Glenn Branca

Discussion in 'music, bands, clubs & festies' started by The_Reverend_M, Jul 6, 2007.

  1. The_Reverend_M

    The_Reverend_M More bass, vicar?

    I don't know much about the guy beyond the fact he was a contempary of Sonic Youth in the early 80s NY avant-garde scene and that he creates symphonies using multiple guitars - is that correct?

    Well, he's playing The Roundhouse on October 12th - thought folks on here might wanna know, just on his rep I'm tempted to go myself ...
     
  2. Dubversion

    Dubversion Gorn Enforced Holiday

    the Guitar Orchestra is one thing he did - Ascension takes yr skin off. And Thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo both worked with him at this point. He did lots more than that though
     
  3. DJWrongspeed

    DJWrongspeed radio eros

    He's like a godfather of noise, inspiring Sonic Youth & the Swans in the early 80s and all that followed.
     
  4. killer b

    killer b Feat. Sean Paul

    he was in the theoretical girls, wasn't he?

    genius anyway...
     
  5. The_Reverend_M

    The_Reverend_M More bass, vicar?

    He's doing the 100 guitar symphony at the Roundhouse.

    The idea of 100 guitars working in unison (?) intrigues me ...
     
  6. Dubversion

    Dubversion Gorn Enforced Holiday

    ah, that could be ace
     
  7. The_Reverend_M

    The_Reverend_M More bass, vicar?

    that's what I was thinking :)
     
  8. Sunspots

    Sunspots what's my mission now?...

    See (-hear!) also: Rhys Chatham.
     
  9. Dubversion

    Dubversion Gorn Enforced Holiday


    there's an EP Rhys Chatham and Jonathan Kane and some DJ did on Ntone called Septile which is absolutely astonishing, just really creepy
     
  10. Sunspots

    Sunspots what's my mission now?...

    I saw Jonathan Kane do his blues stomp thing last year. 'Only' about 5 guitars onstage at once (-some of whom are also part of Rhys Chatham's bunch), but it was fucking wonderful. :cool:
     
  11. MellySingsDoom

    MellySingsDoom Decimated by the shrapnel of his rhetoric

    Thread bump - just found this 1978 footage of Branca on YouTube:

     
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  12. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

  13. MellySingsDoom

    MellySingsDoom Decimated by the shrapnel of his rhetoric

    Ah yes, I remember you Branca piece - v interesting with regards to your rejection of the church, and of course your experience of the gig itself. I've seen Branca 3 times - twice in the 90's, and once at the Roundhouse a few years ago (doing his 100 guitars orchestra thing). Loved all three concerts, and the power of his ensembles is amazing. Seeing Branca conduct is a joy to behold too.

    BTW, did I tell you that I once played with Rhys Chatham in the 90's?
     
  14. MellySingsDoom

    MellySingsDoom Decimated by the shrapnel of his rhetoric

    ..and for those interested, here's a Branca ensemble performing Symphonies 8 and 10:

     
  15. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    Yeah I'd like to see him again...

    :cool:
     
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  16. MellySingsDoom

    MellySingsDoom Decimated by the shrapnel of his rhetoric

    More Branca - this time his 1980 ensemble, with his then-regular foil Lee Ranaldo present and correct:

     
  17. killer b

    killer b Feat. Sean Paul

    He's dead, just being reported. Listening to 'Ascension' now. :(
     
  18. TruXta

    TruXta tired

    RIP Glenn.
     
  19. butchersapron

    butchersapron blood on the walls

    Bollocks to this
     
  20. killer b

    killer b Feat. Sean Paul

    this is actually amazing though. listen to it right now.

     

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