British turntablist Philip Jeck in his first U.S. solo performance.
Jeck, like peers Christian Marclay, Otomo Yoshihide and Martin Tétreault, cares less for beat and scratch, instead massing sound, looping drones and layering old vinyl fragments. He uses vintage turntables, a Casio keyboard and effects. His slow-evolving improvisations are plaintive, taciturn and remarkably beautiful. Constant circles of voice and music repeat and fade in a kind of haunted impressionism.
Philip Jeck (b.1952, Liverpool, U.K.) studied visual art at Dartington College of Arts. He started working with record players and electronics in the early 1980s. In addition to his solo work, he has made soundtracks and toured with many dance and theater companies. His best known project, Vinyl Requiem with Lol Sargent—a performance for 180 Dansette record players, won the Time Out Performance Award for 1993. Notable releases include Loopholes (Touch, 1995), Surf (Touch, 1999), Vinyl Coda I-III (Intermedium Records, 2000) and Vinyl Coda IV (Intermedium Records, 2001).