Formed in late 1993, Orphx is a Canadian music duo made up of Richard Oddie and Christina Sealey active in the international techno, industrial and experimental music scenes. They have performed throughout Europe and North America and have numerous releases on CD, vinyl and cassette through independent music labels such as Sonic Groove, Hands Productions, Hymen Records and Malignant Records. The project was founded by Richard Oddie, Christina Sealey and Aron West. West left in 1994 to create the noise project Tropism. Most studio recordings between 1996 and 2009 are credited to Richard Oddie, with more recent output attributed to both Oddie and Sealey. Live appearances usually feature Oddie and Sealey, though some recent shows have featured Oddie solo.
While earlier releases were identified with the European "rhythmic noise" scene, their more recent work on the Sonic Groove label has gained the attention of techno fans and DJs, leading to performances at high profile venues such as Berghain, Movement, Mutek, and Tresor and remix work for artists such as Perc, Oscar Mulero and Traversable Wormhole. Orphx has also attracted attention for their use of modular synthesizers in recent years. They have appeared in the modular synth documentary I Dream of Wires and will appear in Industrial Soundtrack for the Urban Decay, an upcoming documentary on the history of industrial music.
Before their current distribution labels, the music of Orphx was distributed through the cassette label, Xcreteria, founded by Oddie and West. Xcreteria eventually became Third Force, a distribution network operated by Oddie between 1995 and 1998.
Orphx have released collaborations with En Nihil, The Infant Cycle (Jim De Jong) and Mark Spybey (Dead Voices on Air). Oddie and Sealey also recorded more ambient / electroacoustic work as Antiform between 1995 and 1997. Existing side projects include Eschaton (a collaboration with Ancient Methods), O/H (Rich Oddie and Dave Foster of Huren / Teste), Oureboros (Rich Oddie and Aron West).
Initially called Oriphix, the name of the group was changed shortly after their first cassette release to Orphx.,
01 (1993, Xcreteria),
02 (1994, Xcreteria),
Bhavana (1995, first Antiform release, Xcreteria),
Obsession and Progress (1996, BloodLust),
Fragmentation (1996, Malignant Records),
The Final Moments (1997, Isolation / Third Force),
Nullity (1998 Hands),
Vita Mediativa (1998, Hands),
Surface (2000, Hands),
The Living Tissue (2001, Hands),
Chalice (2002, Auf Abwegen),
Other Voices (2002, Hands),
Oddie/Sealey/Spybey (2003, collaboration with Dead Voices on Air, Hushush),
Interference (2003, collaboration with The Infant Cycle, Hands),
Circuitbreaking (2004, Hymen),
Insurgent Flows (2005, Hands),
Teletai (2008, Hands),
Division (2009, Sonic Groove),
Black Light (2010, Sonic Groove),
Radiotherapy (2011, Hands),
Traces (2011, Sonic Groove),
Hunger Knows No Law (2012, Sonic Groove),
Boundary Conditions (2013, Sonic Groove),
Eschaton (2014, collaboration with Ancient Methods, Token)