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Glenn Branca

"I'll sell out anytime anybody wants me to" Glenn Branca once mused, "[but] there are no buyers." This accords with Branca's perennial position on that fringe between the edgier end of art music and the artsier end of rock. An admirer of Young, Glass, and Reich, and a mentor to members of Sonic Youth, Helmet, and the Swans, Branca helped pollinate the downtown New York scene in the 1980s and '90s and infused experimental rock with minimalist ideas. While he earned his reputation with a series of high-volume, microtonal works for multiple electric guitars, his oeuvre also includes works for traditional orchestral forces. In the face of Branca's eclectic output and rather ambiguous aesthetic, the label "crossover" is at once convenient and clumsy.

Similar Bands: Sonic Youth, Steve Reich, Lee Ranaldo, John Cage, Swans

LPs
The Ascension: The Sequel
2010

3.4
16 Votes
Indeterminate Activity of Resultant Masses
2007

2.9
6 Votes
Symphony No. 5 (Describing Planes of an Expanding)
1996

4.1
9 Votes
Symphony No. 9 (L'eve Future)
1995

3.7
8 Votes
Symphony Nos. 8 and 10 (The Mystery)
1994

3.8
9 Votes
The World Upside Down
1992

4.3
10 Votes
Symphony No. 6 (Devil Choirs at the Gates of Heave
1989

3
12 Votes
The Ascension
1981

4.2
303 Votes
EPs
Edmond
1986

Acoustic Phenomena
1983

Lesson No. 1
1980

4.1
67 Votes
Live Albums
The Third Ascension
2019

3.9
19 Votes
Symphony No. 13 (Hallucination City)
2016

3.6
4 Votes
Symphony No. 16 (Orgasm)
2015

Ensemble: Live at Primavera Sound 2011
2011

4
1 Votes
Symphony No. 7 (For Orchestra): Live In Graz
2010

3.5
1 Votes
Symphony No. 2 (The Peak of the Sacred)
1992

3.5
10 Votes
Symphony No. 3 (Gloria)
1983

3.5
14 Votes
Symphony No. 1 (Tonal Plexus)
1983

3.9
39 Votes
Compilations
Selections from the Symphonies
1996

2.8
2 Votes
Songs '77-'79
1996

2.6
5 Votes

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