Phillip Jeck

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Philip Jeck works with old records and record players salvaged from junk shops turning them to his own purposes. Since the early ’80’s he has made soundtracks and toured with many dance and theatre companies as well as his solo concert work. His recent collaboration with Gavin Bryars on a re-interpretation of the seminal ‘The Sinking of The Titanic’ has received high acclaim amongst critics worldwide. His best known work “Vinyl Requiem”, a performance for 180 ’50’s/’60’s record players, won Time Out Performance Award for 1993. He plays them as musical instruments, creating an intensely personal language that evolves with each added part of a record.

Philip Jeck makes genuinely moving and transfixing music, where we hear the art not the gimmick. A typical Jeck composition moves at an incredibly lethargic pace through a series of looped drone tracks caught in the infinities of multiple locked grooves. As he prefers to use ancient vinyl on his antique turntables, the inevitable surface noise crackles into gossamer rhythms of pulsating hiss. Occasionally, Jeck intercedes in his ghostly bricolage with a slowly rotated foreground element – a disembodied voice, a melody, or simply a fragment of non-specific sound -, which spirals out of focus through a warm bath of delay

21 May 2008 – Christchurch – The Media Club
with: Crude , I-Rory.

START: WED 21 MAY 2008, 12:00 PM

23 May 2008 – Auckland – The Classic
with: sam hamilton, Sandoz Lab Technicians.

START: FRI 23 MAY 2008, 12:00 PM