I can almost *taste* the transparent TDK90 cassette with ‘Adventures Beyond The Ultraworld’ recorded onto it, I loved it that much 😂. I can clearly conjure the memory of my older cousin’s bold handwriting on the sticker across the body of the tape – green sharpie, all caps: THE ORB. I don’t remember if I stole it from her or if she gave it to me. It would take me years to actually find out what this album was called: those two words were all I had to go on. As a 12year-old kid who’d had a pretty turbulent childhood, this tape was my first safe space – mentally, spiritually and musically – a complete palette of sounds to soothe, to feel uplifted by and get lost inside.
Fast forward to 2019, and I was a bit blown away to find myself supporting founder member, Alex Paterson, almost exactly 1 year since I’ve put myself ‘out there’ as a solo artist.
I wanted to take Paterson’s audience on a 45-minute synth journey from squealing high-jinks FM to stripped-back, bit-crushed sub, layered with atmospheric melody courtesy of the Rings, vocals hazing in out and from the Radio Music, all held together by a backbone of 909 drums. It was an absolute honour to play at this level – the sound system and light show was amazing. It all just came together beautifully on the night, as if it was meant to be. Shouts to Alex and Chester for the kind words of support <3 Alex’s set banged of course! But that goes without saying, right?
Next stop #LadiesofModular + Brighton Modular Meet on 19
July, hope to see some of you on the south coast for a weekend of workshops, performances and nerd chat 🌈