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In C

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, Mid-Manhattan Library, Spectrum, The Front Room Gallery and The Williamsburg Art & Historical Center.

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

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 the Mid-Manhattan Library.

"I'm sure this will be a first for saxophone orchestra." _ Ann Riley, 2009

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CLOUD ELEVEN is a definitive collection of multitrack recordings and concerts in NYC 2009-2011 featuring Miller's compositions.
"Wonderful Sax Orchestra." _ Terry Riley, 2014


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Abaton Book Company released Miller's EVERY ROOM [2007] as a 45 rpm lathe-cut. This 12-tone composition was recorded soley by Miller overdubbing 16 saxophones before forming The Sensorium Saxophone Orchestra. Miller's arrangement of The Beatle's STRAWBERRY FIELDS and TOMORROW NEVER KNOWS with Marianne Nowottny singing was released late 2015 on green vinyl by Abaton Book Company.

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 since evolved into a maximalist, head-rocking, serial fiasco. Mixing is in process with the added element of chanteuse Annabelle Playe.


In Elementary School, Miller learned the alto saxophone and guitar. At 14, he formed his first albeit short-lived group of 7 electric guitars. Pyschedelic Songwriting and Spontaneous Improvisation took his fancy with brothers Laurence and Roger in Sproton Layer. Inspired by 20th Century Music a few years later, Miller notated pantonal compositions for small ensembles including Graphic Scores designed to motivate open-ended Improvisation. In the mid-70's, Miller ran his sax into MXR guitar pedals with EMPOOL. This group later morphed with Destroy All Monsters sounding nothing like its former self, nor EMPOOL.

Miller's diverse musical influences begin with Barrett's Pink Floyd, MC5, Cage, Stockausen, Sun Ra, Ornette, Varese, Messiaen, The Damned, Art Bears, and Glenn Branca to name a few. The curious associations with which Intervallic relations evoke - without preconceived tonal centers - is his prime interest as a composer. While finishing his degree in Chicago, Miller developed a wholly unique Interval-based Method of Composition. This came to fruition in 2007 prompting the formation of the Sensorium Saxophone Orchestra. A text book explaining his approach to melodic and harmonic form is to be published later this year.

Roster of DET orchestra members

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.

Cloud 11 features Miller's interval-based Compositions [Living Records 2013]
"A wonderful saxophone orchestra." - Terry Riley, 2013

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

referring to Miller's composition Glow White [Cloud 11, Living Records]
"...a haunting dissonant swoon like that of battling church organs, or a swarm of bugs."
_ Village Voice, Christopher Weingarten, 2009

Every Room [45 rpm lathe, Abaton 2007]
"...remininscent of The Microscopic Sextet. An interesting piece of work with chamber proclivities and many happy associations." - Size Matters, WIRE 2007


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