...sound artist, producer, guitarist, composer, Climax Golden Twins, Victrola Favorites, Indian Talking Machine, Sublime Frequencies, Idol KoSi, AFCGT, 78rpm records, Fulbright researcher, Men and Music on the Desert Road, The Lonesome High…
I have a golden childhood memory of an attic in a very old house, owned by an aunt, where my family spent summers. Crawling through the dark, creaking, front part of the attic I found another room, bathed in sunlight, with a pile of forgotten books. On top of this pile, as if the books were a throne, sat an old windup gramophone. This memory has informed a lot of my work: the sense of exploration, mystery, the secrets old books and 78rpm records seem to hold in their designs, the scars of their age, their receding sounds and stories.
“Some people can sum up their lives on a business card; Robert Millis needs a whole deck, full sized, both faces of each playing card, and you’re still liable to miss something while he shuffles. Filmmaker, photographer, guerrilla ethnographer, collector and sharer of 78 RPM records, weaver of multi-layered ambiences, improviser, annotator, jokester, traveler…” Bill Meyer, Dusted