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Composer of the Week: Scott Miller

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What have your career highlights been so far?
Recently, I was reelected to President of the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the U.S. (SEAMUS), my second term. I was a Fulbright Scholar for the Fall term of 2014 in Tallinn, Estonia, where I taught electronic music composition at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre. While there I also performed frequently in the amazingly vibrant improvising community, had four portrait concerts at the Academy, and recorded a CD of improvised music with guitarist Mart Soo. This CD will be released on Panoramic on April 8 this year.

Tell us something about your current work
I am presently performing with a great variety of improvisers visiting Minneapolis as part of my electro-acoustic music series Ars Electroacoustica, which I host with another laptop performer, Ted Moore. In addition to this, I have been working on several ecosystemic projects, integrating the ecosystemic control of lighting to my work. I am writing a series of articles on my ecosystemic work and there is also documentation on a project I began at Montalvo Arts Center last September and will complete this summer for presentation in October. See here and here.

What projects have you got lined up for the future?
Beside the ecosystemic sound and light project of the Richard Serra studio at Montalvo, I am putting the finishing touches on a new work for guitarist Dan Lippel and I am looking forward to some recording projects this year.

How would you recommend someone gets started on learning Anterior/Interior?
Anterior/Interior was written for Carla Rees and can be performed on alto or C 1/4 tone (Kingma System) flute, and with live Kyma processing or with fixed-media triggered from a Max patch. This work led me to compose several more works (Contents May Differ and Every Problem is a Nail) for acoustic instruments that uses amplification and electronics to expose/explore small, unheard components of the instrumental sound.

I suppose the best way to get started is to get the recording of Carla performing it on our CD Devices and Desires. :)

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