Aril Brikha

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Aril Brikha
Brikha at Detroit Detroit Electronic Music Festival in May 2011
Brikha at Detroit Detroit Electronic Music Festival in May 2011
Background information
Also known asArt Of Vengeance, Ataril, First Movement
Born1976 (age 46–47)
Tehran, Iran
GenresTechno Music, Ambient Techno, Detroit Techno, Minimal Techno.[1]
Occupation(s)Musician, producer
Years active1998-present
LabelsTransmat, Peacefrog, Fragile, Kompakt

Aril Brikha (born 1976 in Tehran, Iran) is an acclaimed Assyrian techno musician, recognized globally for his contributions to the genre.[2] After relocating to Sweden, he gained further recognition when he was nominated for Best Dance Album at the Swedish National Radio Gold Gala contest.[3][4]


In 1998 Aril Brikha’s ‘Groove La Chord’ crossed generic boundaries. Is it techno? Is it house? Is it deep house? No one was more surprised by the success of the record than Brikha himself – he’d originally presented it on his demo as a potential B-side. It was not until two years after he recorded the track, when Derrick May played it in a club, that he realised it was good.

Brikha was born in Iran and emigrated to Sweden at a young age. In his early teens he developed an interest in electronic music – artists such as Depeche Mode, Nitzer Ebb and Kraftwerk. Brikha obtained an Atari and started to use a sequencer and, after initially emulating the music of others, he began composing. Friends who heard his material told him it was 'Detroit techno'. Brikha had no idea what that was - and so they played him records by Robert Hood and Berlin's Basic Channel.[2]

Brikha disseminated his earliest material on Swedish imprints - Dunkla, Plump, and Placktown - but realizing that his music was not what the local labels were seeking, he looked for fresh outlets – among them Derrick May's Transmat Records. Transmat contacted Brikha and, as a consequence, his Art Of Vengeance EP (with ‘Groove La Chord’) was issued on its sister label, Fragile, in 1998.[2] A year on, Aril followed it up with the LP Deeparture In Time, a collection of evocative grooves gathered over a six-year period and laid down with just one keyboard, a drum machine and an Atari. It drew exultant reviews.

Since forging an alliance with Transmat, Brikha has toured solidly with his live show, playing everywhere from the inaugural DEMF (Detroit Electronic Music Festival) to clubs such as London's Fabric and Tokyo’s Air and Yellow.[5][6]



  • 2000: Departure in Time
  • 2007: Ex Machina
  • 2020: Dance of a Trillion Stars
  • 2020: Prisma


  • 1998: Art of Vengeance MP
  • 1998: Art of Vengeance EP
  • 2000: Deeparture in Time
  • 2003: Simplicity
  • 2005: Prey for Peace
  • 2007: Winter EP
  • 2007: Akire
  • 2007: Room 337 / Kept Within
  • 2007: For Mother / Lady 707
  • 2010: Deeparture in Time - The Remixes
  • 2011: Forever Frost
  • 2011: Palma
  • 2012: Definition of D EP[7]


  1. ^ "AllMusic". Rovi. Retrieved 24 December 2012.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ a b c "Aril Brikha: Remaking "Groove La Chord" with Live and Note | Ableton". Retrieved 2023-04-18.
  3. ^ P3 Guld 2008: Årets dans P3 Guld 2008[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "An Assyrian Transmat Nominated for Swedish National Radio Gold Gala Award |". 2011-07-07. Archived from the original on 2011-07-07. Retrieved 2023-04-18.
  5. ^ "Aril Brikha Biography". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 2023-04-18.
  6. ^ "Interview: Aril Brikha". 2016-05-24. Retrieved 2023-04-18.
  7. ^ "AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-12-24.

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