Surgeon (musician)

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Background information
Also known asAnthony Child
Born (1971-05-01) 1 May 1971 (age 51)
Kislingbury, Northamptonshire[1]
GenresElectronic music, techno, industrial techno[2]
Macintosh computers
JazzMutant Lemur
Years active1991 – present
Dynamic Tension
WebsiteOfficial website

Surgeon is the pseudonym of Anthony Child (born 1 May 1971), an English electronic musician and DJ.[3] Child releases music on his own labels Counterbalance and Dynamic Tension. Established imprints, such as Tresor, Soma, and Harthouse, have also released Surgeon's original material and remixes. He has also been recognized as one of the first wave of DJs to use Ableton Live and Final Scratch to supplement his DJ sets.


Child grew up in Kislingbury, in Northamptonshire, England. In 1989, he moved to Birmingham to study audio-visual design, where he played in a jazz/rock/fusion band called Blim, and learned to DJ from friend Paul Damage.[1] At that time, there were no Techno clubs in Birmingham so he and his friends started House of God,[4] and by 1992 he was DJing there regularly. In 1994, he released his eponymous debut EP on Downwards Records.

Surgeon's musical style is characterised by his incorporation of the more cinematic and left-field aspects of his musical background into his club-based material. His production, remix, and DJ repertoire are inspired by krautrock and industrial music bands such as Faust, Coil, and Whitehouse. In particular, the extent of Coil's influence is such that most of the track titles from Surgeon's Tresor album "Force and Form" are direct references to Coil recordings.[5] Child also is influenced by Chicago house, Techno, Dub music, and Electro, and also from non-musical works by Mike Leigh, David Lynch, William S. Burroughs, Bret Easton Ellis, and Cindy Sherman.[4]

Child is also known for several significant artist collaborations in his career. These include tonal experiments with Mick Harris, British Murder Boys with Regis, and with Ben Sims as Frequency 7. He has also opened for Lady Gaga, performing with Lady Starlight.

He is also known for producing music for the PlayStation racing game, Midnight Club: Street Racing.


  1. ^ a b Barr, Tim (2000). The Rough Guide to Techno. London: Rough Guides. pp. 328–329. ISBN 1-85828-434-1.
  2. ^ Finlayson, Angus (13 February 2013). "The industrial techno revolution". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 1 February 2017.
  3. ^ "Surgeon". Retrieved 1 February 2018.
  4. ^ a b Heugli, Walter; Martin Jaeggi; Arsène Saheurs (2002). Raw Music Material: Electronic Music DJs Today. Zurich: Scalo. p. 71. ISBN 3-908247-51-9.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 16 January 2008. Retrieved 23 December 2006.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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