Jeffrey Surak

Jeff Surak is a veteran experimenter from Washington, DC. He started in the early 80s participating in the international hometaper network. He released his music under the name 1348 on his own Watergate Tapes imprint along with other artists such as Controlled Bleeding, Kapotte Muziek, Odal, and collaborations with John Hudak, Crawling With Tarts, Zan Hoffman and others. Surak also performed and toured with his live unit New Carrollton creating improvised post industrial soundscapes. During the early 1990s Surak spent most of his time living in Russia, where he formed the noise group Sovmestnoye Predpriyatiye (Joint Venture), which did site specific performances. In the late 90s, Surak returned to recording and live performance with the free music duo v.. After releasing numerous recordings and touring the USA, v. disbanded and Surak focused on solo works under the name of Violet (2), creating organic irrational compositions, using electro-acoustic instruments and tape/CD/vinyl manipulations.

Currently Surak performs under his own name, operating in the netherworld between composed and improvised music, moving between musique concrete, drone, noise, & free improvisation using whatever sound implements at hand. He has collaborated with such artists as Alexei Borisov, Frans de Waard, Zan Hoffman, Rinus Van Alebeek, and Michael Gendreau. Surak runs the Zeromoon label. From 2005-2018 he directed the annual Sonic Circuits Festival of Experimental Music in Washington DC, presenting performances by a wide range of artists from Phill Niblock, Magma, Univers Zero, Merzbow, Faust, Odal, Andrea Parkins, David Behrman, and hundreds of others.

"Very much like watching a giant wildfire consuming nature or the eruptions of a volcano or seeing an avalanche go down, strikes you both with fear and awe, makes you stare straight into the eye of danger without being able to move a limb." ~ Cracked

"Dark and mysterious, mixing in bits of Philip Jeck and Tim Hecker, Wolf Eyes, blending them into Violet's ominous world of sound." ~ Aquarius Records

"Like beautiful rats hugging a sinking ship." ~ Wire
In Groups:


TOP 22 Jeffrey Surak - Collaboration album art Aleksey Borisov* + Jeff Surak* Aleksey Borisov* + Jeff Surak* - Collaboration(6xFile, MP3, 192) Top 40 TOP 22 Russia 2006
none Jeffrey Surak - Hotel Bethanien / Gates Open album art J. Surak* Hotel Bethanien / Gates Open(2xFile, MP3, Album, 320) Zeromoon none US 2012
HT214 Jeffrey Surak - Dictators Of Lofi  album art J. Surak* And Hal McGee J. Surak* And Hal McGee - Dictators Of Lofi (2xFile, MP3, Album, 320) HalTapes HT214 US 2012
none Jeffrey Surak - Songs From The Floorboard album art J. Surak* Songs From The Floorboard(8xFile, MP3, Album, 320) Zeromoon none US 2012
ZERO160 Jeffrey Surak - Skull Cloud album art J. Surak* Skull Cloud(Cass, Album) Zeromoon ZERO160 US 2014 Sell This Version
MOMA086 Jeffrey Surak - If You Smell Gas album art J. Surak* If You Smell Gas(2xFile, MP3, Album, 320) The Museum Of Microcassette Art MOMA086 US 2014
Zero158 Jeffrey Surak - Harmonium Bacterium album art J. Surak* Harmonium Bacterium(Cass, Album) Zeromoon Zero158 US 2014 Sell This Version
ZERO164 Jeffrey Surak - Dillhole And Fashion Delete album art J. Surak* Dillhole And Fashion Delete(Cass, Album, Ltd, Num) Zeromoon ZERO164 US 2015 Sell This Version
none Jeffrey Surak - All Gold album art Jeff Surak* All Gold(Cass, Ltd) Staaltape none Germany 2015 Sell This Version
zero166 Jeffrey Surak - Lost Geographies album art J. Surak* Lost Geographies(Cass, Ltd, C58) Zeromoon zero166 US 2016 Sell This Version
zero179 Jeffrey Surak - Electronic Works album art J. Surak* Electronic Works(CDr, Ltd, Num) Zeromoon zero179 US 2017 Sell This Version
zero192 Jeffrey Surak - naming the trees album art Jeffrey Surak naming the trees(Cass, MiniAlbum) Zeromoon zero192 USA & Canada 2019 Sell This Version
9 Bonnie Jones + Jeffrey Surak Bonnie Jones + Jeffrey Surak - Gymnastics(Cass, Album) Rat Route 9 USA & Canada 2020 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

mass06 Jeffrey Surak - Ulitsa Novatorov album art Alexei Borisov* / Jeffrey Surak Alexei Borisov* / Jeffrey Surak - Ulitsa Novatorov(CDr, Mini, Ltd) The Locus Of Assemblage mass06 UK 2003 Sell This Version