Philip Jeck

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Philip Jeck
Philip Jeck headlining at Jonny Mugwump’s Exotic Pylon at the Vortex on 16 September 2011
Philip Jeck headlining at Jonny Mugwump’s Exotic Pylon at the Vortex on 16 September 2011
Background information
Born1952 (age 68–69)
  • Musician
  • visual artist
Years active1980s–present

Philip Jeck (born 1952)[5] 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.[6] 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.[7] 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. ^ Gotrich, Lars. "Viking's Choice: What I Learned From Aquarius Records, A Record Store For Big Ears". NPR. Retrieved 10 January 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Bush, John. "Philip Jeck - Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 4 September 2018.
  3. ^ Albiez, Sean (2017). Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World, Volume 11. Bloomsbury. pp. 347–349. Retrieved 10 January 2020.
  4. ^ Clark, Philip. "The playlist: best experimental music of 2015 – Laura Cannell, Philip Jeck and more". The Guardian. Retrieved 10 January 2020.
  5. ^ Staff. "Philip Jeck – CV" Archived 2011-12-28 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ Saunders, James. "Interview with Philip Jeck". The Ashgate Research Companion to Experimental Music. Ashgate. Retrieved 4 September 2018.
  7. ^ "Biography". Philip Jeck official website. Retrieved 4 September 2018.

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