World-Famous DJ Spooky Visits Carleton for Residency and Performance This Week

Paul Miller, aka DJ Spooky

Paul Miller, known world-wide by his stage name “DJ Spooky, That Subliminal Kid,” will come to Carleton College this week as this year’s Christopher U. Light Lecturer in Music. During his two-day residency, Miller will cover his groundbreaking work as an electronic music artist, film producer, and DJ. The visit will culminate in a not-to-be-missed multimedia concert performed with the Carleton Faculty String Quartet, led by professor of music and orchestra director, Hector Valdivia. The concert, which is free and open to the public, will take place on Friday, April 20 at 8:00 p.m. at the Carleton College Concert Hall.

Besides making some classroom appearances, DJ Spooky will also deliver a lecture on his work, entitled “Sound Unbound,” in the Concert Hall at 4:15 p.m. on Thursday, April 19.

A native of Washington, D.C., DJ Spooky is critically acclaimed for his work in electronic music; the Chicago Tribune has said that “arguably no one is more responsible for propagating and embodying the idea of the deejay as ‘artist’ than DJ Spooky.” He began recording with his debut album, Songs of a Dead Dreamer, completed in 1996; the style of much of his work has been described as “illbient,” a fusion of hip-hop and ambient music, with later forays into dub-step, reggae and jazz. DJ Spooky has worked with such artists and musical groups as Sonic Youth, Kool Keith, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Dave Lombardo and Chuck D., and his media work has been exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide.

Besides his work as a musician, DJ Spooky is the author of Rhythm Science (MIT Press, 2004) and editor of Sound Unbound (MIT Press, 2008), a collection of writing about sound art. He is the composer of “DJ Spooky’s Rebirth of a Nation,” which has been commissioned by the Lincoln Center Festival and Vienna Festival and performed worldwide. He is also the creator of the popular iPhone app DJ Mixer, one of the first to use the iPhone as a mixing tool. For more information, visit

Yoko Ono wrote of DJ Spooky in Origin magazine that “DJ Spooky cannot be called just a DJ. He is a very accomplished composer. But these days, DJ's 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.”

Presented by the Carleton College Department of Music, this event is made possible by The Christopher U. Light Lectureships in Literature, Art, and Music. Established in 1984 by Mr. Light, Carleton Class of 1958, the lectureship series enables various Carleton departments to bring prominent professional artists to campus each year. Mr. Light is a freelance writer, composer, record producer and musician, with a special interest in combining music and computing. Among those who have held Light Lectureships in Literature are Lorrie Moore, Barry Lopez, Louise Erdrich, Wendy Wasserstein, Derek Mahon, Yehuda Amichai, Andrew Hudgins, Anne Beattie, C. D. Wright, Seamus Deane, Carolyn Forché, Alberto Ríos, Susan Stewart, and Marilynn Robinson.

For more information about these event, including disability accommodations, contact the Carleton College Office of College Relations at (507) 222-4308. The Concert Hall is located at the corner of First and Winona Streets in Northfield.