Ben Miller

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Miller’s deconstructed Gibson Kalamazoo is equipped with 6 pickups including one which outputs each string independently. All pickups and strings are panned hard Left/Right. String gauges used are from .70 to .13 tuned to low A like that of a bass guitar to a hi B of a standard guitar. More often than not, tuning/intonation is random. Screws, springs, silverware, binder clips, and other found objects are used to provoke texture and shape rather than chords and melody. Miller adds a score of FX pedals, SK1 8-bit sampling, transistor radio, OGM tape loops, and the extreme use of a Bixby tailpiece enhancing the instrument’s erratic microtonal sound. Frequencies often interact with each other swapping positions in the sonic field. The mixed output is run through six separate speaker systems for a 3-dimensional sound.

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

June 2014 interview by Miguel CopĆ³n.



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