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Techno - Released May 25, 2018 | Dynamic Tension

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At nearly 50 years of age, Anthony Child is calm. That’s because he has got nothing left to prove. After all, he is cited as the pioneer of English industrial techno (1994's Surgeon), and seems to be enjoying the freedom to decide from one day to the next whether he wants to put out an album or not. In 2016, a journey to the Hawaiian jungle gave birth to a long format release (Electronic Recordings from Maui Jungle Vol. 1), followed, a few months later, by a second, cosmically influenced by far-flung galaxies (From Farthest Known Objects). Then, a pause. After a two-year hiatus spent playing on his new favourite toy, modular synths with his English compatriot Blawan, gadget geek that he is, the former member of the British Murder Boys set off on his travels again, but journeying within this time, taking as his point of departure Bardo Thödol, the Tibetan book of the dead which could also be translated as "liberation through listening in intermediary states." As the reader will have guessed, Surgeon remains faithful to his techno trip, where psychedelic textures function as mental missives and where the galloping rhythm section knocks you off your feet, and the trance grabs you like a cold after a day in the snow. Close your eyes to savour it. © Sylvain Di Cristo / Qobuz

Electronic/Dance - Released August 25, 2014 | Token

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Techno - Released June 14, 2019 | Dynamic Tension

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Techno - Released May 31, 2019 | Dynamic Tension

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Techno - Released October 25, 2010 | Tresor Records

On Basic Tonal Vocabulary, Surgeon practices the skills he learned from the Jeff Mills school of minimal techno. Layers of various percussive rhythms and synthesizer loops gel into a disorientated whole that moves forward with relentless tempo and intensity -- in other words, banging. Unlike Mills though, Surgeon's tracks on Basic Tonal Vocabulary may retain the density and intensity of the Detroit artist, but they often come across sounding messy. The many layers of percussive rhythms within the context of a given track often don't synthesize; the result resembles a DJ's unsuccessful attempt to mix two techno records at +8. Surgeon also toys with moments of sublime ambience on tracks such as "Waiting" and "Intro." Since both are rather simple in nature, without all of the pounding bass beats and multiple layers of percussion, they sound rather fresh and function as welcome intermissions from Surgeon's onslaught of techno. While the first half of the album may seem like a dissonant cacophony, the last few tracks such as "Rotunda," "Scorn," and "Return" show the artist's potential for brilliance. On these last three, the countless layers of looped percussion synthesize perfectly, producing forward-moving tracks that seem to imitate gigantic swarms of locusts; buzzing, swirling, and always advancing with jarring kinetic force, these pieces surpass even the best work ever done to date by the minimal techno guru Mills himself. It is just unfortunate that the first half of this album sounds like a failed experiment with the concepts and ingredients present, but the products lacking. ~ Jason Birchmeier
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Techno - Released January 29, 2016 | Dynamic Tension

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Techno - Released October 25, 2010 | Tresor Records

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Techno - Released September 15, 2014 | SRX

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Techno - Released April 13, 2015 | SRX

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Techno - Released July 10, 2015 | SRX

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Techno - Released June 8, 2015 | SRX

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Techno - Released October 14, 2016 | Dynamic Tension

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Techno - Released April 28, 2017 | Dynamic Tension

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Techno - Released May 4, 2015 | SRX

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Dance - Released December 14, 2016 | Exploding Audio Records

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Techno - Released May 2, 2005 | Counterbalance

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Techno - Released December 17, 2001 | Counterbalance

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Rock - Released January 1, 1991 | SKO-Musik

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Techno - Released October 27, 2014 | SRX

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Techno - Released March 5, 2007 | Dynamic Tension