Country:   England
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Philip Jeck is perhaps best known for his highly subversive work 'Vinyl Requiem' with Lol Sargent (a performance for 180 dansette record players, 12 slide- projectors and 2 movie-projectors), which won the ‘Time Out Performance Award’ in 1993. He has also worked extensively with the choreographer Laurie Booth, is a member of Slant and has had tracks released by Blast First (on the Deconstruct compilation) and The Soundworks Exchange (First Edition). His solo work almost exclusively appears on Touch: Surf, for example, [Touch # TO:36, reissued in 2005] further explores his experimentation with loops and scratching. His methods leave much to chance; nothing is pre-planned or calculated. His CDs are surprisingly accessible: rhythms unfold from the miasma. Whilst highly original, there is a surprisingly antique feel to his sound: many of the samples, loops and scratches are taken from old vinyl records. Against nostalgia, his work proves there to be vast potential in analogue recording processes, and by utilising seemingly outmoded sources, Philip Jeck shows that you don't need a 24 track digital console and an enormous hard disk to make music that is both innovative and involving. Philip Jeck (b.1952) Philip Jeck studied visual art at Dartington College of Arts. He started working with record players and electronics in the early '80's and has made soundtracks and toured with many dance and theatre companies as we as well as his solo concert work. His best kown work Vinyl Requiem (with Lol Sargent): a performance for 180 '50's/'60's record players won Time Out Performance Award for 1993. He has recently created "Vinyl Codas I-IV" for Bavarian Radio, "Coda II" winning a Karl Sczuka prize for Radio Art. He has also over the last few years returned to visual art making installations using from 6 to 80 record players including "Off The Record" for Sonic Boom at The Hayward Gallery, London. Philip Jeck works with old records and record players salvaged from junk shops turning them to his own purposes. He really does play them as musical instruments, creating an intensely personal language that evolves with each added part of a record. Philip Jeck makes geniunely moving and transfixing music, where we hear the art not the gimmick.
31 Selected Statements
      Worktype Info Year Country Admin
Wholesome Soundwork - England Edit
Museum Soundwork - England Edit
Wipe Soundwork - England Edit
Bush Hum Soundwork - England Edit
Vinyl Requiem. Installation / Performance Union Chapel 1993 England Edit
Glimmer to Gleam Installation / Performance Bollwerk International Festival 1994 Switzerland Edit
Widescreen Installation / Performance Musikprotokoll 1995 Austria Edit
Anatomy Composition Touch CD Loopholes 1995 England Edit
Harry and Krishna Composition Touch CD Loopholes 1995 England Edit
Incassum, Casio Composition Touch CD Loopholes 1995 England Edit
Louies Riddle Composition Touch CD Loopholes 1995 England Edit
Off The Record Installation / Performance Bluecoat Gallery 1996 England Edit
Free Jazz. Installation / Performance Jazzatelier 1997 Austria Edit
To the Bridge. Installation / Performance Goethe Institut 1998 Germany Edit
Off the Record II Installation / Performance Hambuger Bahnhof Gallery 1999 Germany Edit
Off the Record III Installation / Performance ZKM 1999 Germany Edit
Vinyl Coda I and II Installation / Performance Bavarian Radio 1999 Germany Edit
Matrix Installation / Performance Below BCP Carpark 1999 England Edit
Vinyl Coda III Installation / Performance Akademie der Kunste 1999 Germany Edit
Off the Record Installation / Performance Hayward Gallery 2000 England Edit
Vinyl Coda IV Installation / Performance Bavarian Radio. Bongo Bar, 2000 Germany Edit
Duet Installation / Performance 2000 Austria Edit
Off the Record: Black and Blue Installation / Performance Mid Pennine Gallery 2001 England Edit
Off the Record: Six Installation / Performance Triskel Arts Centre 2001 Ireland Edit
Untitled Installation / Performance The Arches 2001 Scotland Edit
To the Bridge Installation Huddersfield Art Gallery 2002 England Edit
Vinylisten Installation / Performance ZKM 2002 Germany Edit
To The Bridge II Installation / Performance Huddersfield Art Gallery 2002 England Edit
Ode to Joy Performance UK Tour 2003 England Edit
Untitled Performance Performance 2003 Denmark Edit
Turning Performance 2003 Scotland Edit