Surgeon was in a restrained and meditative mood at this year’s Freerotation Festival.
Last weekend saw the annual Freerotation Festival return to the Welsh wilds, an event which has gained near-cult status in the UK electronic community due to its members only ticketing system and boundary-pushing audio/visual lineups. The 2013 edition boasted the likes of Patrice Scott, Karenn, DJ Qu, Shackleton, Move D, John Heckle, Skudge and The Black Dog, taking over the grandiose Baskerville Hall for three days of hedonism for the heads.
Surgeon, aka Anthony Childs, has been a firm favourite at past Freerotation’s, but this year saw him step away from punishing drums and industrial drones and into the ambient realm, performing a 2-hour set of “colourful, uplifting psychedelia” in the chill-out yurt. Keeping in line with the meditative environment he played in, Childs indulged in some unorthodox methods, as he explains:
“To hear the sound more clearly I decided to perform my set sat on the floor in front of the speakers instead of behind them as a DJ normally does. Sat in a meditation posture with my spine straight gave me a serene, calm feeling during the whole set. Also, it felt more inclusive to be sat with the audience, facing the same direction to enjoy the music together with them.”
Stream or download the set below – perfect listening for a sunny summer’s day.
01. Steve Hillage – Garden Of Paradise
02. Panabrite – Index of Gestures
03. Henry Wolff & Nancy Hennings – Adrift
04. Terry Riley – Anthem of the Trinity
05. Location recording – Maui night crickets 21st January 2013
06. Alice Coltrane – Galaxy Around Oldumare
07. Mist – Mist House
08. Oneohtrix Point Never – Format & Journey North
09. Vangelis – Albedo 0.39
10. Coil – Are You Shivering?
11. Emeralds – Genetic
12. Laurie Anderson – Walking & Falling
13. Coil – Baby Food
14. The Irresistible Force – Flying High
15. Angelo Badalamenti – Into The Night
16. Coil – Amethyst Deceivers
17. Outer Space – Memory Bomb
18. Panabrite – Golden Drape
19. Location recording – Maui night rain 15th January 2013
20. Bee Mask – Vaporware
21. Scott Walker – It’s Raining Today
22. Lloyd Miller – Rain Dance