Philip Jeck studied visual art at Dartington College of Arts. He started working with record players and electronics in the early '80's and has made soundtracks and toured with many dance and theatre companies as well as his solo concert work. His best kown work "Vinyl Requiem" (with Lol Sargent): a performance for 180 '50's/'60's record players won Time Out Performance Award for 1993. He has also over the last few years returned to visual art making installations using from 6 to 80 record players including "Off The Record" for Sonic Boom at The Hayward Gallery, London . In 2010 Philip won The Paul Hamlyn Foundation Composers Award.
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.
Since both creating and internationally performing Vinyl Requiem with Philip Jeck in 1993 & 94, Lol continued as full the time Tutor of Time Based Arts at the Royal College of Art, London (where he studied MA Fine Art in the early 80’s), until leaving in 1999 to embark on a major project for the Millennium Dome in London.
During this period (in 1994) he established digital media production company Simple Productions (now Studio Simple) through which as Creative Director, he has produced numerous digital video and interactive installations for major museums and visitor experiences which include; London’s Science Museum and Victoria & Albert Museum, the National Railway Museum in York, the Eurostar lounges at St Pancras, London, and the British Music Experience at the O2 in London. 'Simple' is still commercially active (also 20 next year), and are currently digital media creative consultants for the UAE pavilion at Expo Milano 2015.
Recently, Lol has made a return to his fine art work, creating a first series of screen based digital artworks ('Tableaux'), which he plans to exhibit within the next year. This coincides perfectly with this 20th anniversary premiere ('a Resurrection') of Vinyl Requiem at Semibreve 2013.