The Demo

The Demo is an electronic opera by composer/performers Mikel Rouse and Ben Neill. The piece is inspired by the remarkable story of computer pioneer Douglas Engelbart’s prophetic vision of a world interconnected through personal computers. His 1968 demo rolled out virtually all that would define modern computing including videoconferencing, text editing, and something called a "mouse." Using emerging digital technologies to explore live performance with interactive media and original music, The Demo reveals the origin of computing and the internet as a unique hybrid performance event.

The world premiere of The Demo was April 1-2, 2015 at the Bing Concert Hall as part of the Stanford Live series.

Press for the world premiere performances can be viewed here

Touring prospectus for The Demo can be viewed here

The Demo is represented by Thomas Kriegsmann of Arktype, Inc.

Semiotext(e) at MOMA PS1

Semiotext[e] presents
The Return of Schizo-Culture

Sunday, November 16, 2014
12:00 PM to 6:00 PM
VW Dome

With: Laurie Anderson, Kim Gordon, Alan Vega
Penny Arcade, Franco "Bifo" Berardi, Tom Chiu, Taylor Deupree, Douglas Dunn, Jim Fletcher, Richard Foreman, John Giorno, Veronica Gonzalez Peña, Julia Heyward, Gary Indiana, Ken Jordan, Elizabeth LeCompte, Richard Maxwell, Ikue Mori, Eileen Myles, Ben Neill, Pharmakon, Ariana Reines, Marion Scemama, Walter Steding, Lynne Tillman, Masha Tupitsyn, Kate Valk, Stephen Vitiello, Jackie Wang, McKenzie Wark and David Watson.

On the occasion of its 40th anniversary the influential independent press, Semiotext(e), presents an afternoon of performances, screenings, music, and readings evoking the legendary 1975 Schizo-Culture conference, that featured a series of seminal papers, from Deleuze’s first presentation of the concept of the “rhizome” to Foucault’s introduction of his History of Sexuality project. Designed by a group of artists and filmmakers including Kathryn Bigelow and Denise Green, it documented the chaotic creativity of an emerging downtown New York scene, and offered interviews with artists, theorists, writers, and No Wave and pre-punk musicians.

The program takes place in conjunction with the restaging of Cine Virus - a film program organized in 1978 by Bigelow and Michael Oblowitz - at The Museum of Modern Art on November 17, as part of To Save and Project: The 12th MoMA International Festival of Film Preservation and Modern Mondays.


MANITOGA is a new outdoor work commissioned through a New York State Council on the Arts Individual Artists grant by the Russel Wright Center in Garrison, NY for a unique brass quintet with live computer controlled processing. The piece is for Neill's self-designed mutantrumpet along with 4 players of Carol Szymanski’s brass “phonemophones,” each of which forms a letter of the alphabet in a font of her design. The horns used are the letters in the word MANITOGA. Neill’s mutantrumpet will act as the controller for processing the other instruments along with sounds of the environment.

The piece was premiered on July 26, 2014.

WNYC New Sounds feature program on Manitoga

Manitoga featured on New Music World's best events of 2014

Ben Neill's Manitoga at Manitoga

Trumpeters Emerge from Woods in Ben Neill's Manitoga