Sensorium Saxophone Orchestra
The Sensorium Saxophone Orchestra formed in 2008 as NYC's first full-on Saxophone Orchestra with live performances commencing the following year. They have thus far 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.
This single-timbre orchestra's wholly unique take on Terry Riley's "In C" was released in 2012 on Living Records. Instead of using a Piano Pulse, as traditionally used in this composition, the SSO uses a Snare Drum pulse thankfully suggested by Roger Miller.
PURCHASE IN C Here:
The SSO's second testament to the 21st Century, "Cloud Eleven", is a definitive collection of multitrack Demo recordings and Live concerts from 2009-2011 featuring compositions by Benjamin Miller.
PURCHASE CLOUD ELEVEN Here;
Symphony of Suspicious Activity was recorded earlier this year at Brookln's KENNEL Studios; a 45 minute composition performed by 11 saxophones and 2 drum kits. A second recording session is planned for February 2014 with a mastered-for-vinyl summer release expected.
Primary roster of orchestra members
In regards to through-composed music, Miller's primary influences are Oliver Messiaen, Edgar Varese, Arnold Shoenberg, John Cage, Ornette Coleman, Sun Ra, Miles Davis, Pink Floyd's "Interstellar Overdrive", The Art Bears, and Glenn Branca to name a few.
At 10, Miller learned alto saxophone followed by guitar the next year. At 14, he attempted to form his first albeit short-lived group of seven electric guitars. By 9th grade he was exploring spontaneous Improvisation and Pyschedelic songwriting with brothers Laurence and Roger in Sproton Layer. Miller composed numerous pantonal scores for small ensembles in college (Boston/Michigan) including Graphic Scores designed to motivate Free Improvisation through structure. He continues to use scores that were written at that time. In the mid-70's, Miller ran his horn through a half dozen MXR foot pedals in twin brother Laurence's art-damaged EMPOOL. This group eventually morphed with Destroy All Monsters as DAM's punk version releasing two 45rpms.
Miller left the rock circuit in the mid-80's playing soley with one of Ann Arbor's most disliked bands; GKW. While finishing his degree at Columbia College Chicago in the '90's, he returned to fully notated composition reviving his interest in intervallic relationships. There he developed an all-interval method of composition with The Eleven Mirrors Ensemble. This unique method came to fruition in 2007 and is now the primary technique used in his work.
Abaton Book Company released Miller's "Every Room" (2007) as a 45rpm lathe-cut. This 12-tone composition was recorded soley by Miller overdubbing 16 saxophones before forming The Sensorium Saxophone Orchestra. ABATON plans to release SSO's versions of Lennon's "Tomorrow Never Knows" and Hendrix's "Are You Experienced?" with Marianne Nowotnny as lead vocalist - some time in 2014.
Contact Ben Miller at email@example.com