Orphx have been developing their signature fusion of hypnotic rhythm and noise for over two decades. Using modular and analog synthesizers, software, location recordings and feedback circuits, Rich Oddie and Christina Sealey draw upon the darker fringes of techno and combine these elements with the techniques and critical spirit of industrial music.
Beginning in 1993 as an improvisational audio/visual project inspired by early industrial waves, Orphx soon drew further inspiration from more experimental forms of techno to create a distinctive sound focused on powerful layered rhythms and modulating noise. They gained an international following as one of the pioneering acts within the European "rhythmic noise" scene throughout the late 90s and early 00s, working closely with Germany's Hands Productions label. Over the past decade, Orphx have created deeper techno connections through a series of acclaimed releases on the Sonic Groove label and remix work for artists such as Oscar Mulero, Perc, Svreca, Front Line Assembly, and Conrad Schnitzler.
Orphx have refined their uniquely dark psychedelic sound across numerous releases and many changes in hardware and software tools, moving from reel to reel to reel machines, field recordings, and feedback to solid state and software processes – and back again to hardware, due to Sealey’s embrace of modular synthesizers many years ago. Oddie and Sealey are renowned for delivering improvised live performances that combine software with modular synth and other hardware. They have toured throughout Europe, North America, China, and Japan, appearing at international festivals such as Atonal, Katharsis, Labyrinth, Mutek, Rural, and Unsound, and regularly performing at techno temples such as Berghain, Khidi, and Tresor. A number of collaborative projects have also emerged, such as Eschaton (with Ancient Methods), Ontario Hospital (Rich Oddie + Huren), Oureboros (Rich Oddie + Aron West) and the recent Light Bringer performances with JK Flesh.