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William Orbit

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William Orbit (born 1956 as William Wainwright) is a British musician and record producer, best known to the public for producing Madonna's album Ray of Light. He has also co-produced several unreleased Madonna songs originally recorded for other albums that were never used.

His speciality is atmospheric keyboard electronica although much of his work features accomplished guitar playing. He has also recorded several largely instrumental solo albums under the name Strange Cargo which features vocals by Beth Orton, Laurie Mayer and Cleo Torres among others. He was the musical force behind Bassomatic in the early 1990s, and formed the band Torch Song together with Mayer, Grant Gilbert and Rico Conning in the 1980s. He has also produced and remixed numerous other artists, his remixes carrying his signature electronic sounds and techniques, making them sought after by fans of his solo work.

Contents

Discography

Torch Song

  • Wish Thing
  • Ecstasy
  • Exhibit A
  • Toward the Unknown Region

Bassomatic

  • Set the Controls for the Heart of the Bass
  • Science & Melody

Solo

  • Orbit
  • Strange Cargo I
  • Strange Cargo II
  • Superpinkymandy (Released in Japan only as a Beth Orton album, but the sound was characteristically Orbit, making this possibly his most sought after rarity.)
  • Strange Cargo III
  • Strange Cargo Hinterland
  • Pieces in a Modern Style (Original release, withdrawn)
    • Pieces in a Modern Style (altered re-release, minus uncleared tracks from first release, although with additional tracks in their place)

See also: Michael Slacknl:William Orbit

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