Remembering Glenn Branca: Hear 10 of His Essential Works

Legendary experimental composer Glenn Branca dies at 69                  By Claire Lobenfeld May 14 2018

Glenn Branca, the NY composer whose clangorous guitar compositions inspired a few generations of avant-garde music and underground rock, has died.

I feel grateful to have been able to live and work with such an incredible source of ideas and creativity for the past 18 1/2 years. "His influence on the music world is incalculable", Bloor said. I love him so much.

You can see the post below. He first began experimenting with sound with the experimental theatre group Bastard Theatre in 1975 before moving to NY and eventually transitioning from theatre to music, forming the art rock group Theoretical Girls with Jeffrey Lohn. In Boston, he founded an experimental theater group, and he composed experimental music for the group's productions. But it's when he moved to New York City the following year that he really began making his mark on music.

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After founding key no wave group Theoretical Girls in 1976, Branca forged a singular career writing and performing cacophonous, minimalist guitar symphonies and other rigorous, uncompromising works. By the early '80s, Branca had started his own label, Neutral Records, which released early records from Sonic Youth. That album featured Lee Ranaldo, who joined Sonic Youth around the same time. Even David Bowie, who placed The Ascension among his favourite ever records, who described the album as, "What at first sounds like dissonance is soon assimilated as a play on the possibilities of overtones from massed guitars..."

Branca continued to write symphonies that were performed by the London Sinfonietta, the New York Chamber Sinfonia, and more.

As per his wishes, there will be no formal memorial service for Branca, Bloor wrote.

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