August 19, 2010 (New York, NY) — Former Floyd guitarist David Gilmour has been a busy boy lately. First he unexpectedly teamed up with sometimes rival Roger Waters at a London charity event last month. Now he’s guesting on The Orb’s next album, Metallic Spheres, due on October 12th.
The album will be released in multiple formats worldwide and, according to the blog on David Gilmour’s website and the press release from Columbia Records (featured below) all artist royalties will be going to helping British hacker Gary McKinnon fight off extradition to the USA.
You can watch a video of David Gilmour jamming on the album on YouTube.
The classic rock fans reading here who are scratching their heads a bit will be familiar with The Orb via its member Youth, who has famously teamed up over the years with Paul McCartney as The Fireman.
Here’s the info from Columbia:
THE ORB AND DAVID GILMOUR TO RELEASE “METALLIC SPHERES” ON OCTOBER 12 VIA COLUMBIA RECORDS
For immediate release – Columbia Records will release Metallic Spheres by The Orb featuring David Gilmour on Tuesday, October 12, 2010.
The Orb, the visionary UK ‘ambient/house’ collective, came to collaborate with David Gilmour after working together on a version of Graham Nash’s “ Chicago ” for a charity project. Youth (aka Martin Glover), a frequent Orb accomplice, was invited to create a remix, and he and Alex Paterson, as The Orb, were so energized by the task that they continued working until it was an album-length entity. Having asked Gilmour to bring his guitars to Youth’s studio in South London to prolong and enrich their new creation, the trio worked up a sonic mixture in a range of styles. Thus, the Metallic Spheres project was born.
Metallic Spheres is designed to be heard in two parts – ‘Metallic Side’ (24’48”), and ‘Spheres Side’ (25’09”). Each track, or side, consists of five movements. The album uniquely utilizes David Gilmour’s discernable electric guitar and lap steel guitar, Alex Paterson’s sound manipulation, keyboards and turntables, and Youth’s bass guitar and keyboards. Metallic Spheres will be available in 3 formats: standard and 2-disc deluxe versions on CD, digital download and 180-gram vinyl. The deluxe 2-CD version includes an extra disc, featuring the new ‘3D60™’ process, which allows a 360-degree sound experience on stereo tracks without any special equipment. Please see below for more details. Moreover, the album is currently available for pre-order at Amazon.com.
Longtime Orb collaborator Simon Ghahary has created artwork, continuing and expanding on The Orb’s spatial art style.
Additionally, special laser light shows created specifically for the release of Metallic Spheres will be shown to the public in early October in New York and Los Angeles . More details to follow.
The Orb’s Alex Paterson says, “It’s a collision that’s been waiting to happen with Pink Floyd / David Gilmour and The Orb orbiting many of the same planets.”
The Orb, built around mainstay Alex Paterson, formed in London in 1989 during the birth of the rave movement. Initially founded on a mutual love of Brian Eno and German electronics, The Orb at present operates with a flexible line-up of collaborators that includes producer / multi-instrumentalist Youth, well-known for his work with Paul McCartney as The Fireman, as well as his production (Crowded House, Dido) and remixes (U2, Marilyn Manson).
David Gilmour is the legendary singer, guitarist and songwriter with Pink Floyd, whose most recent solo album ‘On An Island’ charted at No. 1 in the UK & Europe and No.6 in the USA.
Information about the 3D60TM process:
The album will also be available selectively as a ‘Deluxe’ edition: a 2-CD version including an extra CD featuring a different mix, in the ‘3D60™’ process, which allows a 360-degree sound experience on stereo tracks without any special equipment.
3D60™ is a new sound production process created specially to deliver an immersive, widescreen listening experience via headphones. Unlike conventional surround sound based on multi-positioned loudspeakers, 3D60™ gives unlimited spatial audio with sounds coming from all around (in front, behind, at different heights and even from overhead or below) in an ordinary stereo set up – no special equipment required, other than a pair of headphones.
Listening in 3D60™ takes sound on from ordinary stereo into new dimensions of height and space – a three dimensional world of 360 degree surround sound.
Developed by The Jam’s live sound engineer and music video director Mike Brady, musician and multimedia producer Ian Thompson, and internationally renowned music producer Youth, 3D60™ sounds amazing on any headphones with any playback format.
For more information and to listen to a demo go to www.3D60.co.uk
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