Ben Miller

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Miller’s deconstructed Gibson Kalamazoo is equipped with 5 pickups including one that outputs each guitar string independently. Strings are strung far below standard tuning enhancing the instrument’s erratic microtonal sound. Hammers, slides, bow, springs, combs, silverware, binder clips, and other found objects are used to provoke texture and shape rather than chords and melody. While all pickups are deliberately panned in stereo, frequencies often interact with each other swapping positions in the sonic field. Miller adds a score of FX pedals, SK1 8-bit sampling, transistor radio, tapes, synth, vinyl and the liberal use of a Bixby tailpiece retaining a multiple output run through six different amplifiers. Submerged attention and trusting the Unknown is his modus operandi and it is with this unseen nature that Miller adheres to.

June 2014 interview by Miguel CopĆ³n.