Orbital was an English techno duo whose career lasted from 1989 until 2004, consisting of brothers Paul and Phil Hartnoll. One of the biggest names in British electronica during the 1990s, Orbital were both critically and commercially successful, being particularly known for an element of live improvisation during their shows, frequently a rarity with techno acts. The name was taken from the raves that occurred in the late 1980s near the M25 orbital motorway that circles London. They were initially influenced by early electro and punk rock.

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