Neill has recorded ten CDs of his music on labels including Universal/Verve, Astralwerks, Thirsty Ear, and Ramseur, as well as his own Blue Math label. Performances include BAM Next Wave Festival, Lincoln Center, Whitney Museum, Cite de la Musique, Bing Concert Hall, Moogfest, Spoleto Festival, Umbria Jazz, Bang On A Can Festival, ICA London, Istanbul Jazz Festival, and the Edinburgh Festival. Neill has worked closely with many musical innovators including John Cage, La Monte Young, John Cale, Pauline Oliveros, Rhys Chatham, DJ Spooky, David Berhman, Mimi Goese, Mikel Rouse, and Nicolas Collins. A long time student and associate of La Monte Young, Neill leads performances of Young’s brass music with an international ensemble.
Neill began developing the mutantrumpet in the early 1980s, originally working with synthesizer inventor Robert Moog. In 1992 Neill made the mutantrumpet fully computer interactive at the STEIM studios in Amsterdam, and continues working with STEIM on new performance technologies today.
“Ben Neill is using a schizophrenic trumpet to create art music for the people.” Wired Magazine