Philip Jeck, photograph; Mike Harding, Bradford.
English artist Philip Jeck (b. 1952) studied art at Dartington College and for decades has used sound as a foundation for his art. In Jeck’s work there is a deep sense of the world that once was; old record players and tired vinyls, often dug up out of antique shops, are the source of expressive and seductive sounds, full of breaks and debris, memories and desires. In using the vinyl record in his work, Jeck defines or marks specific fragments that spark his interest, creating a sound loop or loop that he transforms, stretches and pulls with gadgets such as pedals and/or speed settings of the old record players that can rotate at 16, 33, 45 or 78 rotations. In this sonic world his own sound is played from old samplers (audio grinders) or Minidisc players. Jeck has released numerous acclaimed albums with the British publishing company TOUCH, performed at concerts and art festivals around the world, and created sound installations for respected art spaces and festivals such as Hayward Gallery, Hamburger Bahnhof and the Biennale in Liverpool. Jeck has composed music for operas, ballets and films, and has worked with musicians such as Gavin Bryars, Jah Wobble (from Public Image Ltd), Jaki Liebezeit (from CAN), Jacob Kirkegaard, Jóhann Jóhannsson and Hildur Guðnadóttir. One of Philip Jeck's best-known works is undoubtedly Vinyl Requiem for 180 old Dansette record players, co-produced with artist Lol Sargent, premiered in Union Chapel in London in 1993.
Fríkirkjan in Reykjavík