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Syllable 8:59
Cable 5:11
Wire 5:35
Wave 8:56
Particle 5:26
Optic 6:53
Atol 4:36
Reptile Mess 6:50

Versions (12)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
DNCD01 Surgeon Communications(CD, Album) Downwards DNCD01 UK 1996 Sell This Version
DNLP1 Surgeon Communications(2x12", Album) Downwards DNLP1 UK 1996 Sell This Version
DNLP1 Surgeon Communications(2x12", Album, RP) Downwards DNLP1 UK 1996 Sell This Version
DNCD01 Surgeon Communications(CD, Album) Downwards DNCD01 UK 1996 Sell This Version
DNLP01 Surgeon Communications(2x12", Album, RP) Downwards DNLP01 UK 2006 Sell This Version
DNLP01 Surgeon Communications(2x12", Album, RP, Tra) Downwards DNLP01 UK 2006 Sell This Version
SRX 003 Surgeon Communications (2x12", Album, RE, RM) SRX SRX 003 UK 2015 Sell This Version
SRX 003 Surgeon Communications(6xFile, FLAC, Album, RM) SRX SRX 003 UK 2015
SRX 003 Surgeon Communications(6xFile, MP3, Album, RE, RM, 320) SRX SRX 003 UK 2015
DNLP1 Surgeon Communications(2x12", Album, RP) Downwards DNLP1 UK Unknown Sell This Version
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April 19, 2016
referencing Communications , 2x12", Album, RE, RM, SRX 003

This is one of the only records for which I've noticed remastering to be overwhelmingly beneficial. "Wave" sounds like a track reborn, and so many distinct underpatterns in "Syllable" have been foregrounded where they would otherwise be half-hidden, adding only to overall texture of the original.


June 4, 2012
referencing Communications, CD, Album, DNCD01
There came a time in the mid-Nineties when you couldn't open a music magazine without finding some article or feature on TONY CHILDS' Hardcore Techno project SURGEON - it was THAT revolutionary. As with REGIS, the most obvious point of comparison would be a R'n'R-denuded SUICIDE - several rhythmic elements are used which, while synchronised, seem to approach the core mass from distinctive different directions, yet all have the drive and momentum to carry the music forward. This is not easy listening music like much of the rest which appears in the Techno field - it's oddyshape structure, although simplistic, makes the home listener cross-eared (if you know what I mean). This music is a hell of a lot more primal than also-revered labelmates REGIS, stripped down to skeletal minimalism (in more than one sense of the word). If the British Isles could ever claim to have created Tribal music for the Cyber-Generation, then this is it - plain paper dance music on which nothing flowery has been painted, no prose has been scrawled, no doodles drawn. It's job is quite simply to keep people dancing, and this is what it does to great effect. The structure - pumping kick drum; coagulated hi-hats and cymbals; minimal punctuating snares and claps; simplistic keyboard which transforms through filtering and EQ - remains the same on each track. A lot of people say that Tony's music is as important to the development of modern sound as APHEX TWIN - and there's a lot of similarities between their sound. Not sure I'd recommend this as ideal home listening, but it's rock solid club fare which is probably already familiar to many of you who like this genre.

Originally reviewed for Soft Watch.


June 30, 2010
referencing Communications, 2x12", Album, RP, Tra, DNLP01

If you like pure techno, you're gonna love this. If you like Surgeon, well then I'm sure you already do love this! I'm more of the late bloomer (or just younger I suppose) who picked this is up in its repress years, but wow, this is my favourite Surgeon of all time. I can't fully appreciate the slamming older days of some techno when given the modern sound's milieu, but this is something that hard or soft, whatever you say it is, it's golden. Four absolute classics for all occasions: Syllable, Cable, Wire, and Particle. Syllable's more of the slow burner to kick things off; builds and builds, but never really drops, just keeps teasing you along with subtle, sharp synths and a really piercing kick. Cable is third gear for me, picks things up with a menacing heavy loop and a tinge of shifting reverb. Wire is my favourite stormer on this album. I could listen to this track any time, any day. Just driving and driving, but it knows how to pull it back, work it in, and then give it all—the epitome of the perfect late night track. And Particle, well, this track is just damn cool. More akin to the introspective tone of a track like Syllable, this is definitely where Surgeon put the experiment into techno. Fits nicely into the four gear spectrum I've defined here at two, but make no mistake, this track brings it. Communications is one of my favourite works of "techno techno" (how I like to call its heavier side). Fourteen years on and it's still going strong.


August 12, 2007
edited over 14 years ago
referencing Communications, 2x12", Album, DNLP1

Perhaps the pinnacle album of Child's early style. Three tracks are gritty, percussive pounders (Particle, Cable, Wire) while the three others (Syllable, Optic, Wave) are more exploratory of their synth lines. Optic for me is the best example of this latter approach. The synth is subtle and complex to begin with. He then rips it in half, separating the right and left channels, lets them drift completely out of phase, then back together. Along the way he morphs them beautifully. Genius of a track.