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Glenn Branca (born October 6, 1948 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) is an avant-garde composer and guitarist. October 6 is the 279th day of the year (280th in leap years). ... 1948 (MCMXLVIII) was a leap year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1948 calendar). ... Map Location in Pennsylvania Political Statistics Founded c. ... A work similar to Marcel Duchamps Fountain Avant garde (written avant-garde) is a French phrase, one of many French phrases used by English speakers. ... The acoustic archtop guitar, used in Jazz music, features steel strings. ...

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Branca studied theater at Emerson College in Boston in the early 1970s. While there, he began experimenting with sound as the founder of an experimental theater group called Bastard Theater. He moved to New York in 1976. He formed two bands in the late 1970s, first Theoretical Girls (in 1977 with composer/guitarist Jeffrey Lohn) and later The Static. He also performed Rhys Chatham's Guitar Trio in 1977, an experience that was very important in the development of his compositional voice (Branca 1979). Emerson College was founded in 1880 by Charles Wesley Emerson as a school of oratory, in Boston, Massachusetts. ... Boston is a town and small port c. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, inclusive. ... Nickname: The Big Apple, The Capital of the World Official website: City of New York Government Counties (Boroughs) Bronx (The Bronx) New York (Manhattan) Queens (Queens) Kings (Brooklyn) Richmond (Staten Island) Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Geographical characteristics Area Total 468. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, inclusive. ... Rhys Chatham (b. ...


In the early 1980s, he composed several medium-length compositions for electric guitar ensembles, including The Ascension (1981) and Indeterminate Activity of Resultant Masses (1981). He soon thereafter began composing symphonies for orchestras of electric guitars and percussion, which blended droning industrial cacophony and microtonality with quasi-mysticism and advanced mathematics. Starting with Symphony No. 3 ("Gloria") (1983), he began to systematically compose for the harmonic series, which he considered to be the structure underlying not only all music but most human endeavors. In this project, Branca was initially influenced by the writings of Dane Rudhyar, Hermann von Helmholtz, and Harry Partch. He also built several electrically amplified instruments of his own invention, expanding his ensemble beyond the guitar. Early members of his group included Thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth, Page Hamilton of Helmet, and several members of Swans. MacGyver - 1980s hero The 1980s decade refers to the years from 1980 to 1989, inclusive. ... Microtonal music is music using microtones -- intervals of less than a semitone, or as Charles Ives put it, the notes between the cracks of the piano. ... Dane Rudhyar (born Daniel Chennevière, March 23, 1895, in Paris - died September 13, 1985, in San Francisco) was a modernist composer and humanistic astrologer. ... Hermann von Helmholtz Hermann Ludwig Ferdinand von Helmholtz (August 31, 1821 – September 8, 1894) was a German physician and physicist. ... We are all looking fsorward to a great sseason in 2005. ... Thurston Moore Thurston Joseph Moore (born July 25, 1958) is an American musician best known as a singer and lead guitarist for Sonic Youth. ... Lee Ranaldo at Ilosaarirock 2003 Lee Ranaldo (b. ... Sonic Youth is a rock group formed in New York City in 1981. ... Page Hamilton (born May 18, 1960 in Portland, Oregon) is a singer and guitarist. ... Helmet is an American alternative metal band formed in New York City by Page Hamilton (vocals/guitar) with Henry Bogdan (bass), Peter Mengede (guitar) and John Stanier (drums) in 1989. ... Swans were an American industrial/rock band active from 1982 to 1997, lead by Michael Gira. ...


Beginning with Symphony No. 7, Branca began composing for traditional orchestra (although he never abandoned the electric guitar). Branca also plays duets for excessively amplified guitars with his wife, and conducted his 13th symphony for 100 electric guitars at the base of the World Trade Center in New York City in 2001. He recently finished his 14th symphony, which he has performed in France, Belgium, Germany, and in the US with a quartet that includes his wife Regina Bloor on guitar, Tony Cenicola on drums, and Ryan Walsh on bass guitar. More information on his music can be found on his webpage below. 2001: A Space Odyssey. ...


Branca's music has finally begun to receive academic attention. Some scholars, most prominently Kyle Gann, consider him (and Chatham) to be a member of the totalist school of post-minimalism. Kyle Gann (born November 21 1955) is a composer and music critic born in Dallas, Texas. ... Totalism In music, Totalism is some peoples term for a style of music that arose in the 1980s and 90s as a developing response to minimalism - parallel to postminimalism, but generally among a slightly younger generation, born in the 1950s. ... Postminimalism is a term used in music referring to music influenced by so called minimalism or minimal music. ...


Discography

  1. Lesson #1 For Electric Guitar (99 Records, 1980)
  2. The Ascension (99 Records, 1981)
  3. Chicago 82 - A Dip In The Lake (Crepuscule, 1983)
  4. Symphony #3 (Gloria) (Atavistic, 1983)
  5. Symphony #1 (Tonal Plexus) (ROIR, 1983)
  6. The Belly of an Architect (Crepuscule, 1987)
  7. Symphony #6 (Devil Choirs At The Gates Of Heaven) (Atavistic, 1989)
  8. Symphony #2 (The Peak of the Sacred) (Atavistic, 1992)
  9. The World Upside Down (Crepuscule, 1992)
  10. The Mysteries (Symphonies #8 & #10) (Atavistic, 1994)
  11. Century XXI USA 2-Electric/Acoustic (New Tone, 1994)
  12. Symphony #9 (L'eve Future) (Point, 1995)
  13. Just Another Asshole (Atavistic, 1995)
  14. Songs '77-'79 (Atavistic, 1996)
  15. Symphony #5 (Describing Planes Of An Expanding Hypersphere) (Atavistic, 1999)
  16. Empty Blue (In Between, 2000)
  17. Renegade Heaven (Cantaloupe, 2000)

ROIR, or Reach Out International Records, is a New York City-based record label founded in the early 1980s by Neil Cooper. ...

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References

  • Branca, Glenn (November 1979). New New York: Rhys Chatham. New York Rocker, 16.
  • Cole Gagne: "Glenn Branca", Grove Music Online, ed. L. Macy (Accessed January 1, 2006), (subscription access)
  • John Rockwell: "All Americian Music" (Knopf, 1983)
  • John Schaeffer: "New Sounds" (Harper and Row, 1987)
  • Tom Johnson: "The Voice Of New Music" (Het Apollohuis, 1989)
  • Cole Gagne: "Sonic Transports" (De Falco, 1990)
  • Cole Gagne: "Soundpieces II" (Scarecrow Press, 1992)
  • Alec Foege: "Confusion is Next" (St. Martins, 1994)
  • Geoff Smith and Nicola Walker: "New Voices" (Amadeus Press, 1995)
  • William Duckworth: "Talking Music" (Schirmer, 1995)
  • Bart Hopkin: "Musical Instrument Design" (See Sharp Press, 1996)
  • Kyle Gann: "American Music in The 20th Century" (Schirmer, 1997)
  • Bill Milkowski: "Rockers, Jazzbos and Visionaries" (Billboard Books, 1998)
  • Roni Sarig: "The Secret History Of Rock" (Billboard Books, 1998)
  • Bill Martin: "Avant Rock" (Open Court, 2002)

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Glenn Branca - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (385 words)
Glenn Branca (born October 6, 1948 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) is an avant-garde composer and guitarist.
Branca studied theater at Emerson College in Boston in the early 1970s.
Branca also plays duets for amplified guitars with his wife, and conducted his 13th symphony for 100 electric guitars at the base of the World Trade Center in New York City in 2001.
Glenn Branca - definition of Glenn Branca in Encyclopedia (379 words)
Glenn Branca is an avant garde composer and guitarist.
In this project, Branca was initially influenced by the writings of Dane Rudhyar, Hermann von Helmholtz, and Harry Partch.
Branca also plays duets for excessively amplified guitars with his wife, and conducted his 13th symphony for 100 electric guitars at the base of the World Trade Center in New York City in 2001.
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