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RUCYL MILLS

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Philadelphia-based technologist Rucyl Mills occasionally advises on projects for Borderline Media, and handles web design for the firm. Experienced in several areas of media industry, she has previously worked on set in film production, as a web producer for New York University, as the director of operations for Third World Newsreel (TWN), and as a web content strategist for The Freelancer's Union. She has also served as a new media consultant for other socially conscious and forward-thinking organizations, specializing in social media strategy, search engine marketing and optimization, digital e-commerce, and dynamic content. Past clients include Rada Film Group, Rico Workshop and FiveSixMedia.

 

Rucyl's true passion lies in her work as a multimedia artist and musician experimenting with sound, production and visual stimulus. An original member of The Goats, the '90s era alternative hip-hop group, Rucyl studied music performance and theory at The New School Jazz Program in New York. She went on to acquire a Certificate in audio engineering and a Bachelor of Science in new media from The New School. Later she received her Master of Professional Studies at New York University, where she was a recipient of the Dean's fellowship to the prestigious Interactive Telecommunications Graduate Program at Tisch School of the Arts.

 

In 2008 Rucyl completed the design and construction of the Elektro-07 Chakakhantroller, a hand-built wearable midi-controller for audio and visual performance. She also co-produced the interactive art installation Watch What You Are, which was featured as part of Eyebeam Interactive Art Gallery's "Double Take" exhibition in July 2008. Music releases from Rucyl include a track produced for Ursula Rucker's Ruckus Soundsysdom, a release on the Buddha Bar XI compilation, collaborative singles for Suryanto, FiveSixMedia, Composite Records (France), and Pesto (Germany). In June 2010, the Leeway Foundation featured Rucyl on a "Women in Indie Music" panel where she discussed the re-emerging lo-fi/DIY aesthetic in music, digital distribution and the place of activism within her art.

 

Rucyl co-founded Saturn Never Sleeps, a futuretronic label and audiovisual group. The experimental, collaborative live performance was featured at the River To RiverFestival at the World Financial Center in New York City, Art Basel in Miami, and Moogfest in Asheville, NC. Rucyl also traveled internationally with the collective to Istanbul, Berlin, Madrid, Switzerland (Stadtmusik Festival) and Tokyo (Micro-cosmos). Curated performances in Philadelphia and Brooklyn included artists Taylor McFerrin, Ras G, Sarah White, Ben Neill and Tokimonsta. In spring 2011 Saturn Never Sleeps opened for Brooklyn supergroup TV on the Radio, and appeared with the Sun Ra Arkestra at Eyebeam's Mixer event "Past Futures." Saturn Never Sleep's full-length album, Yesterday's Machine, was released in summer 2011. www.rucyl.com