Fall 2015 Actions….

 Alloy Orchestra:

Double LP of MAN WITH THE MOVIE CAMERA that we recorded live at Third Man in Nashville a couple years back.
Double LP of MAN WITH THE MOVIE CAMERA the band recorded live at Third Man in Nashville.

Midwest Tour finishes off:  
Sept.22:  Ragtag Theater, Columbia, MO.  Rudolph Valentino’s SON OF THE SHEIK.
Sept.24:  Belcourt Theater, Nashville, TN.  Buster Keaton’s THE GENERAL.
Sept.27:  Hamilton College, Clinton NY.  MAN WITH THE MOVIE CAMERA.

Alloy heads to Europe:
Oct.7:  Rijeka, Croatia.   MAN WITH THE MOVIE CAMERA and PICTURE.
Oct.8:  Ljubljana, Slovenia.  PICTURE.
Oct.9:  Pordenone, Italy, Silent Film Festival.  PICTURE.
Oct.11:  Zagreb, Croatia.  MAN WITH THE MOVIE CAMERA and PICTURE.

Other Fall Alloy Shows:
Nov.2:  Coolidge Corner Theater, Brookline, MA.  SON OF THE SHEIK, starring Rudolph Valentino.
Nov.13:  George Eastman House, Rochester, NY.  SON OF THE SHEIK, starring Rudolph Valentino.
Nov.15:  Three Rivers Festival, Pittsburgh, PA.  MAN WITH THE MOVIE CAMERA.
Dec.5:  The Castro Theater, San Francisco Silent FIlm Festival, San Francisco, CA.  THE BLACK PIRATE and L’INHUMAINE.

The Trinary System:

Larry's kit all miked up at Sonelab Studios, May 2015.
Larry’s kit all miked up at Sonelab Studios, May 2015.

The band will be completing their 5-song EP with Trinary bassist Andrew Willis engineering and co-producing.

November shows:
Thurs., Nov.5: Johnny D’s, Somerville, MA. With Birdsongs of the Mesozoic.
Fri., Nov.6:  13th Floor Music Lounge, Florence, MA.  With Bunnies.

As a Composer: 


“Scream, Gilgamesh, Scream” is slated for a mid-February premier at New England Conservatory.  The final 20 bars are under completion.  Miller will likely be playing the electric guitar part for the concert.

All four seasons of “The Davis Square Symphony” have now been shot, and editing 4 hours of footage down to 25 minutes has begun.  Once the film is edited composing begins based on vehicles, pedestrians, bicycles, etc..  Slated for a June 2016 performance outside in Davis Square, Somerville, with the Somerville High School Concert Orchestra.

Guitar Lessons via SKYPE:

I’m happy to teach guitar lessons via Skype.  Not as easy for people to come to my house on the mountain-side as it was outside of Davis Square.

Moved to Southern Vermont:

Backyard in Vermont.
                Our backyard in Vermont.

I listened to these albums on the final drive from SOM to VT:
1.  Dog-Faced Hermans: Those Deep Buds.
2.  Art Ensemble of Chicago: Baptizm.

Summertime, and the Living is…….

Alloy Orchestra

Alloy Orchestra at the Milwaukee Film Festival, 2014.

Alloy Orchestra at the Milwaukee Film Festival, 2014.

We are working on two new scores for the fall:
1.   “Picture”.  This is a modern silent with a strong avant-garde underpinning, very abstract.  Our score is improvised.  In the fall we will perform it in Italy, Slovenia and Croatia.
2.  “L’Inhumane”.  The film is slow, but the sets are designed by the artist Fernand Leger and are utterly amazing.  Considered one of the best of the era of French avant-garde film.  We’ll be improvising on open themes for this one.
Summer Shows:
July 10 – 11:  Silver Spring, MD.  AFI Silver Theatre.  3 shows.
July 17:  Brooklyn NY.  Celebrate Brooklyn at the Prospect Park Bandshell.  Starts after the sun sets.
July 24:  Stamford CT.  Mill River Park.  2 shows.
Aug.2: Traverse City, MI.  Traverse City (Michael Moore) International Film Festival.
Early Sept:  Telluride, CO.  Telluride Film Festival.  Premier of L’Inhumane and PICTURE.
Sept.10:  New Haven, CT.  Yale University.
Sept.14-27: Midwest tour:  Columbus, OH.  Cedar Rapids, IA.  Des Moines, IA.  Omaha, NB.  Lincoln, NB.  Lawrence, KS.  Columbus, MO.  Nashville, T.  Hamilton College, NY.

Mission of Burma

Rock+Roll Hotel, June 2015. Photo: Scott Monroe

Rock+Roll Hotel, June 2015. Photo: Scott Monroe

Summer Shows:
June 25:  Boot and Saddle, Philadelphia
June 26:  Bell House, Brooklyn, NY
June 27:  Rock+Roll Hotel, Wash. DC.
July 18:  Fenway.  Rumor has it that there are other bands on the bill.

Good recent interview with Miller in the UK mag: DROWNED IN SOUND.

The Trinary System

Trinary System at Sonelab Studios, May 2015

Trinary System at Sonelab Studios, May 2015

We are near completion on two songs from our May session at Sonelab Studios: DAVE DAVIES and CHEMICAL STEW.  Three songs to go:  THIS HOUSE; HOV-1 VIOLATOR; and LIVING BY FLASHLIGHT.  The raw band tracks from Sonelab came out quite lively, and are a vast improvement over our demos from last November.
Summer Shows:
Aug.7: Machines With Magnets, Pawtucket, RI.  With “E” and Odysseus Finn.
Aug.8: Out of the Blue Gallery.  541 Massachusetts Ave, Central Square, Cambridge, MA.  Boston Hassle Productions.  With Minibeast and others.

As a Composer

Rothko Score I

My composition HALF-MOON POND, for large String Ensemble, will get a private reading by the Cambridge Philharmonic the end of July.  The composition utilizes nature to organize the music.  There is no preconceived rhythm, melody, harmony or concert pitch.  As in nature, so in this music.
I’ll be finalizing my composition SCREAM, GILGAMESH, SCREAM for the upcoming season at the New England Conservatory.
And soon I’ll be shooting the summer footage for my composition THE DAVIS SQUARE SYMPHONY, to be premiered June 2016 in Davis Square, Somerville.

Art Show in Hudson Valley

“Upthrust”. Frottage Drawing, 2006.

Six pieces in a group show on Sept 6 in Brooklyn, NY.

Camping in June w/Deb.

Deb and I in the Northeast Kingdom of VT.

Deb and I in the Northeast Kingdom of VT, June 2015.

Camping at Maidstone Park in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont was as beautiful as expected.  The loons at night were amazing, some close, some far (superb stereophonic placement and hi-quality reverb).  The simple focus of starting a fire every day, preparing food, no internet.  Hikes.  Wish it could always be like that!

Guitar Lessons with Roger C. Miller

I have taught guitar lessons out of my home for years.  I am now adding SKYPE guitar lessons to the mix.  Many people do this, why not me?  Now I can teach all over the world (does the International Space Station have Skype?).

Spring 2015 (technically, it’s here).


Guitar Lessons with Roger C. Miller

I have taught guitar lessons out of my home for years.  I am now adding SKYPE guitar lessons to the mix.  Many people do this, why not me?  Now I can teach all over the world (does the International Space Station have Skype?).



Mission of Burma is playing East Coast shows end of June.  Spring training for the Fenway gig w/Foo Fighters in July.

June 25:  Boot and Sands, Philadelphia
June 26:  Bell House, Brooklyn, NY
June 27:  Rock+Roll Hotel, Wash. DC.

Playing with the Obliterati Cards.

Playing with the Obliterati Cards.  Photo: Kelly Davidson Savage.


Alloy Orchestra is in Spring season mode:

Apr.5:  Hamilton College, Clinton, NY.
Apr.6:  Colgate College, Hamilton, NY.
Apr.16-19:  Roger Ebert Film Festival, Champagne Illinois.
May 10:  Maryland Film Festival, Baltimore, MD.
May 15-24:  Northwest tour.  Olympia, Port Townsend, Seattle, Vancouver, Bellingham.

Alloy Orchestra smites Again

Alloy Orchestra smites Again.  Scrawl/Frottage by Miller.


The Trinary System shows in March (Boston/Easthampton):

The band was very comfortable with the material (funny how rehearsing a few times helps that) and thus able to stretch out from there.  Solid set of all-Trinary System material.  Please check out the band’s Web Site.  And here’s their Facebook page (like it if you want!).  Videos and music at both locations.  Hoping to find time for recording this spring, probably an EP.

Store 54. Mar.13, 2015. Photo Sara Billingsley

Store 54. Mar.13, 2015. Photo Sara Billingsley


Surrealist Frottage shows and Meat for Tea.

Six of Miller’s Surrealist Frottage and Scrawl/Frottage drawings are included in MEAT FOR TEA (the Valley Review), Vol.9, issue 1.  Hard Copy and e-Copy here.  His 20 drawings at the  Meat for Tea event in March (along with Trinary System) garnered much interest.  Likely next art show in August in Hudson River valley, NY.

Meat for Tea Magazine.

Meat for Tea Magazine.


Camping in June w/Deb.

The Northern Kingdom, VT, 2014.

The Northern Kingdom, VT, 2014.

Heh…. see you all LATER!

Winter 2015

    The Trinary System:

The Trinary System:  Andrew, Larry, Roger

The Trinary System: Andrew, Larry, Roger

Meat4Tea Poster 2015Store 54 poster 2015

The band completed a 3-song demo in November, and plans to record in 2015.
Upcoming Shows:

Fri., Mar.13, Store 54, Allston, MA

Sat., Mar.14 Meat for Tea Benefit at Sonelab,
142 Pleasant St., Easthampton. MA
Miller is a featured artist at this event as well (see frottage drawing).

New Trinary System Website:



Fri., Feb.13 at Lizard Lounge, Cambridge:
Miller will be sitting in (keyboards w/electronics) with the improv. group Club D’Elf at The Lizard Lounge.  He’s done this off an on for years and it is always a blast.  Who knows what will happen:  everyone there always find out.


First Night Surrealist Games:

First Night Surrealist Games 2014/15

This photo doesn’t look that wild, but everyone you see is working on words or drawings or stories in a surrealist manner.

Somewhere between 250-300 people passed through the Surrealist Games tables the evening of Dec.31, 2014.  An older gent: “I’m not playing because I don’t feel competitive.”  Roger: “These games are zero% competitive – it’s the result of all players working as a team that counts.”  Gent: “OK.”  He had a blast.  As did 100’s of others.  The results were not necessarily great art, but every piece produced juxtapositions previously never before on this planet.  A good way to ring in the new year!

As a Composer:

Structure for the Composition Half-Moon Pond

Structure for the Composition Half-Moon Pond

Half-Moon Pond, for string orchestra, was just completed.  The photo above is used to structure the music, which in this case is highly improvised within specific parameters.
Once snow piles up in Somerville, Miller will re-video-shoot the Winter Season for the Davis Square Symphony.  He was hoping to have this completed by last July, but he only recently gained access to a Hi-Def camera – much better for projecting on an outdoor screen while the orchestra is playing along to the traffic in the film.  This is supported in part by The Somerville Arts Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
Scream, Gilgamesh, Scream was delayed last fall.  The right baritone vocalist was not found.  It is tentatively planned for the Callithumpian Consort’s 2015-1016 season at the New England Conservatory.  The final section, Gilgamesh returning to Uruk, remains to be completed.

As a Soundtracker:

Work begins on a soundtrack for a documentary set in New Mexico.  Excellent terrain in New Mexico.
Another soundtrack, mostly sound design, is starting soon for Heide Solberg’s very interesting multi-platform story.  Sound design is in many ways more enjoyable than music scoring because you don’t get “ear-worms” of melodies in your brain when you are going to sleep, just random sounds.  Suitable for hypnogogic trance.

Winter: a time to reflect:

Limited shows by Alloy Orchestra (Mar.1, Hartford, CT; Mar. 7 Somerville Theater, Somerville, MA), and none by Mission of Burma this particular quarter (though their upcoming July 18 gig at Fenway Park opening for The Foo Fighters is certainly curious).

Fall 2014

Surrealist Games: First Night Boston!

Surrealist Games with Roger Miller.  First Night, Boston.
7:30pm-11:00pm.  Hynes Convention Center (900 Boylston St.).  Room 201.  (Dec.31)
Miller will lead the attendees in the Surrealist Games (drawing, writing) initiated by the Surrealists in the 1920’s.  Guaranteed to produce “answers to questions previously unknowable.”


As keyboardist in The Alloy Orchestra:

Alloy premiers our new score to SON OF THE SHEIK in San Francisco on Sept.20, then we are off to the mid-west for 2+ weeks.   Later in October and in November the group plays NY State, Pittsburgh, N.H., and more.  Alloy Orchestra Tour Schedule Here.

Roger’s published BLOG on the Alloy Orchestra Ukraine trip in June, 2014.

Last fall the group was recorded live in performance in Nashville for THIRD MAN RECORDS (Frank Black’s label).  The film was MAN WITH THE MOVIE CAMERA, one of the Alloy’s most rambunctious.  This has now been pressed as a double LP, vinyl.  For sale on tour and soon on the web site store!

Here are three video/music cues from SON OF THE SHEIK:     Desert Rider      Cafe Maure      Desert Oasis

Original Poster for Son of the Sheik.

Original Poster for Son of the Sheik.


As a Frottage Artist:

Miller’s Frottage Art will be in two shows this fall:

A group show opening on Sept.27 in Sogrates, N.Y. which includes all three Sproton Layer Miller brothers!

A Solo show at Geno’s Gallery in  Portland, ME, with the Trinary System performing opening night, Oct.25.

Green, Sept.7, 2008

Green, Sept.7, 2008


As guitarist/vocalist/ in The Trinary System: 

On Oct.25, the band will play at Geno’s in Portland Maine in support of Miller’s art show there, then record a 3-song demo in November.  The two shows they played in May proved they were no longer a Miller side-project, but a real band.

Live video from Geno’s Maine: “I Lead a Modular Life” on Oct.25.

The Trinary System prefers Books.

The Trinary System prefers Books.  Photo Debra McLaughlin.


As Guitarist/Vocalist (+cornetist?) in Mission of Burma:

The late August W. Coast jaunt went surprisingly well.  At the Roxy in LA the Volcano Suns re-formed for one song during the encore slot, and Miller added his dulcet cornet tones to Good Not Great to finish things off.
In San Francisco, Steve McKay, tenor sax-player on the Stooges’ FUN HOUSE album, was in the band before us.  So we had him join us and we did a completely feral version of 1970 for our last encore.
In Portland, Chris Brokaw joined us for the Consonant song Buckets of Flowers, and stayed on-stage for a spot-on Down on the Street (FUN HOUSE again!).  These featured Conley on rhythm guitar and Miller on bass.  The 4-piece finished off with Good Not Great again w/Miller on cornet.
In Seattle we merely played a very solid set out-doors at The Bumbershoot Festival.  Dave Minehan (Neighborhoods, who was playing in the Replacements), Steve Stain (early-80’s Thayer Street days) and Chris Porter (Booking agent in Boston’s punk past) all checked in so it was family night.  And we think we saw Xanna Don’t in the audience as well!  On top of that, we saw part of Bootsy Collins set – we got the funk.
All in all, quite a blast.

Miller at the Roxy in LA, Aug. 2014.  Photo by Michelle Shiers.

Miller at the Roxy in LA, Aug. 2014. Photo Michelle Shiers.

Mission of Burma performing BREAK ON THROUGH (Doors) at The Space in Boston in 1979. 


As an Uncle:

Roger with Felix Miller, age 3.    July, Boulder, CO.

Roger with Felix Miller, age 3. July, Boulder, CO.  Photo Debra McLaughlin.

Summer 2014

The Slaying of HumbabaThe Slaying of Humbaba

As a Composer:

This concert has been postponed until early 2015 due to the baritone vocalist getting an opera gig.  Delays are unfortunate, but all will be in place in early 2015.

                                    (Monday, Sept.22, The Callithumpian Consort (with Miller on guitar) will premier “Scream, Gilgamesh, Scream”
                                                                                                    at Jordan Hall at the New England Conservatory.)

Scream, Gilgamesh, Scream (Punk Rock Piano Concerto) is written for piano, soprano voice, baritone voice, two percussionists, electric guitar, alto sax, bass clarinet, french horn, string quartet and synthesizer (bass).  This is a setting of the Babylonian “Epic of Gilgamesh”.  Miller’s take on the story is more about what happened to Enkidu, rather than Gilgamesh.  The music is quite barbaric: given that the Epic was composed 2,500-3,000 years B.C., and that “punk rock” is a subtitle, this may not be surprising.  But given the nature of the story, there are many lyrical moments as well.

Clarinetti in Natura (for two clarinets, prepared piano, and modified nature ambiences) was well received at its March 31 Southern Illinois University premier during the “Outside the Box Festival.”


Bradford BallroomBradford Ballroom 1983.  Photo by Vernon Doucette.

As a Guitarist/Vocalist in Mission of Burma:

Mission of Burma will be on the West Coast at the end of August:

Aug.28:  The Roxy Theater, W. Hollywood, CA
Aug.29:  The Independent, San Francisco, CA
Aug.30:  Doug Fir, Portland, OR
Aug.31:  Bumbershoot Festival, Seattle, WA

For more information


Ukraine 2013Protests in Kiev from our trip in 2013.

As a Keyboardist in The Alloy Orchestra:

The band has three shows the end of June in, you guessed it, Ukraine.  Kiev and Odessa, i.e., the safe side of the country.  They were there last year and enjoyed it very much.  Never having been to Odessa or seen the Black Sea, this promises to be, in many ways, a very interesting trip.

July 12:  Celebrate Brooklyn in Prospect Park, Brooklyn, NY.
Aug. 3:  Michael Moore’s film festival in Traverse City, MI
Aug. 9: Mass MoCA, North Adams, MA
Sept. 20:  San Francisco Silent Film Festival.

Midwest Tour starts the last week in Sept.

As a Camper:

D+R VTMe ‘n’ Deb hiking whilst camping in upstate Vermont.

Spring 2014

The Trinary System after the Act

The Trinary System after the Act

The Trinary System to play two shows in May

The Trinary System is breaking out again this May, like they did in May 2012.  The band is Lawrence Dersch on drums; P. Andrew Wills on bass and vocals; Roger C. Miller on guitar and vocals.  Some new songs have been added.

Fri., May 30:  STORE 54 in Allston
Sat., May 31:  Montague Bookmill, in western MA

BIKE! Video from TT the Bear’s, May 2012


The Mission of Burma documentary “Not a Photograph” was included in the Huffington Post’s 18 Documentaries you need to watch on Hulu Right Now.   We’re in there with the Stones “Gimme Shelter”, Bob Dylan’s “Don’t Look Back”, and “The Blues Accordin’ to Lightnin’ Hopkins”.  Pretty amazing – comparatively, we are almost nobody.


And the Surrealist Games continue:

Fri., May 2:  The I.C.A., Boston.
Sat., May 17:  Portsmouth Book and Bar, Portsmouth, N.H.

Article/interview in Seacoast Online for Portsmouth show
Mass MoCA’s photographs from the Feb.22 Surrealist Games event there.

As a Composer:

Mar.31, 2014: The “Outside the Box” festival at Southern Illinois University featured a performance of “Clarinetti in Natura”.  The composition is for two clarinets tuned 1/4 step apart, prepared piano, and a solid 9.5 minutes of modified and collaged natural ambiences.  It was very well received.

Miller is currently working on Half-Moon Pond.  This composition utilizes natural phenomena to organize a composition involving time-specific improvised gestures.  For String Orchestra.

Rothko Score I

Initial Score work for Half-Moon Pond

Half-Moon Pond Photo

Half-Moon Pond Photo


As a Guitarist/vocalist in Mission of Burma: 

Burma RegentRockin’ the Regent Theater, Feb.2014.

Shows upcoming this summer:

Mission of Burma playing the SLED ISLAND FESTIVAL in Calgary, Canada, on June 19.

Mission of Burma on the West Coast Aug.28-31.

Mission of Burma Web Site

As a Keyboardist in The Alloy Orchestra

The Spring Season is kicking in for another round of bringing silent film into the 21st Century:
March 28-30: AFI Silver Theater, Silver Spring, MD
April 12: Cape Ann Community Cinema, Gloucester.
April 19: National Gallery, Washington DC.
April 25: Roger Ebert Film Festival, Champaign, IL
April 27: Brandeis University, Waltham, MA.
May 11:  Maryland Film Festival, Baltimore, MD

Alloy Orchestra Tour Schedule

Alcazar Hotel, our fave in ClevelandOur favorite Cleveland Hotel, The Alcazar Hotel

Frottage Drawing:

Miller has not done much frottage drawing of late, but he did have two of his frottage drawings laser-etched onto his Strat.

Strat front

Strat back