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 and has since cultivated a unique technique of clandestine improvisation. He produces a dense multiphonic soundscape by outputting several pickups through separate FX chains. Visual projection and multiple Speaker placement enhances the listening experience. With the addition of SK1 8-bit sampling, Radio, analog Synth and Tapes, it is difficult to discern where any one sound originates or where it is heading.
Miller provided live multiphonic sound design for NOX, a performance expounding on Anne Carson's book of the same name regarding her brother's life. NOX premiered in Boston, Miami, and NYC with Anne, Robert Currie and former Merce Cunningham dancers Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener.
The Sensorium Saxophone Orchestra formed in 2008 as NYC's first full-on Saxophone Orchestra. They have since released their unique single-timbre take on Terry Riley's In C, and Cloud 11 featuring Miller's Compositions and Graphic Score Improvisations.
Miller's arrangement of Tomorrow Never Knows b/w Strawberry Fields is slated for a 45 rpm July release on Abaton Book Records with Marianne Nowottny singing. Reforming now in the DET metro area, SSO plans to finish Miller's Symphony of Suspicious Activity; a 50' through-composed composition in six movements.
EXPLODED VIEW formed last year 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 to be released on German psych rock label World in Sound.
"Alienated Death Disco"
"......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."
"...neon fried skull insanity...play with the lights out!"
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 firstname.lastname@example.org