19 May 1968 |
Dartford, Kent, England
|Occupations||Musician, songwriter, guitarist, singer|
|Years active||Mid 1980s–present|
|Associated acts||Orbital, Golden Girls|
Hartnoll played in two local bands during the mid-1980s, named 'Noddy' and the 'Satellites'. In 1987 Paul and his brother Phil began recording under the name Orbital with keyboards, a drum machine, and a 4-track.
Orbital split up in 2004, after producing seven albums and developing a reputation for the high quality of their live shows. Hartnoll then worked towards the release of his first solo album, titled The Ideal Condition, which was released on 28 May 2007. In 2009 Orbital reformed and began performing live again.
Hartnoll, wishing to produce something different from Orbital's output, wrote The Ideal Condition with a more acoustic focus, in comparison to the electronic nature of most of his previous work. Arranger Chris Elliot helped Hartnoll to move the album in this direction, taking music that Orbital would have produced electronically, and having it played by a union-full orchestra. People who are featured collaborating on The Ideal Condition were Robert Smith, Joseph Arthur, Lianne Hall, and Akayzia Parker.
He lives in Brighton.
- The Ideal Condition (2007)
- "Patchwork Guilt" / "Gloopy" (2006)
- "Please" (2007)
- "Gob Smack" (2008)
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- PaulHartnoll.com – Official website