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. Trusting the Unknown is Miller's modus operandi and it is with this unseen nature that he adheres to.
The Sensorium Saxophone Orchestra formed in 2008 as NYC's first full-on Saxophone Orchestra. The SSO released their unique single-timbre take on Terry Riley's In C (2012) and Cloud 11 (2013), the latter which features Miller's Compositions and Graphic Score improvisations.
Tomorrow Never Knows b/w Strawberry Fields will soon be released as a 45 rpm on Abaton Book Records. Marianne Nowottny sings.
This year The SSO will reform in the Ann Arbor MI area, Miller's Symphony of Suspicious Activity will finish recording its final sections, and a Hand Book Manual on his unique method of composition will be published.
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, identical twins Ben and Laurence Miller are hammering out material written over 40 years ago tapping into their earliest musical inspirations. A 5-Song Demo was recorded last year. A full-length LP is slated to be recorded in April at Ann Arbor's Big Sky Recording. This will 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