Long-running UK electronic group, originally formed by [a=Jimmy Cauty] (of [a3178]) and [a=Alex Paterson] in 1988, that grew out of a love of ambient music and dub, soundscapes and science fiction. Due to the early work in this style, The Orb became pioneers of the early-90's-born "ambient house" genre. The group's lineup has shifted over the years, with Alex being the only consistent member. Notable members include [a=Thrash] and [a=Thomas Fehlmann]. Though he was never officially a member, [a=Youth] (a.k.a. [a=Martin Glover]) was instrumental throughout the group's existence, and co-owned the label [l=WAU! Mr. Modo Recordings] with Alex (they had known each other since they were young, and Alex was a roadie for the group [a=Killing Joke], in which Youth played bass).