Spend an hour in the company of Canadian techno royalty as Orphx mix our latest podcast.
The line which separates techno with noise and industrial music seems to have become increasingly blurred over the past few years; although the casual observer may see this as a recent development, in reality these sounds have been combining for a lot longer. One such outfit are Canadian duo and former Juno Plus interviewees Orphx, who have been exploring the meeting point between industrial music and techno in their music for the past 20 years, producing numerous albums alongside a number of vinyl, CD and cassette releases. With sonic force and rhythmic distortion as their guiding light, Richard Oddie and Christie Sealey have manoeuvred Orphx’s sound from the arena of experimental noise and industrial electronic music into a realm of techno shared by the likes of Adam X, Perc Trax and Svreca’s Semantica.
In 2009 Orphx made their label debut on Adam X’s Sonic Groove imprint with the Division EP, a release which exposed the duo to a new audience thanks to remixes from Surgeon and dub techno anchor Substance; until that point, the only remixes of Orphx came from either themselves, Jim DeJong’s The Infant Cycle project and a selection of remakes that appeared on Teletai - Rarities And Remixes in 2008.
Orphx are now a permanent fixture of Sonic Groove’s industrial-heavy roster; in addition to the four records they’ve already released for the label, the duo will be releasing the Boundary Conditions 12” next week. Since their first appearance on the label in 2009 Orphx have focused on melding elements of dancefloor sound design together with a challenging tonality, and have subsequently plunged themselves further into a sphere of techno they helped to influence by remixing acts such as Svreca, Giorgio Gigli & Obtane and Adam X’s Traversable Wormhole project.
Richard and Christine’s mix for Juno Plus feels like an extension of their own sound, with an hour’s worth of cold, dark, tunnelling techno from artists whose music has been an inspiration on their forthcoming release. We spoke with Oddie over email about their upcoming European tour, cassette tape labels and how to approach remixes.
You can read that here: bit.ly/Zpwyp1
1. White Noise - The Visitation
2. SBTRKT - Wildfire (Objekt mix)
3. Dadub - Life
4. T++ - Audio1995#8
5. 0 - Kolmas
6. Isolee - Simone Rides
7. Liasons Dangereuses - Peut etre… pas
8. Sleeparchive - ACD-Voice
9. OVR - Rapid Eye
10. Robert Hood - And Then We Planned Our Escape
11. Quadrant - 1.1
12. Dasha Rush - Dark Light Blind
13. Orphx - Vanishing Point
14. Inigo Kennedy - Chamber
15. Cassegrain - Tiamat
16. Samuel Kerridge - Waiting for Love III
17. Casual Violence - Acceptance of the Fact at Hand
18. Traversable Wormhole - Worldline (Orphx mix)
19. Loktibrada - Untitled (Ian Richardson mix)
20. Morgenstern - Railing
21. Orphx - Outcast
22. Trade - Positive Neckline
23. Function - Voiceprint (reprise)
(Source: Juno Plus)