Ben Neill and Bill Jones will present a new set of music and interactive video for Neill's newly created mutantrumpet. Dubbed "the mad scientist of dancefloor jazz" (CMJ Magazine), Neill's music "masterfully blurs the lines between electronic dance music and jazz sounds" (Billboard). This new set of future dub jazz is the most recent chapter in Neill's musical evolution which has included the CDs Green Machine (Astralwerks), Triptycal and Goldbug (Verve) and Automotive (Six Degrees). Neill has also recently created a new version of his unique electro-acoustic instrument, the mutantrumpet, thanks to a residency at the STEIM studios in Amsterdam.
Jones, Neill's longtime visual collaborator, has created a new set of interactive video for the set. The imagery is primarily black and white and evokes a late-night urban vibe inspired by sci-fi noir films such as Godard's Alphaville. The video and music are created as one hybrid form, and the new capabilities of the mutantrumpet make it possible for the visual and sonic elements to be seamlessly integrated in real time.
Neill and Jones are continuing to explore ways in which the dynamics and improvisation of live musical performance can be translated across the boundaries of sound and vision. Their past projects have included the Pulse series of sound/light sculptures, widely exhibited in the 1990's, MIDI controlled slide projector shows for Neill's Sci-Fi Lounge tour with DJ Spooky, and Palladio, a VJ movie based on the novel of the same name by Jonathan Dee.