Ben Miller

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Miller’s deconstructed Gibson Kalamazoo is equipped with 5 pickups including one which outputs each string independently. All pickups and strings are panned hard Left/Right. Screws, springs, silverware, binder clips, and other found objects are used to provoke texture and shape rather than chords and melody. Strings are often tuned randomly below standard pitch. Frequencies interact with each other and swap positions in the sonic field.

Miller adds a score of FX pedals, Casio SK1 8-bit sampling, transistor radio, OGM tape loops, and the extreme use of a Bixby tailpiece enhancing the instrument’s erratic microtonal sound. The mixed output is run through separate speaker systems for a 3-dimensional sound.

Freed improvisation, submerged attention and trusting the unknown is Miller’s modus operandi and it is with this unseen nature that he adheres to.

IN THE MOMENT a multiphonic guitar retrospective 1995-2014
2019 release TBA on Two Rooms Records, Detroit


June 2014 interview by Miguel CopĆ³n.