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date: 19 October 2019

Branca, Glennlocked

  • Cole Gagne

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(b Harrisburg, PA, Oct 6, 1948). American composer and performer. After studying theatre at Emerson College, Boston, he went to New York City (1976). With the composer and musician Jeffrey Lohn, he formed the experimental rock band Theoretical Girls (1977–9); even more extreme was Branca's other band, the Static (1978–9), with whom he delved more deeply into the densities and loudness of electric guitars. He began creating longer, more austere and challenging works for ensembles of electric guitars and the drummer Stefan Wischerth. Such landmark compositions as The Spectacular Commodity (1979) and The Ascension (1980) introduced a visceral, high-volume, ecstatic music unknown to rock or the avant garde. The harmonics of amplified electric guitars interacted and generated new kinds of sometimes unpredictable or uncontrollable acoustic phenomena. He developed larger ensemble works, such as 1981's 10-guitar Indeterminate Activity of Resultant Masses...

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