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The Big Industry

by Roger C. Miller

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Boil Away 03:03
Hammers 04:09


released August 1, 1987

Roger Miller, Maximum Electric Piano live performance set up:
Piano: Yamaha CP-70B, electric baby grand piano with strings
Effects: Two distortion devices, analog echo, EH 16 second digital delay
Piano Preparing Tools: Alligator clips, small bolts, wood, combs, guitar slide, guitar picks, ear plugs, fingers

"The Nature Army" and "Ra's Atomic Transport" appeared on the associated "Groping Hands" EP but were not on the initial "Big Industry" album.

Additional Musicians and Instruments:

"Portrait of a Mechanical Dog": Steve Adams - sax and clarinets. Russ Smith - sampled percussion set*
"Hammers": Russ Smith - Hammers on pipes, girders, etc., Foreman's vocals
"The Age of Reason" - Russ Smith - Sampled percussion set*. Roger - Toy piano.
"Groping Hands": Melissa Howe - viola. Roger Sampled* and real-time percussion
"Manic Depression": Roger - sampled percussion set*
"We Don't Know Why:" Steve Adams - saxes
At times Roger played an acoustic grand piano for textural purposes.

*Sampled Percussion Set:
Oil tank, furnace, egg beater, lawn mower, hubcap, metal sheet, children's bells, helium tank, a marching snare drum with marbles in it, occasional Linn-drum sounds, all put into an EMU SP-12 sampler.

Recorded at Downtown Recorders, Boston, MA.
Aug. 1986 - Feb. 1987.
Engineered by Jeff Whitehead.
Produced by Roger Miller, Russ Smith and Jeff Whitehead.
Cover photographs by Kathy Chapman, design by Joanne Kaliontzis.
Special thanks to Rick Harte and Su.

c) Roger Miller 1987
p) Ace of Hearts Records 1987
AHS 10012.


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Roger C. Miller Music Boston, Massachusetts

Roger C. Miller is/was a member of Mission of Burma, Alloy Orchestra, Trinary System, M2, etc. He is a multi-instrumentalist and composer. His first original band, Sproton Layer, 1969/1970, included brothers Benjamin and Laurence. His chamber music works have been performed around the country,. His first art installation is up in Spring 2020. He also teaches guitar. ... more

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