Ben Miller

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HISTORY 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


Multiphonic Guitar
- Crypto-Pop: multiphonic guitar, tapes, vocal, projection, guest musicians
- solo Multiphonic Guitarscape via multiple amps often in abandoned locations

Laurence Miller: vocal, guitar w/electronics and prerecorded background
Ben Miller: guitar w/electronics and saxophone
a psych-noise resurrection from the mid-’70s

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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


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