Alex Paterson

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Alex Paterson
Alex Paterson (left) and Thomas Fehlmann of The Orb at Culture Box in Copenhagen in 2005.
Background information
Birth nameDuncan Alexander Robert Paterson
Also known asDr Alex Paterson
Born (1959-10-15) 15 October 1959 (age 59)
Battersea, London, England
GenresElectronica, trip hop, dub, IDM
InstrumentsKeyboards, turntables, sampler, programming
Associated actsThe Orb, Transit Kings, FFWD

Alex Paterson (also known as Dr Alex Paterson, born Duncan Alexander Robert Paterson; 15 October 1959 in Battersea, London) is an English musician and co-founder of ambient house group The Orb, in which he has worked since its inception.[1]

Life and work[edit]

Paterson attended Kingham Hill School in Oxfordshire between 1970 and 1979, at the same time as Killing Joke bassist Martin "Youth" Glover. Paterson later worked in the 1980s as a roadie for Killing Joke,[2] before working in the A&R department of EG Records.

One of the driving forces behind his musical direction was listening to New York radio stations, especially the Chuck Chill-Out shows on 98.7 KISS FM. In the late 1970s Paterson was the vocalist with the band 'Bloodsport' while also DJing at Killing Joke gigs.

In 1990, Paterson's collaborations with his fellow Orb co-founder Jimmy Cauty ended, following Paterson's concerns about The Orb being perceived as a side-project of The KLF. Paterson retained The Orb name. More recently, Cauty and Paterson collaborated again, as Transit Kings. Paterson was also involved in FFWD, a collaboration with Kris Weston, Robert Fripp, and Thomas Fehlmann. Paterson has been a vegetarian for 30 years.


  • Prendergast, Mark (2003). The Ambient Century: From Mahler to Moby-The Evolution of Sound in the Electronic Age. Bloomsbury Publishing PLC. pp. 407–412. ISBN 1-58234-323-3.


  1. ^ Simpson, Dave (19 January 2001). "'If you print that, I'll come looking for you'". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 14 February 2017.
  2. ^ Baines, Josh (15 July 2016). "Alex Paterson From The Orb Picked His 10 Favorite Punk Records Ever". Vice. Retrieved 14 February 2017.

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