Ben Neill's track "The Other Side of Midnight" is featured on a new compilation from Audiokult Records in Vienna, Austria. Neill’s recent music blends the mutantrumpet's richly timbral melodies and textures with glitchy, minimal beats and deep sub bass.
The Demo is an electronic opera by 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
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 acts as the controller for processing the other instruments along with sounds of the environment. The piece was premiered on July 26, 2014 at Manitoga/the Russel Wright Center for Art and Design.