7 Questions before Movement: Orphx

“7 Questions before Movement” is an ongoing series in which we ask the same seven questions to as many artists playing at this year’s Movement Detroit festival as we possibly can. The goal of this series is to familiarize festival goers with the styles and personalities of artists they can expect to see at the festival (because let’s be real – there’s always at least a few names we don’t recognize right away). Our next interview is with the inspiring Canadian industrial techno duo Orphx.

1. Have you been to the festival before, as a performer or just as a listener? If so, what is your most distinct memory from the experience?

This is our first performance at Movement but we came last year, for one day. The weather was unfortunately cold and wet. But it was still great to experience the festival. We especially enjoyed Silent Servant, Rrose, Mike Parker, Truncate and Erika.

2. Do you have any favorite classic Detroit techno tracks or artists?

That is a long list… Some of our favourite Detroit artists are Drexciya (and their various related projects), Juan Atkins, Jeff Mills, Mike Banks and Robert Hood. Some favourite tracks:

Underground Resistance – Final Frontier

Arpanet – Wireless Internet

Drexciya – Bubble Metropolis

Galaxy 2 Galaxy – Journey of the Dragons

Cybotron – Alleys of Your Mind

Robert Hood: Detroit – One Circle

Model 500 – Nightdrive

A Number of Names – Sharevari

3. Based on what’s been announced so far, which artists playing at the festival are you the most excited to see this year?

Jeff Mills, Adam X, Ed Rush & Optical, Oscar Mulero, Function, Voices from the Lake, Zeitgeber, BMG

4. To give readers a sense of the style of music you play, please name three tracks you’ve been showcasing in your sets lately.

Ostia – Idioms

Paula Temple – Cloned

Esplendor Geometrico – Viwanda Kasi

5. What was your most recent release, and where can readers find it?

Eschaton, our collaboration with Ancient Methods, came out a few weeks ago on Token Records. And Hymen has just released the first of two CD compilations of the tracks from our 12”s on Sonic Groove.

6. What kind of equipment will you be using for your set, and why do you prefer it?

We use two laptops, two controllers and a modular synth system all synced via MIDI and CV. This system allows us to improvise each set on the fly, using an archive of sounds and sequences that we’ve built up over the last twenty years along with the flexibility and spontaneity of the modular system.

7. Can we expect to see you play at any afterparties this year?

Yes, we’ll be playing an afterparty organized by our friends at Interdimensional Transmissions. Stay tuned for details!