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In C

Sensorium Saxophone Orchestra

The Sensorium Saxophone Orchestra formed in 2008 as NYC's first full-on Saxophone Orchestra with live performances following the next yeaer. The SSO enchanted NYC audiences at Douglas Street Music Collective, Goodbye Blue Monday, Issue Project Room, Brooklyn Lyceum, Gershin Hotel, Shea Stadium, House of Elders, White Box Gallery, 17 Frost Gallery, Midtown Manhattan Library, and Spectrum.

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. Instead of a Piano Pulse as traditionally used for this composition, a Snare Drum took its place - suggested by brother Roger Miller.

"In C" [Living Records] 2012
The orchestra performed In C numerous times including the use of No Pulse at the Midtown Manhattan Library.
"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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SENSORIUM recorded The Beatle's "Strawberry Fields" and "Tomorrow Never Knows" with lead vocal supplied by Marianne Nowotnny. A 45 rpm will be released on Abaton Book Company early 2015.

Abaton Book Company also 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'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. A 2015 vinyl release is anticipated.


As a preteen, Miller learned the alto saxophone and guitar. At 14, he formed his first albeit short-lived group of 7 electric guitarists. By 9th grade, 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. In college, Miller composed pantonal music for small ensembles including graphic scores designed to motivate spontaneous improvisation. He continues to use scores written at that time. During 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 relationships between intervals, 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 his unique 11-Interval Method. 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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