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Joseph Branciforte


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Joseph Branciforte is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, and recording/mixing engineer based out of New York City. As composer, he has developed a unique process of realtime generative composition for instrumental ensembles, using networked laptops and custom software to create an “interactive score” that can be continuously updated during performance. As recording  and mixing engineer, Branciforte has lent his sonic touch to over 150 albums, working with such artists as Ben Monder, Vijay Iyer, Tim Berne, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Steve Lehman, Nels Cline, Marc Ribot, Mary Halvorson, Florent Ghys, and Son Lux along the way. His production/engineering work can be heard on ECM, Sunnyside Records, Cantaloupe Music, Pi Recordings, and New Amsterdam. He is the co-leader and drummer of “garage-chamber” ensemble The Cellar and Point, whose debut album Ambit was named one of the Top 10 Albums of 2014 by WNYC’s New Sounds and praised by outlets from the BBC to All Music Guide. His current musical efforts include a collaborative chamber project with composer Kenneth Kirschner and an electronic duo with vocalist Theo Bleckmann.


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Articles October 30 2017 | By Joseph Branciforte
From the Machine: Conversations with Dan Tepfer, Kenneth Kirschner, Florent Ghys, and Jeff Snyder

They discuss their unique approaches to the compositional and performance possibilities offered by computers to generate, manipulate, process, and display musical data for acoustic ensembles. It's potentially one of the...

Articles October 23 2017 | By Joseph Branciforte
From the Machine: Realtime Algorithmic Approaches to Harmony, Orchestration, and More

This week, Joseph Branciforte shares some algorithmic techniques that he's been developing in an attempt to grapple with some of the compositional possibilities offered by realtime notation. However, he also...

Articles October 16 2017 | By Joseph Branciforte
From the Machine: Realtime Networked Notation

The possibility of instantiating realtime compositional intelligence in machines holds the most radically transformative promise for a paradigmatic shift in music in the years ahead.

Articles October 10 2017 | By Joseph Branciforte
From the Machine: Computer Algorithms and Acoustic Music

Western music has made use of rule-based compositional techniques for centuries, but with the advent of realtime computing and modern networking technologies, new possibilities can be imagined. A composer’s live...