Surgeon (musician)

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Background information
Also known as Anthony Child
Born (1971-05-01) 1 May 1971 (age 46)
Origin Birmingham, England
Genres Electronic music, techno, industrial techno[1]
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Electronics
Macintosh computers
JazzMutant Lemur
Years active 1991 – present
Labels Counterbalance
Dynamic Tension
Associated acts British Murder Boys
Frequency 7
Lady Starlight
Website Official website

Surgeon is the pseudonym of Anthony Child (born 1 May 1971), an English electronic musician and DJ. 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, a village in Northamptonshire, England. In 1989, he moved to Birmingham to study audio-visual design, played in a jazz/rock/fusion band called Blim, and learned to DJ from friend Paul Damage.[2] At that time, there were no Techno clubs in Birmingham so he and his friends started House of God,[3] 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.[4] 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.[3]

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.

Selected discography[edit]


  • 1996: Communications
  • 1997: Basictonalvocabulary
  • 1998: Balance
  • 1999: Force and Form
  • 2000: Body Request
  • 2011: Breaking The Frame
  • 2015: Electronic Recordings from Maui Jungle Vol. 1
  • 2016: From Farthest Known Objects
  • 2016: Electronic Recordings from Maui Jungle Vol. 2

Dynamic Tension EPs[edit]

  • 1997: Patience
  • 1997: Learning
  • 1998: Sound Pressure (with James Ruskin)
  • 1998: Credence
  • 1999: East Light
  • 1999: Dry
  • 2005: Klonk
  • 2007: Whose Bad Hands Are These? (with remixes from DisinVectant & Autechre)
  • 2007: Whose Bad Hands Are These? (with remixes from Monolake & Vex'd)
  • 2010: Compliance Momentum

Counterbalance EPs[edit]

  • 1999: Diametric
  • 2000: La Real
  • 2000: Waiting For Me
  • 2000: Midnight Club Tracks I
  • 2001: Midnight Club Tracks II
  • 2001: Screw The Roses
  • 2006: Floorshow Part I
  • 2006: Floorshow Part II
  • 2009: Hello Oslo


  • 1998: Certain Beyond All Reasonable Doubt (with Mick Harris)
  • 2002: Guitar Treatments (with Andrew Read)

As British Murder Boys[edit]

  • 2001: British Murder Boys
  • 2003: Learn Your Lesson
  • 2003: Don't Give Way To Fear
  • 2004: Fist/Splinter
  • 2005: Father Loves Us
  • 2005: All The Saints Have Been Hung
  • 2012: Where Pail Limbs Lie

Mix CD Compilations[edit]

  • 2001: Counterbalance Collection
  • 2007: This Is For You Shits
  • 2010: fabric 53

Selected Remixes[edit]


  1. ^ Finlayson, Angus (13 February 2013). "The industrial techno revolution". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 1 February 2017. 
  2. ^ Barr, Tim (2000). The Rough Guide to Techno. London: Rough Guides. pp. 328–329. ISBN 1-85828-434-1. 
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ BBC. "Radio 1 - Mary Anne Hobbs - Tracklisting". BBC. Retrieved 2017-01-13. 
  6. ^ Van Buskirk, Eliot (2006-12-11). "New Thom Yorke Remix MP3s". Retrieved 2007-09-08. 

External links[edit]

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