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DJ Spooky

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DJ Spooky, That Subliminal Kid (born Paul Miller, 1970), is a Washington DC-born and musician, turntablist and producer. He borrowed his stage name from a character in a William S. Burroughs novel.

Growing up in DC, Spooky became interested in and music, and attended Bowdoin College in Maine, earning degrees in French literature and philosophy. He began writing science fiction and formed a collective called Soundlab with several other artists.

In the mid-1990s, Spooky began recording a series of singles and EPs. His debut LP, “Songs of a Dead Dreamer”, is now widely regarded as a formative influence on illbient. “Riddim Warfare” was an underground hit that include collaborations with Dr. Octagon and other cult figures in .

He then worked with several other artists on various collaborations and mix CDs, returning in 2002 with “Modern Mantra”. That same year saw the release of “Optometry”, a widely acclaimed collaboration with avant-jazz players Matthew Shipp, William Parker, Guillermo E. Brown and Joe McPhee. This album also features portions of a breaks record by Billy Martin of Medeski Martin & Wood.

DJ Spooky also composed the score for the 1998 film SLAM, featuring poet/actor Saul Williams in the lead role. The film went on to win both the Cannes Camera D’Or and the Sundance Festival Film Festival Grand Jury Prize.

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