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."
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.
PURCHASE IN C here;
CLOUD ELEVEN is a definitive collection of multitrack recordings and concerts in NYC 2009-2011 featuring Miller's compositions.
PURCHASE "CLOUD ELEVEN" here;
Abaton Book Company released Miller's EVERY ROOM  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.
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
Cloud 11 features Miller's interval-based Compositions [Living Records 2013]
In C [Living Records 2012]
referring to Miller's composition Glow White [Cloud 11, Living Records]
Every Room [45 rpm lathe, Abaton 2007]
Contact Ben Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org