From Sam

My Patrons’ small monthly donation helps to fund the creation of my art. They get additional music posted privately at Bandcamp. Join for as little as $5 a month. It’s a helpful way to keep the art flowing.

People ask about the origin of the band name. This blog post answers that, kind of.

New mixes of two tracks from THE ROPE

  • May 17, 2024
New mixes of two tracks from THE ROPE

★ NAME-YOUR-PRICE DOWNLOAD AT BANDCAMP
1. Within these walls (2024 mix)
2. Seven days till sunrise (2024 mix

2024 mixes of two tracks off 1986’s debut The Rope. The 2024 mixes are more distinct, you can hear all the parts clearly. Oscar and I think these versions are an improvement, even if perhaps it loses some of the “charm” of the poorly recorded & mixed 1986 version (I mixed the entire album in two hours back in the day. That’s unheard of!)

In May of 2023, Cherry Red Records asked me to contribute “Within these walls” to a 4CD Darkwave compilation. I decided to offer them a new mix as well as the original mix, and they could pick which they preferred. I was motivated to try the new mix because I wanted to dive into the original 1986 Fostex cassette 4-track master to see what I could do with it. This was an experiment towards the idea of creating a new mix of the entire THE ROPE album for the 40th anniversary in 2026.

Streaming at SpotifyAppleYouTubePandora • etc

Here’s the collection:
No Songs Tomorrow – Darkwave, Ethereal Rock And Coldwave 1981-1990
4CD Box Set From Projekt or Cherry Red.

S T A Y T U N E D :

I launch my next Kickstarter on June 18. It’s the 2LP/CD/MD edition of 1999’s As one aflame laid bare by desire. “A symphonic mix of poetic vocals and ethereal atmosphere.” — L.A. Weekly

As one aflame laid bare by desire (25th anniversary Kickstarter)

  • March 31, 2024


In mid-June, I’m launching the Kickstarter for the remastered 2LP / CD edition of 1999’s As one aflame laid bare by desire. If you’d like to be notified when the Kickstarter is live, click sr.projekt @ gmail.com to create a message in your email browser.

Earlier this year I digitized the album’s 1/2-inch 8-track multi-track master tapes at Electrical Audio; I also digitized all my DAT tapes from that era, with early song ideas, demo recordings + the final mixes. My generous patrons provided the funds to do the tape transfers; they’re listening to exclusive digital albums of the DAT tapes. You can hear them too by becoming a $5 a month Patron.

Right now, Martin Bowes from Attrition is mastering the album; I made new mixes of two tracks that needed the vocals a bit louder. I’m prepping the Kickstarter for June. Stay tuned! Sam

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.