Dwayne Goettel

Dwayne Goettel
Background information
Birth name Dwayne Rudolph Goettel
Also known as aDuck
Born (1964-02-01)February 1, 1964
Origin Canada
Died August 23, 1995(1995-08-23) (aged 31)
Edmonton, Alberta
Genres Industrial, Techno
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Keyboards, synthesizer, sampler, guitar, bass guitar, drums, trumpet
Years active 1981 - 1995
Labels Subconscious Communications, Nettwerk Records
Associated acts aDuck, Skinny Puppy, Psyche, Doubting Thomas, Cyberaktif, The Tear Garden, Voice, Hilt

Dwayne Rudolph Goettel (February 1, 1964  August 23, 1995) was a member of the industrial band Skinny Puppy. Classically trained, he played keyboards for an early incarnation of the Canadian gothic/synthpop band Psyche, as well as a band called Water, who opened for Skinny Puppy in 1985. He joined Skinny Puppy during the recording of Mind: The Perpetual Intercourse (mid-1986) when he was recruited to take Wilhelm Schroeder's place. Goettel would come to be cEvin Key's primary partner in forming Skinny Puppy's music until the album The Process, as well as in their side projects Doubting Thomas, Cyberaktif, The Tear Garden and Hilt. Despite being best known for playing keyboards and synthesizers with Skinny Puppy, his first instrument was the trumpet, which he played in his high school band, before moving to Edmonton, where he began learning piano and became involved with the local music scene. He was also a competent drummer, guitarist and bassist.

Goettel formed Subconscious Records in 1993 to release a 12" single (split with friend Phil Western) under the pseudonym Duck. During the following year, the frustrations of recording The Process led to the formation of Download with Key, Western and Mark Spybey during improvisations during late-night jam sessions.

Goettel died of a heroin overdose in a bathroom at his parents' home in Edmonton, Alberta on August 23, 1995.[1] As a bandmate told Rolling Stone magazine, Goettel had just returned to his parents' house to kick his habit. Download's first album Furnace and Skinny Puppy's album The Process were both released dedicated to his memory.

While in the band Psyche,[2] he was recruited by guitar player Maury Duchamp to join a band called Voice[3] that was formed with the remnants of the band Office, singer Malcolm Swann and bass player Jeff Sawatzky with the addition of drummer Sherri Leigh Iwaschuk, formerly with the Reverb Angels. Voice recorded a 4 song E.P. for Switch records in 1985 called 'anno di Voce' and performed on a battle of the bands TV show that aired on CBC. Voice survived for a few years in the mid-eighties and gained significant popularity in Alberta. Water was a side project during the Voice years that Dwayne formed with a singer, Mandy Cousins.


aDuck is a solo project of Dwayne Rudolph Goettel. According to the Paradigm Shift insert, aDuck was inspired by "the early release of Aphex Twin and other artists in the now exploding European/UK electronic scene". In 1993, Dwayne and Phil Western created Subconscious Records in order to release the Duck/Philth Split 12". There were only 200 copies of this vinyl made. On one side of the vinyl “This Side”, the Philth song “My Heart Is Being Touched By Christ” appears and has the vinyl etching “SUB AQUA”. On the other side of the vinyl “That Side” the Duck song “Power” appears and has the vinyl etching “HOW GOD YOU MAKE THAT LIKE SO GOOD”.

Three aDuck songs have been released, one of which appears renamed and in a different form:

1. Power (from Duck/Philth Split 12", later appears on Paradigm Shift)

2. Phenethylamine Backwash (from Coordinate 01 Compilation, this song later appears remixed as 'Quackerz [Revision]' on Wild Planet)

3. Burnout (from Paradigm Shift)


Skinny Puppy


cEvin Key

Doubting Thomas



Sister Machine Gun



  1. http://www.nytimes.com/1995/08/28/obituaries/dwayne-goettel-31-a-rock-musician.html
  2. http://www.darkentriesrecords.com/store/dark-entries/psyche-re-membering-dwayne-lp/#tab-description
  3. http://www.discogs.com/artist/310028-Voice-3
  4. http://www.discogs.com/Psyche-Re-Membering-Dwayne/release/2435201
  5. http://www.discogs.com/Psyche-Re-Membering-Dwayne/release/5336845

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