What does orbesque mean?
January 8, 2005 12:36 PM   Subscribe

What does orbesque mean?
posted by Count Ziggurat to Writing & Language (6 answers total)
What's the context? Perhaps reminiscent of the band The Orb?
posted by driveler at 12:45 PM on January 8, 2005

Complete OED comes up blank. driveler is probably hinting at the source.
posted by AlexReynolds at 12:47 PM on January 8, 2005

I second, driveler. That's what I was going to write. DAMN YOU DRIVELER!!!
posted by Arch Stanton at 12:50 PM on January 8, 2005

The term is an oblique way of saying "spherical".
As driveler and Arch Stanton pointed out, however, it's mainly used as slang in music circles in reference to The Orb.
posted by Smart Dalek at 1:02 PM on January 8, 2005

It is too. Nice. Thanks.
posted by Count Ziggurat at 1:16 PM on January 8, 2005

I "fourth" driveler, Arch Stanton and Smart Dalek . As already stated you often see the term used in music reviews: "Orbesque style" ...

"Mountain High starts with atmospheric Orbesque style ambience and then gradually moves through the gear box...."

"The 'veil of peace' mix could fit in well with the current trend for tribal dance music with the 'orbesque' mix being a more suited to the chill-out rooms."

"...before the post-Orbesque indie-electronica meant you scratched your nose on hearing this word."

BTW - there is a Canadian band called Orbesque .
posted by ericb at 3:07 PM on January 8, 2005

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