Canadian duo Rich Oddie and Christina Sealey began Orphx in the early '90s, releasing a series of experimental noise and industrial cassettes.
Their first CD release was Fragmentation on American label Malignant Records in 1996, and by the end of the '90s, their sound had shifted in a more techno-leaning direction, often referred to as "rhythmic noise." The 10" EP Nullity appeared on Hands Productions in 1998, followed by full-length CD Vita Mediativa in 1999. The duo began performing extensively across North America and Europe, and made several appearances at German industrial festivals Maschinenfest and Forms of Hands in the early 2000s, alongside labelmates such as Winterkälte, Ah Cama-Sotz, Mimetic, and numerous others. Several albums on Hands Productions continued, as well as 2004 full-length Circuitbreaking on Hymen Records. In 2008, Hands released Teletai, a double-CD collection of rarities and tracks previously only released on vinyl, with a disc of remixes by Surgeon, Fluxion, Sleeparchive, and many other techno and industrial artists. In 2009, Orphx signed to Adam X's Sonic Groove label and began releasing a series of techno 12"s, and the duo performed at events with techno DJs such as Marcel Dettmann and Ben Klock. Hymen Records began compiling tracks from these 12"s for CD releases, starting with The Sonic Groove Releases, Pt. 1 in 2014, followed by Pt. 2 in 2015. Orphx's full-length, Pitch Black Mirror, which featured guest vocals by Marie Davidson, was released in 2016. ~ Paul Simpson, Rovi