BEN NEILL is a composer, performer, producer, and inventor of the mutantrumpet, a hybrid electro-acoustic instrument. He has been called “a creative composer and genius performer” (Time Out NY),”the mad scientist of dancefloor jazz” (CMJ), and “a musical powerhouse, a serious and individual talent” (Time Out London). Neill’s music blends influences from electronica, jazz and contemporary classical music, blurring the lines between DJ culture and acoustic instrument performance.

The Demo, Neill’s electronic opera created in collaboration with composer/performer Mikel Rouse, was premiered at Stanford University’s Bing Concert Hall in April 2015. The Demo re-imagines computer pioneer Douglas Engelbart’s prophetic 1968 demonstration of emerging computer technologies such as the mouse, electronic messaging, video conferencing and word processing as a technologically infused performance. The piece employs a live network of interactive systems and instruments to reflect on the origin of those technologies. The Demo received a Rockefeller Foundation MAP Fund grant in 2015, and was developed at the University of Illinois and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications. The premiere received international press attention from major news outlets including the New York Times, Wired, and the Daily Mail in London.

Neill has recorded nine CDs of his music on the Universal/Verve, Thirsty Ear, Astralwerks, Six Degrees, Ramseur, New Tone and Ear-Rational labels. His next LP, Horizonal, will be released in Fall 2015 on Audiokult Records, based in Vienna, Austria. In 2010 his music theater work Persephone was presented at the BAM Next Wave Festival. Songs for Persephone, a CD of music from the theatrical production, was released in 2011 on Ramseur Records to critical acclaim. Neill has performed extensively in a wide variety of international settings including Lincoln Center, Cite de la Musique Paris, Moogfest, Spoleto Festival, Umbria Jazz, Bang On A Can Festival, ICA London, Istanbul Jazz Festival, Vienna Jazz Festival, and the Edinburgh Festival, to name a few. He has worked closely with many musical innovators including John Cage, LaMonte Young, John Cale, Pauline Oliveros, Mikel Rouse, Rhys Chatham, DJ Spooky, David Berhman, Mimi Goese, Page Hamilton, Nicolas Collins, and David Rothenberg.

Neill began developing the mutantrumpet in the early 1980s. Initially an acoustic instrument (a combination of 3 trumpets and a trombone combined into one), he integrated the instrument with electronics when collaborating with the synthesizer inventor Robert Moog. In 1992, while in residency at the STEIM (Studio for Electro-Instrumental Music) research and development lab for new instruments in Amsterdam, Neill made the mutantrumpet fully computer interactive. In 2008 he created a new version of his instrument at STEIM, and returned there in 2014 to design yet another version which will be completed in 2015.

Other aspects of Neill’s musical career include scoring for films and numerous national television commercials for leading brands such as Cadillac and Volkwagen. He “made music industry history” in 2002 (MSNBC News) by releasing Automotive, an album comprised of extended versions of music he originally wrote for Volkswagen TV and Internet commercials. He supported the release of the album by performing on an 18 city tour of the House of Blues and other major music venues in the US and Canada. The project was an innovative example of music and branding which is documented by Timothy Taylor in his book The Sounds of Capitalism.

Neill is also active as a sound and installation artist. His works have been exhibited in museums and galleries including Sandra Gering Gallery New York, Exit Art New York, Wellcome Gallery London, the American Museum of Natural History, and Paula Cooper Gallery. ITSOFOMO, his major collaborative piece with the late artist David Wojnarowicz, has been presented widely in venues such as The Tate Modern London, The Armand Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, The New Museum New York and PPOW Gallery New York, and was featured in the PBS documentary Imagining America.

A native of North Carolina, Neill is a graduate of Manhattan School of Music. He studied composition with minimalist composer La Monte Young and has led many performances of Young’s work in the 1980s and 90s, and in 2015 will lead concerts in New York, Warsaw, Paris, and Huddersfield. In May 2015 he was a Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome. Since 2008 he has been a music professor at Ramapo College of New Jersey.



Ben Neill, Horizonal, Audiokult Recordings 2015
Ben Neill, Night Science, Thirsty Ear Recordings
Ben Neill, Automotive, Six Degrees Records, 657036 1077-2MJ
Ben Neill, Goldbug, Verve Antilles CD 314 557 085-2
Ben Neill, Triptycal, Verve Antilles CD 314 533 184-2
Ben Neill, Green Machine, Astralwerks CD ASW 6159
Ben Neill, Torchtower, New Tone CD 6723
Ben Neill & David Wojnarowicz, ITSOFOMO, New Tone CD 6710
Ben Neill, Mainspring, Ear-Rational LP/CD 1002

Mimi Goese and Ben Neill, Songs for Persephone, Ramseur Records, 2011
Ben Neill, Futura, Still:Echoes compilation, produced by Echoes radio program
Ben Neill, Afterimage, 12” single includes remix by DJ Pinch
Ben Neill, Perfume, remix of Latin-Grammy winning artist Bajofondo, Universal Latin Records
Ben Neill and David Rothenberg, Myagostrov in the Deep (Hudsonia Remix), Whale Music Remixed CD
Ben Neill and Bill Jones, Color Bar Remix, Eyewash DVD Volume 2, Forward Motion Theater
Ben Neill with Andrew Montgomery, Shock the Monkey (Peter Gabriel), Leaves from the Tree compilation, Vitamin Records CD-8597
Ben Neill, Turbonium X, Street Mix vol.1 compilation CD, Volkswagen/Rock River /Universal Music
Ben Neill & Fred Jorio, Comatose remixes of song by Lisa Hall, Reprise Records 9 44544-2
Ben Neill & David Wojnarowicz, ITSOFOMO excerpt, Optic Nerve CD-ROM, Red Hot Organization
Ben Neill, After the Gold Rush, (Neil Young), Wired Magazine Presents: Music Futurists,
Rhino CD R2 75607
Ben Neill, Tunnel Vision, 12” single, Antilles remixes by Spring Heel Jack, DJ Krust, X-Ecutioners
Ben Neill, Pentagram/Flotation Device, 12″ single, Antilles remixes by DJ Spooky, DJ Soulslinger
Ben Neill, Flotation Device OK Jungle mix by DJ Soulslinger, Liquid Sky Music CD JS116
Ben Neill, Sistrum, 12″ single, remixes by DJ Spooky, Single Cell Orchestra, Astralwerks 6159
Ben Neill, Somnabula, Excursions in Ambience compilation CD/LP/cass, Astralwerks 6153
Ben Neill, Ether, Ambient No. 1 Fantasy compilation, Sub Terranean SPV 089-38782
Ben Neill, Sistrum, Nicotine Beat Mix, Werks Like a 12″ compilation, Astralwerks 6179-2
Ben Neill, 678 Streams, Century 21 compilation, New Tone CD 6730
Ben Neill, Bal, Utopia Americana compilation, New Tone CD 6707
Ben Neill, Money Talk, Virtuosity with Purpose compilation, Ear-Rational CD 1034
Ben Neill & David Wojnarowicz, ITSOFOMO excerpt, Tellus CD#25
Ben Neill, Music for ‘The King of Thule” Tellus CD #27 “Mini-Mall”
David Behrman, Unforeseen Events, XI CD 105
David Behrman, Leapday Night, Lovely Music LP/CD VR 1042
John Cage, Concert for Piano and Orchestra, Wergo CD
John Cale, Walking On Locusts, Hannibal/Rykodisc HNCS 1395
Rhys Chatham, Die Donnergotter, Dossier LP/CD 7538
Nicolas Collins, 100 of the World’s Most Beautiful Melodies, Trace Elements CD 1018
Nicolas Collins, It Was a Dark and Stormy Night, Trace Elements CD1019
Nicolas Collins, Still Lives, Unknown Public Cassette Magazine 1994
DJ Spooky, Songs of A Dead Dreamer, Asphodel CD/LP 0961
DJ Spooky, Riddim Warfare, Outpost/Geffen CD OPRD-30031
DJ Spooky, Necropolis, Knitting Factory Records CD
Deep Listening Band, Tosca Salad, DLB 001 CD
Marcel Duchamp, Erratum Musical, Edition Rene Block CD 202
Echo Art, Coreografie, New Tone CD 6712
Electric Owthaus, Co-rage-us, Live at the Knitting Factory, Vol. 5
Fast Forward, Same Same, XI CD 108
Petr Kotik, Solos and Incidental Harmonies, Ear-Rational CD 1007
Pilgrimage-9 Songs of Ecstasy, Point Music
Paul Schutze, Abysmal Evenings, Virgin AMBT 19 7243 8 42175 2 5
Dave Soldier, Smut, Avant CD 019
La Monte Young, The Second Dream of the High-Tension Stepdown Line Transformer, includes liner notes essay by Neill, Gramavision CD R279467


Premiere of The Demo, Bing Concert Hall, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Dia Art Foundation (La Monte Young), New York, NY
Festival d’Automne (La Monte Young), Paris, France
Warsaw Music Days (La Monte Young), Warsaw, Poland
Pianos, New York, NY

Preview performance of The Demo, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana, IL
Premiere of MANITOGA, commissioned work for brass quintet and live electronics, Russel Wright Design Center and Museum, Garrison, NY
MOMA/PS1 Semiotext-e 40th Anniversary, Queens, NY
Shapeshifter Lab, Brooklyn, NY
BSP Lounge, Kingston, NY
Quinn’s, Beacon, NY

TedX Conference, Beacon, NY
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 2-week residency with work-in-progress previews
Manitoga, Russel Wright Design Center, Garrison, NY
The Silent Barn, Brooklyn, NY
The Firehouse, Brooklyn, NY
Dogwood, Brooklyn, NY
Collapsable Hole, Brooklyn, NY

Beacons of Music exhibition and concert, Beacon, NY
Haunch of Venison gallery, New York, NY
Guided By Invoices gallery, New York, NY

Lincoln Center Rubenstein Atrium, New York, NY
Moogfest, Asheville, NC
Le Poisson Rouge, New York, NY
Littlefield Performance Space, Brooklyn, NY
Premiere screening of Ray Kurzweil’s Transcendent Man, Time/Life Auditorium, New York, NY

Brooklyn Academy of Music Next Wave Festival, Brooklyn, NY
World Technology Network Conference and Awards, Time/Life Auditorium, New York, NY
Dorsky Museum, SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz, NY
Knitting Factory, New York, NY
Painted Bride Arts Center, Philadelphia, PA
ACM/SIGCHI Conference 2010, Atlanta, GA
IEEE Student Conference, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
Virginia Tech University, Blacksburg, VA
Issue Project Room, Brooklyn, NY
Electric Windows Festival, Beacon, NY

Pulse Festival of Art and Technology. Telfair Museum of Art, Savannah, GA
New Interfaces for Musical Expression Conference, Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
Ingenuity Festival, Cleveland, OH
Issue Project Room, Brooklyn, NY
Galapagos Art Space, Brooklyn, NY
MMIX Festival, Theaterlab, New York, NY
Sleepless Night Festival, Miami Beach, FL
ISIM Conference, UC Santa Cruz, CA
The Gatherings, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Philipstown Depot Theater, Garrison, NY

Bard College Summerscape Festival, Annandale, NY
Monkeytown, Brooklyn, NY
Proctor’s Theater, Schenectady, NY
Op On Screen Festival, New York, NY
The Stone, New York, NY

Lincoln Center Scanners Festival, Walter Reade Theater, New York, NY
Festa de Serralves, Porto, Portugal
Etnafest, Catania, Italy
Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
Joe’s Pub, New York, NY
Tonic, New York, NY

Williamsburg Jazz Festival, Brooklyn, NY
World Financial Center, New York, NY
Bard College Summerscape Festival, Annandale, NY
New Interfaces for Musical Expression Conference, IRCAM, Paris, France
Kraakegeluiden Electro-Acoustic series, Amsterdam, Holland
Joe’s Pub, New York, NY
Festival of New Trumpet, New York, NY
Roulette at Location One, New York, NY
Symphony Space (with DJ Spooky), New York, NY
Monkeytown, Brooklyn, NY
Galapagos, Brooklyn, NY
BAM Café, Brooklyn, NY

New Interfaces for Musical Expression Conference, Vancouver, BC, Canada
New Territories Festival, Glasgow, Scotland
Symphony Space, New York, NY
John Jay Theater, New York City

BAM Café, Brooklyn, NY
New Yorker Festival, New York, NY
Exit Art, New York, NY
Van Brunt Gallery, New York, NY

Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
New Yorker Festival, New York, NY
Remote Lounge, New York, NY
Van Brunt Gallery, Beacon, NY
Halcyon, New York, NY
Southpaw, Brooklyn, NY

Cite de la Musique, Paris
Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY
House of Blues, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Chicago, New Orleans, Orlando, Boston
9:30 Club, Washington, DC
St. Andrew’s Hall, Detroit

The Cutting Room, New York, NY
The Kitchen, New York, NY
Halcyon, New York, NY
Idlewild, New York, NY

Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY
South By Southwest Interactive Festival, Austin, TX
Jazz im Theater Festival, Salzburg, Austria
Knitting Factory, New York, NY
Tampere Jazz Happening, Helsinki, Finland
Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY
The Cooler, New York, NY
American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY

Fin de Siecle New York Festival, Nantes, France
Inventing America Festival, Barbican Centre, London, England
Umbria Jazz, Perugia, Italy
Love Parade, Berlin, Germany
Istanbul Jazz Festival, Istanbul, Turkey
Edinburgh Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland
Summerville Theater, Boston, Massachusetts
Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, NC

Rotterdam Film Festival, Rotterdam, Holland
Jazz Cafe, London, England
Club Rex, Paris, France
LACE, Los Angeles, CA
Arts at St. Ann’s, Brooklyn, NY
Bang On A Can Marathon, Alice Tully Hall, New York, NY
Montreal Jazz Festival, Montreal, Canada
Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria
Saalfelden Jazz Festival, Saalfelden, Austria
Pop Komm Festival, Cologne, Germany
Stadtgarten, Cologne, Germany
Projekt Festival, The Vic, Chicago, Illinois
Metallotronic Festival, Washington, DC
Showbox, Seattle, Washington

What Is Jazz? Festival, SOB’s, New York, NY
Art in the Anchorage, Brooklyn, NY
Conway Hall, London, England
De Ijsbreker, Amsterdam, Holland
Korzo, Den Haag, Holland
Macintosh Music Festival, The Cooler, New York, NY

CMJ Festival, Astralwerks night, The Kitchen, New York, NY
Spoleto Festival of Two Worlds, Spoleto, Italy
Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN
Cloudwatch, Baltimore, MD
Merkin Hall, New York, NY
Knitting Factory, New York, NY
Prague Spring Festival, Prague, Czechoslovakia

Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT
Washington Square Church (with First Avenue), New York, NY
Rumori series, Theater Frascati, Amsterdam, Holland
The Kitchen, New York, NY
Interpretations series, Merkin Hall, New York, NY
Wires, Los Angeles, CA
New Langton Arts, San Francisco, CA
Belluard-Bollwerk Festival, Fribourg, Switzerland
Teatro Comunale, Modena, Italy
Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, NY

HERE, New York, NY
Guggenheim Museum Soho, New York, NY
Thread Waxing Space, New York, NY
Knitting Factory, New York, NY
Roulette, New York, NY
Steim Festival, Amsterdam, Holland
Grand Theatre, Groningen, Holland
ICA, London, England
Conway Hall, London, England
Bang On A Can Festival, The Kitchen, New York, NY
House of Dance, Stockholm, Sweden
Washington University Gallery, St. Louis, Missouri
Glenn Gould Studio, Toronto, Canada
PS 122, New York, NY

LaMonte Young Cathedral of Dreams Festival, Krems, Austria
Thread Waxing Space, New York, NY
Frankfurt Alte Oper, Frankfurt, Germany
Het Appolohuis, Eindhoven, Holland
Kunstmuseum, Bern, Switzerland
Akademie der Kunst, Wien, Austria
Experimental Music Festival, London, England
Reithalle, Bern, Switzerland
Cave 12, Geneva, Switzerland
Cineteca Comunale, Rimini, Italy

Festival Internazionale Musica da Camera, Camerino, Italy
Atteneum Museum, Helsinki, Finland
Utopia Americana Festival, Torino, Italy
Music Gallery, Toronto, Canada
New Sounds Live at Merkin Hall, New York, NY
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
Mills College, Oakland, CA
Experimental Intermedia Foundation, New York, NY

Selection of artists presented at The Kitchen, Exit Art, Creative Time’s Art in the Anchorage, and World Financial Center by Ben Neill 1992 – 2008

77 Hz
Anna Homler
Antenna Tool & Die Co.
Anthony Davis
Bang On A Can Festival
Ben Manley
Bonnie Barnett
Brian Eno
Carl Stone
Christian Marclay
Christian Marclay
Circuit Bible
David Behrman
David First
David Hykes
David S. Ware
David Shea
David Simons
David Soldier
David Weinstein
Deep Listening Band
DJ Dr. Decent
DJ Gretchen
DJ Logic
DJ Lovegrove
DJ Lucy
DJ Olive
DJ Sheldon Drake
DJ Singe
DJ Soulslinger
DJ Spooky
Dorit Chrysler
Dr. Nerve
Elise Kermani
Elliott Sharp
Elodie Lauten
Emanuel Dimas di Mela Pimenta
Essential Music
Fast Forward
Four Tet and Steve Reid
Frederic Rzewski
Future Sound of London
Gen Ken Montgomery
Glenn Branca
Golan Levin
Greg Tate
Ikue Mori
Impossible Music
Infant Reader
Jaron Lanier
Jim O’Rourke
John Cage
Jorge Reyes
Jose Halac
Joshua Fried
Karsh Kale
Karthik Swaminathan
King Britt tribute to Sun Ra
Kode 9/Dubwar
Komar & Melamid
Kumiko Kimoto
Kyle Gann
La Monte Young
Laetitia Sonami
Leroy Jenkins
Liu Sola
M83 with Janet Biggs
Maria de Alvear
Masahiko Kono
Maya Beiser
Meridian Arts Ensemble
Michael Schumacher
Mikel Rouse
Mino Cinelu
Morton Subotnick
Neil Rolnick
Nicolas Collins
Paul Panhuysen
Pauline Oliveros
Peter Gordon
Phill Niblock
Richard Kostelanetz
Robert Poss
Rodney Graham
SEM Ensemble
Slash Orchestra
Spit Orchestra
Takehisa Kosugi
Terre Thaemlitz
Tetsu Inoue
The Bedouin
The Books
Tod Machover
Todd Levin
Toni Dove
Twisted Tutu
Ulrich Schnauss
Ushio Torikai
Virgil Moorefield
William Duckworth