Glenn Branca: Symphony Nos. 8 & 10

Glenn Branca: Symphony Nos. 8 & 10 "The Mysteries"

by Glenn Branca
     
 
Subtitled "The Mystery" and "The Mystery Pt. 2," these two symphonies concern themselves with the two big questions: Life and Death. They are both scored for eight guitars, two basses, keyboard, drums, vocal and two conductors. Symphony No. 8 has two movements: "The Passion" and "Spiritual Anarchy" that both build upon sustained tones that create a counterpoint

Overview

Subtitled "The Mystery" and "The Mystery Pt. 2," these two symphonies concern themselves with the two big questions: Life and Death. They are both scored for eight guitars, two basses, keyboard, drums, vocal and two conductors. Symphony No. 8 has two movements: "The Passion" and "Spiritual Anarchy" that both build upon sustained tones that create a counterpoint by means of delays in scale and other patterns and microtunings. The effect is tremendously intense and beautiful. There are also two movements in Symphony No. 10: "The Final Problem" and "The Horror." These are built in a similar manner to the techiques in No. 8 but the tuning and scales employed are different, creating another sensation yet still as intense and continuous in rhythm as No. 8. Especially successful is the final movement, "The Horror," which employs masses of moving clusters that are very close in tuning and thoroughly convincing in the image they portray. It is a gigantic chant of worlds never before imagined. Incidentally, the CD comes with a nifty holographic cover that visually simulates Branca's dense textures.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/15/1994
Label:
Atavistic Records
UPC:
0735286191226
catalogNumber:
61912
Rank:
128428

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Glenn Branca   Primary Artist,Guitar,Conductor,Ensemble
Eric Hubel   Guitar,Ensemble
Phil Kline   Guitar,Ensemble
Carolyn Master   Guitar,Ensemble
John Myers   Guitar,Ensemble,Guitar (Soprano)
David Reid   Bass,Guitar,Ensemble
Ellen Watkins   Guitar,Ensemble,Guitar (Soprano)
Virgil Moorefield   Drums,Ensemble
Miriam McDonough   Bass,Keyboards,Ensemble
Brannon Hungness   Ensemble

Technical Credits

Patrick Derivaz   Engineer
Tim Holmes   Liner Notes
Steve McAllister   Engineer
Yubie Navas   Engineer
Wharton Tiers   Producer
Virgil Moorefield   Drum Arrangements

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