A Changed Meaning in The Alcohol Seed

Lovely and thoughtful examination of A Changed Meaning in The Alcohol Seed:

“…no bullshit…”

check out the writeup at the following link or read on below:

https://alcoholseed.com/2018/01/28/like-mountain-air-billy-gombergs-a-changed-meaning/

The prolific electroacoustic artist and Fraufraulein member, Billy Gomberg, had an eventful 2017. A Changed Meaning was one of two tapes to see the light of day throughout the year — the other, Transition, was released by Dinzu Artifacts (just named Experimedia’s favourite label of 2017). You might say that A Changed Meaning is Gomberg sticking to his bread and butter, but, even though the formula is a familiar one, it doesn’t mean it hasn’t been refined. This might be conjecture, but the contemporary stage for minimalist experimental music seems no longer set for improvisation and guitar drone. Much of what’s been coming down the pike sounds more manufactured than played, donning an algorithmic gloss I don’t always care for.

A Changed Meaning is a refreshing rebuttal to these pillowy works, the album possessing a quality of performance much like a handmade ring carries the mark of its silversmith. Like mountain air, Gomberg’s dronescapes are cold, diaphanous, and expansive. The music has a harsh noise physicality to it, where the harsh aspect is replaced with moodiness and foreboding. From these blackened, nebulous compositions we’re given a window into a world of finer textures that exist closer to the core: purposeful and calculable string vibrations brought to life by electromagnetic pulses. Whatever else is going on is hard to say — some electroacoustic wizardry no doubt. What is apparent is that Gomberg can reign in this music at will, and he does so at pivotal moments to keep his pieces on course.

A Changed Meaning doesn’t push boundaries, nor does Gomberg attempt to reinvent drone music here. What we have instead is a another solid release from a dependable musician. I can appreciate a lofty epic as much as the next guy, but the albums that tend to hold the most clout over time are the straightforward, no bullshit ones. Time will inevitably tell, but I think Gomberg has achieved this with A Changed Meaning. Here’s to hoping we see more work from him in 2018.

A Changed Meaning on AGB’s 2017 list

“Gomberg has an average of about 2 releases a year for the past 10 years and while everything I’ve heard is fantastic, A Changed Meaning is certainly one of the best things he’s done, it’s super soft, light & airy, although not very bright, there’s a pervasive gloom settled just beneath the surface, and I’m amazed at how dynamic this record is without resorting to drastic volume changes.”

drone through the drone list here: http://www.antigravitybunny.com/?p=11317

Video Art for Conditional Malaise
(w/ Rob Feulner, Bleu Nuit Video)

I’ve been lax in posting about this mostly b/c we’ve been overrun with activity this summer so here, catch up with this:

Produced between 2016 and 2017, “Video Art for Conditional Malaise” is a tool intended for those suffering from bouts of seasonal depression or general malaise in our modern political climate.

For thirty minutes flowers bloom and float into video feedback ether, set to the experimental-ambient music of Billy Gomberg. For its intended effect, please view using a projector against a large white wall, with the audio set to a louder than usual volume. The goal is full immersion.

Running time — 29:04
NTSC — Region 0
Audio track 1: Original score by Billy Gomberg
Optional audio track: Original score by Billy Gomberg run through VCR tracking errors when recording final cut.

Video Art for Conditional Malaise DVD trailer from Rob Feulner on Vimeo.

gorgeous, raw analog video manipulations from Rob Feulner. we got to play out with this footage in April and it was a joy. play loud and bright and big.

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