Alex Paterson
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Alex Paterson

Alex Paterson
Alex Paterson (left) and Thomas Fehlmann of The Orb at Culture Box in Copenhagen in 2005.
Background information
Duncan Alexander Robert Paterson
Dr Alex Paterson
Born (1959-10-15) 15 October 1959 (age 59)
Battersea, London, England
GenresElectronica, trip hop, dub, IDM
InstrumentsKeyboards, turntables, sampler, programming
The 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

Paterson attended Kingham Hill School in Oxfordshire between 1970 and 1979, at the same time as Killing Joke bassist Martin "Youth" Glover. Paterson was a roadie for Killing Joke[2] in the 1980s and later worked in the A&R department of E.G. Records, to whom the band were signed.

New York radio stations were a force driving his musical direction, especially the Chuck Chill-Out shows on 98.7 KISS FM. In the late 1970s Paterson sang for 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 2017.
  2. ^ Baines, Josh (15 July 2016). "Alex Paterson From The Orb Picked His 10 Favorite Punk Records Ever". Vice. Retrieved 2017.

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