Post industrialists, appropriately from Ontario steel town, Hamilton, Richard Oddie and Christina Sealey have produced a body of work that mines the gray area between techno, industrial and electroacoustic music. Their multitude of releases, on mostly German labels like Hands and Hymen, have, since the early 90s, revealed a critical sound and visual practice concerned as much with the pulse of techno, power electronics and soundscapes, as with the social, cultural and conceptual frameworks behind them. Oddie holds a PHD in environmental studies, specializing in the emergent field of urban political ecology, which connects social justice, urbanization and environment. Several Orphx releases have touched explicitly on such themes. Recent works include the “Division” and “Black Light” 12”s, which feature remixes by Substance and Surgeon. Having performed already at MUTEK’s placard in 2007, the festival is thrilled to have Orphx set the stage for Friday night with their dark technoid sounds.
Psychedelic techno steeped in the history and context of industrial and experimental music
Sonic Groove, Hands, Mannequin, Hospital Productions, Token, Hymen Records
“Pitch Black Mirror,” a full-length album on Sonic Groove, followed shortly by “Summer Solstice Edition,” a split 12” with Rrose
Orphx were instrumental in bridging the gaps between industrial and techno music; their early work was pioneering in its exploration of texture, but it wasn’t until their first EP on Sonic Groove that they fully embraced the dancefloor, bringing their expertise in atmospheric sound design with them
San Francisco: 2018
Montréal: 2010, 2007