The Orb

IDENTITY / CREATIVE DIRECTION / ALBUM COVERS / MERCHANDISE / DESIGN FOR LIVE EVENTS

The artwork for The Orb’s latest album, “No Sounds Are Out Of Bounds”, was an opportunity to look at the Orb ID as a whole. Thirty years on from their debut "The Orb's Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld", it was a reunion of sorts with Youth back at the production helm, Jah Wobble on bass and a menagerie of guest musicians ranging from Roger Eno to Hollie Cook. It could be described as a musical triumph of sorts; possibly closing the loop on a journey of a band synonymous with acid house, inventors of chillout woven within the tapestry of electronic music. The sound of the album although consistent with their beginning is an analog smorgasbord for new listeners, some of which, if late to the party, have a great back catalog to catch up on.

Bearing this in mind, I worked closely with Alex Paterson, throughout the process, receiving demo tracks and riffing on space imagery. It was the perfect diving board to launch into my own interpretation. Fusing space, technology, and mysticism I set out to create imagery that used a visual kineticism invoking sound through movements of big color and motion. Embedded symbolism represents visual interpretations of time, gravity, electricity as the fundamental enigmas of life.

The artwork theme worked throughout the album, single, festival, light show to set up The Orb with a new ID.

The Metallic Spheres album project between the Orb and David Gilmour brought together two of my all-time favourite masters of music to create an epic landmark psychedelic soundscape. As a music lover of both The Orb and Pink Floyd, it was a dream come true. My inspiration was to create visuals based on the paradox of traveling without movement, inwards like a Shaman shifting through altered states deep into the vast imagination of inner space.

The Metallic spheres themselves had to look baroque, fusing elements that cast them as foreboding. It inspired the styling to create objects that appeared both ancient and futuristic. They had to look mysterious and alive, like sentient technology traveling to meet the listener to pass on messages from another dimension.