Experimental electronic artist Annie Miller is back with her new album, Precursors, a continuation of her musical exploration into the intersection of melody and improvisation. The album was released on March 31st with the support of a successful Kickstarter campaign.
Annie Miller has always been interested in producing music that is not only fresh, but also inclusive. That’s why she started out making electro/IDM production tutorials on YouTube, which have since racked up over 100,000 views.
“I started making videos to share what I know so that other people could make music if they wanted to,” says Annie Miller. “It’s really important for me to make music that helps people feel connected to each other; and I love being able to help people make their own sounds.”
The music on Precursors draws from a wide array of influences, including IDM legends Aphex Twin and Autechre, as well as more experimental artists like Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith and Chicago footwork.
Annie Miller is a young experimental electronic artist from Lansing, MI. Her music is an intriguing blend of IDM and ambient sounds, infused with found sounds from daily life and the natural world. Her latest album Precursors pushes the boundaries of these techniques to a new level.
When asked about her artistic process, Miller says: “I try to approach each song conceptually, as if I’m telling a story. This allows me to create a cohesive sound image that sonically unifies the track.”
Her last album was also well received by critics. One critic commented on her ability to “create a sense of atmosphere that draws you into her sonic world,” while another said it had “an impressive blend of technicality and simplicity”.
Miller’s newest album is available now on Spotify, Apple Music and Soundcloud.
Annie Miller is an experimental electronic artist, music producer and founder of the successful independent label Precursors. Her unique style of IDM, bass and breakbeat perfectly blends with her innovative production techniques.
This year she has released her latest album named “Fluctuations”, which is a live recording of a performance at the Doomed Gallery in London last December. Precursors invited Annie to perform at their weekly event series “Experimental Electronic”, which is curated by the label’s artists and showcases input from external contributors.
The event was recorded and edited, and it was released as a digital-only album on Bandcamp on Friday July 31st. The album contains several remixes by other artists to be released on a future EP.
“It was a great experience to play at Doomed Gallery again”, says Annie. “I really enjoyed playing that night and I’m happy that my performance is now available to stream or download for free.”
The release party for the album will take place next week at the Doomed Gallery in London, featuring a live performance by Annie Miller accompanied by video art and visual effects from local artists. The event takes place on Thursday August 6th from 8pm onwards.
Annie Miller is an experimental electronic artist and producer, who has recently released her new album “Precursors” with the independent music label, NINJA TUNE. This release comes on the heels of a decade-long career as an artist and producer. Annie’s style is a fusion of house, hip-hop, dubstep, and IDM, with elements of jazz and funk to create a unique style that is at once gritty and smooth.
The name of her label “NINJA TUNE” was inspired by the Japanese word for “Ninja,” which translates as “a stealthy assassin.” The music on this album has been described as being “like a stealthy assassin” due to its rapid pace, its use of samples, and its heavy use of bass lines. The album has been very well received by fans and critics alike.
It all started when she was still in high school, where she began making beats with her friends using Fruity Loops software on their personal computers. Her fascination with beat-making led her to begin experimenting with various programs until she found one that worked for her. This program allowed her to create beats in real time without having to wait for them to be processed by any other software. She eventually
Precursors is a dense, atmospheric album that marries the experimental bent of Kosmische Musik with post-millennial dubstep rhythms. The album is a collaboration between Canadian electronic musician Annie Miller and French producer Fred Avril.
“The album’s name Precursors refers to the idea of ‘preceding’ or ‘foreshadowing’ future works,” says Avril. “For example, how the work of Brian Eno was a precursor to ambient music.”
Miller adds, “It also refers to the idea of precursors in chemistry, where two separate molecules can react with each other to form a new molecule.”
Precursors retains some of the darker, more dub-influenced sounds of Miller’s previous albums, but also explores brighter melodies and textures.
“I’ve generally become less interested in overtly dark sounds lately,” says Miller. “However, I still have a lot of respect for artists like Shackleton who work with darker aesthetics. There’s something very pure about it; you know what you’re getting.”
I’ve been a fan of Annie Miller’s music for some time now, and have been eagerly anticipating this release from the moment she announced it. It’s an album that I feel like I would have been excited about even if I didn’t know her personally.
And now that it’s here, it does not disappoint.
Miller is well known for having a sharp ear for sound design, and the album delivers on this front with powerful basses, crisp percussive hits, and lush textures throughout. It’s no surprise to me that she has found success in this field as a freelance sound designer.
Perhaps equally impressive is her ability to arrange tracks in a way that keeps them sounding fresh and interesting from beginning to end. Tracks never seem to get bogged down or stale, but rather consistently progress and change while keeping your attention riveted on what’s happening next. Much of this can be attributed to her creativity in applying music theory concepts in unconventional ways.
A few years ago, I got an email from a local musician who was interested in performing a piece I had written. I didn’t know her but she knew one of my friends, so I got her the score and we talked about it on the phone. She asked me for some assistance with the electronics and we set up a time to get together at my house.
When she arrived, I was surprised by how young she looked. The music she had sent me was quite advanced, and I wondered if she was even old enough to drive. She told me that she was seventeen years old and had recently graduated high school.
I asked her what her plans were for the future. She said that she wanted to be a composer but didn’t know if that would work out, so she planned to go to college and study math or physics instead.
I asked why math or physics instead of music? She said that she loved music but didn’t think it was possible to make a living as a composer. And even if it were possible, being a professional composer would be too much pressure: people would expect you to write great music every time, and if you failed they might stop paying you. Her father is an engineer and he seemed more secure in his job: if