Jeff Mills

Jeff Mills, Planets, 2015. Performance view, Barbican Centre, London, June 12, 2017. Jeff Mills. Photo: Mark Allan.

THERE HAVE BEEN many unlikely events in the career of Jeff Mills, but perhaps few as odd as scoring to a Raquel Welch vehicle. Mills’s live soundtrack for the 1966 cult movie Fantastic Voyage was part of a weekend of happenings at London’s Barbican Centre this past summer that nodded to the pioneering DJ and producer’s decades-long experiments in sound and image. In 2000, he crafted a new soundtrack for Fritz Lang’s Metropolis (1927), the popularity of which led to further cinematic interventions; included among these was Mills’s arrangement for Georges Méliès’s 1902 A Trip to the Moon on the occasion of the film’s 2011 restoration. At the Barbican, the Wizard (the alias under which Mills once performed) extended his wide-ranging experiments with the four-part series “From Here to There,” which featured the UK premiere of his abstract dance film Life to Death and Back (2015)—for

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