By Ygal Kaufman
DJ Spooky, aka Paul Miller, is quite the multitalented artist. Sci-fi writer, DJ, composer, editor, professor, speaker, and collaborator are all hats Miller has worn with aplomb during his 20 years on the art scene. He’s coming to OSU to spin at La Sells Stewart Center on Friday, May 9.
Miller first broke into public consciousness with his writing as part of Soundlab, a New York City collective that put on events in the Village in the mid-90s. Soon after, he released his first LP to critical acclaim, and started on a long string of high profile musical collaborations with the likes of Public Enemy’s Chuck D., Ryuichi Sakamoto, Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth, and others.
Not satisfied with being just a musician, his writings and music theory propelled him to help put Origin Magazine on the map as its executive editor. The magazine comes out every other month and covers “the intersection of art, yoga, and new ideas.” If you have no idea what that means, join the club; DJ Spooky can be a little too heady for your average dance club DJ.
In 2011 he released Book of Ice, a graphic design project that morphed into a multimedia extravaganza. It’s now a book, with a forward by quantum physicist Brian Greene, a multimedia installation with his “acoustic portraits” as well as a composition for string quartet. It’s all about the effects of climate change on Antarctica.
Currently he continues work on Origin, his music, C-Theory (“an international journal of theory, technology, and culture,”) and of course his DJing app (called DJ Spooky) for iPad, which has been downloaded north of 12 million times. He comes to Corvallis not just as a performer, but as artist-in-residence at HJ Andrews Experimental Forest in the Cascades mountains. He’ll only be here for a week, but in Spooky-time, that might as well be a decade. The dude moves fast, and what he likes to do best is create.
All of this is to say: DJ Spooky is much more than a DJ, and his live show promises to be a spectacle worth witnessing.
DJ Spooky will be in concert at the La Sells Stewart Center, 875 SW 26th Street, on Friday, May 9 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in the Construction and Engineering Hall. The event is sponsored by OSU’s College of Liberal Arts. Admission is free.