My Computer My Stereo
"Fly Puzzlehead (Non-Euclidean Mix)"
Lumpen Media Group
"(You're So) Anxious (for My Astrological Luv)"
Big Songs for Small Apartments
"Sizeably Bent Spiritualist"
Lumpen Media Group
Lumpen Media Group
Lumpen Media Group
"Freedom Machine 2000"
Into Topological Space
"Orbitronik is the brilliant light shining from two Industrial noise artists known for their contemporary avant-garde flavor: SCOTT GIBBONS of LILITH, and BRIAN LADD of BLACKHOUSE. Together, they create half-speed techno through the mail by sending DATA back & forth."
"As you might expect, the music is luxuriously textured, the beats are "phat," and it's got lots of funk. The bass will touch you all the way to your gizzard, and the organic quality of this electronica is breathtaking. Rarely does one hear electronic music sound this crisp, and yet this, well, wet. You can just hear the beats go "sploosh" as they land. Incredible. Dave Allen picked a winner on this one. (Dave Allen, formerly of Gang of Four, heads World Domination Recordings, the label on which this is released.)"
"The fifteen tracks included on the CD are excellent dance-oriented electronica, which skips and jumps across the past 25-30 years of technologically generated music -- borrows a little here, and a little there, and arrives at a very fluid and dynamic end result... The duo seems to take a very special delight in exploring the frequencies, textures and timbres of sound attainable with synthesizers and samplers, and, in a sense, listening to Orbitronik from beginning to end becomes akin to leafing through an encyclopedia of computerized sound. Here is everything from the bleeping of early 80s synths and metallic tonalities, on to purposely distorted and decayed sound manipulations, and rich, saturated sheets of atmospherics... The sheer musical versality and wealth of sounds constantly offer something new for the listener to focus on, and it is all carried out with a sense of humor that is very refreshing..."
Black Monday Zine
"Orbitronik isn't a stupic joke, nor are they full of crap. They are two musicians who've never met, utilising the post office and the internet to communicate and trade sounds back and forth, culminating in the self-titled release, Orbitronik. The music is original electronica full of glitter-beats. Think Gary Glitter with a DAT... Killer beats, freaky sounds, and alot of nonsense that messes with one's brain cells - Orbitronik is molecular!"
"Members of Blackhouse and Lilith throw down crisp, Electro-influenced Techno swathed in unsettling darkness. Interludes of digital clicks 'n' buzzes disrupt the surface sheen, allowing the gritty underlayers of sound to show through... File right up there with Mouse on Mars, just about anything on Germany's Source label, and others fighting the good electronica fight."
"Experimental bedroom techno by (according to the liner notes) two musicians who have never met. Brian Ladd and Scott Gibbons are fond of bouncy analog beatbox beats, which collide with ominous grinching and burpling noises in a way that's low-key, yet subversive. I like it, but I'm weird."
"As computer-synthesized voices cease their chatter, a groove comes from nowhere and takes you into the mystery world of Orbitronik. It's a place where anything can happen, at any time. Almost all tracks feature a real drum kit as well as machine-driven patterns and sampled percussion loops, allowing for the fading of one rhythmic element as another effortlessly takes its place. From the fertile minds of Brian Ladd and Scott Gibbons comes this work of electronic landscaping, one of the most intriguing to come along in a great while... Orbitronik construct their music with precision and loving care. Nothing is wasted, no musical phrase left to wander aimlessly without a purpose."
"Orbitronik...pure and simple, techno at it's best. I tell you, I bought this on a verbal discription and it simply did not touch how good this is. A lot of good "work" material for remixes and then just straight out and out great dance tunes. Fourteen cuts and all just thump! Ya need this to help the floor move..."
Lexicon (New Wave and Beyond)
"Created by Brian Ladd and Scott Gibbons (who have never met in person) over several months through the exchange of DAT tapes, Orbitronik falls squarely into the experimental side of electronica. Not exactly aiming at the dance floor (although most of the beats are large) the duo instead seems to find delight in throwing bits of sound (found and otherwise) against a light sonic tapestry..."
Corridor of Cells
"It took some time for Orbitronik's originality to sink in, as what they try to do is a really unique blend of electronica (with an experimental pop feel) and post-industrial sounds. This translates into songs being based around upbeat, old-school analogue rhythms and some pretty imaginative synth work and even more interesting samples (not to mention complex melodies). This is neither very heavy nor dark nor extreme in any way, but it is in its own way somewhat non-commercial and requires a bit more in-depth listening. Quite possibly it's the hidden complexities and subtle touches within each song that set this band apart from others and that have finally managed to make a convert (much to my own surprise)."
"From two guys known for their difficult noise, this is amazingly accessible and -- dare I say it? -- danceable. But these are not empty-headed grooves. The tracks overflow with fascinating sonic juxtapositions, like the clanging steel and winsome clarinet in 'Freedom Machine 2000' or the insect shriek and bebop sax of 'Get Carter.'"
"While the problems related to dance music were unfamiliar to the artists used to working in highly abstract musical fields, every step on the path to determining the market potential and methodology of creating dance music was contemplated, explored, and recorded, down to final testing through the ears of listeners. If you are thinking of techno music in the familiar blip-bleep manner, you will be sure to be lost when you encounter Orbitronik... A record of dance music made by artists who usually spend hours exploring a minute sample of a sound, or hours exploring the sounds of banging metal, will have a fresh and interesting approach to a new area of music."
"With the assistance of a massive assortment of computers, keyboards and other toys, Ladd and Gibbons have created a subtle-but-involving amalgam of jazz, world music and techno that doesn't follow tried and true dancefloor methodology and often varies more on a single track than some artists do on an entire disc. "Orbisexxxual" is a good example -- heavily flanged mechanical downbeats are counterpointed by a squelchy little melody, while a resonant rhythm percolates in the background and a happy little videogame tune floats in and out of the mix."
"There have been several bands during the '90s that played with the basic Kraftwerk sound, bending it to their own devices. L.F.O. are probably the most widely known of these, along with recent Mute signing, Komputer, but to my mind none have blended the mix of '70s retro-sounds and '90s arrangements so well as Orbitronik. If you're a fan of Kraftwerk, or indeed any electronic music, this is unmissable."
Corridor of Cells
"Orbitronik delivers a nice, bass-heavy dose of experimental techno with emphasis on old-school analogue equipment (those of you with a passion for those old TR808 drum machines will love this). Basically, these guys take every single cliche of the electronica genre, turn it around and come up in the end with a product that is not that far away from it, but spiced up with some more spacey and experimental elements."