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12.04.14 – UNTERTAUCHEN feat. SURGEON (Dynamic Tension, Counter Balance, Downwards, UK) @ Goethebunker [Essen]


Anthony Child ist:
TRADE (zusammen mit BLAWAN)

Als Surgeon ist er einer der wichtigsten TechnoProduzenten Englands und hat mit seiner Musik wohl so ziemlich jeden beeinflusst, der sich ernsthaft mit Techno auseinandersetzt. Umso erstaunlicher; dass die Anzahl seiner eigenen Veröffentlichungen immer noch recht überschaubar ist, wohingegen die Liste der Stücke, die von ihm angefasst (geremixed) wurden, endlos lang ist. Anders ausgedrückt: – Anthony Child erstes Album war so gut, dass in den 90ern unzählige Produzenten aus allen möglichen Bereichen der elektronischen Musik von ihm berührt werden wollten.

Heute gilt Surgeon als (Mit-)Begründer einer Schule, dem sogenannten BirminghamTechno. Er hat seine RadioShow auf RinseFM, die weltweit gehört wird. Er hat seine Residency, die wir an dieser Stelle nicht nennen. Und er hat seine jährlichen, atemberaumbenden Auftritte auf den TopFestivals dieses Planeten. Darüber hinaus ist er auch mit seinen nachgefragten und bereits ganz oben genannten Projekten BRITISH MURDER BOYS und TRADE zu sehen. Insider wissen, dass Anthony 1998 auch eine Platte (Live) unter den Namen Certain Beyond All Reasonable Doubt zusammen mit dem Sepultura-Schlagzeuger Mike Harris veröffentlicht hat.
Das er überhaupt noch in kleineren Clubs auftaucht, ist zu einer Seltenheit geworden. Umso mehr freue ich mich und freut sich der Goethebunker als Spielstätte über diese Ausnahme und auf eine wahnwitzige TechnoNacht in full effect.
Come on in Mr. Child, bring the Surgeon on …

Main Room | TECHNO
SURGEON [Counterbalance, Dynamic Tension, UK] Mike Dnmk
Vlight.to [Visuals]

2nd Room | HOUSE
Katja Krause



Rinse FM about Surgeon:
Anthony Child, aka Surgeon, is rightly recognised as one of the most important figures in British techno. He’s been a pivotal figure in the genre for nearly 20 years, having first cut his teeth in the early ’90s Birmingham scene. His own productions – powerful, hypnotic tracks that blend beautifully balanced percussive motion …..

Listen to his show on Rinse FM


Since exploding onto the techno scene in 1995, with the now-classic ‚Surgeon EP‘, DJ and producer Anthony Child has been remoulding his area of contemporary techno. His early releases on Downwards caused a ripple of excitement through the techno cognoscenti of the time, leading to more widespread exposure via remix work for Dave Clarke and inclusion on Jeff Mills seminal ‚Live At the Liquid Rooms CD‘. Further output on Downwards, such as the ‚Pet 2000 EP‘ (containing the familiar growl of ‚Badger Bite‘), along with releases by label mates Regis, Female and Portion Reform, helped to place Birmingham boldly on the techno map.

However, these early works, for all of their raw energy and their unusual harsh, funky edge were merely hinting at what was to come. Surgeon’s more esoteric influences began to manifest themselves on his first Tresor album release ‚Basictonalvocabulary‘, a record which contained a depth of musicality, without sacrificing any of the edge of earlier works.

This idea of balance between the dancefloor and more cerebral influences was to become a recurring theme in future releases, through the ‚Balance‘ album for Tresor and, later, Surgeon’s own Dynamic Tension and Counterbalance label releases. This became increasingly evident as Tony’s ability to incorporate the more left field aspects of his musical background into his club-based material developed. Tape based experiments from 1984, which can be heard on the ‚Boys, School Showers and Swimming Pools‘ release on Downwards, show a pre-Surgeon fascination with experimentation and the diverse influences of Industrial music and Musique Concrete became more apparent in each Surgeon release.

Evidence of a new, darker direction began to show through on the ‚Force and Form‘ and ‚Body Request‘ albums, but came to the forefront on the more recent Counterbalance releases. It was becoming obvious that Surgeon’s output was more heavily influenced by Coil and Brett Easton Ellis than by Jeff Mills or Underground Resistance.

Throughout this development, Surgeon’s production skills have steadily grown. On the Counterbalance releases and the ‚British Murder Boys‘ split project with Regis on Downwards, complex poly-rhythms battle with grumbling sub-bass and oblique musical references, causing devastation on club dance floors, while always equally providing a rewarding listening experience.

Since the first British Murder Boys release, Surgeon and Regis have worked closely together, recording several more eps and performing live. The BMB releases have further blurred the line between techno and the artists‘ industrial and experimental roots, marrying off-kilter noises and submerged vocals with a strict rhythmical framework.

Further evidence of these multi-functional production skills can be seen on Surgeon’s impressive remix C.V. Alongside remixes for techno luminaries such as Dave Clarke, the Advent, Rue East and Luke Slater, he has produced reworks for Glasgow post-rock outfit Mogwai (moulding their Fear Satan track into a droning Boyd Rice-like crescendo which takes the original to its logical conclusion) and old masters Faust and Coil.

As a compliment to his production work, Surgeon is also an in-demand DJ, with a busy work schedule spread across Europe, U.S.A and Japan. He has been a resident at House of God in Birmingham since 1993 and also held a three year residency at Berlin’s famous Tresor club.

Contemporary Surgeon sets have been notable for an experimentation with new DJ technologies, breaking out of the standard format of two record decks and a mixer to embrace cutting edge hardware and software solutions, blurring the line between a DJ set and a live performance.

Almost a decade on from the initial impact of the thumping introduction of ‚Magneze‘, Surgeon continues to use techno as a vehicle to carry his artistic message. Oblivious to current trends (although often helping to set them), his work continues to be deep and expressive but still carries through in a club environment. A perfect dynamic tension; balance and counterbalance; screw the roses.

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