Transition in Cassette Gods

Amidst an elaborate staging, Ryan Masteller offers this:

Transition is an album that lives up to its name, a drifting, evolutionary signpost marking the passage of time. As befits a Dinzu release, field recordings are processed through effects and electronics, the sounds taking on entirely new identities as they’re filtered through Gomberg’s vision of glacial motion. The tracks are untitled, marked only by the amount of time they fill. And fill they do, as you must pay careful attention to the compositions, allowing them to consume your focus so that you don’t miss a single detail. You could call them drones, but that would be selling them short – there’s distinctive movement in the works, distinctive tones, unearthed emotional stimuli whose raw receptors remind you of events in your life that you’d forgotten. Wisps of memory once again become tactile. You remember who you once were.

Full review at Cassette Gods:
http://cassettegods.blogspot.com/2017/05/billy-gomberg-transition-c30-dinzu.html

Transition in Foreign Accents

Insightful and concise writeup from this PDX-based blog:

The electro-acoustical ebb and muffled field recordings of Billy Gomberg’s Transition have a quiet intensity to them that feels preparatory to something. A few minutes into the closing section on side B, and you might feel very specific images coming to mind: early morning in the industrial part of town. The faint hum of generators. Distant trucks passing. These are soundscapes for low light and empty streets. It’d be redundant to just call this “drone”, when really, its stirring, mind-manifesting mixture of tones and field ambience makes it a zoney sonic portrait. It barely matters how it was achieved– its organization is all of a piece, the collected moments seamlessly melding together. Reminds me a little of the minimal, diffuse calm conjured by the likes of Andrew Chalk, Christoph Heemann, David Jackman (Vacant Lights, one of his releases as Organum, particularly comes to mind), all those other characters. Highly unique and highly recommended.

(New Album Review) Billy Gomberg- Transition

Dusted on Transition

Insightful words from Bill Meyer at Dusted:

“Removal, addition and space all come to mind while listening to these three pieces, which collectively run just under half an hour.
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The sounds all seem to be coming at you from a great distance, so that to engage them you have to project your attention outwards. But at the same time they rise and fall in a cadence reminiscent of breathing exercises, and the piece induces a similarly calm state. This simultaneous evocation of in and out of body experiences speaks to art’s power to transform perception and the moment, and in doing so becomes a reminder that nothing needs to stay the same.”

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