Borderline Ballroom

Philip Jeck (UK), Crude (Dunedin), I-Rory (Chc) with DJs Stanier Black-Five & snippet

bb-poster11THE BORDERLINE BALLROOM in association with ALT MUSIC presents

Philip Jeck (UK), Crude (Dunedin), I-Rory (Chc) with DJs Stanier Black-Five & snippet,

Wednesday 21st May – 7.30-11pm – $10 (door sales only)

at The Media Club, 191 Armagh St, Christchurch, NZ

Legendary UK turntablist Philip Jeck makes his New Zealand debut at this month’s Borderline Ballroom, supported by Dunedin DIY experimentalist, Crude and local improviser, I-Rory.


Fusing the turntable creativity of Christian Marclay with the sampling terrorism of Negativland, the UK’s Philip Jeck has been working with turntables and electronics since the early 80s. Using old vinyl and record players salvaged from junk shops, he plays these like musical instruments, using loops, lockgrooves, scratching, surface noise and disembodied fragments from forgotten vinyl to create his transfixing soundscapes.

Jeck is known for his captivating performances, such as Vinyl Requiem with Lol Sargent, a work for 180 1950s and 1960s record players. He has also made art installations using from 6 to 80 record players, such as “Off the Record” for the Sonic Boom exhibition at London’s Hayward Gallery.


Supporting Jeck is Dunedin-based Crude, aka Matt Middleton, one of New Zealand’s most diligent and prolific DIY experimentalists. Crude will be performing a set that marries here-and-now action with prepared elements, which promises to deliver heady brew of sci-fi synths, degraded bit-rate renderings, over-treated vocal works, bottles and other percussive items, face pulling and magneto-chug-u-lug.


Local input will be provided by I-Rory, a Christchurch dilettante, percussionist and improvising musician who plays the stereo. More than likely, he will be creating a shifty sound field of mud. But watch out, that mud is booby trapped! Expect amalgamated sound constructed from manipulations of a record player without records, possibly one with a record, pre-recorded recordings and live ephemera.


Accompanying proceedings is The Borderline Ballroom’s Stanier Black-Five plus guest DJ snippet. In the spirit of the evening’s turntablism, Stanier Black-Five’s sets will provide multi turntable interludes involving lockgrooves, modified records and other vinyl oddities, while snippet will be spinning sounds from the likes of the touch, ash and raster-noton labels.