is the tenth studio album released by Metallic Spheres ambient techno group The Orb in October 2010 and features Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour and Killing Joke bassist Youth. The album spent 3 weeks on the UK charts, peaking at number 12.  
Track listing [ edit ]
"Metallic Side" (28:42)
"Hymns to the Sun"
"Hiding in Plain View"
"Spheres Side" (20:12)
"Hymns to the Sun (Reprise)"
"Bold Knife Trophy"
"Cult of Youth Ambient Mix (Parts 1 & 2)" (Edit) (5:35) (
iTunes-only bonus track)
All tracks written by David Gilmour, Alex Paterson, and Youth, except:
"Hymns to the Sun" written by Gilmour, Paterson, Youth, and
Graham Nash "Black Graham" written by Gilmour, Paterson, Youth, and Marcia Mello
"Hiding in Plain View" written by Gilmour, Paterson, Youth, and
Personnel [ edit ]
David Gilmour – guitars, vocals
Alex Paterson – sound manipulation, keyboards, turntables
Youth – bass, keyboards, programming Tim Bran – keyboards, programming
Marcia Mello – acoustic guitar (on "Black Graham")
Dominique Le Vac – backing vocals
Production [ edit ]
The album was produced by
Youth and recorded in June, 2009 at "The Dreaming Cave", in Wandsworth. Engineering was done by Tim Bran (of Dreadzone) and David Nock. Mixing was done by Youth, with mix engineering from Bran, Nock and Michael Rendall at "The Study" in 2010. Mastering was done by Andy Baldwin at Metropolis Studios in London. A headphone version was released as the second disc of the deluxe 2-CD edition, with sound design by Mike Brady, recording by Mike Brady, David Nock and Michael Rendall, and mixing by Youth.
References [ edit ]
^ "Metallic Spheres – David Gilmour, The Orb : Credits". AllMusic . Retrieved . 2012-11-02
^ at The Orb featuring David Gilmour – Metallic Spheres (Columbia – 88697 79645 2) Discogs
^ AllMusic review
^ The A.V. Club review
^ Alexander, Phil (November 2010). "The Orb feat. David Gilmour Metallic Spheres". . p. 100. Mojo [A] finely textured affair … Challenging, but also warm, lush and reassuringly ambient.
^ Pitchfork Media review
^ "The 50-minute opus is an ambient masterclass." [Nov 2010, p.112]
^ "What most surprising is the diversity here – the sense of direction is not pressing, but ultimately there's plenty to revisit." [Nov 2010, p.94]
^ "Metallic Spheres, a collaboration with electronica legends the Orb, represents his boldest and most satisfying footnote to date."
^ Columbia Records (September 28, 2010). "The Orb Featuring David Gilmour's Metallic Spheres to be Celebrated Through Original Laser Show and Appearances by The Orb". PR Newswire . Retrieved . 2010-10-10
^ "David Gilmour | Artist". Official Charts . Retrieved . 12 July 2012