)
posted by zarq on Mar 23, 2012 - 13 comments

"I keep the tank in Wales, I don't bring it down my road..."

Between 1987 and 2000, MTV Europe broadcast Party Zone, charting the frontier of European electronic music. For a primer, check the frenetic "megamixes" of featured artists on Party Zone's exclusive R&S Records (alive and well). On a more coherent note, Party Zone occasionally featured live performances by Orbital, Mouse on Mars (1,2) and others. Video (and occasional) Interview jockey Simone Angel even sat down for a chat with Richard D. James [1h10m, interpsersed with heretofore unseen videos and live performances]. [more inside]
posted by obscurator on Jan 17, 2012 - 1 comment

The triumph of intellect and romance over brute force and cynicism

The "lost" footage of the Craig Ferguson "Doctor Who" intro SLYT
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Dec 1, 2010 - 64 comments

Happy 40th Glastonbury

The 2010 Glastonbury Festival begins on the 23rd June at Worthy Farm in the village of Pilton, Somerset. [more inside]
posted by jontyjago on Jun 21, 2010 - 24 comments

The Grand Orbital Table

BEHOLD: The Grand Orbital Table (single link pretty picture)
posted by water bear on Feb 22, 2010 - 31 comments

Orbital - The Box - REMEMBER EARTH CLEARLY

The Box [low-fi mid-nineties MPEG-1; music here]
posted by ab'd al'Hazred on Nov 24, 2005 - 41 comments

Badger

It's the final Orbital gig, about half-an-hour into this John Peel show. RealAudio. Maybe you want Real Alternative?
posted by Pretty_Generic on Aug 1, 2004 - 26 comments

Do you want this MTV?

These guys have something for sale here If we all went in on it together, what could we do with it? (Aside from arguing over it, of course.)
posted by trondant on Nov 14, 2003 - 8 comments

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