Violet (2)

Jeff Surak

Also known as V.iolet, Violet, Voilet
This performer (group) in the Internet:,!/pages/Violet/47256139681

Discography of Violet (2):

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 Sometimes In The Quietest Of Moments The Pipes Don't Fit And The Bathtub Makes You Scream And The Toaster Wants Your Blood 9 Audio 2002-12-00 Zeromoon
2 Let The Sunshine In 4 Audio 2004 Zeromoon
3 Desperat 3 Audio 2004-04-00 Fukk God Lets Create
4 Electrolux 3 Audio 2004 Nexsound
5 Green 3 Audio 2004-03-01 Zeromoon
6 36 3 Audio 2005-01-01 Zeromoon
7 The Long March 4 Audio 2004 Zeromoon
8 The Sun Is Shining & The Flowers Are Blooming On Violet Street 3 Audio 2005-04-00 Scarcelight Recordings
9 Sachertorte 3 Audio 2005-06-06 Live Reports
10 Okraina 3 Audio 2005-06-03 CONV
11 Bogatiri 3 Audio 2005 Zeromoon
12 Universam 3 Audio 2006-10-24 Live Reports
13 Universam 3 Audio 2006-10-24 Live Reports
14 Attack Of 3 Audio 2006 Zeromoon
15 Blind From Staring Too Long At The Sun 5 Audio 2006 Zeromoon
16 Attack Of 3 Audio 2007-02-00
17 Let The Sunshine In 4 Audio 2004-03-17 Zeromoon
18 Iron Music For Uncorrigated Youth 5 Audio 2008 Fukk Tapes Let's Erase
19 Violet Ray Gas And The Playback Singers 6 Audio 2009-03-31
20 Live In Tallinn 3 Audio 2009-02-27 Clinical Archives
21 Scali 3 Audio 2003-03-00 Tu M'p3
22 Atlantic Pyramid 3 Audio 2011-03-04 Zeromoon
23 Electrolux 3 Audio 2004 Zeromoon
24 Luminescence 6 Audio 2004 Haamumaa
25 Hansaplast 10 Audio 2005-12-00 Zeromoon
26 The Long March 4 Audio 2004 Zeromoon
27 36 3 Audio 2005-01-01 Zeromoon
28 Desperat 3 Audio 2004-04-00 Fukk God Lets Create

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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