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Philip Jeck | Vinyl Coda II

Artist Biography by John Bush

In territory similar to Christian Marclay and David SheaPhilip Jeck is an English avant-garde turntablist, plunderphonic sample terrorist, and performance artist whose most famous installation, Vinyl Requiem, included no less than 180 turntables. After studying the visual arts at Dartington College in Devon, Jeck began a performance career that found him at art galleries as well as warehouse parties, where he emulated the turntable tricks of American hip-hop DJs like Grandmaster Flash. It was during a five-year collaboration with contemporary dancer Laurie Booth, though, that Jeck developed a more personal and experimental style of music-making allied with Canadian John Oswald‘s style of plunderphonics sampling. Jeck‘s 1993 Vinyl Requiem installation with Lol Sargent utilized 180 turntables as well as 12 slide projectors and two film projectors, and won a Performance Award from Time Out magazine. The following year, he appeared on the Blast First! compilation Deconstruct alongside Christian MarclayJohn OswaldBruce Gilbert and Stock, Hausen & Walkman and in 1995, Jeck released his debut album, Loopholes, for Touch. Surf followed four years later. Vinyl Coda I-III, a double CD containing live radio broadcasts and performances, appeared on Intermedium Records in 2000, with Vinyl Coda IV appearing the following year. Also in 2001, Jeck contributed to 4 Parabolic Mixes, a double CD on Sub Rosa containing works based on 8 Études Paraboliques by Henri Pousseur, featuring mixes by Pousseur as well as Main and Oval.
In 2002, Jeck collaborated with fellow turntablist Claus van Bebber for a live performance which was released as Viny’l’isten by Intermedium Records. Another collaborative effort called Invisible Architecture #1, a document of a live performance with Otomo Yoshihide and Martin Tétreault, was released by Audiosphere. Jeck also released Stoke (one of his most critically acclaimed solo albums) and Soaked (a collaboration with Jacob Kirkegaard), both on Touch. 2003 saw the release of two solo albums by Jeck7 (Touch) and Host (Sub Rosa). 2004 brought two more collaborative albums: Songs for Europe (Piosenki Dla Europy)(Asphodel) with Janek Schaefer and Live in Leuven (30 Hertz Records) with Jah Wobble and Jaki Liebezeit. In 2007, Touch released a recording of a 2005 performance of Gavin Bryars‘ The Sinking of the Titanic by Italian ensemble Alter Ego that featured Jeck on turntables. SandJeck‘s first solo album in five years, was released by Touch in 2008, as was Amoroso, a split 7″ with Fennesz in which both artists manipulated a recording of organ player Charles Matthews. A limited vinyl-only solo release titled Suite: Live in Liverpool was issued by Touch and Autofact Records in 2009, and The Tapeworm issued a Jeck cassette called Spool the same year.
In 2010, Touch released Spliced, a collaborative 7″ between Jeck and Marcus DavidsonJeck‘s next solo album, An Ark for the Listener, was also released by Touch that year. TablesAreTurned, a double-LP collaboration between JeckAlter Ego, and Bernhard Lang, and based on a song by Amon Düül 2, was released by God Records in 2011. Following a few digital-only releases of live performances, Jeck returned to record shops in 2015 with Cardinal, a double LP issued by Touch.
Photo: Dave Knapik
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