Ben Neill - Composer, Inventor & Performer

Ben Neill is a composer, performer, producer, and inventor of the mutantrumpet, a hybrid electro-acoustic instrument. NeillÕs music blends electronica, jazz and ambient, blurring the lines between DJ culture and acoustic instrument performance. Neill has recorded seven CDs of his music. His music has been featured on numerous compilations including Wired MagazineÕs ÒMusic Futurists. Ò In NeillÕs live performance, laptop computers merge his three-belled, digitally interfaced mutantrumpet with live MIDI controlled digital audio and video. In addition to controlling digital audio in real time, Neill literally plays the moving pictures, making the images an extension of his electrified horn. Neill also performs with XIX, a band with vocalist Mimi Goese (Moby, Mimi, Hugo Largo), John Conte on bass, Jim Mussen on drums, and Neill on mutantrumpet, and has collaborated with numerous other composers and musicians including HelmetÕs Page Hamilton, Rhys Chatham, Nicolas Collins, David Behrman, John Cale, John Cage, Coil, DJ Spooky and DJ Olive.

Composer, Inventor & Performer

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