Program #1950

On this edition of New Sounds, built around works for multiple guitars, only four electric guitars and drums create an ecstatic buildup in Glenn Branca’s “The Ascension”. Then hear Branca’s symphonic sound wall of 11 guitars (and two drummers) in his Symphony #3. Experience the alternately ear-splitting and delicate “Die Donnergötter” by Rhys Chatham, this time on six guitars. We round out the program with bass virtuoso Mark Dresser and his “Spin X” for two basses (one each - electric and acoustic) and two percussionists.

PROGRAM # 1950, the "Symphonic" guitar (First aired on Sept. 4, 2001)





Glenn Branca

Symphony #9, L'Eve Future

Excerpt [1:00]

Point Music #446 505** . Branca's website is

Glenn Branca

The Ascension

The Ascension [13:00]

99 Records, 1981 LP now reissued on CD by New Tone Records,

Glenn Branca

Symphony #3, Gloria

Excerpt [8:30]

Neutral Records, LP, now reissued on CD by Atavistic Records,

Rhys Chatham

Die Donnergötter

Die Donnergötter, excerpt [15:30]

Dossier #9002. Dossier Records, Koloniestr 25A, D-13359 Berlin, Germany. Chatham's website is

Bill Brovold

Childish Delusions

Acts of Desperation [4:00]

Tzadik #7058**,

John Myers' Blastula


Perception [6:00]

Atavistic # ALP40. Not listed on the Atavistic website and probably out of print.

Mark Dresser


Spin X, excerpt [3:00]

Tzadik #7063** see above.

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