Benjamin Rush Miller
The Sensorium Saxophone Orchestra formed in 2008 as NYC's first full-on Saxophone Orchestra. Their unique 12-member single-timbre take on Terry Riley's minimalist classic "In C" is available on Living Records, Wayside Music (Cuneiform Records), Downtown Music Gallery and live concerts.
Musicians on various CLOUD ELEVEN sessions are;
Hyperpianist Denman Maroney and Multiphonic guitarist Ben Miller perform as EXOPHILIA. Their first official release "Canalization" on Living Records is a Live/Studio DVD/CDR release recorded and filmed by Orin Buck and mastered by Steve Berson at Total Sonic Media. The combined prepared and active manipulations of Piano & Guitar strings lends itself as extraterrestrial in nature. EXOPHILIA's first performance in over four years lands on Planet Earth Friday Dec. 20th at The Firehouse Space, 246 Frost St. in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY 11211.
TRANSISTOR Franck Vigroux/electronix - Ben Miller/voix.
"...unnerving, doomy spoken word... hallucinations you'd imagine after weeks alone in a creaky submarine, the echo-filled cell of a dank dungeon, or a rocketship hull hurtling through space." _ The BigTakeOver, 2013
"Alienated Death Disco" _ SKUG, 2013.
"This is the kind of neon fried skull insanity people simply do not make [enough!] any more... steady rhythmic electronic pulses with a human voice inside trying to scream it's way out... play with the lights out!" _ Peter Prescott / Misson of Burma
Cultivating his technique since the early 80's, Ben Miller/degeneration creates a sonic tapestry that defies standard guitar playing. He produces a dense, multiphonic soundscape by outputting several pickups separately through various effect chains. With the addition of analog tape machines, 8-bit SK1 sampling, MG1 synth, vinyl manipulation and transistor radio, it is difficult to discern where any one sound originates or where it is heading and it is of this subliminal nature that Miller adheres to.
"...Sproton Layer at the Mercury Lounge this evening showed that the teen trio's sources were pretty close to the surface - lots of Interstellar Overdrive, some jagged Crimson riffing, a little 'out' jazz and plenty of late psych flourishes, including some Forever Changes trumpet blasts - but they made them into something of their own and delivered them with the benefit of 40+ years worth of hard-earned chops. ... It also sounded convincingly contemporary for 2013, and how many people could say that about their high school band? In a perfect world Sproton Layer, too, would pick up where they left off and carry on for a few more great records, but who knows if their other projects will allow that? In any case, if you get the chance to see them by all means go, you're in for a treat."
Miller recorded and performed with Glenn Branca's 100 Guitar ensembles in 2004 and 2006. He has been touring internationally as a member of The Glenn Branca Ensemble since 2010.
"Glenn Branca is one of a dwindling number of reasons not to commit suicide. He makes explosive, challenging music that pushes back the borders of what contemporary music can be."
Miller provides live multiphonic sound design for NOX, a performance expounding on Anne Carson's book of the same name regarding her brother's life. This multi-media piece premiered in Boston, Miami, and NYC with Anne, Robert Currie and former Merce Cunningham dancers Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener.
ď... the electric surges in Benjamin Millerís score threaten to push past sťance into horror-movie territory. Yet the way that a chaotic force seems to break through the classicism of the dancersí Cunningham training is a fit analogue for the way that grief breaks through Ms. Carsonís erudite attempt to contain it.Ē
Benjamin Miller has explored psychedelic songwriting, spontaneous improvisation and notated scores in quasi-tonality for what seems like eons. His primary sound-makers are Guitar and Multiphonic Prepared Guitar, Alto and C-Tenor Saxophone, Analog Tape and Electronic Manipulation, and Voice. He teaches Music and presents unique Creative Workshops for all ages. His first novel On the Brink was self-published in 2012. Miller was raised in Ann Arbor Michigan having since formed and collaborated with various ensembles focusing solely on original music with the intent to break boundries. He has resided in the NYC metro area since 2003.
Photographers on this website are Orin Buck, Bridget Toner, and Bill T. Miller. Others are unknown.
Contact Ben Miller at email@example.com