May 02, 2012

Glenn Branca - Indeterminate Activity of Resultant Masses (Atavistic, 2007)

Glenn Branca - Indeterminate Activity of Resultant Masses
Avant-garde album, man! I entertain scenesters in city lofts.

  1. Alternative anagram: Cage avers I'm a nasty fascist brute in intent. Relent, old man! 
  2. As Dan Ruccia explains in his review of this album, "In the middle of July 1982, Glenn Branca had a piece, 'Indeterminate Activity of Resultant Masses,' performed at the New Music America Festival in Chicago. John Cage was at the performance. The following day Cage had a taped conversation with Wim Mertons [sic] of the Belgian label Les Disques du Crepuscule on Chicago’s Navy Pier, where he basically called Branca a fascist, a quip that gets mentioned to this day any time anything is written about Branca."
  3. Another alternative: I give drab NYC scenesters tinnitus at art mall. No mean feat!
  4. This title was suggested by Ruth Zeg.

1 comment:

Ruth Zeg said...

It's too small a sample size to draw any definitive conclusions, but the neutral leaning-towards-positive message regarding Branca suggests bad news for Sonic Youth. It suggests that the problem the Powers That Be in the universe have with SY lies not with the broader genre they operate within, but with the specific music they play.

It's a tantalizing finding, to say the least.