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Ben Miller/degeneration @ The Armory Cafe, MA 2010
 
 
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Benjamin Rush Miller


ben miller/degeneration creates a sonic tapestry that defies standard guitar playing. Miller deconstructed his Gibson Kalamazoo in the early '80s while forming the art-damaged GKW. Performing solo since 2000, he continues to cultivate his unique technique of clandestine improvisation. Miller produces a dense multiphonic soundscape by outputting several pickups through separate FX chains. Concerts use visual projection and multiple speaker setups for spacial enhancement. With the addition of an SK1's 8-bit sampling, transistor radio, analog synth and tapes, it is difficult to discern where any one sound originates or where it is heading.

June 2014 interview by Miguel Copón



The Sensorium Saxophone Orchestra formed in 2008 as NYC's first full-on Saxophone Orchestra. They have released their unique single-timbre take on Terry Riley's In C and Cloud 11, which features Miller's Compositions and Graphic Score improvisations.

This year, the SSO is reforming in Michigan to finish recording Miller's Symphony of Suspicious Activity. A Manual for his Interval-based method of Composition will be published later this year.Tomorrow Never Knows b/w Strawberry Fields will soon be released as a 45 rpm on Abaton Book Records. Marianne Nowottny sings.

SSO Videos: Glow White - Soon - Prelude to a Prelude - Cloud 11






EXPLODED VIEW is a new band referencing Psychedelic Songwriting from the way-back machine. Born out of the impetus that guided Sproton Layer, identical twins Ben and Laurence Miller are hammering out material written over 40 years ago tapping into their earliest musical inspirations. A full-length LP is now being recorded at Ann Arbor's Big Sky Recording. German psych rock label World in Sound is considering a late 2015 release.






TRANSISTOR
Ben Miller/voix - Franck Vigroux/electronix

THE DIN OF EONS is available as download or vinyl.
Residencies in France regarding a new multimedia performance are set this year.

"Alienated Death Disco"
_ SKUG, 2012

"......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

"...neon fried skull insanity...play with the lights out!"
_ Peter Prescott of Misson of Burma, 2013




Benjamin Miller has explored psychedelic songwriting, spontaneous improvisation and notated scores in quasi-tonality for what seems like eons. Primary instruments are Guitar & Multiphonic Prepared Guitar, Alto & C-Tenor Saxophone, Analog Tape & Electronic Manipulation, and Voice. Collaboration with like-minded artists has been a key element to his work. Miller teaches music and presents unique Creative Workshops for all ages. He was born and raised in Ann Arbor MI. His Parents were Scientists. His siblings are either Scientists or Musicians. His Children are all Musicians. Miller has formed numerous ensembles over the past five decades focusing solely on original music with the intent to break boundaries.


Professor of Geological Sciences brother Gifford Miller


Photographers on this website are Orin Buck, Bridget Toner, and Bill T. Miller. Others are unknown.

 

Contact Ben Miller at info@benmiller.info

 

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Website by Orin Buck