Philip Jeck creates slowly evolving, quiet, polyphonic symphonies from old, flea market records that he deteriorates, and scratches loops into and then plays on old dansette turntables. It always gives the impression that the actual physical sound of old vinyl, the scratched pops and hisses, are as interesting to Philip as the recordings he mixes. His live set involves 10 Dansette turntables, allowing him to slowly bring in layer upon layer of crackling hiss, sometimes just the run off grooves of old 78s looped, other times maybe “little drummer boy” slowed down or audiences clapping, skipping for far too long. His technique is quite organic, he just lets the material evolve slowly around him. It’s quiet but there is always so much going on, it is beautiful and engaging, slow moving but emotional.
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Photo credit: Marceline Smith at diskant.net