Archive for June 2023 | Monthly archive page

Jun 30

Projekt 20%-Off Sale

Fine Print:

1 Sale applies to everything in Projekt’s Bandcamp PHYSICAL ITEMS tab except the first two items:

2 Sale does not include these recent releases: Jeff Greinke A THOUSAND YEAR FLOOD and Steve Roach MYSTIC CHORDS & SACRED SPACES 4CD edition

3 Use code “ julysale “ during checkout

4 Last I heard, discount codes still don’t work on the mobile app; you need to use the web browser to redeem codes. That’s something Bandcamp really needs to fix 😊. Let us know in the comments here if the code worked for you at mobile.

5 Sale ends at Noon (West Coast USA Time Zone) Wednesday July 5, 2023.

Jun 15

Projekt featured in Goldmine

Projekt Records turns 40 in 2023!

40 albums that honor Projekt Records’ 40 years of darkwave, goth and more

Founder Sam Rosenthal talks Goldmine through the pioneering label’s history, and then we pick 40 recommendations from the label’s 650-plus darkwave, goth, electronic/ambient recordings. by Dave Thompson.

Read it at Goldmine Magazine

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Jun 12


Here’s something fun for your Sunday! It’s Sam’s new collaboration with his kitty Nova. Download the album name-your-price or stream at Bandcamp, stream the album at Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora, etc, watch the video for “Interstellar Purr (with Ambient Music)” at YouTube.

Genres: Meditation, relaxation, ASMR, healing, new age

On their second collaboration, Nova Cat and Black Tape For A Blue Girl’s Sam Rosenthal take the purrs to deep space. The first track is Nova’s raspy purr on its own, the ideal accompaniment to sleep, study and healing work. On the lengthy additional tracks (10:30 and 26:34 respectively), the purrs are processed and accompanied by Rosenthal’s deep space ambient music. Sonically, it’s a bit like a super-mellow version of his As Lonely As Dave Bowman project with purrs keeping the stellar motor humming.

Cat purrs relax and stimulate the brain through their rhythmic repetitions. With close-miking recordings and subtle harmonic EQs, the experience is intimate and comforting.


Nova Cat is a 18-year-old (88 in human years) American Shorthair Tuxedo Cat with a distinctive raspy purr attributed to an health issue. Along with her collaborator Sam Rosenthal, she created these close-miked recordings utilizing subtle harmonic EQ shaped for relaxation and brain stimulation through rhythmic repetitions. Following lengthy negotiations upon the release of her 2022 debut, Nova Cat reluctantly agreed to Rosenthal’s addition of ambient music to two tracks on her sophomore effort.

Sam was interviewed by I’ve Pet That Cat, a Twitter profile from a kid named Nigel who shares cats. The interview was used as source for the 280-character tweet. Here’s the full thing:

Q: How did you get your cat? Sam: I adopted Nova from the Oregon Human Society here in Portland. She was 14, she’s now 18. I adopt older kitties because they need love and a good home too. My partner Mercy and I make up stories about what her life was like before we met her. Who she lived with, what it was like at their house, things like that.

Q: What is your cat’s personality? Sam: Nova is very sweet. In fact she’s sitting between my arms purring, as I type this. She loves sitting on the couch in the living room, watching the world go by.

Q: What makes your cat happy? Sam: The aforementioned couch, and sitting in the sun.

Q: Do you have any funny stories about your cat? Sam: At night before bed I give Nova her thyroid medicine by rubbing it in her ear. After that, we play a game where I slide treats across the kitchen floor and she chases them. Often she sits in one spot and stops the treats with her paw like a soccer player.

Q: What is your favorite thing about your cat? Sam: She’s a sweetie. She loves having a nice home at her age.

Q: How did you decide to record Nova’s purrs? Sam: After Nova’s medical issue was addressed her purr grew more raspy and loud. My partner and I love hearing her purr, and we talked about recording it. As a musician I thought it would be fun to make an album of her purrs so others could hear Nova. It seemed like a fun idea. To add variety I included my own ambient music on some of the tracks on the debut. On her new album STELLARPURR there are three songs, two are long and are made up of purrs & music, such as the video for “Interstellar Purr (with Ambient Music).”

Q: Does Nova like the purring music? SAM: I think so. Sometimes when I’m playing the tracks at my desk, she’ll jump up and purr along with it.

Q: What makes Nova purr the most? SAM: Human interaction. Laying on her side on the couch, pawing at the back while getting pets. Thanks for asking me about Nova and our album. Pet your kitty for me. Sam

Track Listing: 1. Interstellar Purr 06:20 2. Interstellar Purr (with Ambient Music) 10:28 | YouTube video 3. Stellar Purr (with Ambient Music) 26:34

Your Bandcamp donation buys Nova her favorite treat, Churu.

Jun 08

🚧 the ProjektList ♬ June 8 2023 🚧

Projekt welcomes new artist DELREI to the label! Stay tuned for his debut album later this month. The shadowy twang of electric guitars, the dusty spectral melodies, the driving orchestral timpani, the rural instruments like harmonica & mouth harp… with these elements DELREI orchestrates a mythic dystopian western of the future. Italy’s Alessandro Mercanzin plays with genres, avoiding and embracing the cliches of Italian Spaghetti Westerns, Americana, & blues rock. Follow DELREI: Facebook / Instagram

Projekt Records turns 40. I was interviewed for the On the Edge Radio show, the first hour is Projekt music and me reminiscing; the episode streams here (at the bottom where it says “Sunday May 28th with Zuul”) and a 12-minute excerpt at Soundcloud. I did an interview with Sound & Shadows, at their webpage & YouTube video. Shea & I did our first-ever joint interview with DJ Nocturna for The Queen of Wands podcast; watch on YouTube and playlist & podcasts webpage. I was interviewed on Dark Entries radio show for World Goth Day, streaming on their website.

Here’s a cool flashback! I was interviewed with Lisa Feuer on Bob Westphal’s The Shape of Things to Come radio show back on July 27 2001. So many lifetimes ago! Listen to the full show on Mixcloud.

Aarktica: Paeans

Download at Bandcamp • Great review from the Dusted Website: One of the most distinct and striking things about Jon DeRosa’s work as Aarktica has always been the way he blends more ‘pure’ ambient material with songs, both his own and others (everyone from Danzig to Peruvian shamanic songwriter Artur Mena). The new Paeans actually marks the first Aarktica LP without DeRosa’s vocals since his debut, 2000’s No Solace for Sleep. Coming on the heels of last year’s magnificent We Will Find the Light, this record could have just felt like a post-banquet digestif, but instead it’s a reminder of the beautiful, clear atmospheres DeRosa can make with just his guitar (here ably assisted by Henrik Meierkord on cello and viola). Whether it’s going Ashra-stratospheric on “Arcturan Transmission” or drifting towards Stars of the Lid on “Golden Hour at Pyramid House,” the result is a reminder of how vital his ambient work is.

Alio Die & Lorenzo Montanà: Dialogue of Water

CD & 2-CD bundle at Projekt • CD, 2-CD bundle & download at Bandcamp • CD at Projekt’s European Webstore. Tomorrow, June 9th, Dialogue will be available at all digital streaming and download platforms. Watch the video for “Cave Chasm Recall (Radio Edit)” at YouTube. The third collaborative work from Italian artists Alio Die and Lorenzo Montanà. The eight electro-acoustic pieces move through pure ambient streams, almost ancestral, evolving out of time. It’s a fluid, beatless territory that drifts, in the course of seventy minutes, through pure ambient vistas and the call-to-prayer feel of sacredly inspired music.

♬ Steve Roach’s Facebook Page has video excerpts from his fabulous Los Angeles concert last weekend.< ♬ Loren Norell interviewed on the Tones and Drones podcast. It’s available on Spotify, Apple, and here as well. ♬ Athan Maroulis’ NOIR have a new 6-song EP on Bandcamp and Spotify. Among other great tracks, it includes an acoustic version of the PsychFurs “Love My Way.” says: “A very nice slice of North American Darkwave.” ♬ Arin Aksberg’s It Flows Between Us reviewed at “(The fact that his hometown is) so far north and relatively isolated probably has a good deal to do with the nature of the music here on It Flows Between Us, Aksberg’s first release, where introspective minimalist piano shares a space with reflective ambient pieces, often together, with hints of experimentalism and dreamlike surrealism.” Available from Projekt’s Bandcamp or stream at all streaming sites, including YouTube.

Projekt Bandcamp top-10 for last 30 days

1 Steve Roach: Mystic Chords & Sacred Spaces (complete edition) (4CD) 2 Aglaia: Along the vast ancient river (download) 3 Alio Die & Lorenzo Montanà: Dialogue of Water (download) 4 theAdelaidean: Hyperaurea (download) 5 Stratosphere: Cyclus (name-your-price download) 6 Steve Roach: Mystic Chords & Sacred Spaces (name-your-price download) 7 Aarktica: Paeans (download) 8 Alio Die & Lorenzo Montanà: Dialogue of Water + Threshold (CD 2-pack) 9 jarguna: Granular Day in the Blue (download) 10 Alio Die & Lorenzo Montanà: Dialogue of Water (CD

Projekt electronic/ambient playlists

at & Soundcloud & Pandora Projekt > Italian Groto playlist at Spotify and AppleMusic