Orphx have been exploring the grey zones between techno, industrial, and electro-acoustic music for over two decades. Across a multitude of releases, Rich Oddie and Christina Sealey have developed a critical sound and visual practice that is concerned as much with the hypnotic power of dance music, power electronics, and soundscapes as with their social, cultural, and conceptual dimensions.
Beginning in 1993 as an improvisational audio/visual project inspired by earlier waves of industrial music, Orphx soon drew further inspiration from the experimental fringes of techno to create a distinctive sound focused on the psychedelic qualities of 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. More recently, Orphx have established deeper techno connections through a series of acclaimed releases on the Sonic Groove label and remix work for artists such as Oscar Mulero, Perc, Front Line Assembly, and Conrad Schnitzler.
Despite the changes in hardware and software that have shaped the duo’s compositions and live performances, their sound has maintained its uniquely dark, psychedelic, personality. Oddie and Sealey have moved from reel to reel machines, field recordings, and feedback to solid state and software processes – and back again to hardware, specifically due to Sealey’s embrace of modular synthesizers many years ago. Orphx are renowned for delivering improvised live performances that combine software with modular synthesizer and other hardware. They have performed around the world at venues such as Berghain, Khidi, and Tresor, and international festivals like Atonal, Mutek, Rural, and Unsound. A number of collaborative projects have also emerged, such as Eschaton (with Ancient Methods), O/H (Rich Oddie + Huren), and the Light Bringer performances with JK Flesh.