Paul D. Miller (aka DJ Spooky) will perform Heart of a Forest at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 9, in Cheatham Hall at the World Forestry Center.
Miller will mix live, recorded and electronic music with aerial video of Oregon forests, along with an on-stage conversation with a forest ecologist. The multimedia show is inspired by symphonic music Miller composed during four seasonal artist residencies at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest in the Oregon Cascades. The score metaphorically explores spring, summer, fall and winter through sound and imagery.
For the Heart of a Forest project, Miller wanted to understand “how to remix some of the ways we think about traditional forms of music versus digital interpretation of nature. Is the landscape a portrait? Is a composition a portrait? I think we need music to catalyze how we can rethink our relationship to nature.” Miller says that the piece is inspired by Thoreau and the collision of data, sound and new ways to think about the absence of origins.
Miller first rose to fame as hip-hop turntablist "DJ Spooky," and has since performed throughout the world. In addition to his work as a composer, Miller is also a multimedia artist and author whose work has appeared at the Venice Biennial for Architecture, the Andy Warhol Museum, the Whitney Biennial and others. Miller spent 2012-2013 as the first artist-in-residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and has collaborated with a diverse array of popular musicians, including Yoko Ono, Chuck D and Thurston Moore. He is also a National Geographic Emerging Explorer. His recent appearance have included the score to Re-Birth of a Nation, and performances at Carnegie Hall. His website is: http://djspooky.com/
The Heart of a Forest project is a collaboration between the Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature and the Written Word at Oregon State University and the four regional host organizations. Funding is provided by the Oregon Community Foundation’s Creative Heights program and the USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station.
Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for college students with ID and free for youth in grades K-12.