Notes & Reviews:
The music of Steven M. Miller (1965 - 2014) is distinguished by its highly creative use of electronic technologies towards the exploration of novel aspects of sound as sensorial and perceptual phenomena, achieving this through analog and digital processing of prerecorded sound material and algorithmic computer generation of original sounds. An inspired musical improviser, he used these same electronic technologies to do live processing of improvising performers to explore music as a unique form of social dynamic. His music was distributed through multiple CDs; his writings widely published in academic journals, the popular press, and online. He oversaw the development of the Contemporary Music Program at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design. Most recently he was Assoc. Prof. of Sonic Arts at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music at the National University of Singapore. After being diagnosed with ALS, Steven and his family returned to Santa Fe in February 2014, where he passed away eight months later. Between Noise & Silence includes six CDs of Miller's electro-acoustic music. The set also includes a DVD of short films by Michael Saul, with whom Miller had a long and fruitful collaboration. Finally, it includes a tribute CD of new and unreleased music dedicated to Steven's memory, and a handsome 40-page booklet.
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