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 .70 to .19 use an alternate tuning.

When performing purely improvised abstraction, tuning and intonation is more often 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 interact with each other swapping positions in the sonic field. The mixed output is run through 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.

This year, fresh song material is presented; a steady pulse, lyrics, melody and other such niceties offer a new direction in an otherwise peculiar setting.

June 2014 interview by Miguel CopĆ³n.