joseph branciforte is a multi-instrumentalist, recording & mixing engineer, composer, and sound artist based out of New York City.


His wide-ranging musical interests have situated him at the intersection of several of New York’s most fertile progressive music scenes – from jazz and improvised, to modern composition and chamber music; from sound art and algorithmic composition, to creative and experimental rock and pop. At the bottom of each of these seemingly discrete musical threads lies an undying fascination with sound as a profound emotional medium – organized through musical form, articulated by a careful selection of sound sources, and framed through the act of recording.


As recording engineer, Branciforte has lent his sonic touch to over 150 releases, working with some of the most well-respected names in creative jazz along the way: Kurt Rosenwinkel, Ben Monder, Vijay Iyer, Tim Berne, Nels Cline, Steve Lehman, Eliane Elias, Marc Ribot, Mary Halvorson, Nir Felder, and Dan Tepfer. His credits also include a growing number of classical, electronic, and alternative projects ranging from Son Lux and The Lumineers to Empyrean Atlas and Florent Ghys. Albums he has produced, engineered, and/or mixed have been included in the NPR Jazz Critics’ Poll Top 10 and Downbeat Magazine's Albums of the Year. His engineering and production work can be heard on ECM Records, Naxos, Sunnyside Records, Cantaloupe Music, Pi Recordings, New Amsterdam, Cuneiform Records, and Skirl Records


As performer, he splits his time between a variety of instruments, including drums, piano, analog & modular synthesizers, mallet instruments, and custom software tools written in Max/MSP and Pure Data. Most recently, he has developed a performance system based around the Fender Rhodes, extended with modular processing, custom digital processing, tape loops, and found objects,. He has collaborated with Ryuichi Sakamoto, Taylor Deupree, and vocalist Theo Bleckmann in this format, as well as frequently performing solo. On his first instrument, the drums, Branciforte combines technical facility with a deep knowledge of the recording studio to craft drum sounds for a myriad of artists, songwriters, and producers -- as well as his own group The Cellar and Point.


As a composer, he has developed a unique process of real-time generative composition for instrumental ensembles using custom software of his own design. This technique involves generating a notated piece of music from scratch during performance, according to real-time input and a series of pre-defined musical rules. The resultant musical information is then displayed to performers as traditional musical notation via networked laptops. This process makes possible a continuously updatable “interactive score,” one that is new to both audience and performers alike with each realization. He is currently collaborating with electronic musician/composer
Kenneth Kirschner and members of JACK Quartet and Mivos Quartet to produce an album of acoustic works created using digital and generative compositional techniques.

Branciforte is the co-leader and co-composer of the The Cellar and Point, a "garage-chamber" septet formed in 2010. The group, which combines aspects of modern composition, jazz improvisation, and pop/rock songwriting has been called “one of the most interesting bands of the moment, perhaps able to answer the question ‘where is music going?’” (All About Jazz) The band’s debut record, Ambit - produced, engineered, and mixed by Branciforte - was released on Cuneiform Records in late 2014. All Music Guide lauded Ambit as “one of 2014's finest albums of challenging, engaging, and genre-defying contemporary music,” and John Schaefer, host of WNYC’s New Sounds, included the recording on his Top 10 Albums of 2014.


Branciforte similarly played the role of producer, recording engineer, and mixing engineer on Ben Monder's Hydra (Sunnyside, 2013), “an eight-song set of impossible, beautiful, mind-melting music” (The Village Voice / #3 Jazz Album of 2013). JazzTimes called the project “technically brilliant and radiantly produced,” while Stereophile Magazine awarded it five stars for sonics: "The sound captures every intimate string squeak, fat bass tone, warp-speed ensemble passage, and ghostly vocal swell.”


Joseph is also in-demand as a location-recording engineer. He has engineered multitrack recordings at dozens of NYC clubs, halls, and stages including The Village Vanguard, The Stone, The Iridium, Roulette, Issue Project Room, The Jazz Gallery, Central Park Summerstage, and Carnegie Hall's Neighborhood Concert Series.

He is a graduate of the Electronic Production and Design program at
Berklee College of Music and has written articles for TapeOp, New Music Box, and Tiny Mix Tapes.









“The impressive list of artists Branciforte has worked with reveals where the unique production values that are one of the album's most identifying and intriguing elements come from. It's obvious that he is well-acquainted with the nuances of the recording studio.”

“...the superior engineering practically puts you under the lid of Matt Mitchell's piano and inside the bell of Oscar Noriega's bass clarinet.”

[The Cellar and Point’s] Ambit was several years in the making, and the patience and effort involved have resulted in one of 2014's finest albums of challenging, engaging, and genre-defying contemporary music.”

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on Tim Berne’s Shadow Man

“[Ben Monder’s] Hydra makes you sit up in awe at the patience and skill required to build this undulating psychedelic-church lattice. It gets better — more profound — with each listen.”

“A super-hero of music...
Multi-instrumentalist, engineer, composer, and musical mastermind Joseph Branciforte practices audio wizardry.”

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