Paul Hartnoll (Orbital).

Paul Hartnoll is a British writer, producer and composer of music, widely recognised for his pioneering work with Orbital. Known for their innovations in electronic music, Orbital were equally famed for their blend of visual presentation and live performance - an approach born of the same audio-visual sensibility that informs Paul's work to this day. Over the span of their 25 year career, Orbital toured extensively and released eight albums, culminating in a performance at the 2012 London Paralympics Opening Ceremony with Professor Stephen Hawking.

 

Whilst Orbital's music has been licensed to feature films including "Hackers", "Mortal Kombat", and "Mean Girls", the band also scored and composed new material for movies and television including "Event Horizon", "The Saint", "The Beach", "xXx", and "Pusher". As a composer Paul has written music for many commercial campaigns, with clients including Volkswagen, Range Rover, Rolex, Ralph Lauren, and the NSPCC. Though primarily associated with electronic music, Paul's stated and audible influences have always leant towards to the cinematic, with frequent nods to John Barry and Ennio Morricone via the machine led sensibilities of Kraftwerk and the upstart instincts of do-it-yourself punk. His movie and television work has included music for the films "Tormented"   and "American Ultra" (starring Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg), and scoring the second season of the BBC Series "Peaky Blinders".

 

Paul released a solo album in 2007, "The Ideal Condition", which he wrote and arranged with a full orchestra and choir. In 2015 Paul released an eponymous album under the moniker "8:58", which featured artists ranging from Robert Smith and Ed Harcourt to the actor Cillian Murphy.