Philip Jeck

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Philip Jeck
Philip Jeck 1 Vortex 9 16 2011.JPG
Philip Jeck headlining at Jonny Mugwump’s Exotic Pylon at the Vortex on 16 September 2011
Background information
GenresTurntablism, ambient, avant-garde, drone, sampledelia
Occupation(s)Musician, visual artist
InstrumentsTurntable, Casio SK-1, MiniDisc, mixer, bass guitar, effects pedal
Years active1980s–present
LabelsTouch, Intermedium

Philip Jeck (born 1952)[1] is an English composer and multimedia artist whose work is best known for utilising antique turntables and vinyl records, along with looping devices and both analogue and digital effects.[2] Initially composing for installations and dance companies, since 1995 he has released music on the UK label Touch.[2] He has collaborated with artists such as Gavin Bryars, Jah Wobble, Jaki Liebezeit, David Sylvian, and Janek Schaefer.[2]


Philip Jeck studied Visual Arts at Dartington College of Arts, Devon, England.[2] He became interested in record players after visiting New York in 1979 and being introduced to the work of DJs such as Walter Gibbons and Larry Levan.[3] He began exploring composition using record players and electronics in the early 1980s.[2] In his early career, he composed and performed scores for dance and theatre companies, including a five-year collaboration with Laurie Booth.[2] He has also composed scores for dance films Beyond Zero on Channel 4 and Pace on BBC 2.

Jeck is perhaps best known for his 1993 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.[2] He signed to Touch in 1995, and has released his best known works on the label, including Surf (1998), Stoke (2002), and 7 (2003).[2] In 2004, he collaborated with Alter Ego on a 2005 rendition of composer Gavin Bryars's The Sinking of the Titanic.[2] His 2008 album Sand was named the 2nd best album of that year by The Wire.[4] Much of his studio releases are pieced together from recordings of his own live performances and stitched together with a MiniDisc recorder.[2]


Studio and live recordings[edit]

  • Loopholes (1995, Touch)
  • Surf (1998, Touch)
  • Live in Tokyo (2000, Touch)
  • Vinyl Coda I-III (2 CDs) (2000, Intermedium Records)
  • Vinyl Coda IV (2001, Intermedium Records)
  • Stoke (2002, Touch)
  • 7 (2003, Touch)
  • Sand (2008, Touch)
  • Suite. Live in Liverpool (2008, Touch)
  • An Ark for the Listener (2010, Touch)
  • Cardinal (2015, Touch)
  • Iklectik (2017, Touch)



  1. ^ Staff. "Philip Jeck – CV" Archived 2011-12-28 at the Wayback Machine..
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Bush, John. "Philip Jeck - Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 4 September 2018.
  3. ^ Saunders, James. "Interview with Philip Jeck". The Ashgate Research Companion to Experimental Music. Ashgate. Retrieved 4 September 2018.
  4. ^ "Biography". Philip Jeck official website. Retrieved 4 September 2018.

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