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Oscar Herrera’s “Father Whiskey”

  • February 20, 2024


Black Tape For A Blue Girl vocalist Oscar Herrera will soon release his first solo album, Songs For The Fallen Mountain King. He’s created a video posted at YouTube for the track “Father Whiskey,” which is his submission for NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert contest. Oscar’s daughter, and Black Tape For A Blue Girl vocalist, Danielle sings on the track.

It’s really cool, give it a look/listen!

Songs For The Fallen Mountain King is now available for preOrder at Oscar’s Bandcamp Page

Sam guests on Nordic Patterns

  • January 27, 2024


Hi. I guest on a track on the new release from Arin Aksberg, Nordic Patterns. He’s a 23-year-old musician from Alta Norway, and this is his second release on Projekt.

You can hear me on track #8, “Homecoming.” The album is a name-your-price download at Bandcamp, and it’s great!

Late last year Arin began sending me (as the guy at Projekt) tracks he was working on for the new album. When I heard “Homecoming” I thought I could add some “lead” synths to give it an additional texture, a human-esque randomness to complement the driving, sequenced emotions of the piece.

I start at 1:37 with the retro sounding Waldorf Streichfett String Synthesizer Desktop Module. At 2:02 I add in an ascending glide played on my ancient Moog Concertmate MG-1 (I keep getting it repaired, and then the next time I try to play it, it’s broken again. At least I got a bit out of it.) I play throughout the rest of the track, checking out at 5:27 when the piece breaks down to the quiet ending. I’m not usually a gear-guy, but thought you might enjoy these details. : )

I’m playing a lot more notes than you usually hear me play in Black Tape For A Blue Girl. I think it’s got a bit of an 80s vibe going on? You tell me who you hear.

Terrace of Memories (2024 remaster)

  • January 15, 2024

Sam Rosenthal & vidnaObmana: Terrace of Memories (1992) (2024 remaster)

My organic ambient album of longing and gentle melancholic minimalism, in collaboration with Dirk Serries. Four physical formats + Name-Your-Price download at BlackTape’s Bandcamp. In Europe order from Dirk’s Bandcamp (MD sold out in Europe, but I have some left here in the USA)…

ALLES SO SCHÖN STILL HIER by Nils Wortmann
(a 2021 book of the 100 best ambient albums from 1975 to 2020):
Behind the project name TERRACE OF MEMORIES is the American Sam Rosenthal, founder of the label Projekt Records, and the Belgian Dirk Serries, who has made a name for himself in ambient circles especially under the pseudonym vidnaObmana. The result of this unique collaboration is five pieces of haunting ambient compositions, which on the self-titled album create a perfect symbiosis of the darkwave sounds of Rosenthal’s Black Tape For A Blue Girl and the cool beauty of vdnaObmana’s early works. With words like gloominess or haunting one can try to approach the compositions on TERRACE OF MEMORIES but they do not really hit the mark. It is better to simply marvel at how the album unfolds such an enchanting and devastating power right from the beginning with so few elements on “These Ancient Halls.” A nice start to this timeless album, which Rosenthal says took quite a long time to create. I guess it was Serries who sent Rosenthal a few recordings on tape, and Rosenthal in turn the one who continued to work on the recordings on the 8-track. Since the further exchange of the tapes happened before the times of the internet and was done by mail, the album was finally completed in 1992 due to the longer waiting times. The wait was truly worth it. The pieces that follow captivate with warm, futuristic and evenly gentle gloomy tones. The album culminates in the 17-minute “Of Silent Crossings” in a final expansive sound painting, which you can’t get enough of. Is it conducive for meditation? Maybe. Nevertheless, it is conceivably unsuitable for yoga classes, because the music invites you to an emotional sound journey. It seems that there will be no further collaboration in the near future. Serries, who found his way to ambient music via industrial, has meanwhile arrived in free jazz and runs his own jazz label. Rosenthal is also involved in his various band projects and his label. What remains is this timeless album.

The Big Takeover #93

  • December 15, 2023

Everything is name-your-price!

  • October 20, 2023

U P D A T E    F R O M    S A M

A few months ago I changed all digital albums on the black tape for a blue girl Bandcamp page to Name-Your-Price. I'm sure I told everyone about this (????) but now I cannot find an email list about it. Maybe I was dreaming? If so here's a reminder. Grab everything you want, leave a little something if you can…

When you donate even a dollar, the album is added to your personal Bandcamp collection, available for streaming and download. When you choose zero, you can download, but the album will not be added to your Bandcamp collection.

I've mailed most of the Terrace of Memories CDs and MDs to the Kickstarter backers. LPs expected in November/December. After those ship to supporters all formats will be on sale at Bandcamp.


I've finally uploaded FAITH, my 4.5-minute 8mm student film, to YouTube. I shot and edited it at college in Orange California in 1987 while recording Black Tape For A Blue Girl's MESMERIZED BY THE SIRENS. Actors were my college friends: Miira Ojanen & Dimitri Patakidis. Some of their Greek + Finnish dialog, and a bit of the synths, ended up on the album.

Have a great weekend, Sam<

Listening Party: Mesmerized by the sirens

  • September 6, 2023

•  U P D A T E   F R O M   S A M   R O S E N T H A L  •

Join Oscar, myself and fans of Black Tape For A Blue Girl. Let’s get together virtually to listen to the 2023 Mix of Mesmerized by the sirens and chat; it’s a text-only chat on the right side of the screen, there’s no camera, no stress. I hosted a listening party for Terrace of Memories in July and we had a really a good time. Hang out with other fans of the music from around the world, chat with everyone, ask questions, share whatever you want to talk about.

Mesmerized-era vocalist Oscar Herrera will be with us.

September 21, 2023
7pm West Coast / 10pm East Coast / 2am GMT / Noon Sydney AUS

RSVP for the Listening Party

The chat window opens 30 minutes before the album begins playing and runs 30 minutes after. Mesmerized has a bonus disc, but don't feel you need to stick around the whole time. The 10-song album will be done at 10:45 pm East Coast, then it’s on to the 10 bonus tracks.

Hope to see you there,
Sam

Purchase the CD, LP, MD or Name-Your-Price download at:
blacktapeforabluegirl.bandcamp.com

Terrace of Memories, final days

  • August 23, 2023

•  U P D A T E   F R O M   S A M  •


LP Jacket design file, sent to the printer

Hello. There’s 46 hours to go in the Kickstarter for the remastered edition of my 1992 ambient collaboration with vidnaObmana, Terrace of Memories. Join us in creating this physical release in three formats: 140-gram color vinyl (two color variations), CD, and MiniDisc.

The goal was reached and the first stretch goal has nearly been met as well, but we’re not finished here just yet! For the remaining hours the campaign page serves as a preOrder page — new backers are coming on board to join the team that made this possible.

There are 178 backers as I write this. Join us!

Stream & download the remastered album for free at Bandcamp.


Kickstarter backer TC writes:
“I'm so glad to see this campaign has been successful. Terrace of Memories is my all-time favorite ambient work, even more than anything by Eno. On Land comes close… but not quite.”

That's really high praise, thanks! Dirk & I both love hearing how much you enjoy our creation. Thanks to everyone who cares for and believes in Terrace of Memories. All of you made this possible.

Thanks to all who've pledged the Kickstarter. I look forward to a few more joining with us in the next 46 hours.

Mesmerized by the Sirens CD / LP / MD now shipping

  • August 10, 2023

After a successful Kickstarter earlier this year Mesmerized by the sirens is now available in all formats (LP, CD, MiniDisc & Name-Your-Price download) from our Bandcamp Store. Look for it at all streaming & download sites on the August 25th release date.

Black Tape For A Blue Girl: Mesmerized by the sirens

2CD in 6-panel digipak. 140-gram vinyl in two colors. CD and LP at Projekt European Webstore. Name-Your-Price download and all formats at Bandcamp.

“Sadly nostalgic of your loneliest days, gently disturbing music that sends your mind adrift on an ocean of reflection.” — Bside Magazine

More than a reissue, it’s a restoration! This new mix of Black Tape For A Blue Girl’s ethereal, evocative and existential 1987 second album flows upon its haunting thread, revealing the heart of its lush dreamscape atmospheres. Sue-Kenny Smith’s lovely British vocals float upon Sam Rosenthal’s electronic and organic darkwave, tempting within their lush mystery. Oscar Herrera’s passionate, powerful voice propels the majority of the tracks with “The sawdust scatter” capturing a late-80s goth rock aura. Rosenthal’s precise new mix — sourced from the original half-inch 8-track tapes — highlights an album even more enchanting than when first released.

Fire of Renewal writes on Bandcamp: A cherished return to times long gone, the pilgrim of nostalgia remembers. The bittersweet tears flow in heartbreak and ecstasy simultaneously. Such a great album.

Terrace of Memories Kickstarter

  • July 25, 2023

Hi, this is Sam from Black Tape For A Blue Girl. Today I’m inviting you to support the Kickstarter to create a remastered edition of Terrace of Memories, my 1992 collaboration with Dirk Serries (aka: VidnaObmana.) Your donations will make this possible.

Back Kickstarter now

Help bring Terrace of Memories to life

$8000
goal
31%
funded
30
days to go

That $8000 all goes toward manufacturing the three physical formats: 140-gram color vinyl (in 2 color options), CD, and MiniDisc. I’m excited to create this reissue with the help of people who believe in our art and want to see this campaign succeed – people like you!

Stream the remastered Terrace of Memories album now at Bandcamp. While you’re there, RSVP for the July 29 Listening Party. 11am West Coast / 2pm East Coast / 8pm Belgium. Chat with Sam, Dirk, cover model Susan Jennings, & other fans.

Kickstarter is all or nothing; we need your help to reach the goal in order to create the LP, CD, & MiniDisc formats. If you want to go the extra mile you can support at higher levels with CD & LP bundles plus additional Add-Ons to increase your contribution and reward. This lovely new edition will exist through pledges from people like you — our patron of the arts.

Check out the full story at Kickstarter.

Interview in Italy’s Luponair

  • May 8, 2023

A very brief interview for an Italian Radio Show

1. Tell us something about “Could I Stay The Honest One? – 2022 Serpent Version,” the track we aired.

Sam: Thanks for playing the song. The original version was recorded for 1991’s A chaos of desire. I reissued that album on 2LP, MiniDisc & 2CD last year; I thought it would be interesting to re-record songs from the album with the current band, which has completely different members aside from myself. I transferred the 8-track master tape to digital, and started by retaining a few of my piano parts, then replacing everything else. Originally it had a female vocalist, now Jon takes over the passion and intensity of the story about personal failures. Henrik’s strings flesh out the mood in a way that overall the song is more beautiful and yet more depressing than it was 30+ years ago.

2. Are we going to make it on time?

No. Unfortunately not. Humans are not trying hard enough to make it. Still killing each other, religion preventing progress, and generally not saving the planet from our own betrayals. My son is 21. It is horrible to think what the world will be like when he is my age. We’re not going to make it. Failure is guaranteed.

3. Suggest us a record we surely don’t know.
The album I recommend is Player Piano from FUTURISK, a band I knew in the early 80s in South Florida when I was just out of high school. It’s synthwave, synthpop? I think Jeremy called it “Synth Punk” back in the day. It was great to have a local band making music on synthesizers back then, when most bands were playing rock-n-roll on standard rock instruments in dusty bars for country rockers.