Philip Jeck receives Paul Hamlyn Foundation arts prize

Well done to Philip Jeck, a star of the Liverpool music scene.

Via Daily Post...

A COMPOSER who plays 180 record decks simultaneously is among a group of artists to receive funding from a major arts body.

Liverpool-based Philip Jeck has been handed an award for the “original voice” he creates by salvaging old records and record players from junk shops and playing them together.

Jeck is best known for his Vinyl Requiem, performed in 1993, featuring 180 record players, 12 slide projectors and two film projectors.

He was among a group of artists who each received a sum of £45,000 from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, which will be paid to them in £15,000 instalments over the next three years.

“It’s fantastic to be recognised and the money will help take the pressure off,” says Jeck, who moved to Liverpool from the South 15 years ago.

“I’m not 100% sure how I will use it yet but I’ve been working for some time on the idea of creating a big piece with other musicians.”

The father-of-one, who performed at FACT in Liverpool last February, attended art college before spending time in New York in 1979, where he met “ a lot of amazing DJs”.

They inspired him to create works like musical collages, made up of clips from other recordings.