Transition in The Quietus

Good company in Tristan Bath’s Spool’s Out column at The Quietus:

In comparison, Brooklynite sound artist Billy Gomberg’s offering on Transition is a relatively peaceful affair. Deeper listening reveals layers of hidden meaning, and in my own case, no small amount of terror. This is incredibly abstract music though, and one wonders how much the translucent, vaporous meaning is in the ear of the beholder. The single piece on side A seems at first to blend together various field recordings to create a strange new, third location. Distant industrial clatter or public transport noises soon turn out to be Gomberg’s own tones summoned from goodness knows where, and the collage then segues from place to place as it travels onwards. The two shorter pieces on side B are no less mysterious. Whether the overall effect is peaceful of terrifying is perhaps up to you to decide – either way it’s an absorbing trip to take.

http://thequietus.com/articles/22079-dale-cornish-dinzu-artefacts-yearning-kru-eiderdown-records-me-claudius-cassette-tape-review

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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