Magnetic Tape Operatives call for 10 tape machines, 6 amplifiers and 4 humans. No added electronics and No Apples. PLANET X is available as a 100-run Studio/Live cassette release on Living Records, 2014. It is available on this Website or as a digital download via bandcamp. This 18-minute structured composition embraces tape hiss, prerecorded found sound, real-time tape manipulation and internal feedback. Benjamin Miller, Bond Miller, Ryan Walsh, and Evelyne Buhler; reel to reel 1/4", 4-track cassette, stereo/mono cassette machines, microcassette, cassette loops. DVD documentary available soon!
Hyperpianist Denman Maroney and Ben Miller are EXOPHILIA. The combined prepared and active manipulations of piano and guitar strings lends itself as extraterrestrial in nature. "Canalization" is a 100-run Live/Studio DVD/CDR release on Living Records, 2014.
GANGLION performed in '97 for a short time when Matt Weston and Ben Miller both lived in Chicago. They reformed a decade later on the east coast. Gang Lion is a 30-run short collection of work from 1997 and 2010. An all-analog release is imminent.
bennmiller features alto saxophone feedback, analog synth and tape decks. East coast and European tours ocurred in support of Traveling in the Dark and Call to Arms.
Miller recorded and performed in Glenn Branca's 100 Guitar Orchestra for Symphony #13 in 2004 and 2006, the 2010 NYC premiere of Symphony #15, and toured with The Glenn Branca Ensemble internationally performing The Ascencion II from 2011-13.
"Glenn Branca is one of a dwindling number of reasons not to commit suicide. He makes explosive, challenging music that pushes back the borders of what contemporary music can be."
ANOMONOUS is Josh Sinton; amplified contrabass clarinet, Denman Maroney; hyperpiano, and Benjamin Miller; tapes, voice, sampling and found sound. Their self-titled 2013 release is available for Download or CDR on Prom Night Records.
“As rugged as it is spare, the music of Anomonous often aligns itself with the confounding blends of MEV or AMM rather than anything in the traditional ‘creative music’ arc. Warbling, woody breath combines with warped piano-guts scrapes and icy melodic fragments from Maroney’s keyboard while a range of sampled and mixed sounds give a ghostly and unsettled sheen to the proceedings…. At times it can be difficult to discern what sonic imprints come from reeds and what come from electronics, as feedback and indeterminate glitches attach themselves to both Sinton and Miller, though the latter tends toward unsightly patchwork and ear-splitting harmonics.” _ Clifford Allen, New York City Jazz Record July 2013
SPROTON LAYER performed for only a short time in 1969 and 1970. The World in Sound re-release of their 1970 recording "With Magnetic Fields Disrupted" prompted an unexpected 2013 reunion tour. A 2nd LP of un-released material from 1969 through 1971 titled "Press Your Hand and the Whole Room Fluctuates" is in the works.
“I would rate Sproton Layer one of the most worth-while reissues of 2011, and it will drop the jaw of those who think they’ve heard everything from the classic psych era”.
"...Sproton Layer at the Mercury Lounge this evening showed that the teen trio's sources were pretty close to the surface - lots of Interstellar Overdrive, some jagged Crimson riffing, a little 'out' jazz and plenty of late psych flourishes, including some Forever Changes trumpet blasts - but they made them into something of their own and delivered them with the benefit of 40+ years worth of hard-earned chops. ... It also sounded convincingly contemporary for 2013, and how many people could say that about their high school band? In a perfect world Sproton Layer, too, would pick up where they left off and carry on for a few more great records, but who knows if their other projects will allow that? In any case, if you get the chance to see them by all means go, you're in for a treat."
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. This multi-media piece premiered in Boston, Miami, and NYC with Anne, Robert Currie and former Merce Cunningham dancers Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener. A possible future Chicago performance is in consideration.
“... 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.”
M2 Ben Miller (prepared multiphonic guitar) and Roger Miller (prepared grand piano)
...a creepy and wonderful piece of art that will more than likely inspire a mind-altering live experience." _ Kat Burke, Arts Fuse 2012
M3 (Roger, Laurence and Ben Miller) started it's long-distance collaboration in 1989. Over a period of 4 years they recorded their first self-titled release consisting of three collaborative efforts, three solo compositions and one group improvisation. Instrumentation included drums, bass, guitars, alto saxophone, b-flat clarinet, violin, keyboard, sampling, sequencing, vocals and found sound. This was recorded at Ben's Flooding Basement Studios in Ann Arbor and released by New Alliance in 1994.
"...one of the richest guitar albums to emerge this year"
"Sounds as if Devo, Gang of Four, and Danny Elfman decided to get together and destroy all terms of rational thought
as we know it..."
M3's second release, "Unearthing", is almost entirely improvised using vague structures - a dark, psychedelic ambiance. There are a few back-beat song structures thrown in, but unlike M3's first CD, there are no vocal tracks. Lyrics were written up in the form of Exquisite Corpse intended to be used on a few tracks. But these were dropped and simply included as part of the CD graphic deisgn. Instrumentation included drums, bass, arch-top guitar, guitars, keyboard, looping systems and violin. This was recorded in 1998 at Laurence's Playroom Music Studios in Ann Arbor MI and released by Sublingual Records. To promote this 2001 release, M3 made two rare performances; The Middle East in Cambridge, MA and The Nervous Center in Chicago, IL.
"...M3 aims to break stereotypes, and this the trio does with abandon." All About Jazz 2001
M3 has discussed a few different concepts for its third release for some time. No plans have yet been made. It will surely sound different from either preceding release.
Contact Ben Miller at email@example.com