Ben Neill

Ben Neill

Ben Neill is a composer, performer, and inventor of the mutantrumpet, a hybrid electro-acoustic instrument. Through his use of interactive computer technologies, Neill creates a unique musical and visual universe, melding the worlds of electronic music, popular culture and visual media.

Ben Neill Discography


ECD 1002, 881 344-909 Ben Neill Mainspring (Album) Ear-Rational Records ECD 1002, 881 344-909 Germany 1988 Sell This Version
ECD 1034 S.E.M. Ensemble - Petr Kotik / Jon Gibson (2) / David Behrman / Ben Neill S.E.M. Ensemble - Petr Kotik / Jon Gibson (2) / David Behrman / Ben Neill - Virtuosity With Purpose(CD, Album) Ear-Rational Records ECD 1034 Germany 1992 Sell This Version
nt6710 David Wojnarowicz & Ben Neill David Wojnarowicz & Ben Neill - ITSOFOMO (In The Shadow Of Forward Motion)(CD, Album) New Tone Records nt6710 Italy 1992 Sell This Version
NT 6723 Ben Neill Torchtower(CD, Album) New Tone Records NT 6723 Italy 1994 Sell This Version
V2 66159 Ben Neill Green Machine (Album) Astralwerks V2 66159 Canada 1995 Sell This Version
533 184-2 Ben Neill Triptycal (Album) Antilles 533 184-2 UK & Europe 1996 Sell This Version
557 085-2 Ben Neill Goldbug (Album) Antilles 557 085-2 US 1998 Sell This Version
657036 1077-2 Ben Neill Automotive (Album) Six Degrees Records 657036 1077-2 US 2002 Sell This Version
THI 57190.2 Ben Neill Night Science(CD, Album) Thirsty Ear THI 57190.2 US 2009 Sell This Version
RR 2737 Mimi Goese & Ben Neill Mimi Goese & Ben Neill - Songs For Persephone(CD, Album) Ramseur Records RR 2737 US 2011 Sell This Version
none Ben Neill Horizonal(CDr, Album, Ltd) Audiokult none US 2015 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

ASW 6158-6 Ben Neill Sistrum Astralwerks ASW 6158-6 US 1995 Sell This Version
PRO 1226 Ben Neill The Re-Mixes(12", Promo) Antilles PRO 1226 UK 1996 Sell This Version
314 557 570-1 Ben Neill Tunnel Vision (Remixes) Antilles 314 557 570-1 US 1998 Sell This Version
THI 57190.1 Ben Neill Afterimage / Seeker(12") Thirsty Ear THI 57190.1 US 2009 Sell This Version

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April 22, 2013
Putting the NOVA in innovator. One to rival John Came for mastery of a musical instrument. Buy on sight any of his records, head music for those with no head but plenty of brain matter. Many will pass by with closed ears, open yours and let those tiny neuron fibres on your tympanic membrane guide you through celestial space.


May 1, 2003
One of the most compelling innovators in music today, BEN NEILL is a performer, composer, and inventor of the mutantrumpet, a hybrid electro-acoustic instrument. Through the interactive computer technology of the mutantrumpet, Neill creates a unique musical universe, melding the worlds of electronic dance culture, jazz, art music and visual media.

A North Carolina native, Neill has worked with such diverse sound sculptors as John Cage, Robert Moog, minimalist La Monte Young, guitarists Page Hamilton and Robert Poss, singer/songwriter John Cale, and illbient DJs Spooky and Olive. Music Curator of the avant-garde performance space The Kitchen from 1992-98, Neill is an influential face in New York’s music scene..

In the electronica/DJ culture of the 1990s Neill found an environment in which his sonic and technological explorations could flourish. The Sci-Fi Lounge, his collaboration with DJ Spooky and video sampling pioneer Gardner Post of Emergency Broadcast Network, toured America and Europe in 1997.

Neill tours internationally on a regular basis, performing at a wide range of festivals, concert halls, clubs, raves and museums. Recent performances have included Umbria Jazz, London's Barbican Centre, New York's Paula Cooper Gallery, Montreal Jazz, Spoleto (Italy), the Berlin Love Parade, the Nantes Fin de Siecle Festival, and Bang on a Can.

Extensive recordings of Neill's music reflect the scope of his artistic vision. His 1998 CD Goldbug (Antilles/PolyGram) "masterfully blurs the lines dividing traditional jazz and electronic dance sounds" (Billboard). WIRED Magazine chose a track from his 1996 album Triptycal for their Rhino Records CD Music Futurists, which features the music of artists who have done the most to push the envelope of musical technology.

Recently Neill joined forces with manager Carolyn Sachs to form Greet Beet Productions, a music design company which has produced music for 20 national television commercials in the last year including 11 for Volkswagen. Neill is currently working on a new collaboration with Scottish vocalist Andrew Montgomery, formerly of Geneva, as well as writing new material for an instrumental album and developing new installation projects.

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