Thursday, March 30, 2006

Glenn Branca: Better Than Woodstock?

Well, maybe not but Glenn Branca's Symphony no. 13, “Hallucination City,” last night at the Walt Disney Music Hall was certainly a memorable experience. 100 electric guitars and one excellent drummer creating an effect of something like a hurricane that had studied nothing but Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring."

I don't think I've ever experienced music or any other sonic event to have traveled up so many rungs of my spinal column and to have stayed there for so long. When they passed out the earplugs, it wasn't a joke.

But the music itself was audacious from the first chord of the specially tuned guitars with brief moments of melody moving through the can't-stress-it-enough loudness.

(If you'd like to read a nice review and explanation of "Hallucination City", check out http://wishiwerethere.typepad.com/pgwp/ )

6 comments:

joseph scott said...

Yes, this show was amazing! I'm still on a high from it. I'm going back tonight for Piano Spheres.

Sparky said...

I just wish Arthur could have been there.

-K- said...

Sparky! When did they let you out?

sparky said...

Out? Out of where? We're all prisoners serving life sentences, brother.

Anonymous said...

Hey, man, if you remember Glenn Branca -- you weren't there.

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