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2016 Perth International Arts Festival presents

Philip Miller

South Africa


Philip Miller is a composer and sound artist from South Africa who works in many different media from live performance to film, video and sound installations. After making a leap from a career in law into the world of music, he completed a postgraduate degree in electro-acoustic music composition in England at Bournemouth University and then returned to South Africa to begin working full time in music. His long time collaboration with the artist, William Kentridge composing music for many of his films and installations, has gained him international recognition, especially for recent projects including Five Themes at the Tate Modern, London, the lecture-opera production: Refuse the Hour, which is currently on tour in theatres across Europe as well as the multimedia installation Refusal of Time at dOCUMENTA 13 in 2012 in Kassel and at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. His own sound works have been exhibited at The Venice Bienale (2013), Spier Contemporary (2011 – South Africa) and The Kaunas Biennial (2009 – Lithuania). His live performance of the award–winning, choral composition, Rewind, a cantata for voice, tape and testimony has been performed in London, at the Royal Festival Hall, Celebrate Brooklyn, New York, The 62 Centre Williams College, Massachusetts, as well as The Baxter and Market theatres in South Africa. He has scored numerous soundtracks to film and television programs including more recently his Emmy nominated soundtrack to HBOs The Girl. Other more recent scores include: Miner’s Shotdown, The Bang Bang Club, Black Butterflies and Mary and Martha directed by Philip Noyce. Miller is currently an honorary fellow at ARC (The Research Initiative in Archive and Public Culture) at the University of Cape Town. He is currently completing his new opera, Extracts from the Underground, exploring the subterranean sound world of miners in South Africa.