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Joseph Branciforte

New York, NY            

Joseph Branciforte is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, sound artist, and recording engineer based out of New York City. He is the founder of the record label greyfade.

His wide-ranging musical interests have situated him at the intersection of several of New York’s most fertile progressive music scenes —  from modern chamber music and algorithmic composition to jazz and improvised music; from ambient and sound art, to experimental forms of rock and popular music.

As performer, Branciforte splits his time between a variety of instruments, including piano, drums, analog and modular synthesizers, mallet instruments, and custom software written in Max/MSP and Pure Data. His recent work centers around the Fender Rhodes, augmented with analog & digital processing, tape loops, and found objects. In this format, he has performed solo and with artists including Ryuichi Sakamoto, Taylor Deupree, and Theo Bleckmann. In 2019, Bleckmann and Branciforte released LP1, a collaborative recording that served as the inaugural release on Branciforte’s greyfade label.

As composer, he has developed a unique process of algorithmic composition for acoustic instruments using custom software of his own design. His ongoing collaboration with electronic musician and composer Kenneth Kirschner, From The Machine, explores digital, generative, and procedural methods of composing for chamber ensemble. In 2018, he wrote a series of articles for New Music Box describing  various approaches to realtime algorithmic composition.

Equally well-known as a recording, mixing, and mastering engineer, Branciforte has lent his sonic touch to over 250 releases, working with some of the most well-respected names in creative jazz along the way: Ben Monder, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Tim Berne, Vijay Iyer, Steve Lehman, Nels Cline, Theo Bleckmann, Marc Ribot, Eliane Elias, Mary Halvorson, Nir Felder, and The Westerlies. His credits also include a wide range of alternative, electronic, and classical projects, from Son Lux and The Lumineers to Pulitzer Prize-winner Paul Moravec and The Oratorio Society of New York.

Articles by Joseph Branciforte:

NewMusicBox 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...

NewMusicBox 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...

NewMusicBox 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.

NewMusicBox 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...