Ben Miller

Degeneration – Benjamin Miller

Benjamin Miller’s Degeneration is an intuitive approach to creating a quasi-dimensional sound field features a deconstructed electric guitar modified with multiple pickups. First used in the Michigan art band GKW in 1982 and then with Chicago’s Dirty Old Man River in the mid-90’s, Miller (brother of Mission of Burma’s Roger Miller) focuses on a textural, cacophonic amalgamation that defies standard guitar playing. With the addition of electronics and analog tape, it is difficult to discern where any one sound originates or where it is heading. “If new expressionists closed their eyes and painted what they saw then Ben Miller must be taping shut his ears and playing what he hears: blood thrashing through arteries, nerves popping, synapses burning,.. Formerly a part of the ‘anti-rock band’ Destroy All Monsters, Miller takes the ‘anti’ idea a step further.” — Detroit Metro Times