The six-volume run of releases will begin in September.
The six-volume series collects music Surgeon made between 1994 and '96, with all material remastered from the original tapes. "While searching through old DAT tapes I was shocked to find how clear and dynamic many of my early tracks sounded, not the way I remembered them from the vinyl releases," Surgeon says on his blog. "Those early tracks, recorded 20 years ago, were mastered and cut by people who had no understanding of electronic music. I actually remember cutting a dubplate back then and being asked if my track was 'supposed to sound like that?' The engineer was so disgusted at my music that once the cut started he left the room until it was finished."
He adds: "Although some of these releases have been repressed many times over the years, they have always been from the original plates from those early cuts; none have ever been re-mastered and recut in their original from. So I began carefully transferring everything from the original DAT tapes and working closely with Christoph Grote-Beverborg from Dubplates & Mastering in Berlin (who's been cutting my all my releases since 1996) to present this early material as it was originally intended."
The music in question includes some of Surgeon's early output for Downwards as well as "high-quality unreleased tracks from that time as well as releases that had only been issued in limited pressings." The first release is the Surgeon EP, which lands on September 15th. It will come out on vinyl and digital formats. (The vinyl version comes with a free download code.)
The following five releases have been confirmed: Pet 2000, Communications, Dynamic Tension EP, Rare Tracks 95-96 and Unreleased Tracks 95-96. The artwork for the series is by Ken Meier and Yoonjai Choi from New York-based design firm Common Name.
SRX will release Surgeon EP on September 15th, 2014.