GEARHEADS: CAROLINE MILLER, THEATRICAL ELECTRONIC CONTROLLERS

  • SDAI Project Space @ Horton Plaza 114 Horton Plaza San Diego, CA, 92101 United States

FREE, $6 passes for Horton Plaza parking lot

“My two latest works – How to Survive a 100-hour Workweek, a piece of musical theater; and Sound Masses for Dark Times, an installation – each use a single potentiometer with Arduino and Max to create a programmable electronic instrument. Each pot is connected to built or foraged appendages that turn this tiny instrument into something larger, physical, and/or surreal, such as a theatrical crank. I'll perform excerpts and extrapolations of both pieces with my instruments.”

San Diego Art Institute's Gearheads series invites local artists and musicians to discuss their customized equipment and the implementation of technology in their creative process. Located at the SDAI Project Space, 141 Horton Plaza next to Victoria's Secret.

www.carolinelouisemiller.com

In June of 2013, Caroline L. Miller embarked on a research expedition in the Philippine Sea, sailing from Taiwan to the Republic of Palau as part of an oceanographic science party. The class politics of ship life, hours of physical labor in the tropical humidity, and adventures on deck alone at night fundamentally changed her attitudes toward music and life. In Autumn 2013, this experience was complemented by a newfound interest in biopolitics. Since that time, C.L.M.’s music has been devoted to the modeling of human social relations, behaviors of non-human (animal, plant, etc.) life or theoretical organisms, and kinesthetic and tactile aspects of composition. Her current written research focuses on: intersections between digital glitch aesthetics, materiality, and tactility in post-dubstep electronica; the electronic music scene in the Midwest; and biomusic. 

Since 2012, she has organized and curated annual concerts at the Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. C.L.M.'s music has appeared around the world. She has recently enjoyed performances by Forest Collective, WasteLAnd, Wild Rumpus Ensemble, members of the Lyris Quartet, and the Inoo-Kallay Duo; and her works have appeared at NYCEMF, Hear Now Festival, SEAMUS, SoundSCAPE, The Only Way is Ethics Festival, Studio 300 Digital Art and Music festival, Electroacoustic Barn Dance, Electronic Music Midwest, Fresh Minds Festival, and UCSD's own Springfest. Elliptic for percussion, piano and electronics is published on populist records.

Caroline is a Ph.D. candidate in music composition at UC San Diego. Her committee consists of Katharina Rosenberger, Amy Cimini, Miller Puckette, Anthony Burr, and Ricardo Dominguez. She currently lives in San Diego, California.