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Biography

OVERVIEW
Sproton Layer 1969-71
Empool 1976-78 ... present
Destroy All Monsters 1977-78
Nonfiction 1982-85
GKW 1982-94 ... present
Dirty Old Man River 1997-2000
Ben Miller / Solo Multiphonic Guitar 2000-present
performed in The Glenn Branca Ensemble and Branca’s 100-Guitar Orchestra 2004-13
provided live sound design for Anne Carson 2010-12

CURRENT PERFORMANCE

PORCELAIN HAMMER
Porcelain Hammer is Ben Miller’s new Detroit-based group combining elements of noise, art, world and psychedelia; a similar vibe akin to early Eno, Saqqara Dogs, and Wire. Hypnogogia, Tabula Rasa, curious Number systems, and Planetary objects in the Kuiper Belt provide lyric content. Ben Miller stereo baritone guitar & vocal, tape loops, Mike Khoury violin & electronics, Deanna McMullen Lee cello & keyboard, Mike List drum kit and percussion

"It’s not pretending to be rock music. It’s not deliberately oblique. The ensemble is unique, the grooves are compelling and easy to nod to, and the playing is obviously top-notch and high art, rather than pop music" so says brother Roger Miller.

EMPOOL
Laurence Miller: vocal, guitar w/electronics, clarinet, prerecorded soundtrack, visual projection
Ben Miller: guitar w/electronics
a psych-noise resurrection from their original mid-’70s "sound" celebrating their very first LP release of said music on Feeding Tube records.

Solo Multiphonic Guitar
abstract Guitarscape via multiple amplifiers often in abandoned locations.

The Sensorial Orchestra of Detroit
Miller’s new Detroit-based orchestra to perform his pantonal compositions for flute, bass clarinet, trombone, ephonium, violin, cello, saxophones, guitars, piano,drum kit.

The Sensorium Saxophone Orchestra
Miller’s pantonal compositions for a dozen saxophones from bass to sopranino, two drum kits, bass, and vocal
Symphony of Suspicious Activity is in the mixing process

Ruines
1-hr multimedia concert premiered in Paris Jan 2016, performing in France
Franck Vigroux: director/électronique, Ben Miller: texte/chanteaux, Azusa Takeuchi: dance, Yuta Ishikawa dance,
Kurt D’ Haeseleer: video projection, Félicie d’Estienne d’Orves: artist,
Parine: stage lighting, Carlos Duarte: tech, Michel Simonot: dramatist


PAST WORK

Glenn Branca Ensemble 2004-13
Recorded and performed with Glenn Branca’s Symphony #13 and #15. Toured internationally for The Ascension [the Sequel]

Live Sound Design for Anne Carson’s NOX 2010-12
Anne Carson, Robert Currie, and former members of The Merce Cunningham Dance Co. Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener. Boston, Miami, NYC.

NOX received Bessie Award @ The Apollo, NYC 2013

Transistor
Ben Miller: voix and Franck Vigroux: électronique
two LPs, one EP

Exophilia
Ben Miller: multiphonic guitar w/treatment
Denman Maroney: hyperpiano

M2
Ben Miller: multiphonic guitar w/treatment
Roger Miller: prepared piano

M3
Roger, Laurence and Ben Miller various instruments and vocal
since 1989

Third Border 2003-10
Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist "Sun of Water, Sea of Light“ was 1 of 48 albums selected to be nominated for the Grammies best Alternative Album of 2006

Dirty Old Man River 1997-2000
multiphonic guitar underneath Julian Mill’s songwriting

Empool 1976-78
Psych-Noise ensemble led by twin brother Laurence

Destroy All Monsters 1976-78
Art Punk band including Stooge’s Ron Asheton and Michael Davis of the MC5

Sproton Layer 1969-71
Psychedelic Rock with brothers Roger and Laurence

SOUND DESIGN for FILM and DANCE

Live Sound Design for poet Anne Carson; NOX

Sound Design for poet Carol Novack; Inventions I & II cd

Full Moon Audio Visual Series organized for collaboration between NYC musicians, dancers and visual artists

Sound for Filmmakers Raphael Maze, Ofer Mizra Chi, Orin Buck, Sascha Just, Mehrnaz Saeed Va Fa, Laurence Miller.

Laurie Eisenhower Dance Company & Whitley Setrakian People Dancing

EMPLOYMENT

Sound Art Workshops
Columbia College Chicago IL; M.I.C.A. Baltimore MD; UMASS Lowell MA; Megapolis Festival Baltimore MD; C.A.S.A. Harrisburg PA; 119 Gallery Lowell MA; Arts in the Armory Somerville MA; The Rotunda Philadelphia PA, Fuse Factory Columbus OH, University of Michigan Art Dept., Anis Gras FR

Music Teacher
Guitar, Bass, Saxophone, Piano, Drums, Vocal, Theory, Technique, Ear Training, Songwriting, Composition, Improvisation. All Ages

Producer
Engineered - Mastered analog/digital. Releases on Bulb, New Alliance, Living, Tiger Asylum, Obsolete Units, and Gulcher Records

EDUCATION

Columbia College Chicago, BA in Music Composition and English, 2002

Saxophone Instruction w/Ari Brown and Ken Vandermark, Chicago 1995

New Music Workshop, Ann Arbor MI, 1976
Guitar in large ensemble guided by saxophone extraordinaire Anthony Braxton

Thomas Jefferson College, Allendale MI, 1974
20th Century Composition, Music for Dance

Boston School of Contemporary Music, 1973
Music Theory, Guitar Technique, Group Improvisation Techniques