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Sakamoto Tribute

Japan Fest 2024 – A Ryuichi Sakamoto Tribute

Featuring Paul D. Miller (DJ Spooky), Michael Sakamoto & Rubin Kodheli

Essay by Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky

There are two deeply rooted stories in Japanese mythology that have been a constant reminder for me of Ryuichi Sakamoto’s work. One is the tradition of Jisei poetry, or poems written by artists, creatives, and monks just before their death. The other is the tradition of enso, or dream poems that symbolize the eternal circle in Buddhism, the entangled spirit that dances between life and death, constantly rejoicing in the memory and potential of any thinking being, whether it’s a butterfly or a monk dreaming he is a butterfly.

July 12, 2024
DJ Spooky portrait

DJ Spooky on the cover of Ageist Magazine

Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky, 53: Endless Curiosity

Always exploring, be it digital media or Antarctica, Paul D. Miller inspires others with his brilliant approach to art and science. From researching the climate crisis with National Geographic to collaborating with artists from Steve Reich to Metallica, he is following his passions and encouraging others to do the same. But he never intended to have this sort of life.

July 8, 2024
Hell: In search of a Christian Ecology.

Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky hosts a podcast for the launch of Timothy Morton’s new book Hell: In Search of a Christian Ecology

DJ Spooky hosted the book launch a while ago. Timothy Morton’s most famous book is called HyperObjects. It’s about the intersection of philosophy and the climate crisis. He’s worked with people like Bjork, Laurie Anderson, and Pharrell. You can listen to a fascinating discussion here on his newest project:

June 27, 2024
Sound System

DJ Spooky on the future of Sound Systems

The Center for Science and The Imagination commissioned a group of creatives to re-imagine the future of “the orchestra.”

Paul D. Miller wrote the lead article on the future of sound systems. Very interesting collection of writers and theoreticians!

June 26, 2024
Peace Symphony

DJ Spooky contributes to Far Futures Horizon 2045

DJ Spooky contributes an essay and excerpt of a music composition The Peace Symphony to Far Futures Horizon 2045 – Imagining a World Without Nuclear Weapons with the ASU Center for Science and the Imagination

Summer 2024-2025 Onward

Paul D. Miller’s “Peace Symphony” was composed after he interviewed atomic bomb survivors in Japan. As part of Far Futures, he revisited that work, creating a reimagined section from that longer piece with the post-nuclear weapons future of 2095 in mind.

Far Futures is a project of Horizon 2045, created in collaboration with Arizona State University’s Center for Science and the Imagination.

June 26, 2024

DJ Spooky contributes to Biophilia: In Excelsis Art Exhibit

DJ Spooky contributes art he made from his book written in Antarctica and compositions written in the Arctic Circle for the exhibition Biophilia: In Excelsis Art Exhibit

Biophilia: In Excelsis is an art exhibition that focuses on the theme of sacred ecosystems, including oceans and forests, and their imminent transformation due to increased global warming. Curated by M. Annenberg, it brings together twenty-two artists who represent different cultural backgrounds, generations, and geographic locations, and who explore the concept of Biophilia, the love of life.

Biophilia: In Excelsis Art Exhibit
Yale University Institute of Sacred Music
Opening March 27- May 2, 2024 (map)

Opening reception and conversation will be live-streamed on YouTube

March 8, 2024

DJ Spooky presents – The Legacy of George Orwell’s 1984

PAUL MILLER (aka DJ SPOOKY) Presents: PARALLAX OF QUANTUM: The Legacy of George Orwell’s 1984, Explored through Electronic Narration and Music

Paul Miller, aka DJ Spooky, wants you to think about double-think and how we frame events, create meaning, and interact with our world. Join us for an evening of exploration and reflection on one of the world’s most influential science fiction works presented by an artist with a globally conscious mind.

The accomplished and socially minded composer, multimedia artist, and writer returns to The Church, post-summer residency, with a presentation of Parallax of Quantum, an exploration of the impact of George Orwell’s 1984. Join us as Miller presents the work, discusses the process, and invites you into a dialogue. Where are we collectively in the world of late capitalism and the fog created by the digital media flood of data and information? Where are you as an individual?

An exploration of George Orwell, Parallax of Quantum illuminates a study of the way we organize our thoughts and emotions to navigate through the deluge of information we confront in our ever-growing digital world. Commissioned by the Deep Water Literary Festival in tandem with the Orwell Foundation, the work invites audiences to a digitally narrated piece against a backdrop of Miller’s music composition, artwork, and graphics.

Friday, February 23, 2024
5:00 PM 6:30 PM
The Church
48 Madison Street Sag Harbor, NY, 11963 United States

January 8, 2024

The Hidden Connections between Psychedelics and Computing

The Secret History & Unwritten Future of Psychedelics & Technology

“What could the technology industry learn from psychedelics, and what might the emerging psychedelics industry learn from the mistakes of Silicon Valley?”

Silicon Valley wouldn’t be what it is without LSD. Psychedelics have been intertwined with the personal computer since the 1960s, when grad school psychonauts invented the first generation of digital information technology. Since the turn of the century, a generation of tech start ups has hired their teams on the Burning Man playa. Today, many AI masterminds have found their inspiration through both microdosing and heroic doses of psilocybin. But are computers intrinsically psychedelic, as Timothy Leary once believed, or have our digital tools coopted psychedelic inspiration en route to creating society’s ultimate bad trip?
Join authors Douglas Rushkoff (Survival of the Richest: Escape Fantasies of the Tech Billionaires), Paul D. Miller (aka DJ Spooky), Julie Holland (Good Chemistry), and moderator Ken Jordan (Lucid News) for a freewheeling discussion about the intersection of tech and psychedelics. We will explore the question: “What could the technology industry learn from psychedelics, and what might the emerging psychedelics industry learn from the mistakes of Silicon Valley?”

Wednesday, January 24
7 – 9pm EST
222 East 46th Street New York, NY 10017

January 8, 2024

DJ Spooky participates in Memorial for renowned Japanese composer and friend, Ryuichi Sakamoto

Celebrating Ryuichi Sakamoto
w/ Sakamoto Tribute Ensemble and DJ Spooky, YUKA C. HONDA, plus Guests TBA

(A Fundraiser for Trees For Sakamoto)

Join us in celebration of Ryuichi Sakamoto’s musical legacy as New York’s finest musicians come together for a tribute concert on January 17, marking what would have been his 72nd birthday. From the revolutionary Thousand Knives to the iconic sounds of the Yellow Magic Orchestra and the Oscar-winning film scores, the Sakamoto Tribute Ensemble will interpret his enduring compositions with the utmost reverence. The special guests, Sakamoto’s closest friends and collaborators will share their words and music in a heartfelt tribute. This concert will be a fundraiser for the family’s foundation in his honor, Trees For Sakamoto.

Wednesday, January 17th, 2024
509 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217
7 PM Doors | 8 PM Show

$55 GA Advance | $65 GA Day of Show

January 8, 2024