DJ Spooky (aka Paul D. Miller)
Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky, will perform his multimedia concert Arctic Rhythms at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, in Guerry Auditorium as part of the Sewanee Performing Arts Series, accompanied by Katherine Lehman and Carolyn Huebl on violin, Christine Kim on cello, and Jim Grosjean on viola.
Originally commissioned by National Geographic, and inspired by a Sierra Club Aichilik rafting journey, Arctic Rhythms is part of a suite of music for the Arctic and Antarctica. It illuminates the environmental issues faced by the Arctic Circle through an evocative multimedia trip to the Arctic landscape, juxtaposing images with live and recorded hip-hop, electronic, and minimalist music to create an unforgettable experience.
The audience will experience the Arctic as never before through the eclectic artistry of composer, author, musician, and National Geographic 2014 Emerging Explorer Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky. Long a legend in the hip-hop world as a master turntablist, Miller is a sonic artist who hears music in almost everything, from visual forms and economic theory to the great outdoors.
DJ Spooky is the executive editor of Origin magazine and is a composer, multimedia artist, editor, and author. His DJ MIXER iPad app has seen more than 12 million downloads in the last year. In 2012-2013 he was the first artist-in-residence at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. He has produced and composed work for Yoko Ono, Thurston Moore, and scores of artists and award-winning films.
His multimedia exhibition "Ice Music" will be on view at the University Art Gallery from August 25 through October 18. Inspired by his voyages to the Antarctic and Arctic, Miller remixes data of all kinds to forge connections between science, music, art, history, politics, and film in a creative response to the urgent environmental and political challenges of climate change.
Miller will present his talk “Sound Unbound” at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11, in Convocation Hall. A reception will follow. The exhibition and the talk are free and open to the public.