Violet (2)

Violet (2)

Real Name:
Jeff Surak
Called »the godfather of american noise« by Ukrainian MTV, Jeff Surak is a veteran experimenter from Washington DC.

Since his early recordings under the name -1348-, Surak established himself in the international hometaper underground network of the 1980s, releasing tapes on the his own Watergate Tapes imprint, along with such artists as Controlled Bleeding, F/i, and Kapotte Muziek; and collabo- rating with icons like Zan Hoffman, Crawling with Tarts, and John Hudak. At the same time Surak performed with the notorious DC area industrial band New Carrollton.

The 1990s found Surak living and performing in Russia. There he formed the group Sovmestnoye Predpriyatiye which created site specific works using found materials and sounds. At the turn of the millenium Surak created a new duo, V. which quickly blew out of the its initial framework of free improv into a unit that pushed the limits of composition, constantly reinventing itself with each recording and performance. After 11 albums in 2 years, the duo disbanded, leaving Surak to further continue explorations under his solo project called Violet. Found objects, microcassettes, damaged cds, prepared acoustic instruments, and old record players outfitted with foil are the tools of choice. Violet has collaborated with Alexei Borisov, Frans De Waard, Betrand Denzler, Michael Gendreau, Andrey Kiritchenko, Kotra, Francisco Lopez, Andreas Tilliander and many others. Since 2002 Violet has released numerous recordings in a variety of formats and has performed across the USA and Europe.

Surak also directs the annual Sonic Circuits Festival in Washington DC, presenting such artists as Faust, Merzbow, Fennesz, Magma, Jandek, Phill Niblock, Wolf Eyes, Evan Parker, Matmos, Fckn Bstrds, Andrea Parkins, Elliott Sharp and hundreds of others.
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Violet (2) Discography Tracks


Violet (2) Green (Album) Zeromoon US 2003 Sell This Version
none Kurt Buttigieg / Violet (2) / Zanguts Kurt Buttigieg / Violet (2) / Zanguts - Split(CDr) RRs.R, Zeromoon none Belgium 2004 Sell This Version
none Violet (2) Electrolux(CDr) Zeromoon none US 2004 Sell This Version
ns31 Violet (2) Electrolux(3xFile, MP3, 192) Nexsound ns31 Ukraine 2004
none Violet (2) Luminescence(CDr, MiniAlbum) Haamumaa none Finland 2004 Sell This Version
ZERO006, zero006 Violet (2) + Alexei Borisov* + Michael Gendreau Violet (2) + Alexei Borisov* + Michael Gendreau - Bogatiri (Live In Russia)(CD, Album) Zeromoon, Zeromoon ZERO006, zero006 US 2005 Sell This Version
Violet (2) Blind From Staring Too Long At The Sun Zeromoon US 2006 Sell This Version
Violet (2) + XV Parówek Violet (2) + XV Parówek - Hansaplast Zeromoon US 2006 Sell This Version
none Violet (2), Rinus* Violet (2), Rinus* - Live In Tallinn / Chocolate Gold(2xCDr, Album) Chmafu Nocords none Austria 2006 Sell This Version
acs6 Violet (2) Bricks & Bullets(CDr, Album) Arterija acs6 Ukraine 2006 Sell This Version
SOI 051 Violet (2) Foreign Lands(CDr) Spirals Of Involution SOI 051 Russia 2006 Sell This Version
ZERO008, SRA010 Violet (2) Violet Ray Gas And The Playback Singers(CD, Album, Ltd) Zeromoon, Sentient Recognition Archive ZERO008, SRA010 USA & Canada 2009 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Violet (2) Sometimes In The Quietest Of Moments The Pipes Don't Fit And The Bathtub Makes You Scream And The Toaster Wants Your Blood Zeromoon US 2002 Sell This Version
none Violet (2) Scali(File, MP3, Single, 128) Tu M'p3 none Italy 2003
Violet (2) Let The Sunshine In Zeromoon US 2004 Sell This Version
foxglove004 Violet (2) Error Mechanics(CDr, Mini, Ltd) Foxglove foxglove004 US 2004 Sell This Version
(SLR38) Violet (2) The Sun Is Shining & The Flowers Are Blooming On Violet Street(CD, Mini) Scarcelight Recordings (SLR38) US 2005 Sell This Version
MOLL 012 Violet (2) & Freiband Violet (2) & Freiband - Fender Bender(CDr, Mini) My Own Little Label MOLL 012 Netherlands 2007 Sell This Version


slapmp3_008 V.iolet* Ack(File, MP3) Slapart slapmp3_008 US 2002
Violet (2) Desperat Fukk God Lets Create Sweden 2004 Sell This Version
Violet (2) + Bertrand Denzler Violet (2) + Bertrand Denzler - The Long March Zeromoon US 2004 Sell This Version
Violet* + Das Torpedoes Violet* + Das Torpedoes - 36 Zeromoon US 2005 Sell This Version
Kotra / Violet (2) Kotra / Violet (2) - Sachertorte Live Reports Ukraine 2005 Sell This Version
CNV17 Violet (2) Okraina(File, MP3) CONV CNV17 Spain 2005
Violet (2) + Clon Violet (2) + Clon - Attack Of Zeromoon US 2006 Sell This Version