Roger Miller Indie rock Artist

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Roger (Clark) Miller is an American singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist best known for co-founding the groups Mission of Burma and Alloy Orchestra. His main instruments are guitar and piano. Guitar Player magazine describes Miller's guitar playing as balancing rock energy with cerebral experimentation, while his keyboard work has earned comparisons to Béla Bartók and even Cecil Taylor. Born in Boston, Miller was raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Inspired by Jimi Hendrix and Detroit-area bands like the Stooges and the MC5, Miller formed several garage bands in his teens. With brothers Benjamin (Ben) Miller and Laurence B. (Larry) Miller, he formed Sproton Layer; their recordings were collected and released in 1992 as With Magnetic Fields Disrupted. Miller played bass guitar and was the primary singer and songwriter, and the ongoing collaboration M3. Attending CalArts in 1976, majoring in composition, Miller also studied piano and French Horn, and studied music by 20th century experimental composers like John Cage and Karlheinz Stockhausen. He would eventually drop out of college in favor of punk rock.

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United States of America
Places lived
Ann Arbor , Michigan
pop. 117,025 (2013)
Boston , Massachusetts
pop. 645,966 (2013)



1. California Institute of the Arts Colleges/University

The California Institute of the Arts, commonly referred to as CalArts, is located in Valencia, in Los Angeles County, California. It was incorporated in 1961 as the first degree-granting institution of higher learning in the United States created specifically for students of both the visual and the performing arts. It is authorized by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) to grant Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts in the visual, performing, and as of 1994, literary arts. The Herb Alpert School of Music was accredited in 2009 to grant a Doctor of Musical Arts.

2012. 113 mil. $
2010. 98.2 mil. $
24700 McBean Pkwy, 91355 - Valencia, California
2012. 938
2010. 908
2009. 888
2012. 491
2010. 559
Acceptance rate
2012. 33.0 %
2010. 27.0 %
Local tuition
2014. 41.7 K $
2012. 38.4 K $
2010. 36.2 K $
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b. 1980., Indie rock Artist
b. 1970., Film Director
b. 1952., Actor
b. 1975., Animation Director
b. 1958., Film Director
b. 1965., Bandleader
b. 1961., Visual Artist
b. 1964., Game designer

Musical acts

1.Mission of Burma Post-punk, Indie rock, Punk rock, Rock music, Art punk, Noise rock

1979 - 1983

Mission of Burma is an American post-punk band formed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1979. The band was formed by Roger Miller, Clint Conley, Peter Prescott and Martin Swope. Miller, Conley and Prescott share singing and songwriting duties. In early years the band's recordings were all released on the small Boston-based record label Ace of Hearts. Despite initial success, Mission of Burma disbanded in 1983 due to Miller's development of tinnitus caused by the volume of the band's live performances. The band released only one album in its original lineup, Vs. Mission of Burma reformed in 2002, with Bob Weston replacing Swope, and has since recorded four more albums, ONoffON, The Obliterati, The Sound The Speed The Light and Unsound.

Member history

Member Role Start End
Bass 1979 1983
Guitar 1979 1983
1979 1983
1979 1983

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2.Birdsongs of the Mesozoic

Birdsongs of the Mesozoic is a musical group founded in Boston, Massachusetts in 1980. The music of Birdsongs of the Mesozoic is almost entirely instrumental, and incorporates many different musical elements; critic Rick Anderson writes, "Very few bands have ever managed to straddle the worlds of modern classical music and rock as successfully as this one did." In his liner notes for their Beat of the Mesozoic EP, Boston rock critic Eric Van dubbed them "the world's hardest-rocking chamber music quartet." Another memorable description came from Jim Sullivan of the Boston Globe: "classical-punk-jazz-car-wreck music.

Member history

Member Role Start End
1981 1993

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3.Binary System

Member history

Member Role Start End
Larry Dersch

4.Alloy Orchestra Film score

Alloy Orchestra is a musical ensemble based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, that performs its own accompaniments to silent films of the classic movie era. Percussionists Terry Donahue and Ken Winokur and keyboardist Caleb Sampson founded the group in 1990. After Sampson's death in 1998, the band was joined by keyboardist Roger Miller, better known as the guitarist of post-punk band Mission of Burma.

Member history

Member Role Start End
Ken Winokur
December 31st, 1990
Caleb Sampson
December 31st, 1990 June 8th, 1998
Terry Donahue
December 31st, 1990


Album title Released Type
New Music for Silent Films 1994 Soundtrack
Lonesome 1995 Soundtrack
Silents 1997 Soundtrack
Masters of Slapstick 1999 Soundtrack

Official website

Music albums

Album title Release date Release type Recording type Recording length Additional artists Contributors
Elemental Guitar
1995 Album

Movies music contribution

Title Year Budget Awards Producers Directors Music co-contributors External resources


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