Upcoming Shows

Transmuting the Prosaic

The Brattleboro Museum and Art Center will re-open on June 18, 2020, and the show has been extended to Oct.12. While this is indeed good news, due to C-19 the turn-tables, which are a major part of my Modified Vinyl work, will not be able to be used. However, there will be a code to hear the audio over one’s iPhone. HERE is a link to a virtual gallery of Transmuting the Prosaic.

Miller’s first art installation, “Transmuting the Prosaic”, opened on March 14, 2020, at the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center.  The work consists of two parts: his first film, “The Davis Square Symphony”, will run on a loop against the far wall of the room. On the left wall will be five of his Modified Vinyl pieces, some etched, some audio, some inked. In front of each will be a listening station to hear either a copy of the record that is on the wall, or audio relating to it. One of the Modified Vinyl records on the wall consists of all the lyrics to “Signals Calls and Marches” (in alphabetical order) inked ONTO a record. At the listening station, there will be a 7″ 45 with those same words isolated from the record and sequenced in quick succession, to be listened to while one reads them on the wall. It’s a real mind-bend… 

  “Four Bars of a Bach Fugue” on the back of the original “POP Record/evolving.” (1985)

Related Concerts

The concerts have been cancelled/postponed for obvious reasons. It was initially thought that they will be re-booked to October, 2020, but for obvious reasons, no one knows.

March 26: I.C.A. Boston;    
March 28: MassMoCA, North Adams, MA;     
April 3: Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA.
April 4: Rhizome, Washington, DC. (Guitar only).  

The concerts incorporate two directions in Miller’s current musical work:
1. Dream-State Guitar:
This is an updated version of his Elemental Guitar work from the mid-1990’s. With a customized Stratocaster 6-string, three altered/prepared lap-steel guitars, a new looping device (the Boomerang III) and many sound-altering devices, this is his take on a “One-Person Guitar Chamber Ensemble”. All the music will be structured by dreams, utilizing his “Dream Interpretation” technique. The unconscious mind is expressed by extended techniques and attitudes in the electric guitars.
2. New Music for String Quartet (with Ludovico Ensemble):
Ludovico Ensemble played Miller’s Tufts University concert fall 2018 excellently. The culmination of this concert will be “Music for String Quartet and Two Turn-tables”, where a pre-recorded 12″ record plays continuously to define the composition. This record utilizes primarily record noise (referencing his “POP Record/evolving” Modified Vinyl piece), sometimes raw, sometimes organized into beats and structures.

New England Conservatory in 2010. Miller’s first chamber music concert since CalArts in 1976. Photo: Bill T. Miller
Altered “Lap-Steel” Guitar, i.e., a “portable prepared piano”.