We lost another great artist last week. Touch announced today that British artist Philip Jeck has passed. The 69-year-old turntablist and sound artist produced 12 albums and collaborated on several others with Jah Wobble, Jaki Liebezeit and Gavin Bryars.
Jeck’s first album was released by Jon Wozencroft and Mike Harding’s Touch label in 1995.
“Jon and Mike are deeply saddened to tell you that Philip Jeck died peacefully on Friday after a short illness,” read an announcement from the label. “A remarkable man and a wonderful artist, he has been one of the kingpins of our work for 30 years. 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.”
Jeck influenced artists around the world, particularly after Vinyl Requiem, his 1993 art installation that paired 180 turntables with film. That work – presented with Lol Sargent – led to a Time Out award that year.
Multimedia artist Mike Hansen called Jeck “an important influence on my work.”
David Sylvian tweeted a message describing Jeck as “a lovely, affable, humorous chap with a supremely unique vision.”