From Sam

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The Cleft Serpent

  • July 5, 2021

Sam says: “I’m running the Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign for our new album, The Cleft Serpent.
I’m just so happy with the way it turned out. Jon’s vocals and Henrik’s strings really captured what I was looking for — the mood is sensual and mysterious. Go over to the Kickstarter page, watch the video and make a pledge. Every contribution helps us to the goal; we have to reach $15,000 in order to make the album.

This record weaves the tale of the enigmatic Cleft Serpent, as we follow him through time and space within a lush, dark and romantic musical palette of string-hued Neo-Classicism. It’s rich and engaging; I love hearing Jon DeRosa’s powerful vocals and Henrik Meierkord’s mournful strings twined around my somber electronics.

We’ve imagined a world that truly exists outside of modern time.

The Cleft Serpent has lived many lives before, he is conflicted about living another lifetime aware of the pain he’s fated to inflict. His interaction with The Trickster propels the narrative forward.

I think it’s our best album yet — people who’ve heard it agree!

We’re already 29% of the way to the goal. Please lend your support

  • May 26, 2021

I’ve recorded the vocals for the final song on the new Black Tape For A Blue Girl album. And I have an idea for the cover. Progress.

Live in NYC 2009

  • April 28, 2021

Monday December 7 @ The Delancey in New York City, NY. In my studio closet I found two boxes filled with CDRs from the last 20 years. Audio. Photos. Video! I uploaded this five song show Black Tape For A Blue Girl performed for the 10 Neurotics record release party.

Give it a watch at youTube.

the dark moon (1986)

  • April 20, 2021

Hi. I’m recording the new (13th) BlackTape album with a cellist/violist from Sweden and a vocalist from Los Angeles. All remote. Nothing in person. It’s sounding amazing. It’s a concept album with a character that runs through all of the tracks; I still have to write the lyrics for one more song, I know what it should be about, just haven’t quite worked out how to fit it in. More on this new album soon.

I put some “new” archive music up for my patrons.
For $5 a month, you can listen to 31 exclusive albums, including:

About this exclusive: After The Rope, I planned the next Black Tape For A Blue Girl release as a vinyl EP called The Dark Moon (sometimes called The Dark Months). These late 1986 mixes were digitized from cassette to give you a flashback to that moment, 35 years ago. At this point I’d recorded with Sue (in my college’s audio lab) and also Walter’s guitars. I would record with Oscar the next time I went home to Florida. You’ll recognize these early mixes of pieces from 1987’s Mesmerized by the sirens; I hear that a few of my synth performances are different, early versions.

Sunwashed evening fire VIDEO

  • February 11, 2021

Hi all! In the last couple of days I edited a beautiful video for the first two tracks on my collaboration with Italy’s jarguna: Sunwashed evening fire. jarguna filmed the footage in China, Nepal, Madagascar & Democratic Republic of the Congo; I processed and edited it, creating the flow of this piece. Some of the footage (like the image above) reminds me of Werner Herzog — so intriguing. I watch youTube on my living room TV, it’s really a sight to see this piece on the big screen!

Give it a watch at youTube.

The Sunwashed evening fire album is available on CD and a name-your-price download through Monday. Fan Krylda writes, “This album is a gentle and flowing melodic ride through a series of natural soundscapes that will calm you, reinvigorate you, and send you on a sonic journey that gently glistens and flows around you. This sonic soundscape is unrushed and will reveal its many treasures as you ride though its tracks.”

Here’s a youTube video where Marco / jarguna talks about making incense.

I’ve been working on the new Black Tape For A Blue Girl album. Most of the music is written and recorded, now I’m contemplating the lyrics and theme. It’s a concept album with a consistent character running through all the tracks. That kind of album is always fun to do — also more challenging, figuring out the way to tie it all together.

Could you share this tweet or facebook post about the video. I’m so happy with it, I would love that people see it.

Thanks, stay safe,
Sam

January 2021

  • January 22, 2021

Hi. I hope you’re doing OK in these pandemic times. I’m hunkered down at home in Portland Oregon, mostly working at Projekt, and slowly recording the new Black Tape For A Blue Girl album. As you can see, I don’t post on this blog very often. A great way to keep up with me is to join the exclusive patron area at Bandcamp. For $5 a month you get exclusive music and you can chat with me in the private community area. I recently uploaded some mixes I made of tracks off 2002’s The Scavenger Bride. You can also follow me on twitter, and instagram.

I was busy in 2020, I made a lot of music. There was a new Thanatos collaboration with Pat Ogle, Portland. I released an electronic/ambient collaboration with Jarguna, Sunwashed Evening Fire. And a collaboration with a number of Projekt electronic artists, Tim, where are you now? It’s name-your-price. and I also released a collaboration with Aarktica, Eating Rose Petals which is also name-your-price.

I’m working on new Black Tape For A Blue Girl music. Many of the tracks include cello and strings from Sweden’s Henrik Meierkord who also plays on two tracks on the Tim album. He’s got just the right emotional style for BlackTape, you’re going to love it! I have to start writing lyrics and then record the vocals, things are still a way off. 2021 is the 30th anniversary of A chaos of desire. Before the release of the new BlackTape, I plan a 2LP / CD / digital remastered edition of Chaos. A Kickstarter launches in a few months.

When you purchase something at my bandcamp, you are added to the notification list over there. It’s a great way to support my art, and stay up to date. There are some vintage, and unusual merchandise items available as well.

Thanks. Stay well, and stay in touch.
Sam

Anniversaries

  • September 23, 2020

I am keeping track of Black Tape For A Blue Girl anniversaries. There are 3 in 2021! Planning to crowdfund a deluxe 2LP A chaos of desire remastered reissue.

Full Prague 2011 show added to youTube

  • June 25, 2020

I've added the 2nd show from our 2011 European tour to youTube. It's the entire set. I was watching it on my living room TV last night; it looks & sounds pretty great blown up large. A 50-minute escape from today. In the band: myself, Athan Maroulis & Valerie Gentile. We perform "Remnants of a deeper purity" twice, because the audience in Prague wanted another encore but we didn't have anything else rehearsed.

Thanatos: Portland

  • June 13, 2020

Hello! We’ve launched the crowdfunding/preOrder for Portland, the first recording in 23 years from Thanatos’ original members! Patrick (guitar & vocals) and myself (electronics) recorded 14 new songs including 4 covers, plus two recreations of tracks from our 1993 debut. Visit Bandcamp to preOrder Portland; create your own premium from the ala carte CD, Poster, T-shirt and more. Download the 14-track album immediately; the merchandise ships after we reach the goal and get them manufactured, I’m expecting that to be mid-August.

We’re about 20% to the $2500 goal.

I’m very satisfied with this album — it’s a true follow-up to our two CDs from the early 90s. Thanatos’ return to sparse dark-rock atmospheres!

Thanks for your support,
Sam

Remnants of a deeper purity 3rd pressing

  • May 18, 2020

Hi. I’ve been mixing and mastering two new albums these very strange months. The first is my return to Thanatos. After 23 years, Pat & I have recorded an album of new songs. I’m also wrapping up an electronic/ambient collaboration with Italy’s Jarguna. This album has some parts that I think will remind you of my Terrace of memories collaboration. Stay tuned for more on these two. For today:

Remnants of a deeper purity

Deluxe Vinyl 2-LP (2020 repressing)
Record/Vinyl + Digital Album
$24 at Bandcamp

It’s back in stock!

140 gram on swirled burgundy/red color vinyl. This is the third vinyl edition. I found 75 copies of the first-pressing jacket (with the band name somewhat off-center on the spine). I pressed more vinyl for this edition which includes the 8-page album-sized booklet, a sticker, and the CD in paper sleeve.

The swirled burgundy/red on this pressing is slightly lighter than the previous ones.

Includes unlimited streaming of Remnants of a deeper purity via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.


"In my memories" video at YouTube