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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

Ben Neill, Automotive, Six Degrees Records
Ben Neill, Goldbug, Verve Antilles CD 314 557 085-2
Ben Neill, Triptycal, Verve Antilles CD 314 533 184-2
Ben Neill, Green Machine, Astralwerks CD ASW 6159
Ben Neill, Torchtower, New Tone CD 6723
Ben Neill & David Wojnarowicz, ITSOFOMO, New Tone CD
Ben Neill, Mainspring, Ear-Rational LP/CD 1002
Ben Neill, After the Gold Rush, (Neil Young), Wired Magazine Presents: Music Futurists compilation, Rhino
Ben Neill, Perfume, remix of Latin-Grammy winning artist Bajofondo, Universal Latin Records
Ben Neill, Somnabula, Excursions in Ambience compilation CD/LP/cass, Astralwerks 6153
Ben Neill with Andrew Montgomery, Shock the Monkey (Peter Gabriel), Leaves from the Tree,Vitamin Records
Ben Neill, Turbonium X, Street Mix vol.1 compilation CD, Volkswagen/Rock River /Universal Music
Ben Neill Fred Jorio, Comatose remixes of song by Lisa Hall, Reprise Records 9 44544-2
Ben Neill and Bill Jones, Color Bar Remix, Eyewash DVD
Ben Neill & David Wojnarowicz, ITSOFOMO excerpt, Optic Nerve CD-ROM, Red Hot Organization
Ben Neill, Tunnel Vision, 12” single, Antilles remixes by Spring Heel Jack, DJ Krust, X-Ecutioners
Ben Neill, Pentagram/Flotation Device, 12” single, Antilles remixes by DJ Spooky, DJ Soulslinger
Ben Neill, Flotation Device OK Jungle mix by DJ Soulslinger, Liquid Sky Music CD JS116
Ben Neill, Green Machine, Astralwerks CD ASW 6159
Ben Neill, Sistrum, 12” single, remixes by DJ Spooky, Single Cell Orchestra, Astralwerks 6159
Ben Neill, Ether, Ambient No. 1 Fantasy compilation, Sub TerraneanBen Neill, Sistrum, Nicotine Beat Mix, Werks Like a 12” compilation, Astralwerks 6179-2
Ben Neill, 678 Streams, Century 21 compilation, New Tone
Ben Neill, Bal, Utopia Americana compilation, New Tone
Ben Neill, Money Talk, Virtuosity with Purpose compilation, Ear-Rational
Ben Neill & David Wojnarowicz, ITSOFOMO excerpt, Tellus
Ben Neill, Music for ‘The King of Thule’’ Tellus CD #27 “Mini-Mall”
David Behrman, Unforeseen Events, XI CD 105
David Behrman, Leapday Night, Lovely Music LP/CD VR 1042
John Cage, Concert for Piano and Orchestra, Wergo CD
John Cale, Walking On Locusts, Hannibal/Rykodisc Rhys Chatham, Die Donnergotter, Dossier
Nicolas Collins, 100 of the World’s Most Beautiful Melodies, Trace Elements CD
Nicolas Collins, It Was a Dark and Stormy Night, Trace Elements CD
Nicolas Collins, Still Lives, Unknown Public Cassette Magazine 1994
DJ Spooky, Songs of A Dead Dreamer, Asphodel CD/LP 0961
DJ Spooky, Riddim Warfare, Outpost/Geffen CD OPRD-30031
DJ Spooky, Necropolis, Knitting Factory Records CD
Deep Listening Band, Tosca Salad, DLB 001 CD
Marcel Duchamp, Erratum Musical, Edition Rene Block CD 202
Echo Art, Coreografie, New Tone CD 6712
Electric Owthaus, Co-rage-us, Live at the Knitting Factory, Vol. 5
Fast Forward, Same Same, XI CD 108
Petr Kotik, Solos and Incidental Harmonies, Ear-Rational CD 1007
Pilgrimage-9 Songs of Ecstasy, Point Music
Paul Schutze, Abysmal Evenings, Virgin AMBT 19 7243 8 42175 2 5
Dave Soldier, Smut, Avant CD 019
La Monte Young, The Second Dream of the High-Tension Stepdown Line Transformer, includes liner notes essay by Neill, Gramavision CD R279467

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