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Sensorium Saxophone Orchestra

The Sensorium Saxophone Orchestra formed in 2008 as NYC's first full-on Saxophone Orchestra. Since then, SENSORIUM has enchanted NYC audiences at Douglas Street Music Collective, Goodbye Blue Monday, Issue Project Room, Brooklyn Lyceum, Gershwin Hotel, Shea Stadium, House of Elders, White Box Gallery, 17 Frost Gallery, Midtown Manhattan Library, Spectrum, The Front Room Gallery and The WAH Center.

Their unique single-timbre take on Terry Riley's minimalist classic "In C" is available on Living Records, Wayside Music (Cuneiform Records), and Downtown Music Gallery. The Pulse was provided by a Snare Drum rather than the traditional Piano Pulse, suggested by Roger Miller. The orchestra performed IN C numerous times including at the Midtown Manhattan Library without a Pulse.

"...a haunting dissonant swoon like that of battling church organs, or a swarm of bugs."
- Village Voice, Christopher Weingarten, 2009

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"In C" [Living Records] 2012
"I'm sure this will be a first for saxophone orchestra." _ Ann Riley, email 2009

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"CLOUD ELEVEN" [Living Records] 2013
Cloud 11 is a definitive collection of multitrack recordings and concerts in NYC 2009-2011 featuring Miller's compositions - what he refers to as Radical Pantonality.
"Wonderful Sax Orchestra." _ Terry Riley, email 2014

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Abaton Book Company released Miller's "Every Room" [2007] as a 45 rpm lathe-cut (OOP). This 12-tone composition was recorded soley by Miller overdubbing 16 saxophones before forming The Sensorium Saxophone Orchestra. Miller arranged The Beatle's "Strawberry Fields" and "Tomorrow Never Knows" for The SSO with lead vocalist Marianne Nowotnny. A 45 rpm on green vinyl will be released also by Abaton Book Company late Spring 2015.

Miller's SYMPHONY OF SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY was recorded in 2013 at Brooklyn's Kennel Studios; a 45 minute composition for 11 saxophones and 2 drum kits.
First premiered at Brooklyn Lyceum in 2009, it has since evolved as a mix of neo-classical, maximalism, and head-rocking dissonance. Mixing/Mastering is in process.

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As a preteen, Miller learned the alto saxophone and guitar. At 14, he formed his first albeit short-lived group of 7 electric guitarists. Before High School, he was exploring Spontaneous Improvisation and Pyschedelic Songwriting with brothers Laurence and Roger in Sproton Layer. This was prior to any contact with Free Jazz as it was considered at that time. He composed pantonal music for small ensembles during College including graphic scores designed to motivate spontaneous improvisation. The Sensorium Saxophone Orchestra continues to use scores written at that time. In the mid-70's, Miller ran his horn through several FX pedals in twin brother Laurence's art-damaged EMPOOL. EMPOOL later morphed with the Ann Arbor slash Detroit Punk band Destroy All Monsters. The newer version of D.A.M. sounded nothing like its former self nor Empool.

Miller's musical influences are as diverse as Barrett's Pink Floyd, MC5, Cage, Stockausen, Sun Ra, Ornette, Varese, Messiaen, The Damned, Art Bears, and Glenn Branca to name a few. His initial attraction to Music Theory was the Intervallic relationships - not how they played out in Jazz, Classical, or even 20th Century, but simply the curiousity of which their associations evoked. Years later while finishing his degree at Columbia College Chicago, Miller devoted much of his time to fully notated Composition reviving his interest in developing his unique Interval-based Method of Composition. This Method came to fruition in 2007 and is now the primary technique used in his work. A Munual/Book explaining this approach to melodic and harmonic form will be published in 2015.

Roster of MI orchestra members (in construction)

Roster of NYC orchestra members
Benjamin Miller; composer, conductor, alto, c-tenor -- Gerald Thomas; soprano, alto, tenor, c-tenor -- Kevin Gosa; soprano, alto -- David Schnug; alto, tenor -- Justin Wood; alto, tenor -- James Elmore III; alto, tenor -- Daniel Dorrance; alto, soprano -- Briggan Kraus; alto -- Chris Diasparra; tenor, baritone -- Chris Bacas; tenor, soprano -- Josh Sinton; baritone -- Kristin Olson; baritone -- Kyle Saulnier; baritone, soprano -- Stephan Zeniuk; baritone, bass -- Brian Landrus; bass, baritone, tenor, soprano -- Drums: Hiroyuki Matsuura, Jarrod Ruby, John O'Brien.

 

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