Miller, Phillip


Philip Miller is a South African composer and music producer who specializes in composing music and sound for film, video and live performance.

Miller has worked with some of the most innovative filmmakers to emerge from South Africa in recent years, composing music to the soundtracks to many local and international films and television productions, including the acclaimed and award –winning drama TV series Yizo Yizo, set in the ghetto schools of Soweto, Johannesburg, directed by Oscar nominee, Angus Gibson and Teboho Mahlatsi. In 2004, Miller completed the soundtracks to three new South African feature films – they include:  Ian Gabriel’s Forgiveness, Teddy Mattera’s Max and Mona and Revel Fox’s The Flyer which have been shown at many international film festivals, including The London International Film Festival, The Toronto Film Festival and Fespaco. This year, Miller hascompleted the soundtrack to the film Radio Freedom directed by Philip Noyce for release by Working Title Films – later this year.

Miller has worked with a wide range of video artists in South Africa, including William Kentridge, Jo Ractliffe, Georgia Papageorge and Clive Van den Berg. In particular, he has collaborated extensively with the internationally acclaimed artist, William Kentridge composing soundtracks to many of his animation films, which have been exhibited all over the world,

including the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim Museum, in New York, and the Serpentine Gallery and Tate Modern in London. Some of the films, Miller has worked on, are: Felix in Exile(1994), Weighing and Wanting (1996), Stereoscope (1999), Medicine Chest (2000),  and Journey to the Moon (2003). After over a decade of collaboration with William Kentridge, Miller has also recently returned from a tour of the exhibition of these films for huge, outdoor screen projection with his live music performed in concert at the Barbican Centre, London as well as Central Park, and The  Celebrate Brooklyn Festival in New York.

In 2005, Miller, was commissioned to compose music for Kentridge’s multimedia installation Black Box/ Chambre Noir for the Guggenheim Museum, Berlin.

His album production work in South Africa has been extensive. Miller has produced and arranged music for many albums including the soundtrack albums to Yizo Yizo 2 and 3, Gazlam, and Steps  for the Future.

In 2003, working with a variety of different singers and musicians from different regions in South Africa, Miller produced an album of traditional South African lullabies, The Thula Project. The songs arranged for this album, involved extensive research and interviews in sound archives and were chosen through a process of interviews with different singers who had been taught these songs by parents and grand parents, continuing this oral tradition of lullaby- singing.

Miller has also developed a special interest in the use of digital technology, combining sampling and electronic sounds with live acoustic performance in his compositions.

He has created soundscapes for a series of video and multi-media installations including the exhibition Blank--: architecture, apartheid and after curated by Hilton Judin, commissioned for the Architectural Institute of Netherlands (NAI), in Rotterdam (1999) as well as Refiguring the Archive, (1998) curated by Jane Taylor and Carolyn Hamilton for University of Witswatersrand, Johannesburg.



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