The Sound Projector Radio Show | Friday 1st April 2022

www.thesoundprojector.com/2022/04/01/philip-jeck-1952-2022/

Track list:

‘Chime Again’
From Sand, UK TOUCH TO:67 CD (2008)

‘Above’
From Stoke, UK TOUCH TO:56 CD (2002)

‘Demolition’
From Surf, UK TOUCH TO:36 CD (1999)

[untitled] Track 05
From Soaked, UK TOUCH TONE 15 CD (2002)

Interview Oct 2003 Dundee, Kill Your Timid Notion

‘Open’
From Stoke, UK TOUCH TO:56 CD (2002)

‘Stops’
From Spire: Organ Works past present & future, UK TOUCH TONE 20 CD (2004)

‘Fanfares Forward’
From Sand, UK TOUCH TO:67 CD (2008)

‘Because I could not Stop for Death’ by Emily Dickinson (read by Tom O’Bedlam)

‘The Crypt’ excerpt
From Spire: Live in Geneva Cathedral, UK TOUCH TONE 21_2 CD (2005)

‘1986 (Frank Was 70 Years Old)’
From Surf, UK TOUCH TO:36 CD (1999)

‘PS One’
From Loopholes, UK TOUCH TO:26 CD (1995)

‘The All of Water’
From An Ark For The Listener, UK TOUCH TO:81 CD (2010)

‘Wreck of the Deutschland’ by Gerard Manley Hopkins (read by Paul Schofield)

Excerpt from The Sinking of the Titanic, UK TOUCH TONE 34 CD (2007)

All selections by Philip Jeck
4 with Jacob Kirkegaard
15 composed by Gavin Bryars

Hyphen Hub Salon, New York City | May 7th 2022

Please join us for our next Hyphen Hub Salon to celebrate the life and legacy of the acclaimed British experimental composer, turntablist, and multimedia artist, Philip Jeck who died last month in Liverpool. The evening will feature special guest performances by artists who worked and collaborated with him.

Featuring: Marina Rosenfeld, Phill Niblock, Ted Riederer, & Zachary Paul who will each pay tribute in their own unique way. 

When: Saturday May 7th 2022
Time: Doors: 6pm

Presented by: Hyphen Hub in partnership with Touch

Tickets: $10 at the door

RSVP to get location: asher@hyphenhub.com

Philip Jeck (1952-2022)

Jon and Mike from Touch are deeply saddened to tell you that Philip Jeck died peacefully on Friday 25th March 2022 after a short illness. A remarkable man and a wonderful artist, he has been one of the kingpins of our work for 30 years (we first met when he performed at The Goethe-Institut in London in 1993). But with Philip it was never just the work, more the love, the spirit and the dedication. He touched so many with his wit, his zest for life and his wisdom. We will miss him terribly and our love goes out to Mary and Louis.

“For the Vinyl Junkyard publication, Philip collated snippets from the sleeve notes of LPs into a statement about his work, an extract from which I will end with: ‘…You listen to whatever comes out of now, the past. The sound can drip with well won laurels of acceptance, of transience, of longevity. There is a touch, a method that changes, adapts with the mood of the music, the times. The touch is always personal, passionate: it embraces, repels, passes, returns’.” [Bryan Biggs]

Here you can read press and radio coverage about his life and work:

The Quietus | The Guardian | Rockaxis | Noweidzieodmorza | PitchforkIgloo Magazine | Resident Adviser | Radio Al Hara (with Ted Riederer) | Gavin Bryars | LOUD | Pages | The Bluecoat | Crack Magazine | BBC 6 Music (Stuart Maconie) | Long Wave (dublab)

archive posts:

Vinyl Requiem | Long Wave (dublab) | The Wire | WFMU

releases:

Bandcamp

Touch: Displacing | This is the Hour of Lead-

Philip Jeck / Michaela Grill / Karl Lemieux | 5th June 2021

Concert with film makers Michaela Grill and Karl Limieux
performing in Montreal and Philip Jeck in Liverpool.

Philip Jeck / Michaela Grill / Karl Lemieux
June 5th 2021
0:30 (Montreal Time)
Livestream

SUONI PER IL POPOLO
Montreal Canada

https://suoniperilpopolo.org/en/program/2021-06-04-jeck-grill-lemieux

https://suoniperilpopolo.org/en/program

Spool now on Digital | 12th February 2021

Philip Jeck – Spool, the very first cassette released by The Tapeworm in 2013, is now available digitally as part of a new series, DAT – Digital Audio Tapeworm – is launching on 12th February 2021 on Bandcamp and Spool is available to pre-order

TTW#01 – Philip Jeck – Spool

Edition #1: cassette only – limited edition of 250 copies.
SOLD OUT

Edition #2: cassette only – at the request of Philip Jeck, a limited edition of 100 copies only, to celebrate “The Night of the Long Worms”, Café Oto, 19.xi.09. Different inlay design and cassette shell to the first edition.
SOLD OUT

Edition #3: digital only
ORDER ON BANDCAMP

Track listing:

A1: A4.30 – 4m30s
A2: D4.48 – 4m36s
B1: D1.20 – 4m42s
B2. A7.87 – 4m34s

We are really chuffed to have Philip Jeck as our first release! Recorded in June 2009, at home in Liverpool. On “Spool”, Jeck eschews his usual prepared vinyl technique, instead playing bass guitar through various effects boxes.

“Philip Jeck works with old records and record players salvaged from junk shops turning them to his own purposes. He really does play them as musical instruments, creating an intensely personal language that evolves with each added part of a record. Philip Jeck makes geniunely moving and transfixing music, where we hear the art not the gimmick.”

Most of Jeck’s audio work is released on Touch.

Touch: Isolation

20+ new and exclusive tracks recorded by Touch artists. A photographic counterpoint,
the view from Hampstead Heath during the London lockdown. Touch: Isolation is a subscription project that will evolve over the coming weeks. Click here to subscribe.

A time to support independent music while it still exists!

“Please keep your distance, the trail leads from here…”

The cancellation of gigs and festivals has already severely impacted our artists creatively and financially. In addition it has denied you, our audience, the opportunity to see them play and support them. The notion of ‘independent music’ might, in effect, be pushed deeper into the self-isolation mode it is already struggling to break free from. We don’t need studios to the same extent, but we do need a stage, a physical reference and if not, a mental space with which to question the drive to online existence.

We set out to respond to these challenging times in a creative and helpful way. The idea is to present Touch: Isolation whereby a new exclusive track from one of our artists, each with a bespoke photograph/cover image, is presented on a regular basis over the coming weeks. All the income received is collected from your subscriptions and put in a kitty, the proceeds of which are then divided up between the contributing artists.

These new and exclusive interventions will include works by Oren Ambarchi, Richard Chartier, ELEH, farmersmanual, Fennesz, fennesz sakamoto, Bana Haffar, Howlround, Philip Jeck, Bethan Kellough, Daniel Menche, Anthony Moore, Yann Novak, Zachary Paul, Claire M Singer, Geneva Skeen, UnicaZürn, Mark Van Hoen, CM von Hausswolff, Chris Watson, Jana Winderen and others to be confirmed – all expertly mastered by Denis Blackham.

We invite you to take this unique opportunity to support the artists, without whom there would be no alternative to corporate art… support the industries which realise the artists’ creation – the uncredited producers, designers, software developers, distributors, vinyl cutters, mastering engineers, friends and family etc., who all symbiotically depend on the other to bring their works to fruition…

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The subscription costs £20 for 20 (or more) tracks – please support the artists by investing in the Touch: Isolation project, and expect surprises – good ones for a change.

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Social distancing. Actual space. If you can get out, you have to get out. Escape velocity – from Brexit, then somehow prevent institutional meltdown? The UK shows the way, in a method that beggars belief.

The photographs were taken on Hampstead Heath during the early days of the UK/London lockdown, 25 March 2020, primarily in West Heath and the area around Golders Hill whose open space minimises the problems of social distancing. The weather, being superb after weeks of high winds and heavy rain, seemed a metaphor for regeneration and recovery, with the trees coming into bloom – in defiance of the scene we witnessed 33 years earlier after the Great Storm of October 1987 when, in the days that followed, the Heath looked like an arboreal graveyard.

The objective is to find a sense of quiet celebration, to look at the balance between the detail and the scaling force of open spaces. Let’s hope they can remain open.

To make 20 (or more) record covers in less than a week for sound and music we had yet to hear, and to then match the photography to each artist’s contribution… If this seems somewhat in the style of the children’s game, ‘Pin the tail on the donkey’, then perhaps that’s more apt than pretending we know how everything fits together at this juncture.

This might also be seen an opportunity to give an early documentation to the mental state of 2020, remembering the year 2000 and the threat of the ‘millennium bug’, this may well become known as the year when x melted into y, to avoid z.

Roughly a dozen years ago, life went broadband. Today we see our reliance on digital systems like never before.

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‘As a dwindling member of the generation that lived through and served in the Second World War I think in some ways this is much worse. It was possible to live in a country area and apart from rationing see little of the war. Bombing was spasmodic and haphazard, and our defences were really good. After a year, there was very little chance of an invasion and much of life – sport, theatres and radio, continued as before. Restaurants and hotels remained largely open, rationed according to turnover.’ David John Harding, b. 1925.

Further reading:

furtherdot blog
igloo magazine
ambient blog
Broadcasting House, BBC Radio 4
Xenographica

Manuel Göttsching: New Age of Earth (Live) + Philip Jeck | The Barbican, Sat 4 Apr 2020

Esoteric German musician and composer Manuel Göttsching performs his 1976 Ash Ra Tempel record New Age of Earth for the first time ever in its entirety.

As the leader of the groups Ash Ra Tempel and Ashra in the 1970s and 80s, as well as solo, Manuel Göttsching’s experimental style has been hugely influential worldwide. His extensive body of work traverses krautrock, electronic, ambient, new age, minimalism, psychedelic rock and experimental.

New Age of Earth has been ranked among the greatest ambient albums of all time. This is space music: clean, crisp electronics awash with dreamy synths that feels like floating through a slowly shifting atmosphere as the melodies gently unfurl.

Presented by RE-TEXTURED, a multi venue, multi-sensory festival for London and the UK. The festival combines experimental electronic music, modernist and industrial architecture and innovative lighting installations for an arresting visual and sonic experience.

Multimedia composer Philip Jeck opens the show.

www.barbican.org.uk/whats-on/2020/event/manuel-gottsching-new-age-of-earth-live

The Sinking of the Titanic (1969) | 50th Anniversary Concert of Bryars’ Iconic Work

Gavin Bryars’ The Sinking of the Titanic first materialised in 1969 in the form of sketches and text – the musical equivalent of conceptual art – exploring the now well-known tragedy of the ‘unsinkable’ ship. Bryars’ initial inspiration came from a report that the ship’s band was playing a hymn as it went down on 14 April 1912. The ship’s junior radio operator reported that the band never stopped playing, and the piece primarily poses the question of what happened to the music as it was submerged in the ocean.

It wasn’t until 1972 that Bryars created a performance version, which has subsequently been heard around the world. This special production includes archival film images cued to live music by artists Bill Morrison and Laurie Olinder, and vinyl-based samples by turntablist Philip Jeck. The result is a poignant and direct work that still resonates 50 years on.

First performance: Music Now Ensemble conducted by Gavin Bryars, December 1972, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

Watch the documentary ‘Sounds for The Sinking of the Titanic’.

 

The Tapeworm x Cafe Oto | 29th September 2019

On Sunday 29 September, The Tapeworm celebrates its tenth birthday at Cafe OTO — debuting his ‘Devotional Songs for Spacemen 3 in the Style of Love Inc.’, Jay Glass Dubs will be playing live. Philip Jeck x Jana Winderen will perform as a duo for the first time ever. Splendid saxophonist Laura Agnusdei premieres her forthcoming album on The Wormhole, ‘Laurisilva’. Marta de Pascalis will blow your mind, while Stefan Goldmann is gonna go all acousmatic. Simon Fisher Turner is playing piano and life-sounds. The interim minstrel will be Zerocrop.

FIRST COLLABORATION WITH JANA WINDEREN EVER!!!

www.cafeoto.co.uk/events/xworm-tapeworm-x-cafe-oto/

Touch presents… Live at Café Oto | 28th September 2019

Philip Jeck
Bill Thompson
Mark Van Hoen
Jana Winderen

Tickets

Philip Jeck studied visual arts at Dartington College of Arts in the 1970’s and has been creating sound with record-players since the early 80’s. He has worked with many dance and theatre companies and played with musicians/composers such as Jah Wobble, Steve Lacy, Gavin Bryars, Jaki Liebezeit, David Sylvian, Sidsel Endresen and Bernhard Lang.

Bill Thompson is a video and sound artist living in the UK. He is a self-described throwback to the 60s and enjoys breaking things to hear what they sound like.

Mark Van Hoen (born 1966, London, England) is an electronic music composer and producer.. He has released seminal and influential recordings under his own name as
well as Locust, in additional to a multitude of collaborations with other artists. Pitchfork said, “Musically, Van Hoen belongs to a distinguished family tree. Originally influenced by the likes of Brian Eno and Tangerine Dream, and later presaging both Autechre’s glitch and Boards of Canada’s pastoral IDM.” His relationship with Touch stretches back over 25 years and his recent release “Invisible Threads” has been universally praised, and shows a new approach in a spectral, submersive, almost neo-Classical composition style.

Jana Winderen is an artist educated in Fine Art at Goldsmiths, University of London
with a background in mathematics, chemistry and fish ecology from the University of Oslo. Jana focuses her work around audio environments and ecosystems which are hard
for humans to access, both physically and aurally.

Philip Jeck / Michaela Grill / Karl Lemieux| Wien: VIS Vienna Shorts Festival

eine audiovisuelle Performance an der Schnittstelle zwischen analog und digital

Wien: VIS Vienna Shorts Festival

Celeste
Hamburgerstraße 18, 1050 Wien,
Sa, 1. Juni 2019
08:30 Uhr
ntry.at/moajobinparsonicluzlivejeckgrilllemieux

Innsbruck: Heart of Noise Festival

Haus der Musik
Universitätsstraße 1, 6020 Innsbruck
Sa, 7. Juni 2019
00:00 Uhr
www.heartofnoise.at/de/2019/line-up/jeck-grill-lemieux/

Philip Jeck Live in Andalucia | 5th April 2019

Organ Reframed, London | 12th October 2018

Organ Reframed: Visions in Meditation
12th October, Union Chapel, London
Doors: 1830 Book here

A special screening of Visions in Meditation by Stan Brakhage with new works composed and performed by Philip Jeck, Sarah Davachi and Dark star plus James McVinnie, London Contemporary Orchestra

Visions in meditation is a culmination of many of Brakhage’s ideas and techniques. Across four films he explores the open landscapes of North America, its open vistas, makeshift shelters and desert landscapes. He also explores autobiographical themes and a non-hierarchical view of mankind in the world. Films one, two and four will be screened in silence as intended each followed by one of our new commissions written in response.  The third film will be screened with its original electronic score by Rick Corrigan.

The three artists (with Sarah Davachi and Dark star plus James McVinnie) will each bring their own unique voice to the evening:

Philip Jeck

Philip Jeck studied visual arts at Dartington College of Arts in the 1970’s and has been creating sound with record-players since the early 80’s. He has released 11 solo albums, including the most recent “Cardinal”, a double vinyl release on Touch and his 2008 record “Sand” which was second in The Wire’s top 50 albums of the year.

Philip also still works as a visual artist, usually incorporating sound and has shown installations at The Bluecoat, Liverpool, Hayward Gallery, London, The Hamburger Bahnhof Gallery, Berlin, ZKM in Karlsruhe and The Shanghai and Liverpool Bienalles. He won the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award for Composers 2009.

“…The impact Jeck makes with his limited means is hugely, billowingly poignant … it evokes a simultaneous sense of persistence and decay, both a profound sadness and a sense of joy.”  – The Wire

www.unionchapel.org.uk/event/12-10-18-organ-reframed-visions-in-meditation/

Live Dates | May – July 2018

Kuroshio – Philip Jeck with Karl Lemieux and Michaela Grill

Tuesday, June 12, at 21.30
Teatro Franco Parenti, Milan.

www.electropark.it/it/music/kuroshio

Kuroshio – Philip Jeck with Karl Lemieux and Michaela Grill

Digital Only Release by Philip Jeck | May 4th 2018

Philip Jeck – Arcade
digital only release
Order now on Bandcamp

Recorded live at Iklectik, London on March 23rd 2018. Also playing that night were Yann Novak and Simon Scott
Artwork & photography: Jon Wozencroft

Track listing:

1. Arcade 32.:56 – you can hear an extract here

Philip Jeck and Jonathan Raisin Live in Ormskirk | 5th February 2018

5th Feb 2018, 8:00pm

The Arts Centre
Edge Hill University
St Helens Road
Ormskirk
Lancashire
L39 4QP
United Kingdom

Philip Jeck and Jonathan Raisin are revisiting the BBC commission “The Long Wave” previously performed at The Music Room, Philharmonic Hall last year and presenting a new piece they have been working on this year.

www.edgehill.ac.uk/events/2018/02/05/the-long-wave/

FOLIO 002 – Various Artists/Jon Wozencroft “Touch Movements”

76pp full colour book + CD
33 tracks – 78:59
Limited edition of 1000

Release date: 11th December 2017

Track listing:

Into the Open
Mika Vainio – Behind the Radiators
AER – Just Before Dawn
Bethan Kellough – Twelve
Wire – A Year A Second [For BCG]
London in a Week
Carl Michael Von Hausswolff – Sine Missing One
Chris Watson – Deepcar
Jana Winderen – Bronx Tunnel
The Magical Land of the North
Claire M Singer – Storr
Hildur Gudnadottir – Death 200AD
Three 20 – Four Twelve
Philip Jeck – Deed of Gift
Walking on Water
Simon Scott – Storm of the Fens
Eleh – Overt One
The Love Train
Russell Haswell – Demons
Heitor Alvelos – Expectant
I’m a Schoolteacher on Holiday
Johann Johannsson – Mingyun
Mark Van Hoen – Prescient
Fennesz – Paint It Black (remastered)
Sohrab – JV Dream
It’s Enough to Make You Weep
Strafe FR – Virgin
Before The Sea @ Falasarna
Jim O’Rourke – Despite The Water Supply
Situation Stabilised / BJ Nilsen – Atom Mother
Peter Rehberg – Cinecom
Gateway to the Garden
Oren Ambarchi – Testify
The Sound of Eleven

In a 24/7 world there is no greater challenge than “to be in command of one’s own time”. Is it true that the ability to download anything, at any moment, constitutes freedom? Has the ‘value’ of music, art and design been stripped bare? “I Google, therefore I am”…

Touch MOVEMENTS has been compiled over the course of 3 years. It is a response to many requests for Touch to publish a fuller account of Jon Wozencroft’s photography for the cover art of the project. The book follows the music, which was compiled step-by-step, like a jigsaw – there was not an “open call” to the artists, rather a sequential development which gives the CD a special narrative quality. And since our last Touch 30 compilation in 2012, the accuracy of the music has grown and rises to the challenge of what sound can do to transform perceptions about the immediate emotion of musical work and its more difficult, longer term evolution.

Following Touch Folio 001 in 2015, this series is a dedication to finding new ways of audiovisual publishing, somewhere between the twin peaks of a jewel-cased CD and a lavish box-set. The two elements of sound and the visual work in parallel to create the idea of an “Ear-book”, whose interdependency reveals itself over time, and allows the richest of listening and viewing experiences. The music and the photography is fully annotated, alongside a rarely-seen manifesto by the Surrealist film-maker Jan Švankmajer which celebrates the spirit of the creative act.

Pre-order FOLIO 002 | Various Artists/Jon Wozencroft – “Touch Movements” [76pp Book + CD] in the TouchShop

Touch Live at Iklectik | 23rd March 2018

Philip Jeck
Yann Novak
Simon Scott
Touch

iklectikartlab.com

Live Dates November 2017

On the 18th November, 5pm at the Huddersfield New Music Festival
I am playing live with Michaela Grill, a video artist from Austria
and Karl Limieux, an analogue film maker from Canada both projecting
and manipulating their work live.

http://hcmf.co.uk/event/5-michaela-grill-philip-jeck-karl-lemieux/

we are also at Cafe Oto, London on the 20th November
cafeoto.co.uk/events/philip-jeck-michaela-grill-karl-lemieux/

and on the 22nd November, 9pm in The Box at FACT, Liverpool
It’s worth booking if you are attending as The Box has a limited capacity.
fact.co.uk/whats-on/current/performance-philip-jeck-michaela-grill-and-karl-lemieux.aspx

And on the 30th November, 7.30pm at The Capstone Theatre, Liverpool L6
I am playing some pieces with the wonderful Merseyside Improvisers Orchestra.
ticketquarter.co.uk/Online/philip-jeck