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.