Archive for the ‘Blog from Sam’ Category

Jul 12

Would you like a lot more free music? 💰

Here’s exciting news: Shea and I decided that all 2023 Projekt releases will launch as Name-Your-Price downloads at Projekt’s Bandcamp! Crazy! Unheard of! How can you do this?!?! While crunching the sales data on our 2023 releases to date, I discovered that through the generosity of donations from loyal fans (that’s you!) our Name-Your-Price releases do more business (income and downloads) then when I assign a price.

I know! It’s counterintuitive. We’re in the upside down. This is music business 2023!

Friday July 14 is Bastille Day, celebrating a major event in the French Revolution when a bunch of music fans stormed and seized control of the medieval armoury and overthrew the carts of capitalism (maybe I have some of my facts wrong? 🤔). We hope you will join us in celebrating our revolution by exploring the lovely new releases Projekt offers and chip in a little something when you can. Projekt splits your donation 50/50 with the artist; it actually adds up to money! How? ’cause you’re good people, and you support art!

Like you, we feel the lingering upward creep of prices — musical gear expenses and personal expenses — so we understand that not everyone can chip in when they download our music. That’s ok… it does all seem to work out in the end. Do what you can!

Here’s our pièce de résistance for the week: Round Trip was the 2nd cassette released on Projekt (1984) and my first solo album. It’s digitally remastered and Name-Your-Price right now on Bandcamp. On the 14th it will stream at Spotify, Apple Music and everywhere else. Watch this video I recently edited (using stock footage + some of my own shoots) for the synthwave track “Looking Glass.”

We can’t thank you enough for your support!

😘 Sam (and Shea)

Current Name-Your-Price titles:

Sam Rosenthal: Round Trip (1984) • Bandcamp Genres: Minimal Wave, Electronic, Synthwave, Vaporwave. Influenced by John Carpenter and Tangerine Dream soundtracks, Soft Cell minimal synth, and sweeping romantic Jean-Michel Jarre electronics, Round Trip is future Black Tape For A Blue Girl founder Sam Rosenthal’s first foray into electronic music. DELREI: Desolation and Radiation • Bandcamp Post-Punk.com writes: “Bathed in mysterious, electric guitar twangs and spectral tunes dusted with age, DELREI conducts a Spaghetti Western symphony of the post-apocalyptic West. We hear echoes of the iconic compositions of Ennio Morricone, the brooding rock ‘n’ roll vibe of Chris Isaak, the atmospheric melodies of Angelo Badalamenti, the eerie dreamworld of David Lynch (particularly Wild At Heart and Lost Highway,) and the expressive guitar strings of James Wilsey.” Area: Radio Caroline (2023 remaster) • Bandcamp The Chicago Reader’s GOSSIP WOLF column writes: “In the late 1980s, Urbana-Champaign trio Area crafted glistening goth-tinged pop; in retrospect, the work of vocalist Lynn Canfield and multi-instrumentalists Henry Frayne and Steve Jones seems like an obvious precursor to contemporary dream pop and shoegaze. Thanks to a recent placement of the album’s track ‘Head Above Water’ on the Hulu show Cruel Summer, plenty of new fans should be finding their way to Area soon!” Nova Cat Purring Sounds: StellarPurr • Bandcamp Genres: Meditation, relaxation, ASMR, healing, new age. Goldmine writes: “On their second collaboration, Nova Cat and Black Tape For A Blue Girl’s Sam Rosenthal take the purrs to deep space… a symphony for contented kitty and darkly cinematic deep space drifting, through which Nova Cat might be the engines that take you where you’re going. Or might be whatever is waiting when you get there.”

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 12

StellarPurr

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.

ARTIST BIO:

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.” idieyoudie.com says: “A very nice slice of North American Darkwave.” ♬ Arin Aksberg’s It Flows Between Us reviewed at Expose.org: “(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

May 15

Sam Rosenthal – Projekt 40th anniversary (an interview)

May 05

the ProjektList ♬ May 5 2023

From Projekt’s Sam Rosenthal.   

RECENT PROJEKT RELEASES: Aarktica Paeans • Bandcamp name-your-price • Spotify stream< theAdelaidean: Hyperaurea – Echoes of Antarctica • Bandcamp name-your-price • Spotify stream Jeff Greinke: A Thousand Year Flood • Bandcamp CD & Download • Spotify stream

Keep your eyes peeled! Projekt has a string of fantastic new releases for you as we continue into spring. Here in Portland Oregon we had a three day warm spell, and now we’re back to a week of rainy with highs around 60°F. You gotta love the wet and cool to live up here. : )

Aarktica: Paeans 

Name-your-price download & CD at Bandcamp. Karen Vogt, Lost, Found and Lost Again Radio Program says: “Paeans is a sumptuously meditative album that is heart warming, yet elegant. It somehow manages to express aching and longing, while still being soothing and deeply comforting.” There’s an entrancing video for the track “Sky Family” now showing at YouTube. A half dozen questions with Jon DeRosa at The Recoup.

Erik Wøllo Headlines the E-day 2023 concert<

Saturday, May 20 in Eindhoven, Netherlands. It’s sure to be an awesome day! Also on the bill: Beyond Berlin, Martin Stürtzer, Bernd Michael Land. Details at the E-day website.

♬ An 8 minute video (at Facebook) of Steve Roach performing Tuesday at the Ambient Lounge in Tucson.

♬ Attrition brings you Live in The Cage 07.02.2023, available at Bandcamp. The original 80’s ATTRITION line up reformed in 2022, performing at festivals and shows in the UK. The rehearsals in February 2023 were recorded to multitrack and mixed in the Cage by Martin Bowes for this limited editon CD + Digital release.”

♬ Jeff Greinke’s A Thousand Year Flood is reviewed at Exposé. “…a cloudburst of shimmering strings and mysterious cavernous synths, casting light and shadows over swells and scintillations that join earth and space… Punctuated by piano and strings, wrapping itself around the listener like a warm blanket on a starlit vista. The entire album runs with emotion, beauty and mysticism, one will find plenty of the introspective moodscapes that Greinke has come to be known for.” The album has been hovering between #1 and #4 in Amazon’s New Age Category.

♬ New Artist Spotlight has 10 questions with Alan Elettronico. Read on here.

♬ “Future Informing” from Steve Roach’s Rest of Life was featured on the 4-21-23 episode of Music From The Hearts of Space; Episode 1343 is titled Electron Traveler 5.

Steve Roach Live in Los Angeles

Steve Roach returns for his first Los Angeles show in 4 years. Following his filled-to-capacity 2019 Pasadena cathedral event, on June 3rd Roach takes us on a sound journey at the First Congregational Church of Los Angeles in the Westlake neighborhood. The Reflections Concert event sees the church come alive with two hours of truly sublime, otherworldly music, accompanied by immersive, architecturally-mapped light projections.

First Congregational Church of Los Angeles 540 S Commonwealth Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90020 7PM Doors / 8PM Performance Event & ticketing

Projekt electronic/ambient playlists at Spotify & Soundcloud & Pandora three new videos on Projekt’s YouTube playlist

Apr 10

the ProjektList ♬ April 10 2023

From Projekt’s Sam Rosenthal.   

Jeff Greinke: A Thousand Year Flood

#1 selling CD the past 30 days at Projekt. Name-your-price download & CD at Bandcamp. CD at the Projekt European webstore.

Dave Aftandilian writes at Bandcamp: I have been transfixed by Jeff Greinke’s moody gray-sky keyboards for decades, so it’s a real treat to hear him return to Projekt. In his music I feel the ebb and flow of deep emotions drifting just beneath the surface like briny ocean waves surging in one’s heart. Heather Bentley’s lovely cello adds warmth and texture: sunlight bathing the surface of these deep waters. Chamber music ambience for melancholy wide-eyed explorers of inner and outer weather.

Chuck van Zyl writes at Star’s End: This Ambient Music builds and shapes, breathes and sighs, blooms and sleeps, then detours into unexpected zones, tones, textures and states – leaving behind nothing more than a mysterious human trace… rom the vaporous, melodious piano, synths and strings, to the sonic shapes at the edge of perception, it reduces geometries while transforming the phenomenon of sound into another, finer reality.

Peter Phippen: Ghosts

Download at Bandcamp.

Peter Thelan writes at Exposé: The sounds of his solo flute improvisations are at once mysterious, graceful, refined, and captivating, the sound surrounding the listener like a warm blanket on a cold starlit night from the top of a precipice, the waves of shimmering sonic beauty wafting across the sky.

Interview with Peter at Volume One. “These antique flutes have been around a long time, and they were owned by many people before me,” he explained. “I believe each one has its own spirit like each human being has its own personality.”

Peter Phippen live this weekend, collaborating with Victoria Shoemaker: Horizon Flute School Summit, April 14 – 16 in Hiawatha, Iowa. Details at Peter’s website.

♬ Steve Roach’s Rest of Life is release of the month at Musique Machine. “… find (yourself) immersed in a kind of time that is both present and eternal, where you are both fully cognizant and yet totally freed from any specific object of contemplation.”

♬ Voltaire live in Portland & Seattle this weekend. Friday April 14 @ The Coffin Club, Portland, OR. Saturday April 15 @ El Corazon, Seattle WA. All Ages show.

♬ Lorenzo Montanà contributes a track to Silent Records’ digital compilation, 80 Years of Sunshine, release date is this Friday, April 14.

♬ Sean Williams (composing as “theadelaidean”) invites listeners into ambient spaces inspired by his voyage to Casey research station as the 2017 Australian Antarctic Divisions’ Arts Fellow. Thursday 22 June 2023 at Flinders University Museum of Art. His tenth album for Projekt Records, Hyperaurea: Echoes of Antarctica reflects on his experiences during the fellowship and, fittingly, is as vast and mysterious as the continent that inspired it, running for just under four hours. This presentation includes the album in its entirety, with a visual response created by Shane Bevin that references in part the diaries of Professor John Long, transforming the FUMA gallery into a celebration of Midwinter’s Day that the audience can enter and leave at will.

Steve Roach Live in Los Angeles

Steve Roach returns for his first Los Angeles show in 4 years. Following his filled-to-capacity 2019 Pasadena cathedral event, on June 3rd Roach takes us on a sound journey at the First Congregational Church of Los Angeles in the Westlake neighborhood. The Reflections Concert event sees the church come alive with two hours of truly sublime, otherworldly music, accompanied by immersive, architecturally-mapped light projections.

First Congregational Church of Los Angeles 540 S Commonwealth Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90020 7PM Doors / 8PM Performance Event & ticketing

Webstore Top-5 • past 30 days

#1 Jeff Greinke: A Thousand Year Flood #2 Chuck van Zyl: Live On Star’s End 2021-2022 (3CD) #3 Cosmic Ground: Entropy #4 Cosmic Ground: Soil 3 #5 Steve Roach: Rest of Life (2CD)

Two new videos on Projekt’s YouTube playlist:

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Mar 23

the ProjektList 💌 Steve Roach Live, Erik Wøllo video, & more great music (3-23-23)

From Projekt’s Sam Rosenthal.

A lot of excitement over at Projekt around Steve Roach’s recent 2CD release, Rest of Life. It’s been getting phenomenal feedback from fans, selling like hotcakes, and was selected as Echoes Radio‘s March CD of the Month. John Diliberto (of Echoes) posted his interview with Steve & Linda as a podcast he writes: “In 1984 Steve Roach released what remains one of his two best known recordings, Structures from Silence. Now, nearly 40 years later he returns to that sound on the album, Rest of Life. It’s a double CD of mostly quiet and deep ruminations. There’s no digeridoos or modular synthesizers, but there is the electric violin of his wife, Linda Kohanov. From their home in the Arizona desert, they talk about revisiting the spirit of Structures, and horses.”

Steve Roach Live in Los Angeles

Steve Roach returns for his first Los Angeles show in 4 years. Following his filled-to-capacity 2019 Pasadena cathedral event, on June 3rd Roach takes us on a sound journey at the First Congregational Church of Los Angeles in the Westlake neighborhood. The Reflections Concert event sees the church come alive with two hours of truly sublime, otherworldly music, accompanied by immersive, architecturally-mapped light projections.

First Congregational Church of Los Angeles 540 S Commonwealth Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90020 7PM Doors / 8PM Performance Event & ticketing

Steve Roach Live in Tucson @ Ambient Lounge

The next Ambient Lounge on April 4 features sets by electric-ambient violist Linda Kohanov, atmospheric electro acoustic artist Chris Meyer and artist-in-residence Steve Roach. This night in the monthly series in the elegant Century Room at the historic Congress Hotel in downtown Tucson is going to be a dynamic experience within the deep end of all things immersive. Linda will be expanding her recent contributions to the album Rest of Life, while Steve continues to use the lounge to expand and develop new as well as established pieces for the live experience. Tickets here, and at the door if any are left.

     Could you do us a favor?      I figure you probably picked up Rest of Life direct from Steve, or from Projekt’s website, however over at Amazon the release looks very lonely without a single fan review. Could you write something? It doesn’t need to be journalism, just a reflection of your feelings on the album. The words of other fans helps prospective buyers get a feeling for the release and perhaps purchase with their Prime account. Thanks so much for this.

💌 This is your last call for a name-your-price download on It Flows Between Us, by Arin Aksberg. Genres: Neo-Classical, Post-Rock, Ambient, Minimalism. Lisamary Wichowski writes on Bandcamp: A great deal of depth and maturity here. Complex and emotionally (but not musically) raw at times, lovely throughout. I look forward to more.”

💌 I (Sam) edited a lovely & romantic visual representation of Erik’s stellar new single, “Le Paysage.” Watch at YouTube.

💌 Peter Phippen has an upcoming show collaborating with Victoria Shoemaker: Horizon Flute School Summit, April 14 – 16 in Hiawatha, Iowa. Details at Peter’s website.

💌 theAdelaidean (with his writing hat on) has a new season of The Word Docs beginning right now. This podcast, produced and edited by him with co-presenters Amy and Alex, explores the publishing industry through multiple lenses, and is a lot of fun! First episode here.

💌 “Diva” from Alan Elettronico’s 2021 Projekt album Electric Mind laid over a scene from Wednesday. Watch at Facebook or Instagram. Alan writes, “The song was heavily influenced by Crystal Castles, one of my favourite bands for the use of synthetized speech in music.”

💌 Cherry Stars Collide – Dream Pop, Shoegaze & Ethereal Rock 1986-1995. This is a really stellar 4CD Compilation for England’s Cherry Red Records. Release date is March 31. It includes tracks from four Projekt releases. Disk 1, track 3, Area’s “With Louise.” Disc 3, track 3, Lycia’s “Ionia.” Disc 3, track 14, Love Spirals Downwards’ “Stir About The Stars” (name on cover, as well.) Disc 4, Track 16, This Ascension’s “August Rain.”<

💌 Episode 26 of French radio show Solénopole includes tracks from Steve Roach and Erik Wøllo. Their website links to the many places you can stream the show, including Mixcloud.

Mar 10

the ProjektList 🚀 3-9-23

From Projekt’s Sam Rosenthal

☀️ Today is the retail release date for Steve’s 2CD Rest of Life. It’s a beautiful & subtle album that has been getting really great support and interest from the listeners at Bandcamp. postthispostthat writes, It’s like sitting on a train and instead of seeing landscape go by, it is your thought and memories seen through this window. I think I could listen to this sat quite comfortably for the rest of my life. mdbevilacqua writes, Another timeless journey that ends up in enlightenment. Order the 2CD at the Projekt website, and Projekt’s European Website. Digital & CD at Projekt’s Bandcamp. Stream it at Spotify, Pandora, and Amazon Music.

Musique Machine writes: The music overtakes with a subtlety that is rare among contemporary practitioners of the genre. To “listen” to Rest of Life is to be plunged into a temporality that is entirely out of step with that of everyday experience, hurried along by tasks and goals that put one squarely on the path of a time pre-determined, all too aware of where things are headed and why. …it was unavoidable – the feeling of having escaped some internal, ideological structure of time while listening. … Very highly recommended for fans of Roach’s previous works, and for anyone who is ready to hear what the rest holds. ☀️ Steve Roach’s “The Drift Home” is getting a lot of spins on Apple’s Ambient Chill playlist

☀️ Germany’s Schallwelle is the most important prize for electronic music in Europe. This year, two Projekt artists top the Best Ambient Album category:     #1 Ian Boddy & Erik Wøllo – Revolve     #2 Steve Roach—What Remains

☀️ Arin Aksberg’s debut is Projekt’s #1 title at Bandcamp this month, and it’s name-your-price. It Flows Between Us is the sound of duality — neo-classical piano-based tracks and compositional ambient pieces juxtapose with occasional post-rock tones that originate within ethereal spaces before venturing into the depths of darkness. Dave Aftandilian writes, I love the gentleness and fragility of Aksberg’s keyboards. His closely observed compositions powerfully capture the fleeting beauty of a precise moment, showing how important it is that we pay attention to the world with wide-eyed wonder so that we do not miss the uniqueness of each sparkling fractal snowflake before it melts, or the hushed brilliance of the sun-diamonds on the wave-tips before their shimmering fades into darkness.

☀️ A video for “Eternal chronology” from Projekt’s recent Aglaia release is now playing at YouTube..

☀️Deepspace’s Superradiance selected as one of the “Best new release 2022 – WPPM Sound and Vision

☀️ Great comments about Byron Metcalf & Shane Morris’s Ancestral Resonance at Bandcamp. John Wolfe writes, As a forest elder this ole spirit gravitates towards the infinite beat. This production feels very intuitive in its presentation.There is also a deep understanding of ancient tribal respect for coming together in its presentation.F amiliar with both artist, it becomes a very special journey. Frank Inzan Owen (Hidden Mountain) writes: A stunning, visceral journey of depth and breadth. Stretches the dreamingbody across vistas of space-time.  

☀️ Exposé reviews Jarguna: My Temple 2 is a single long form, a cascade of slow moving floating ambient chords occasionally mixed with mysterious field recordings and duly informed by metallic sounding textures that fold gently into the fabric of the piece. Amongst Jungles is more of an electronic album in the classic sense of the word, with clusters of bold colors dancing across the listener’s field of vision and bristling arrangements of sequential evocations, swirling around inside the overall immersive experience.

☀️ Projekt has 5 albums on the One World Music Albums Chart for February 2023.     #41 Paulina Fae – Dreamwalkers Instrumental     #53 Lorenzo Montana – Decorar Silenzio     #57 Erik Wøllo – The Shape of Time     #79 Byron Metcalf/Shane Morris – Ancestral Resonance     #83 Jarguna/Nicola Serena – Amongst Jungles

☀️ Sam interviewed on Mind Body Spirit. Host Diane Ray is somebody he’s known since 1st grade. A full hour dedicated to Projekt’s 40th.

Listening Booth Playlists at Spotify and Soundcloud and Pandora and YouTube.  

RECENT PROJEKT RELEASES: Arin Aksberg: It Flows Between Us Steve Roach: Rest of Life 2CD

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Feb 15

the ProjektList 🚀 2-15-23

From Projekt’s Sam Rosenthal. Hi all….. middle of February already, wow! This year is coming on fast! Lots of new Projekt musicfor you to enjoy…so much to talk about…

☀️ This is your last call for a name-your-price download on Amongst Jungles, the recent collaboration between Jarguna and Nicola Serena. Grab it during these final days.Tango Mango writes on Bandcamp: “It’s chilled and intricate at the same time. Have to say, Vegetal Sculpture took me way back to Gong/Hillage albums. Bless their socks.” Styles: Electronic, ambient, space music. Dave Aftandilian writes on Bandcamp: “Fascinating ambient visions of a future when the worlds of nature and society become so intertwined that the borders between them disappear. There is some darkness here: shadowed places with unknown, unsavory denizens. But mostly the feeling is exploratory, hopeful, and transformative: warm tears of rain glossing a leaf, dropping to the dirty pavement, then moistening a seed in a crack that becomes a green shoot shining amongst the gray.”

☀️ Last weekend’s Hearts of Space radio show included four tracks from Erik Wøllo’s new album the Shape of Time, as well as a track from Blue Radiance. HOS has an Online subscription thingie.

☀️ Steve Roach’s “Towards the Blue — 2021 Remastered” (from Quiet Music) is the opening track on Spotify’s Ambient 1980s playlist.

☀️ KKUP’s Contemplation Connection played music Peter Phippen, Ivar Lunde, Jr.’s Into the Ancient, Forrest Fang’s Forever Cascades, and Steve Roach’s Ambient Church.

☀️ Peter Phippen has an upcoming show collaborating with Victoria Shoemaker: Horizon Flute School Summit, April 14 – 16 in Hiawatha, Iowa. Details at Peter’s website.

☀️ Phippen, Crawford & Lunde Jr’s Galaxies is available from the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library in Eau Claire, WI, as part of their Sawdust City Sounds program. Check it out (literally!) here.

☀️ 80’s-alternative-themed Sirius XMshow Slicing Up Eyeballs posted about Black Tape For A Blue Girl’s Mesmerized by the Sirens Kickstarter, which is almost to the goal with two weeks to go! Support the CD, LP (in two color variations) & MiniDisc.

☀️ An in depthtribute to classic Projekt artist Soul Whirling Somewhere at Svmusica.

☀️ Ashkelon Sain of Trance to the Sun has launched a new darkwave instrumental project named Solara Obscura. A digital single is available, and theyperformMarch 11 at Portland’s Coffin Club.

☀️ Wonderful review of Deepspace’s The Blue Dunes at Exposé Online. “…uniformly excellent, tapping into that subconscious wonderworld of sound that guides the listener along on an explorative floating ambient journey. The Blue Dunes represents a glacial moving sonic sculpture that will quite intentionally alter the listener’s mood and consciousness.”

☀️Erik Wøllo’s the Shape Of Time in Darkroom magazine, Italy

☀️ Great review of Byron Metcalf & Shane Morris’s Ancestral Resonance at Exposé Online. “…dreamy and quixotic, each of the eight long tracks offering a shadowy path through the dark moonlit night, with echoes of mysticism and exotic power that echo primal and hypnotic emotions from deep in the soul. Every additional spin offers further insights into a hidden secret world known only to our distant ancestors. A brilliant and epic journey through the past.”

☀️ Italy’s Hic Sunt Leones released Eight Parts of Reality by AGLAIA, at Bandcamp.

☀️ Peter Phippen’s new album Ghosts is name-your-price at Bandcamp.Samedited avideo with footage of Peter performing “Inside the Underworld” in the studio integrated with cool imagery. video at YouTube:

☀️ Pavel Zelinka’s posted his “40th Anniversary Projekt!” Radio Show. It’s on Český Rozhlas, the public radio broadcaster of the Czech Republic operating since 1923. It is the oldest radio broadcaster in continental Europe and the second oldest in Europe after the BBC! Listen to the Projekt episode of Art Cafe.

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Playlists at Spotify and Soundcloud and Pandoraand YouTube.

Out & upcoming Projekt releases:

Jarguna and Nicola Serena: Amongst Jungles Byron Metcalf & Shane Morris: Ancestral Resonance Peter Phippen: Ghosts Erik Wøllo: The Le Paysage Single Arin Aksberg: It Flows Between Us • March 3