Glenn Branca posthumous album The Third Ascension coming in October

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While it’s remarkably easy to lose track of how many ascensions there may or may not have been throughout human history, it’s nearly IMPOSSIBLE to forget the spiritually transformative legacy of the late avant garde guitarist/composer Glenn Branca, who, during his career, seemingly managed to musically divine not one but two such miracles.

Now, as Pitchfork reports, a new album entitled The Third Ascension will mark the first release from Branca and his eponymous ensemble since the artist’s death in 2018.

The recordings are culled from a two-night performance of the same name, which was undertaken back in February 2016. Scored for four electric guitars, bass, and drums — and predicated on the same structure as his previous two ascensions — “The Third Ascension” was performed by the The Glenn Branca Ensemble at The Kitchen in New York City, and the resultant audio will be released as a proper album on October 4 via SYSTEMS NEUTRALIZERS.

The ensemble will also be performing some of Branca’s works (for the first time since his passing) at the Brooklyn venue Saint Vitus on October 6 to commemorate what would have been the composer’s 71st birthday. head here for more information on the performance, and pre/re-spiritualize yourself with one of the ascension’s earlier incarnations down below:

30 Essential Noise Rock Tracks

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Grind. Skronk. Pigfuck. Seemingly every word associated with noise rock sounds incredibly unflattering out of context, and even in context doesn’t fare much better. Before noise rock had a name, rock critics such as Lester Bangs and Robert Christgau came up with their own suitably unpleasant ways of describing the tortured sounds of music oozing … More »

RIP: Glenn Branca

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Glenn Branca has died at the age of 69. His influence on TMT has been enormous. RIP.

From Reg Bloor, experimental guitarist and wife of Glenn Branca:

Glenn Branca passed away in his sleep last night from Throat Cancer.

I feel grateful to have been able to live and work with such an amazing source of ideas and creativity for the past 18 1/2 years. His musical output was a fraction of the ideas he had in a given day. His influence on the music world is incalculable.

Despite his gruff exterior, he was a deeply caring and fiercely loyal man. We lived in our own little world together. I love him so much. I’m absolutely devastated.

He lived a very full life and had no regrets. Thank you to all the fans and all of the musicians whose support made that possible.

As per his wishes, there will not be a formal memorial service.

Avant-Garde Composer And Guitarist Glenn Branca Dies At 69

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Glenn-BrancaGlenn Branca, the New York composer whose clangorous guitar compositions inspired a few generations of avant-garde music and underground rock, has died. Branca’s wife and collaborator Reg Bloor announced on Facebook that Branca died of throat cancer in his sleep last night. Branca was 69. More »