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CURRENT PERFORMANCE

The Sensorium Saxophone Orchestra
featuring Miller’s symphonic poly-tonal compositions notated for a dozen saxophones, two drum kits, bass, and vocal

Multiphonic Guitarscape
Solo Performance in Abandoned Spaces using hexaphonic sound

Ruines
Franck Vigroux: 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, Michel Simonot: dramatist

Transistor
Ben Miller: voix and Franck Vigroux: électronique

GKW
Ben Miller, Randy Baker, Linda Kendall, Kendall Knox, Dr. Rhythm 55; art damage from the ’80s


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

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

God Knows Who / GKW 1982-94 ... 2015-current
Art Rock ensemble using analog tapes and other outmoded technologies

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