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june 20, 2013

lots going on... 


first, excited to announce that ben monder’s “hydra” (featuring theo bleckmann, ted poor, john patittucci, skuli sverrisson and gian slater) which i engineered, mixed, and co-produced will be released on july 30th on sunnyside records.  click the album cover below to check out a sample on sunnyside’s page, then go buy the record on the 30th!  


next: tim berne’s working quartet (with matt mitchell, oscar noriega, and ches smith) has recorded a follow-up to 2012’s snakeoil.  i engineered the recording at the clubhouse in rhinebeck ny,  release is scheduled for october 1. 


in related news, pianist matt mitchell’s “fiction”, a collection of wonderfully intense etudes for piano and drums is due out on pi recordings september 24th. ches smith on drums, i engineered, david torn produced/mixed.


bassist mark dresser has a new quintet record coming out on clean feed records this summer, called “nourishments”, which i engineered, mixed, and mastered.  the recording features rudresh mahanthappa (as), tom rainey (dr), denman maroney (pn), and michael dessen (tb).


other things:  mastered a double LP of new experimental chamber works for my friend beau sievers and his new record label, indexical.  the recording will be released on vinyl and digital download at the end of june.  i am also wrapping up mixing and mastering on dutch trumpeter sanne van hek’s “network of stoppages” a wild album of hyper-edited/improvised/composed/processed pieces due out later this year.


lastly, i’m happy to announce that our mixing studio in brooklyn has added a new partner: producer/engineer/composer alexander overington. alex is currently working on records for pianist david virelles and drummer marcus gilmore, and is responsible for the production of guitarist rafiq bhatia’s debut record “yes it will.”  he also brings along with him a host of new toys for the studio.

october 9, 2012

5 new records i mixed, engineered, and/or mastered are released:

paradoxical frog: union [clean feed]

michael attias: spun tree [clean feed]

9volt: open circuit [outnow recordings]

maroney/ilgenfritz/nescier/drury: mind games [outnow recordings]

craig brann: advent[ure] [steeplechase]

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october 20, 2013

a few recent records that i engineered and/or mixed and/or produced:


tim berne’s “shadow man”, on ecm records: 

                                                           


                                                                  reviews/articles:

                                                                  allmusic

                                                                  wall street journal

                                                                  new york times

                                                                  all about jazz

                                                                  search and restore

                               






pianist matt mitchell’s “fiction”, on pi recordings:


                                                               

                                                                reviews/articles:

                                                                new york times

                                                                all about jazz

                                                                search and restore





ben monder’s “hydra”, on sunnyside records:


                               

                                                                reviews/articles:

                                                                allmusic

                                                                new york times

                                                                boston globe

                                                                ottawa citizen

                                       




mark dresser’s “nourishments”, on clean feed records:




                                                                reviews:

                                                                all about jazz 1

                                                                all about jazz 2






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december 4, 2013


three records i worked on this year made the downbeat magazine “best albums of 2013”.


mark dresser / nourishments

★★★★1/2

http://www.downbeat.com/digitaledition/2014/DB1401/single_page_view/48.html


ben monder / hydra 

★★★★1/2

http://www.downbeat.com/digitaledition/2014/DB1401/single_page_view/49.html


matt mitchell / fiction

★★★★

http://www.downbeat.com/digitaledition/2014/DB1401/single_page_view/56.html

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january 4, 2014


excited to announce that my group the cellar and point will finally release its debut record, ambit, on cuneiform in 2014. the album includes 6 original compositions, co-written by myself and guitarist chris botta from 2005-2009, as well as arrangements of canons by anton webern and györgy ligeti.  much more info on the release, as well as some previews of the record, are on the way.


also, on the engineering/mixing front: tim berne’s shadow man, mark dresser’s nourishments, and matt mitchell’s fiction all made the npr jazz critic’s poll: best music of 2013.

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april 10, 2014


ben monder / hydra

press round-up


downbeat magazine

★★★★1/2, best albums of 2013.

“...detailed sonic landscapes of mystery and power”


montreal gazzette

“hydra is an album that 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.”


the new york times

“it’s easy to wax poetic about the impression created by this labyrinthine but changeable chamber music; let’s lose our inhibitions and say it suggests the pointillist shimmer of waning light over a tidal surface.”


jazz in europe

“sound engineer and producer joe branciforte creates a delicately balanced band-sound. throughout the album the band appears as one vibrating sonic body... hydra is a musical voyage of austere beauty.”


village voice

#3 Jazz Album of 2013

“...a prog rock-tinged jewel of an album that often suggests what brian wilson might have heard in his deepest sandbox reveries”


stereophile magazine: 

sonics, ★★★★★; performance, ★★★★★

“the sound captures every intimate string squeak, fat bass tone, warp-speed ensemble passage, and ghostly vocal swell.”


jazztimes

“...radiantly produced.”


all music

★★★★

“...a highly engaging and unique recording that ranks as one of Monder’s best.”


philadelphia city paper

#5 on top ten jazz albums of 2013

“[a] stunning, personal statement. the uncategorizable hydra folds elements of prog rock, ambient music and choral composition into a collection that unfolds with the wonder and surprise of an unforgettable journey”


the new york city jazz record

best of 2013, albums of the year

august 1, 2014































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august 9, 2014



white cylinder (a) - pre-release track from “ambit” via cuneiform records:

october 7th, 2014




october 14th, 2014


the cellar and point’s debut record, AMBIT is out now on cuneiform records. This has been an ongoing project for the last several years and i am very happy it is finally being released. i co-wrote most of the music on the record, played drums (+ some piano, moog, wurli, &c.) on it, and also produced, engineered, and mixed the project. you can pick up a copy via one of the outlets below, or at an upcoming show.


Here are some recent reviews/features on AMBIT:

december 21, 2014




















rehearsal for an upcoming performance of morton feldman’s piano and string quartet. this will be part of a series that THE CELLAR AND POINT is curating at spectrum in january.


i’ll be performing on piano with an all-star string quartet: christopher otto and john pickford richards (jack quartet), mariel roberts (mivos quartet), and pauline kim harris (string noise).


info/tickets here: http://www.thecellarandpoint.com/presents.html

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november 25, 2014


two great new records that I got to mix over the past year are out now.

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the first is guitarist nate radley’s morphoses, featuring ted poor (drums), loren stillman (saxophone), and matt pavolka (bass), with nate playing electric and acoustic guitars plus lap steel. a beautiful atmosphere on this record, which was recorded at the bunker studio. it was also one of the first records I mixed through our shadow hills equinox/apogee symphony setup. You can pick up a copy on amazon or itunes.

second: a new record by incredible contrabassist/composer florent ghys, called télévision. florent’s 2011 record baroque tardif was a personal favorite - so i was excited when florent got in touch about some additional mixing work on this new album.


télévision features 13 new pieces combining multitracked alto double-bass, voices, guitar, percussion, and tv samples. florent has taken the extra step of creating unique video compositions for each track on the record (or maybe it's the other way around?). i heartily recommend heading over to his site and checking these out for a dose of inspiration.

the physical release is available via cantaloupe records, with digital downloads at bandcamp and itunes.

january 3, 2015




















in addition to appearances at nyc’s winter jazzfest and apple store soho, the cellar and point is curating 4 nights at spectrum nyc. i’ll be making a special appearance on piano on january 11 for morton feldman’s piano and string quartet.



january 9

9pm / the cellar and point presents: ben monder / spectrum nyc

january 10

1pm / the cellar and point / itunes live / apple store soho

1:15am / the cellar and point / winter jazzfest / the player’s theater

january 11

9pm / the cellar and point presents: morton feldman’s piano and string quartet / spectrum nyc

january 16

9pm / the cellar and point presents: judith Berkson / spectrum nyc

january 18

9pm / the cellar and point presents: taylor deupree/marcus fischer / spectrum nyc

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january 8, 2015









interview with wbgo’s the checkout.


http://www.wbgo.org/checkoutjazz/joseph-branciforte-the-cellar-and-point

“multi-instrumentalist and sound designer joseph branciforte talks with simon rentner about the album
Ambit, which features the ‘garage chamber music’ of his group the cellar and point.”



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february 10, 2015


special configuration of THE CELLAR AND POINT performing at the metropolitan museum of art.

april 11, 2015


2015 has been a busy one on the studio front so far... some projects I’ve been involved in below.


mixing:


matt mitchell normal remarkable persons

(tim berne, shane endsley, tyshawn sorey, dan weiss, ches smith, & travis laplante)
jen shyu sounds and cries of the world

yoni kretzmer 2bass quartet, book ii

teun verbruggen / bruno vansina trio

yukari trio (with thomas morgan & satoshi takeishi)


engineering/producing:


thingNY plays the music of paul pinto and erin rogers

kenneth kirschner

travis laplante / peter evans duo

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august 15, 2014


in antwerp, belgium mixing front-of-house for vijay iyer’s residency at the jazz middelheim festival.

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january 6, 2015


location recording tonight: matt mitchell quartet at the jazz gallery (with chris speed, dan weiss, and chris tordini).

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october 19th, 2014


producing/engineering a session for thingNY at the bunker in williamsburg. some wild music by paul pinto and erin rogers.


the cellar and point will release ambit on cuneiform records on october 14th, 2014. it includes 7 pieces written by myself and chris botta from 2006-2011, as well as two of our arrangements of composers györgy ligeti and anton webern respectively. i produced, mixed, and mastered the recording.


the band includes joseph bergen on vibraphone, christopher otto and kevin mcarland (jack quartet) on violin and cello, terrence mcmanus on electric guitars, rufus philpot on bass, chris botta on acoustic/electric guitars and banjo, and myself on drums. we've been working on this music for a few years now and are super-excited for it to finally see the light of day.


for some more info on the group as well as upcoming sample tracks/videos, please visit our FB page at: http://www.facebook.com/thecellarandpoint


the band also now has an official website with a press release, announced tour dates, and photos: http://www.thecellarandpoint.com

august 1, 2015


on location last night at the jazz gallery, recording a new ingrid laubrock quintet (with tom rainey, eivind opsvik, michael formanek, & vincent chancey). maiden voyage of the latest studio additions: AEA R84 and TRP...

august 17, 2015


recorded the source violin material for this 46-minute electroacoustic work from kenneth kirschner back in february.

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september 2, 2015


three new records that i was involved in on the mixing front are out this month:

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john hébert

rambling confessions

[sunnyside]

john hébert / bass

billy drummond / drums

andy milne / piano

jen shyu / voice


release date: sept. 2015

credit: mixed

jen shyu

sounds and cries of the world

[pi recordings]

jen shyu / vocals, piano
ambrose akinmusire / trumpet
mat maneri / viola

thomas morgan / bass

dan weiss / drums


release date: sept. 2015

credit: mixing, track 5

the bureau of atomic tourism

hapax legomena

[rat records]

teun verbruggen / drums

jozef dumoulin / rhodes

andrew d’angelo / alto sax
nate wooley / trumpet

hilmar jennson / guitar

tim dahl / bass


release date: sept. 2015

credit: mixed

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october 13, 2015


tracking setup for recording marc ribot solo in st. peter’s church (performing john cage adaptations for guitar):

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october 17, 2015


in arizona, working behind the board with vijay iyer, mike ladd, & co. on their holding it down show at the gammage theater.

january 5, 2016


spent some time over the holidays learning and recording a piece i’ve loved since first hearing it almost ten years ago: ben monder’s “oceana”. seemed like a good project to learn my way around my new video camera too...

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april 30, 2016


the last few months have been a whirlwind of engineering, mixing, mastering, location recording (and even some live sound) on an assortment of really interesting projects. the studio has also added a variety of new analog outboard goodness, some of which is pictured on the right.

in january, i finished mixing on drummer will mason’s happy place, a noise/math-rock project featuring 2 drummers, 2 guitarists, and some trance-inducing polyrhythmic writing. also mastered the project in april... it’s due out on exit stencil records later this year. later in the month, i got to work with one of my favorite composer/performers, saxophonist steve lehman, editing an incredible hip-hop project of his called sélébéyone. this one will be out in the fall on pi recordings.

february included mixing and mastering pianist
mara rosenbloom’s beautiful trio record prairie burn (fresh sound records) and finishing up a record by the happy valley band that can only be described (without hyperbole) as insane. bandleader david kant developed an algorithm that allows the deconstruction of audio from pop songs into individual instruments, which are then transcribed (somewhat imprecisely... or, perhaps more accurately, way too precisely) into notation. the band then attempts to perform these almost unplayable computer transcriptions along with the original vocal from the pop tune. i also engineered that one at the bunker studio; it’ll be out on the band’s indexical label later this year. i also helped my friend dan weiss with live sound at his CD release show for sixteen: drummer’s suite, a record i can heartily recommend.

march began with mastering young pianist
addison frei’s latest record, which is sort of a piano trio + guests format. we also mixed the record together back in 2015. this is definitely a pianist and trio i will be keeping my eye on... a really nice chemistry on this album. that’s out soon on armored records, i believe. i then spent a week at the stone recording audio and video for pianist matt mitchell’s weeklong residency there, including a variety of mind-bending sets. somewhere in there, i also managed to engineer a quintet record for guitarist gene ess at the bunker. his group included drummer clarence penn, pianist manual valera, vocalist thana alexa, and bassist yasushi nakamura and featured a great bunch of new compositions by gene. we just finished mixing that a few days ago and it should be out this summer on simp records.


april was another crazy month with two trips out of town with vijay iyer and mixing/mastering several new projects. vijay first curated a two-day festival at harvard in early april, followed by a performance of his holding it down: the veterans‘ dreams project in philly later in the month. i ran the front-of-house sound for both of those. in between, i got to mix saxophonist michaël attias‘ new quartet record with nasheet waits, john hébert, and pianist aruan ortiz. i first worked with michaël on his 2012 release spun tree. this new one will also be released on clean feed records. also put the finishing touches and mastered the result of long-term collaboration with thingNY, a new music group that blends aspects of modern composition with idiosyncratic speech/text settings. i engineered, mixed, and mastered over the last year and half... this is a wild record which i am very happy will finally see the light of day. out on gold bolus recordings at some point soon...

i’ve just started mixing drummer
kate gentile’s mannequins album, another project that resists easy categorization, but one that i’m really excited about. i’ll be closing out the month today at ibeam in brooklyn recording a set by cellist hank roberts and his sextet.

also, two ongoing projects: san diego trumpeter/producer jack taylor’s
mister midnight (on which I played some drums and keys and mixed/mastered) and my good friends in fiction of the future, on whose new EP i’ve been working on and off with them for the last 5 months.

that’s a lot of stuff. my next update will return to the usual 1-2 sentence format.





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burl b2 bomber adc
apogee symphony i/o
phoenix nicerizer
bricasti m7
chandler tg1
retro sta-level
kush clariphonic
alan smart c1
pendulum pl-2

neve 33609
lachapell 992eg

cranesong avocet


may 16, 2016


the studio is now certified by apple to deliver
mastered for itunes masters to record labels and aggregators. more info on the process can be found here: http://www.apple.com/itunes/mastered-for-itunes/

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june 17, 2016

summer 2016  //  sound journal


i’ve decided to semi-regularly document some audio experiments-in-progress revolving around the Fender Rhodes and the myriad ways of processing and looping it with guitar pedals.

although not necessarily a stranger to the use of signal processing as a creative tool (e.g. DAWs, Max/MSP), I am new to employing pedals. i've been finding that this way of working provides an intuitive/spontaneous platform for creating sounds that would often be much more laborious to achieve in a DAW. the purpose of this journal is to encourage regular experimentation with (and documentation of) different signal chains & working methods, investigating devices in isolation and in interaction with one another.

i've also been finding that my emotional response to a texture, loop, or harmonic idea can be vastly different when I'm playing it and when I listen back later. i'd like to explore this discrepancy, being open to recording ideas that I don't "like" in the moment to see if my response changes over time.

the goal is to post a few sounds per week throughout the summer (and perhaps longer, if it goes well).


https://soundcloud.com/joseph-branciforte/sets/summer-2016-sound-journal

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july 18, 2016

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first article for
tape op magazine is out now. the piece is on recording engineer james farber, who has worked on records for john scofield, brad mehdau, kurt rosenwinkel, joshua redman, joe lovano, michael brecker, dave holland, and hundreds more. i met with james at avatar studios to talk about his musical  background, engineering technique, and his experiences working on countless classic jazz recordings.


read here:
http://tapeop.com/interviews/114/james-farber/

august 20, 2016


i am now on instagram. follow me there for some updates from this summer, such as my first round of solo rhodes & electronics performances, some recent recording sessions, & other miscellany.

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september 5, 2016



some great records i worked on earlier in 2016 are out now...


marc ribot and the young philadelphians: live in tokyo (mastered, enja)

steve lehman: sélébéyone (editing, pi recordings)

florent ghys’ bonjour (mixed/mastered, cantaloupe)

rick parker and li daiguo: free world music (mixed/mastered, eleven2eleven)


...and several more excellent projects are due out over the next month or so:
http://www.josephbranciforte.com/recent_projects.html

october 7, 2016

on sunday october 23, i will be presenting a duo set with sound artist hiroshi ebina at scholes street studio in williamsburg. building on some of this summer’s work, the music will incorporate fender rhodes, glockenspiel, modular synthesizers, laptop, found objects, and an array of looping devices.

the performance will be part of an afternoon of music organized by a collective of musicians, including guitarist gene ess and pianist sebastien ammann. more information.


october 23, 2016 / scholes street studio / 375 lorimer street, brooklyn / 12:45 pm

november 16, 2016

two excellent records that i had the opportunity to mix earlier this year are out this month:

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anna webber: binary (skirl)

https://annawebber.bandcamp.com/


will mason’s happy place: northfield (exitstencil)

https://happyplace.bandcamp.com/

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october 19, 2016

wrapping up mixing today on a mary halvorson & sylvie courvoisier duo record, due out in early 2017. we recorded in this one in august on-location at sylvie’s house. fun way to make a record!

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november 29, 2016

the cellar and point’s ambit just turned 2 years old. the cd will be 50% off through march 2017 through the cellar and point’s website.

january 26, 2017

mary halvorson and sylvie courvoisier’s crop circles (engineered, mixed, and mastered by yours truly) out today on relative pitch records.

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january 31, 2017

spent the day at masterdisk with engineer scott hull cutting lacquers for an upcoming solo saxophone + electronics record that i mixed for neil leonard.

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february 17, 2017

i am excited to announce a new project in collaboration with electronic musician/composer kenneth kirschner, that will be having its debut performance in march.


the project marks a new development in my work, an idea i’ve been considering for a while but never quite got around to realizing. the basic premise is this: the creation of a piece of software that can generate a unique, rule-based score in real-time and distribute it to performers via networked computers. one consequence of this is that a composer can interact with a composition as it is being performed, changing things like orchestration, dynamics, form, and harmonic structure on the fly.


my initial foray into this paradigm is a piece called 90 structures, which will be performed at the concert in march. in addition, i’ve collaborated with ken to realize two of his electronic works for small ensemble. more information about the project and the concert can be found here.

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