photograph (c) Rob Penner

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 will be performed at Manitoga in Garrison, NY, by Neill on his 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.

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

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 will be in April 2015 at the Bing Concert Hall as part of the Stanford Live series.

Touring prospectus for The Demo can be viewed here

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

New live set

Mesa Verde, from a new set of music for mutantrumpet/electronics, live sonic animations of images by Andy Moses, drummer Theo Metz and saxophonist/sonic ecologist David Rothenberg. More about the project here Recent work with Andy Moses