Philip Jeck, the experimental British composer who deployed sampling and DJing to extremely imaginative ends, has died aged 69 after a brief sickness.
The founders of Contact, the report label that launched his music, announced the news, writing that Jeck was “a exceptional man and a beautiful artist,” and that “he has been one of many kingpins of our work for 30 years. However with Philip it was by no means simply the work, extra the love, the spirit and the dedication. He touched so many along with his wit, his zest for all times and his knowledge.”
Jeck was acclaimed throughout the worldwide underground music scene for a profession that encompassed 12 albums and various different works, utilizing dilapidated vinyl data and gamers salvaged from junk outlets, in tandem with instrumentation and digital results, to create haunting ambient music of nice poignancy.
After research at Dartington Faculty of Arts and an inspirational journey to New York the place he turned enthralled by the report mixing of dance music DJs equivalent to Walter Gibbons and Larry Levan, Jeck started a protracted collaboration with dancer and choreographer Laurie Sales space, offering music for his performances.
Breakthrough success got here with the 1993 artwork set up Vinyl Requiem which used 180 turntables alongside movie projections, in a collaboration with Lol Sargent – it gained a Time Out award that yr.
Jeck started his recording profession with the album Loopholes in 1995 and, alongside his solo work, collaborated with musicians together with Gavin Bryars, Jaki Liebezeit and Jah Wobble. His work was hailed by theorist Mark Fisher as being a part of the “hauntology” motion of artists who drew on recorded musical historical past as a part of their practise.
Jeck additionally carried out reside in semi-improvised performances that drew on his huge assortment of discarded vinyl, which then shaped the premise of his album recordings. “I’ve acquired so many data that, in a means, I’m drawing on fairly properly the entire historical past of music, which could be very overwhelming,” he as soon as mentioned.