"DJ Spooky cannot be called just a DJ. He is a very accomplished composer. But these days, DJs are the ones who are bringing fresh sounds to the music world. In fact, they are creating a new spatial music. They are the space transformers of the universe." —Yoko Ono, Origin Magazine, November/December 2011
Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky, is a composer, multimedia artist, and writer. His art has appeared in such venues as the Whitney Biennial; the Venice Biennial for Architecture; the Ludwig Museum in Cologne, Germany; Kunsthalle, Vienna; the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh; and many other museums and galleries. His first large-scale multimedia performance piece, Rebirth of a Nation, was commissioned in 2004 by the Lincoln Center Festival, Spoleto Festival USA, Weiner Festwochen, and the Festival d'Automne a Paris. It has since been performed around the world, from the Sydney Festival to the Herod Atticus Amphitheater, more than fifty times. The DVD version of was released by Anchor Bay Films/Starz Media in 2008.
Miller’s deep interest in reggae and dub has resulted in a series of compilations, remixes, and collections of material from the vaults of the legendary Jamaican label Trojan Records. Other releases include Optometry (2002), a jazz project featuring some of the best players in the downtown NYC jazz scene, and Dubtometry (2003) featuring Lee "Scratch" Perry and Mad Professor. Another of Miller’s collaborations, Drums of Death, features Dave Lombardo of Slayer and Chuck D of Public Enemy, among others. He also produced material on Yoko Ono’s recent album Yes, I’m a Witch. Miller’s written work has appeared in the Village Voice, the Source, Artforum, and the Wire, among other publications. His book Sound Unbound, an anthology of writing on electronic music and digital media, is a bestselling title for MIT Press.