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


Cultivating his technique since the early 80's, ben miller/degeneration creates a sonic tapestry that defies standard guitar playing. Miller produces a dense multiphonic soundscape by outputting several pickups through separate FX chains. With the addition of Casio SK-1 8-bit sampling, transistor radio, and analog tapes, it is difficult to discern where any one sound originates or where it is heading. Trusting The Unknown is the modus operandi and it is of this unseen nature that Miller adheres to.

June 2014 interview by Miguel Copón





TRANSISTOR
Franck Vigroux/electronix - Ben Miller/voix

November France tour

THE DIN OF EONS available as download or vinyl

"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



The Sensorium Saxophone Orchestra formed in 2008 as NYC's first full-on Saxophone Orchestra. This maximalist ensemble released Terry Riley's In C and Cloud 11 of which features Miller's graphic scores and through-composed material using Interval Hierarchy. Tomorrow Never Knows b/w Strawberry Fields will be released as a 45 rpm by Abaton Book Records in the near future. Miller's Symphony of Suspicious Activity is being mixed for a 2015 vinyl release.

SSO videos; Glow White - Soon - Prelude to a Prelude - Cloud 11

Miller is composing his 2nd Symphony while pulling together new members for a larger saxophone orchestra in the Ann Arbor MI area. 2015 concerts are to include an "In C" performance on June 24th - Terry Riley's birthday.





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 having since formed numerous ensembles focusing solely on original music with the intent to break boundries.

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