Ben Miller music  
       



Intercom

Unearthing


 

 
 
 
 
 
Ben Miller/degeneration @ The Armory Cafe, MA 2010
 
 
Exploded View
 
transistor web
 

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. Concerts often use visual projection and multiple speaker setups for spacial enhancement. With the addition of Casio SK-1 8-bit sampling, transistor radio, analog synth and tape, it is difficult to discern where any one sound originates or where it is heading. Trusting the Unknown is Miller's modus operandi and it is with this unseen nature that he adheres to.

June 2014 interview by Miguel Copón



The Sensorium Saxophone Orchestra formed as NYC's first full-on Saxophone Orchestra. This maximalist 12-member ensemble released Terry Riley's In C (2012) and Cloud 11 (2013) - the latter featuring Miller's Graphic Score improvisations and through-composed material.

UPDATE:
Tomorrow Never Knows b/w Strawberry Fields is slated to be released as a 45 rpm on Abaton Book Records with Marianne Nowottny singing. Symphony of Suspicious Activity is slated to finish recording its final sections also for a 2015 vinyl release. This 45' Composition uses Miller's unique method of composition focusing on Interval Hierarchy. A Hand Book Manual will be published soon. Miller is currently composing his next Symphony while forming a larger Saxophone Orchestra in the Ann Arbor MI area. SSO videos: Glow White - Soon - Prelude to a Prelude - Cloud 11



EXPLODED VIEW is a new band referencing psych, prog and art rock songwriting from the way-back machine. Born out of the impetus that guided Sproton Layer into action, identical twins Ben and Laurence Miller are working on material written over 40 years ago tapping into their earliest musical inspirations. A 5-Song Demo of their songs written in the early '70s was recorded this fall. Other material they wrote over the past four decades with direct connections to similar genre referencing are being hammered out. A recording date is slated for late February at Ann Arbor's Big Sky Recording. This full-length LP will be released on German psych rock label World in Sound.



TRANSISTOR
Ben Miller/voix - Franck Vigroux/electronix

THE DIN OF EONS is available as download or vinyl.
Further residencies and touring in Europe are in the making for 2015.

"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 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

 

© 2011 Ben Miller

Website by Orin Buck