Surgeon ‎– Communications

Downwards ‎– DNCD01
CD, Album


1 Syllable 8:55
2 Cable 5:06
3 Wire 5:31
4 Wave 8:52
5 Particle 5:21
6 Optic 6:49
7 Atol 4:32
8 Reptile Mess 6:49

Companies, etc.



p + c downwards 1996
Made in England.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 5 028563 234323
  • Barcode: 5028563234323
  • Matrix / Runout: [SNA logo] DN CD 1 04059608
  • Mastering SID Code: ifpi L600
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI 1A04

Other Versions (5 of 11) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
DNCD01 Surgeon Communications(CD, Album) Downwards DNCD01 UK 1996 Sell This Version
DNLP01 Surgeon Communications(2x12", Album, RP, Tra) Downwards DNLP01 UK 2006 Sell This Version
DNLP1 Surgeon Communications(2x12", Album) Downwards DNLP1 UK 1996 Sell This Version
DNLP1 Surgeon Communications(Cass, Album, Promo) Downwards DNLP1 Unknown Sell This Version
SRX 003 Surgeon Communications (2x12", Album, RE, RM) SRX SRX 003 UK 2015 Sell This Version



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June 4, 2012
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.