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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 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 electric surges in Benjamin Miller’s score threaten to push past séance into horror-movie territory. Yet the way that a chaotic force seems to break through the classicism of the dancers’ Cunningham training is a fit analogue for the way that grief breaks through Ms. Carson’s erudite attempt to contain it.”
_ NY Times 2012

June 2014 interview by Miguel Copón





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.
"...a haunting dissonant swoon like that of battling church organs, or a swarm of bugs."_ Village Voice, Christopher Weingarten, 2009

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.

You can catch The Sensorium Saxophone Quartet at Ann Arbor's Burns Park July 26.
Here are videos from NYC: Glow White - Soon - Prelude to a Prelude - Cloud 11




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.








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

 

© 2011 Ben Miller

Website by Orin Buck