See what people have said about Miller’s work.
Mission of Burma (guitarist, singer, song-writer):
“I guess we’re at a point where Mission of Burma’s post-reunion accomplishments shouldn’t be met by shock and amazement. But, considering how fantastic The Obliterati sounds, I’m tempted to offer the sort of breathless hyperbole that press agents would love to quote, something along the lines of ‘every band in the world would die to make this record.'” Pitchfork Magazine, 2009.
“Mission of Burma sound as electrifying, as curious, and as awake as they ever have.” Mojo Magazine, 2012, regarding their 2012 album UNSOUND.
“This exuberant fifth album (Unsound) again shows they’re still a force to be reckoned with, while stretching their tuneful, time-signature-shifting style ever further.” The Guardian, 2012
The Mission of Burma documentary “NOT A PHOTOGRAPH” was included in Huffington Post’s article “18 Documentaries You Need To Watch On Hulu Right Now.” (Also included: Bob Dylan. Rolling Stones. Banksy. Etc.)
“Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes from the American Indie Underground, 1981-1991”, Little Brown and Company, by Michael Azzerad. Mission of Burma is chapter three of 13 bands, each with their own chapter, in this acclaimed book on the history of indie rock.
As a Guest Lecturer:
“Not only is Roger Miller a tantalizingly eclectic performer and composer, the Mission of Burma founder and Alloy Orchestra member is a captivating, knowledgeable presenter on music history, much of which he had a hand in. In a recent talk at Saint Michael’s College in Vermont, Miller reconciled the classical avant-garde with punk, Bartók with the Ramones. As a decided musical influence on Nirvana, the Pixies, and R.E.M., Miller also shared personal anecdotes and insights about one of the most amazing chapters in rock and roll history. A true American original.”
William L. Ellis, Assistant Professor of Music, Saint Michael’s College
Alloy Orchestra (keyboard, composer):
“The best in the world at accompanying silent film” Roger Ebert.
“The always compelling Alloy Orchestra.” Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
“The Alloy Orchestra’s second stunning performance found the threesome playing the score to The Man with the Movie Camera, and the result left the audience reeling, ecstatic, and utterly gobsmacked. ” Bruce Sterling, The Dominion (New Zealand)
“When the film (Metropolis) ended and the musicians took a bow the packed house of 1,100 festival goers was on its feet applauding and screaming. ” Pop Culture World News
“Accompaniment is really an inadequate description of the voodoo they do with their strange and wonderful repertoire of sonic surprises.” Timothy Dugdale Detroit Metro Times
“Alloy Orchestra is an extraordinary aesthetic salvage act… Seeing The Man With the Movie Camera at the Castro with the Alloy Orchestra is a genuine eureka experience. ” Michael Sragow, San Francisco Weekly
“Stoking the excitement (of the video release of Strike) is the Alloy Orchestra… For Strike the tempo is kept tightly coiled and pounding, which …consistently adds fun to the deepening pandemonium. ” Peter M. Nichols, New York Times
“The IT List” – 100 Most Creative People in Entertainment…Telluride Film Festival faves, these Boston-based musicians have rejuvenated the art of silent film with thrillingly quirky, percussive scores.” Entertainment Weekly
April 2010 NPR interview with the Alloy Orchestra here:
A Night of Surrealist Games (host):
I.C.A., Boston, MA:
” ‘A Night of Surrealist Games’ was a first for us and an overwhelming patron favorite. His knowledge of Surrealism and skill in getting strangers to play together was a smashing success!” John Andress, Associate Director of Performing Arts.
Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT:
“At Real Art Ways, we always encourage people to be creative and expand their horizons and the surrealist games truly allowed us all to do this.” Jess Martel, House Manager.
First Night, Boston, MA:
“First Night Boston is designed for families to have fun and to celebrate creativity; these aims were more than met in Roger’s ‘A Night of Surrealist Games.’ At the end of the evening, the wall was covered with new creations made by people who don’t think of themselves as artists.” Tom Johnson, Director of Programs.
Boston Globe, 2010:
“Q. What’s the appeal for you of Exquisite Corpse games?
A. I love seeing things being created, and it’s guaranteed that at the end of the night you’ll have a bunch of things that never would have existed by planning them.”
SeacoastOnline, Portsmouth, NH , 2014:
“The very word “surreal” is an appropriate summation of guitarist, composer, artist and gamer Roger Clark Miller.”
From SICPP Festival at the New England Conservatory:
“Roger Clark Miller’s Vines for Music was an immediate stylistic contrast, and the musicians proved themselves totally ready for this pared down aesthetic. While Miller nods to Cage in the program notes because of the use of prepared piano, there is a more implicit resonance with Lucier and a piece like Still Lives in the use of shapes found around the house (in Miller’s case, vines attached to the garage door) as pitch contour. The transparent quality of the slow string glissandi and careful inside-the-piano work demanded a special kind of concentration from the players, which was beautifully met.” NewMusicBox Review, July 2013.
“…. I found the piece (Vines for Music) really beautiful.” Stephen Drury, New England Conservatory, director of The Callithumpian Consort.
Trinary System (guitarist, singer, songwriter):
“Trinary System invades Store 54 and history rewinds to a new beginning.” The NOISE, 2014.
“Roger Miller, of Mission of Burma fame, was a double threat last night at Geno’s. What began as an art show for Miller’s drawings blossomed into a rock show with Miller’s current band, The Trinary System.” Post Mortem, Portland, ME. Oct. 2014.
“Single of the Month!” (Big Steam 45). The Skinny, Glasgow, Scotland.
“Can you turn that up? That’s a good sound, it’s got a sort of swagger to it. It had me from the intro to be honest.”
“A very strong outing from one of rock music’s most rewarding and enduring experimental minds, worth the full attention of any Mission of Burma fan.” The Vinyl District, USA.
Maximum Electric Piano (Electric Piano, voice, electronic devices. 1983-1988):
“Roger Miller has been fighting musical typecasting… Asking one’s audience to accept a broader range of styles and more sophisticated structures is an admirable and rare thing.” NY Times, 1987.
“… Mr. Miller’s songs have jolts in all the right places.” NY Times, 1988.
“…a man in constant motion, a one-man symphony… possesses one of the keenest avant-garde rock sensibilities in town.” Boston Globe, 1986.
“The man’s obviously some manic, crazy genius… a 21st Century mind trapped in a 20th Century body, an imagination on fast-forward.” LA Weekly, 1988.
“Roger Miller is probably the most talented musician to come out of Boston since Arthur Fiedler.” City Paper, Washington DC, 1986.
“Miller drew a long ovation for the title cut from THE BIG INDUSTRY. If the new album comes close to capturing his live energy and approach, then THE BIG INDUSTRY will be not only a record, but a tool for forging a fresh outlook on the art of electrified music.”
Spectator Magazine, Raleigh, NC. 1987.
“Miller has the vision to twist those tones into music, instead of hollow android howlings, and he has a sense of humor to go with his sense of melody.” SPIN, 1987.
Frottage Drawing Shows (graphite rubbing/collages and scrawls):
March: Group (3 artists) show: Meat for Tea/Sonelab Gallery, Easthampton, MA.
Six drawings printed in the literary magazine Meat for Tea.
August: Solo show upcoming in Kingston, NY.
September: Group show. Saugerties Performing Arts Factory, Saugerties, N.Y.
October: Solo show: Geno’s, Portland, ME.
June: Solo show: Milton Art Center, MIlton, MA.
Miller’s Fiction writing has appeared in:
Button; Penny Ante III.