into the fade

by Billy Gomberg

  • Cassette + Digital Album

    original chrome green cassette from Constellation Tatsu, lovely custom die-cut J-card.

    Includes unlimited streaming of into the fade via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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Close enough to the middle of summer (at least in this hemisphere), Constellation Tatsu releases two sides of my recent work, loosely woven synthesizers, amplification, some effects and digital touches. Props to Tatsu for kicking out an awesome cut and layered J-card.


Cassette Gods:
Long and slow, the death of the note. Droning eternal into the endless void that is space, Billy Gomberg's album, Into the Fade, demands patience and cosmic trippery from the listener. This is for those blessed few who DIG quietly building keyboard tones that occasionally bubble up to say, "hello universe, this is me." For almost an hour synths and computers stretch notions of time. Gomberg (and Constellation Tatsu for that matter) are not in the business of composing three-minute pop ditties. The focus is on quiet contemplation. If that is your bag, jump in.

Vital Weekly:
Its been a while since I last heard music by Billy Gomberg. So far I believe his work had to do with field recordings, but here its all about synthesizers and computers - or so the label's website tells me. On side A we have the side long piece 'Loom' and here again I was reminded of zoviet*france, but then in the later work, say 'What Is Not True': slow developing spacious synth music, in which the full use of sound effects takes a while to unveil itself. The five shorter pieces on the other side have less of this influence, and work more towards a noise edge of things, with more heavy modulations at times working heavy on the eardrums. I thought this was all quite alright, but perhaps not to be played on repeat straight away. The Navarro release was more like Tapas: you can eat a lot of little snacks all the time, but the Gomberg dish was a heavy meal. Not easily to be repeated right away. But dishes were great however.

Improv Sphere:
Cette dernière cassette est une suite d'oeuvres récentes du musicien américain Billy Gomberg (qu'on a déjà pu entendre entre autres aux côtés d'Anne Guthrie et Richard Kamerman). La première face est constituée d'une unique pièce vraiment absorbante. Un long drone pour synthétiseur analogique. Une superposition de nappes analogiques qui apparaissent très, très progressivement, très lentement. Le temps est dilaté, comme les intervalles entre les notes, qui semblent provenir d'un vieil orgue électrique déglingué et désaccordé. Les couches se superposent donc, et entrent en résonance les unes avec les autres. En résonance disais-je? non en vibration, car la tension entre chaque nappe entraîne la plupart du temps une sorte de ressac sonore, une dissonance subtile et légère, envoutante et hypnotique. "Loom" est une pièce qui joue sur l'étirement et la dilatation du temps, ainsi que sur les interactions dissonantes entre les couches sonores: une pièce magnifique qui se conclut sur une touche trip-hop déstructuré inattendue! La seconde face travaille sur les mêmes sonorités, vieillies, saturées et dissonantes, mais avec un aspect plus mélodique et plus doom, post-rock, dark-ambient et stone que drone. Cinq pièces assez courtes, toutes sombres et lentes, atmosphériques et froides sans être trop abstraites (grâce aux éléments harmoniques qui surgissent). Plus on avance dans cette suite, plus le son devient saturé et l'univers oppressant, Billy Gomberg parvient ainsi à créer un univers psychoacoustique calme et obscur, intense, envoutant et nerveux malgré la lenteur des progressions. Très belles pièces.


released July 22, 2012



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Billy Gomberg Brooklyn, New York

I live in Brooklyn, NY. I am a musician, primarily electronic, incorporating traditional & modern synthesis, process, recordings and instrumentation. Ideas from contemporary ambient, improvisation & electroacoustic practice bear some weight, pulling the physical and the abstract together.

In addition to solo recordings, I perform & record with Anne Guthrie as Fraufraulein.
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