Glenn Branca: Symphony No. 2

Glenn Branca: Symphony No. 2 "The Peak of the Sacred"

by Glenn Branca
     
 
The legendary live performance at St. Mary's Church on May 14, 1982. Scored for eight mallet guitars, taped harmonic guitars, bass drums, metal percussion and drums. The first movement, "Slow Mass," has magnificently dense, giant clusters and scale patterns describing the image of a slowly moving soundmass. The second movement, entitled "Radioactive Poltergeist

Overview

The legendary live performance at St. Mary's Church on May 14, 1982. Scored for eight mallet guitars, taped harmonic guitars, bass drums, metal percussion and drums. The first movement, "Slow Mass," has magnificently dense, giant clusters and scale patterns describing the image of a slowly moving soundmass. The second movement, entitled "Radioactive Poltergeist Kitchen 1955," features Z'ev on metal percussion with gradually more massive electronically amplified crashing and random forms, punctuated at times by blasts from the drums and guitars. The third movement, "Melodrama and Nuclear Physics in the Global Theater," features sustained soft and sharp, densely layered harmonic textures that float in and around the space. The fourth movement, "Sacred Field," brings in a mass of drum rhythms, rattling metal sheets, and gradually building harmonic masses. "In the Late 20th Century the Impossible Becomes Possible (short excerpt)" is the concluding movement, and begins with mallet guitar strokes that sound like church bells.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/14/1992
Label:
Atavistic Records
UPC:
0735286190526
catalogNumber:
61905
Rank:
151521

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Glenn Branca   Primary Artist,Guitar,Harmonica,Conductor
Lee Ranaldo   Guitar
David Linton   Guitar,Bass Drums,Bass Guitar
Thurston Moore   Guitar
Stephen Wischerth   Cymbals,Drums,Trap Kit
Z'ev   Bass Drums,Metal Percussion
Robert Harrison   Guitar
Craig Bromberg   Guitar
Barbara Ess   Guitar
Arthur   Guitar,Bass Drums
Sue Hanel   Guitar
Jeffrey Glenn   Bass
Stephan Wischerth   Cymbals,Drums

Technical Credits

Glenn Branca   Producer,Instrument Design
Lee Ranaldo   Producer
Don Hunerberg   Engineer
Wharton Tiers   Producer
Jo Bonney   Original Design Concept,Poster Design
Herr Lugus   Engineer

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