Miles Brown is an Australian thereminist, composer and experimental artist. Working with the ethereal interface of this gesturally-controlled instrument, he conjures unique emotional landscapes that query the relationships between space, sound, electronics and the body. Through composition, performance and cross-disciplinary collaboration, he develops new contexts for theremin that both expand upon and subvert its traditional uses.
Miles’ work is a constant celebration of strangeness, and the beauty of unorthodox creative combinations. Current works investigate the theremin in the realms of dance music, art sound, soundtrack, site-specific installation and analogue electronics.
Miles Brown’s new album The Gatewaywill be released in 2019 by Death Waltz Originals.
Classical harp virtuosa Mary Doumany and cult thereminist extraordinaire Miles Brown (The Night Terrors, Heirs) present an exciting new experimental collaboration – The Narcoleptor. Listen as this fearless duo meld the soundworlds of their iconic instruments to conjur a stream-of-(un)consciousness orgy of swirling dream fragments and microtonal hypnotica.
Melbourne’s The Night Terrors offer a mind-melting mix of dark synth magic, thunderous dreamscapes and other-worldly electronica.
Featuring the haunting theremin melodies of Miles Brown (student of Russian theremin queen Lydia Kavina), Damian Coward on drums and Sarah Lim on vintage synthesisers, The Night Terrors have earned a reputation as one of Australia’s most unusual and original acts.
Following the release of The Night Terrors EP and Lightless EP through Unstable Ape Records, The Night Terrors’ debut full length albumBack To Zero was released in April 2009 through Australian label EXO Records. Back To Zero was reissued for release in Europe/USA/Japan through TRENDKILL Recordings (France) in September 2010, and reissued on double 12” coloured vinyl through Homeless Records (AU).
Released in June 2012 through OSCL Records (AUS) / Seed Records (UK), Monster / Lasers for Eyes was the first glimpse of The Night Terrors’ new material. The 12″ featured remixes by Berlin Italo-disco legend Antoni Maiovvi (repaying the favour for The Night Terrors’ 2011 remix of his single Murderfunk) and Australian synth legend Ash Wednesday (The Metronomes, Models, Einstürzende Neubauten).
In March 2014 The Night Terrors unleashed their long awaited follow-up to Back To Zero with the release of Spiral Vortex through Homeless Records. An interstellar horror-synth fantasy featuring an orgy of vintage electronics, Spiral Vortex saw the band build upon their post-prog roots to explore a broader universe of warped psychedelia and analogue synth fetishism.
Following their 2012 performance supporting Italian Horror soundtrack legends Goblin, in May 2014 The Night Terrors were commissioned by the City of Melbourne to compose an album of music with the southern hemisphere’s largest Grand Pipe Organ. Recorded at the Melbourne Town Hall, Friday the 13th June 2014, and launched on Halloween 31st October 2014, Pavor Nocturnus – Composition for Grand Organ, theremin, electronics and percussion is an inferno of haunting theremin-led post prog and dark cosmic dance. The most frightening and beautiful Night Terrors recording to date, Pavor Nocturnus was released on limited edition coloured vinyl through Twisted Nerve Australia (a joint imprint between Dual Planet and Andy Votel’s Finders Keepers Records). A special edition of the album was also produced for cult horror soundtrack record label Death Waltz Recording Company in December 2014.
The Night Terrors have toured with Hawkwind, Black Mountain, Melt-Banana, Serena Maneesh and shared the stage with Lou Reed, Laurie Anderson, Goblin, Boris, Bardo Pond, Marc Ribot, HTRK, Pink Mountaintops. The band has toured Europe and Australia extensively and appeared at international festivals such as VIVID Live (AU), Polyhymnia (DE), Bracara Extreme Fest (PT), Denovali Swingfest (DE), and Incubate (NL).
Miles Brown – Séance Fiction
(Death Waltz Originals / It)
Miles Brown – theremin, synth, vocals, electronics
Jenny Branagan – vocals