San Francisco-based sound artist and audiovisual composer Cullen Miller synthesizes an abstract hybrid of aleatoric pop and colorful, noisy minimalism. Incorporating original field recordings, heavy use of digital signal processing, breezy vocals, strip club synths, and peculiar horn arrangements, Miller weaves together a musical tapestry that is threaded by clicky pop and techno. His compositional endeavors began by learning double bass and studying contemporary classical and jazz theory under the Netherlands based composer and bassist, Chad Langford. After his studies, Miller’s obsession with experimentation led him to an interest in designing performance tools with custom software. During his tenure at Gray Area Foundation for the Arts, Miller developed an arsenal of audiovisual performance tools for their multichannel immersive environment. He performs periodically with his 7 piece ensemble, Santa and under his dub guise, Selande. He has releases on Konque (NYC), Igloo-Rec (AR), Two Circles (DET) and Cunei Media (SF).
Born and raised in Detroit, Miller’s aptitude for automated culture is axiomatic. His formative years were spent foraying the landscape of Detroit’s fringe electronic and instrumental music locale. Highly influenced by the freak ideas prominent in the San Francisco Bay Area, Miller decided to move across the country and further his compositional studies. After receiving his B.A. in Music Composition, he was taken onto the San Francisco State University faculty to teach digital signal processing and Ableton Live. His experience with modern classical music led to his work with the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players (SFCMP), a Bay Area based non-profit dedicated to commissioning and performing new works.
In 2011 and 2012, Miller has spent time drifting between coasts as an abettor of the digital arts. During his time in New York City, he served as the Artistic Director for the Brooklyn-based new media art space, Devotion Gallery. In his spare time he runs Cunei Media, a blog and netlabel dedicated to broadcasting digital data pertaining to “noise, nature, & networks” across the interwebs. Miller’s curatorial work steered him to an extended term at Gray Area Foundation for the Arts, where he served as their Director of Public Programs, senior curator, and lead operator of the multimedia suite.