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."
"In C" [Living Records] 2012
PURCHASE "In C" here;
"CLOUD ELEVEN" [Living Records] 2013
PURCHASE "CLOUD ELEVEN" here;
Abaton Book Company released Miller's "Every Room"  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.
In Elementary School, Miller learned the alto saxophone and guitar. In his early teens, he formed his first albeit short-lived group of 7 electric guitarists. He also explored Pyschedelic Songwriting that included Spontaneous Improvisation with brothers Laurence and Roger in Sproton Layer. This was prior to any contact with Free Jazz of that time. Inspired by 20th Century Music, he notated short 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. EMPOOL later morphed with the so-called Punk version of Destroy All Monsters. This 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. Miller's 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 in Chicago, Miller retruned to fully notated Composition reviving his interest in developing a unique Interval-based Method of Composition. This Method came to fruition in 2007 and is now the primary technique used in his work. A Manual explaining this approach to melodic and harmonic form will be published in 2015.
Roster of MI 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