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DJ Spooky at Tribeca Cinemas celebrating Melvin Van Peebles in 2015
|Birth name||Paul Dennis Miller|
September 6, 1970|
|Genres||Electronica, nu jazz, dub, reggae, illbient, trip hop|
|Occupation(s)||Disc jockey, record producer|
|Labels||Asphodel, Thirsty Ear, Universal Studios, Synchronic|
|Associated acts||Dave Lombardo|
Paul Dennis Miller (born 1970), known professionally as DJ Spooky, That Subliminal Kid, is a Washington DC-born electronic and experimental hip hop musician whose work is often called by critics or his fans as "illbient" or "trip hop". He is a turntablist, record producer, philosopher, and author. He borrowed his stage name from the character The Subliminal Kid in the novel Nova Express by William S. Burroughs. Having studied philosophy and French literature at Bowdoin College, he has become a professor of Music Mediated Art at the European Graduate School and is the executive editor of Origin magazine.
In the mid-1990s, Spooky began recording a series of singles and EPs. His debut LP was Songs of a Dead Dreamer. Spooky contributed to the AIDS benefit albums Offbeat: A Red Hot Soundtrip (1996) and Onda Sonora: Red Hot + Lisbon (1998) produced by the Red Hot Organization. Riddim Warfare (see 1998 in music) included collaborations with Kool Keith and other figures in indie rock like Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore.
He returned in 2002 with Modern Mantra. That same year saw the release of Optometry, a collaboration with avant-jazz players Matthew Shipp, William Parker, Guillermo E. Brown and Joe McPhee. In a classical vein, he collaborated with the ST-X Ensemble in performances of the music of Iannis Xenakis.
DJ Spooky collaborated with Ryuichi Sakamoto on projects including The Discord Symphony. The concert and album were released as an enhanced CD containing both a full audio program and multimedia computer files. It features spoken-word performances by Laurie Anderson, David Byrne, Patti Smith, David Sylvian, DJ Spooky, David Torn, and Bernardo Bertolucci.
2005 saw the release of "Drums of Death", DJ Spooky's CD based on sessions he recorded with Dave Lombardo of Slayer. Other guest artists include Chuck D. of Public Enemy and Vernon Reid of Living Colour. The record was co-produced by Jack Dangers of Meat Beat Manifesto.
DJ Spooky has said that much of his work "deals with the notion of the encoded gesture or the encrypted psychology of how music affects the whole framework of what the essence of 'humaness' [sic] is... To me at this point in the 21st century, the notion of the encoded sound is far more of a dynamic thing, especially when you have these kinds of infodispersion systems running, so I'm fascinated with the unconscious at this point."
His work as an artist has appeared in a variety of contexts such as the Whitney Biennial; the Venice Biennale; the Museum Ludwig in Cologne, Germany; Kunsthalle, Vienna; The Andy Warhol Museum; Paula Cooper Gallery; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, and many other museums and galleries. In 2007 his work appeared in the Africa Pavilion in the 52nd Venice Biennial. This remix of music from Africa was also distributed freely online, and promoted by the blog Boing Boing. "You give away a certain amount of your stuff, and then the cultural economy of cool kicks in," DJ Spooky said.
In 2006, the song "Battle of Erishkigal," co-written by DJ Spooky and Frank Fitzpatrick was featured in the anime-inspired film The Rebel Angel. In August 2009, DJ Spooky visited the Republic of Nauru in the Micronesian South Pacific to do research and gather material for a project in development, with a working title of The Nauru Elegies: A Portrait in Sound and Hypsographic Architecture.
DJ Spooky's multimedia performance piece Terra Nova: Sinfonia Antarctica was commissioned by BAM for the 2009 Next Wave Festival; the Hopkins Center for the Arts/Dartmouth College; UCSB Arts & Lectures; Melbourne International Arts Festival; and the Festival dei 2 Mondi in Spoleto, Italy.
DJ Spooky's Rebirth of a Nation, a remix of D. W. Griffith’s 1915 film Birth of a Nation, was commissioned in 2004 by the Lincoln Center Festival; Spoleto Festival USA; Wiener Festwochen; and the Festival d'Automne a Paris.
In 2010, Miller formed The Vanuatu Pacifica Foundation, a contemporary arts organization dedicated to exploring dialog between Oceania and the rest of the world.
Miller was born in Washington, D.C. to Paul E. Miller, who headed a panel of 12 African American law professors who assisted defense lawyers in the California trial of Angela Davis, and Rosemary Reed Miller, historian and former owner, Toast and Strawberries, a Washington, D.C. boutique.
- DJ Spooky / Paul D. Miller Archived 2010-06-09 at the Wayback Machine. Faculty page at European Graduate School and is the executive editor of Origin magazine (Accessed: June 4, 2010)
- MicControl Archived June 26, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
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- "The Nauru Elegies: A Portrait in Sound and Hypsographic Architecture". Djspooky.com. Retrieved 2012-02-08.
- "Terra Nova: Sinfonia Antarctica". Djspooky.com. 2010-05-11. Archived from the original on 2012-01-26. Retrieved 2012-02-08.
- "Rebirth of a Nation". Djspooky.com. 2005-07-08. Archived from the original on 2012-01-24. Retrieved 2012-02-08.
- Eric Sandler. "Ballet Austin teams up with DJ Spooky on collaborative creation Th... - CultureMap Austin". CultureMap Austin.
- Michael Lawrence. "DJ Spooky Explains How Sound Shapes Our Understanding of Politics". Vice. Retrieved on 3 August 2018
- Special To The New York, Times (16 July 1974). "Prof. Paul E. Miller Dead; Ex‐Dean of Howard Law, 38". The New York Times. Retrieved 18 August 2017.
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- Official website
- Sound Unbound site
- Rhythm Science site
- "SonarText" by DJ Spooky in 21C
- DJ Spooky on IMDb
- The Vanuatu Pacifica Foundation
- Appearances on C-SPAN
- DJ Spooky on SYFY Channel: Imagine Greater
- Azadi: Dj Spooky Shows Support For Iranians' Freedom Quest
- 2008 interview with DJ Spooky at Some Assembly Required
- "Blurring the Boundaries with DJ Spooky," Bowdoin Magazine profile
- Bad at Sports podcast interview
- DJ Spooky talks The Secret Song
- 2001 interview with Roy Christopher