Circuitbreaking (hymen, 2004)

by Orphx



Circuitbreaking deserves a set of earphones for the listener to reach the ultimate sound experience... Melodic sounds seem to swirl somewhere in the sound space and occasionally the album moves into harsher territories where hissing and crackling drones of noise dominate. No matter which territory we find ourselves in, the hypnotic expression is quite remarkable here. The rhythmic section sometimes hides underneath the waving ambient sound, at other times the rhythms move in the front with minimal electro and technoid beats. "Circuitbreaking" crosses many musical areas: from trippy ambient, across old school minimal techno, towards industrial and power noise. But the atmosphere of floating ambient always seems to exist somewhere in the sound space. Excellent music! - Vital Weekly

Circuitbreaking is an impressive rhythmic noise meets techno album with rumbling tones, kicking beats, and tense dark atmospheres running throughout. Highly recommended! - Side-Line

Rich Oddie, a Ph.D candidate in environmental politics in Toronto, breaks out a powerful masterpiece of subtle rhythms enhanced with sly samples of protests, speeches and films on the subjects. Disorderly beats in a stream of order convey Oddie’s ideas without being obvious and intrusive. Hypnotic, trance-like pulsing on the ten tracks are broken down into five tracks named “circuits” that weave between the non-circuit tracks, beginning with “Signal to Noise”, an excellent piece with delicate bleeps almost reminiscent of Squaremeter. “Remote Control” takes it up a notch with heavier rhythms with more of a tribal, electronic feel. “Simulacra” slows it down and adds a distant IDMish melody that extends across “Circuit III” to “Simulacrum,” but this time with a speech and a change in the rhythm. Some blatant rhythm noise on “Critical Mass” takes political chants and beats into the perfect finale for Circuitbreaking. This is truly one of the best albums released in 2004. - Slug Magazine


released February 18, 2004

Written and produced by Rich Oddie. Recorded 2003 @ The Aleph. Additional sound sources on "Remote Control" by Matt Didemus (Junior Boys, Diva). Mastered at Metarc. Graphic design by S.Alt. Originally released by Hymen in 2004 on CD w/ 12" version.



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Orphx Hamilton, Ontario

One of the most highly respected acts in both techno and industrial circles, Orphx have been developing their signature fusion of hypnotic rhythms and experimental noise for the past twenty years. Rich Oddie and Christina Sealey draw upon the darker, psychedelic fringes of techno and electro, mixing these elements with the experimental aesthetics and themes of early industrial music. - Pull Proxy ... more


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