Music Program

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 8:00 p.m.

$5 - $10

Ben Miller solo saxophone with Double Memory

Ben Miller (Ann Arbor/NY) - saxophone, electronics

Double Memory (Buffalo)
Scott Valkwitch - electric guitar
T. Andrew Trump - electric guitar
Nick Garelick - synth, oscillator
Justin Von Strasburg - amplified snare drum

Ben Miller
Ben Miller sets up a wall of dense, varying frequencies through incidental improvisation, feedback, electronics, and tape. Occasionally a trumpet mouthpiece is employed for discordant results.

In the 70's, Miller played alto saxophone with Ann Arbor Michigan's art-damaged Empool and the art-punk version of Destroy All Monsters. In the early '80s, Ben and brother Laurence formed many Ann Arbor avant rock bands; The Same Band, The Other Band, Low Income Zone, Radio Silence, and Nonfiction. These bands enjoyed opening up for Lyida Lunch, The Raybeats, The Replacements, Mission of Burma and others. Their 1984 release "Walking Sideways, Talking Backwards" included Ben's hyper-arrangement of Laurie Anderson's O-Superman!

In 1982, Ben formed God Knows Who with Robert Currie as a seven-piece art garage band with two rhythm sections. Its members came and went as did its creative focus. In 1985, GKW disbanded and reformed as a duet basing their sound more on minimalism concentrating on prepared guitars, stereo tape loops, analog synths, and other outmoded technologies during the decade's rise of digital fanaticism. They played infrequently with little regard to audience attendance. In 1991, actors/directors Linda Kendall and Peter Knox joined up honing the bands performance-art sensibility until their final 1994 performance at the Ann Arbor 16mm Film Festival. GKW produced several cassette releases and lots of unreleased material. There are rumors of a 2015 GKW reunion with son Barrett Miller on drums.

M3 is a recording-only project with Miller brothers Laurence, Roger and Ben. This long-distance collaboration is infrequent at best. M3-M3 was released in 1994 and Unearthing in 2001.

M2 formed in 2008 with Ben (prepared multiphonic guitar) and brother Roger (prepared grand piano); M3. You can purchase their 2012 release "At Land's Edge" (vinyl and download only) on "Feeding Tube Records".

Currently, Miller sings with the euro-electronics of Franck Vigroux in TRANSISTOR, composes and conducts for The Sensorium Saxophone Orchestra, is a member of The Glenn Branca Ensemble, and continues to perform solo Multiphonic Guitar often with visual projection. Miller also presents unique Sound Art Workshops and teaches Music.