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Ben Neill

Ben Neill has been described as a “creative composer, genius performer and inventor of the mutantrumpet” (Time Out NY 2008) whose music “masterfully blurs the lines between electronic dance music and jazz sounds” (Billboard). Neill has recently completed his newest CD, Night Science which will be released on Thirsty Ear Recordings this Fall. Neill’s new music combines dubstep beats and basslines with the trippy, otherworldly sonic explorations of his self-invented instrument, the mutantrumpet.

This is Neill’s first recording since Automotive, released on Six Degrees Records in 2002. Since then, Neill has been creating music for film, television, stage, galleries and museums through a variety of collaborations. His projects have included Guest of Cindy Sherman, a documentary film shown widely in the international film festival circuit, Palladio, a VJ opera premiered at Symphony original music for the animated film 9-11/9-11 by Mel Chin recently screened at MOMA, and a collaboration with vocalist Mimi Goese (Hugo Largo, Moby) that will be presented at the BAM Next Wave Festival 2010. Neill’s recent performances have included: Etnafest in Catania, Italy, Serralves Festival in Porto, Portugal, New Territories Festival in Glasgow, Scotland, Guggenheim Museum DJ series, Lincoln Center Scanners Festival, Bard College Summerscape Festival, Festival of New Trumpet, New York, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Pulse Festival of Art and Technology, Savannah, GA, Ingenuity Festival, Cleveland, and many New York City venues....
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A creative composer, genius performer, and inventor of the mutantrumpet. --Time Out NY

Masterfully blurs the lines between electronic dance music and jazz sounds --Billboard

Ben Neill is a musical powerhouse, a serious and individual talent. --Time Out London

Ben Neill is using a schizophrenic trumpet to create art music for the people. --Wired Magazine

Neill’s astonishing mutantrumpet blends brass and computer with wit, beauty and solid musicianship. --Village Voice

9 out of 10 rating…Ben Neill is a mad scientist, and he has discovered the formula that breaks musical barriers. --Mixmag

Ben Neill plays an instrument he designed called the mutantrumpet, a three-belled trumpet that allows him to shift sonorities instantaneously, from muted to open, clear to froggy. --New York Times

Neill works with harmonies based on numerical relationships that produce spiritually powerful resonances. The result is trippy, otherworldly and seamlessly groovy. --Interview Magazine

Ben Neill is the mad scientist of dancefloor jazz…an inventive and stimulating voyage. --CMJ Monthly

Calling Ben Neill a trumpeter is like calling Mr. Spock a frequent flyer…as vibrant as the galaxies beyond, both adventurous and artful. --Boston Phoenix

  • Night Science

    Thirsty Ear Recordings
  • Automotive

  • Tunnel Vision (Remixes)

  • Torchtower

  • Mainspring


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