A Bit of History

I’ve been writing songs since 1982 when I saved up for and bought my first synthesizer – a Korg Poly-61 (see current gear list). Initially I was recording as Elektroniqa, but as my songwriting matured – and my hardware and software collection grew – I assumed the pseudonym Avionik. I’m currently working on my 10th studio album.[/argenta_sc_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][argenta_sc_text]


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Death Be Not Obvious (2012)

The release of my 9th album – Death Be Not Obvious – follows 2010’s Sum of Parts. This is an intelligent and consistent electronic release that maintains the lighter, melodic, analog brilliance of synthpop while at the same time introducing horror fantasy in the form of the darker, pounding-fury industrial elements of EBM. An eclectic mix of synthesized, mostly up-beat, frequently all-instrumental tracks, this release also challenges the ears with haunting vocals while virtual combat imagery await on the war-themed and inevitably sad “Soul To Keep”.

”Soul to Keep” reveals layers upon layers of emotive melodies that take you to a very deep place in the soul. I love it in the same way I love Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse and David Lynch. Burke has captured that weight and slowness here, leaving you with no place to go but down the rabbit hole.” – Joematicauto, iTunes

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Sum of Parts (2010)

Sum of Parts took a year and a half to write and record, and follows the February, 2009 Avionik release – Disarticulated. With 14 tracks, this new album clocks in at just under 67 minutes. It also marks somewhat of a return to vocals for me with three vocal tracks and one of vocoded robotic “words”. Still present are my built-from-the-ground-up rhythm tracks – as always, heavily laden with all manner of junkyard percussion and synthetic stingers, and influenced by my blood-sourced native need to drum. And although the rhythms drive along at a dance-friendly clip (for the most part), you will also find periods of drama and intrigue provided by layer upon layer of human earth-hum. The glue: syncopated arpeggios of virtual analog synthesizers and the future-world acoustics of cutting edge modern synth architecture.

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Disarticulated (2009)

Released on February 9, 2009, this album has been more than a year in the making. While there are no vocals on this album (for a change), what you will find will take you on a journey through a landscape of tribal beats and unconventional multi-layered percussion, static and glitch-laden neo-industrial intelligent dance music, EBM, creepy Beatle-esque nightmares ala ‘Revolution #9’, lush strings and evil harmonics. While the landscape may change, the penchant for memorable melodies and retaining listener interest remains. This is my most ambitious production to date.

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Exaggerated Sense Of Self (2006)

Also released on July 7, 2006, ‘Exaggerated Sense of Self’ is an Industrial/EBM/Rock album full of hard electronics and driving rhythms. Interestingly deep lyrics and varied vocal treatments set the stage for an exceptional listening experience.

“The production was excellent and the mix was nice and open. Good work.” – Blipp, UK

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Impure Ice (2006)

Also released on July 7, 2006, this album features Kraftwerkian electronics burbling through many of the tracks on this fifth Elektroniqa album release. The track ‘Guilty Voice Of The Silent Boyfriend’ was recently used on a corporate video. Several tracks on this album feature vocoding, including ‘My Robotika’ and ‘Robot Voice – Revolution’. The track ‘12345’ was recorded originally in surround-sound and will be released as part of a DVD audio disc in the near future.

“… great (*insert explicative here*) music. I think your production is first rate. This is “the ****” – MurderDethKill

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Looking For Myself While Hiding (2005)

Released on May 1, 2005, this is the first release in which I’ve included all lyrics. Interpretation, as always, is up to the listener. In this third album, the listener swims in female choirs, native indian chanting, and brooding lyrics. Alternative electronics mixed with pop sensibility. Great attention was paid to the song flow on this album, with a good balance of vocal songs to instrumentals, and slow to fast.

“Sounds like kraftwerk meets cybotron for a slow jam.” – DJ Ryder, Stockton, California, USA

“I could quite easily imagine Ultravox putting this out …” – Paul Russel, Singapore

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Hot Sun Ate The Sky (2003)

Released on November 24, 2003.
This album contains what I feel is one of my best tracks ever, a song called ‘Well I Wonder’. And the song ‘Night Of The Soul’ has one of the most memorable and infectious choruses I’ve ever written.

“I could quite easily imagine Ultravox putting this out …” – Paul Russel, Singapore

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Droplets Of Water And Air (2003)

Released on December 1, 2003, this is the first album by Elektroniqa – newly remixed at 24 bits and remastered.

Originally this album was packaged in a DVD style case with a special insert, but here the artwork has been retooled and re-purposed for a CD configuration.

This album contains what I think is the most commercial ‘pop’ song I’d recorded to that point – ‘Wrestless People’.

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Waltz In Violence

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Transmogrifier (pre-2003)

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 Compilations On Which I’ve Appeared 

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Chrysalid: Musicians for Katrina Relief

This CD is a double disc compilation featuring 44 independent artists from 14 countries donating their art to aid the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Elektroniqa has contributed one song for this venture.

The song styles include Rock, Electronica, Pop, Blues, Jazz, Hip Hop, Ambient, and Folk. All proceeds will be donated evenly between the Red Cross and Habitat for Humanity to aid the Gulf Coast recovery. This project started online as a collaboration between international musicians at the community forums. We had 175 pre-orders.

The CD has now been manufactured and is available through CD-Baby. Get to know the musicians involved by visiting us online at Please help the victims of Hurricane Katrina and enjoy some good tunes as well.

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We Love You – A Fan Tribute To OMD

Released on September 23, 2003 and is a compilation of seventeen songs arranged and performed by musicians from all over the world.

I contributed Track 2 – Messages, one of my all-time favourite OMD songs.

Others include: Joan of Arc by Britestar, Women III by Apathy in Motion, Enola Gay by The Dirt Surfers, Julia’s Song by Ceaven, Almost by Age of Engineers, Of All The Things We’ve Made by The Centroid, Enola Gay by Overdraft, If You Leave by Britestar, Messages by Invisible College, Souvenir by Adrian, Stanlow by Paradigm, King of Stone by Electrobronze, The Black Sea by Britestar, Sealand by The Centroid, The Romance of the Telescope by Raleigh Roule, Statues/Of All The Things We’ve Made by The Messershmitt Twins.

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We Love You II – A Fan Tribute To OMD

Released on April 29, 2004 and again is a compilation of twenty songs arranged and performed by musicians from all over the world.

I contributed “Silent Running” and “Sugar Tax” for this one.

Others include: Radio Prague by Worker and Parasite, Genetic Engineering by Optiganally Yours, ABC Auto Industry by Electrobronze, Telegraph by The Centroid, Pandora’s Box by Remington Portable, Walking on the Milky Way by Britestar, Gospel of St Jude by Electrobronze, The Romance of the Telescope by VCL XI, Radio Waves by Func Lab, Enola Gay by Britestar, Of All the Things We’ve Made by Gary Hunter, Maid of Orleans by The Centroid, Stand Above Me by Uniqua, The New Dark Age by Electrobronze, The Messerschmitt Twins by The Centroid, Almost (Roger Erickson Remix) by VCL XI, Annex by Raleigh Roule, Victory Waltz by Britestar.

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