Miles Brown (born January 4, 1978) is an Australian theremin player, composer, multi-instrumentalist and sound artist. Best known for his work with Australian dark synth band The Night Terrors, Brown has also performed with artists such as Lou Reed, Laurie Anderson, Goblin, Black Mountain, Bardo Pond and Heirs.
Brown was born in Hobart, Tasmania, and developed his practice in the experimental art rock scene of Melbourne, Australia. He is a student of Russian theremin virtuosa Lydia Kavina, the first cousin twice removed of Léon Theremin (the inventor of the instrument).
With his band The Night Terrors, Brown has explored the theremin as a lead instrument in an electronic progressive rock scenario. The Night Terrors have released three albums: Back To Zero (2009), Spiral Vortex (2014) and Pavor Nocturnus: Composition for Grand Organ, Theremin, Electronics and Percussion (2014), three EPs: The Night Terrors (2002), Lightless (2003) and Monster / Lasers For Eyes (2012), and have toured Europe and Australia with Hawkwind, Goblin, Melt-Banana, Serena-Maneesh and Black Mountain. The Night Terrors are often described as horror film soundtrack music.
Brown has also worked extensively with Australian experimental industrial band Heirs, touring Europe and Australia supporting Alcest, Primordial and Årabrot, and contributing to the records Fowl (2010) and Hunter (2011).
In May 2014 Brown was commissioned by the City of Melbourne to compose, record and perform an album of music for the Melbourne Town Hall’s Grand pipe organ, the largest grand romantic organ in the Southern Hemisphere. Pavor Nocturnus: Composition for Grand Organ, Theremin, Electronics and Percussion was recorded on Friday the 13th of July and launched on Halloween 31st of October 2014. The album was released by the label Twisted Nerve Australia, a joint imprint between Dual Planet and UK producer / music archivist Andy Votel. A special edition was also produced for UK cult movie soundtrack label The Death Waltz Recording Company, home to film composers such as John Carpenter, Goblin, Alan Howarth, Fabio Frizzi, Ennio Morricone and Clint Mansell.
Miles Brown’s debut solo album Séance Fiction was released in December 2015 as a co-release between Death Waltz, American film culture specialists Mondo and It Records in Australia. His solo material explores the theremin and analogue synthesiser in the realms of dark wave, gothic disco and cosmic electronics.
- 2015: Séance Fiction - Death Waltz Originals / Mondo / It Records
- 2014: Electrics (7” single) - It Records
The Night Terrors
- 2014: Pavor Nocturnus: Composition for Grand Organ, Theremin, Electronics and Percussion - Twisted Nerve Australia
- 2014: Spiral Vortex - Homeless
- 2012: Monster / Lasers For Eyes (12” EP) - OSCL / Seed Records
- 2009: Back To Zero - Exo / Trendkill / Homeless
- 2003: Lightless - Unstable Ape Records
- 2002: The Night Terrors - Unstable Ape Records
- 2014: Mikelangelo - City of Dreams - Imaginarium
- 2014: Harmony - Carpetbombing Deconstructions - Poison City Records
- 2013: Sankt Otten - Messias Maschine - Denovali
- 2011: Antoni Maiovvi - Trial By Bullet - Seed Records
- 2011: Heirs - Hunter - Denovali / OSCL
- 2010: Heirs - Fowl - Denovali
- 2010: Gian Slater with William Poskitt - Creatures At The Crossroads - Independent
- 2009: Little Birdy - Confetti - Universal Music
- 2009: Margins - Margins - Low Transit Industries
- 2014: Harmony featuring Don Walker - The Closing Of The Day
- 2014: Liam Kenny - Avalanche
- 2011: Antoni Maiovvi - Murderfunk
- from Miles Brown - Séance Fiction (2015), directed by Agostino Soldati
- from The Night Terrors - Pavor Nocturnus: Composition for Grand Organ, Theremin, Electronics and Percussion (2014), directed by Agostino Soldati
- from Heirs - Hunter (2012), directed by Brent Stegeman and Damian Coward
- 2015: Allison Gibbs - Our Extra Sensory Selves - Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow.
- 2008: Monica Zanchetta - Sonance - Seventh Gallery, Melbourne