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Seattle performance of Glenn Branca’s Hallucination City, video

I've been interested in Glenn Branca's music for many years, and finally got to see a performance of one of his works.

Branca's Hallucination City: Symphony 13 for 100 Guitars was performed at a private Seattle Art Museum party at the Olympic Sculpture Park. Although I couldn't get in, the performance was outside—so, with a relatively sizable crowd of people, I listened from the fence perimeter.

I Played in Glenn Branca's Hallucination City and All I Got Was Mass Hypnotic Transcendence is a review of the event in The Stranger, which has lots of good details about the piece and this particular performance.

I'd like to track down a good interview with Branca, or read some of his writings, to better understand his intentions relative to performances vs recordings of his music. I wonder if there's a lot more to be experienced than what I've come across. But, I definitely got something out of the performance that I hadn't gotten out of recordings—maybe this bit of video that I shot will give you a sense of how these works expand into big spaces.

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