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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, 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."
- Village Voice, Christopher Weingarten, 2009


"In C" [Living Records] 2012
"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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Abaton Book Company 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 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.
First premiered at Brooklyn Lyceum in 2009, it has since evolved as a mix of neo-classical, maximalism, and head-rocking dissonance. Mixing/Mastering is in process.


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
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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