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Because of ever-rising postage costs, and increased customs/duties, it has grown less economical for Projekt’s European fans to purchase from this America-based website. As of September 7 2018, we launched our collaboration with DeeJayDead in Germany. It’s the European Webstore for Projekt & Timeroom releases. DJD’s Owner Jan ships out packages every day to happy European customers.
Advantages over purchasing from our US webstore:
1 great shipping rates: GERMAN customers: flat €2.99 shipping rate for all orders under €50, from €50 free of charge. EU customers: €4.99 up to 500g; €7.99 for up to 1000g (1 Kilo)
2 faster delivery Orders placed weekdays before 2pm ship the same day!
If you have any questions, contact: email@example.com
The European shop is not stocking our shirts or offering bundle prices. While their prices are somewhat higher than the US-webstore, the postage is so much lower that it works out to a better price overall.click Projekt’s European website to visit.
Original Post from 8-30-2018
I’m very excited about this new development to help out our European fans.
For 35 years, Projekt has shipped orders to our customers in Europe (our orders are filled by Joe out of his shop in Philadelphia, PA.) There was a time when Projekt’s price + shipping was cheaper than what customers paid in their local record stores for our CDs + VAT (Value-Added Tax). Postage has gotten so expensive (approx: $14 for one CD, $24 for three CDs), that we sense it has dramatically decreased the number of sales we make in Europe. Recently, a couple of customers also had to pay customs at the post office in order to get their package, the cost almost equaled the price of the merchandise they ordered.
Looking for solutions, my good friend Sebastian at our European distributor (Audioglobe in Italy) hooked me up with one of his best customers, a webstore in Germany. We quickly worked out the details, and within two weeks we’ll launch Projekt’s European webstore with preOrders for the new Black Tape For A Blue Girl and LYCIA.
Our partner gets shipments twice a week from Sebastian, offers low shipping rates, and orders placed weekdays before 2pm ship the same day! We’ll work closely with them to once again make things easy for our continental customers.
The European Webstore will carry 283 of our titles: almost all Projekt CDs plus all CDs from Steve Roach’s Timeroom label. They will not stock shirts, some almost out of print titles, and won’t offer bundle pricing. However their website does stock 8000 items! It’ll be your one-stop shop to get our CDs/LPs and the goth/darkwave titles you are looking for. Plus a growing selection of electronic/ambient releases.
This is going to be great. Stay tuned for the announcement.
You like tea. You like ambient/electronic music. Let’s put them together! With every $35+ order, our friends at Mandala Tea are giving you a CD copy of Mark Seelig’s Disciple, “Electronic Music immersed in traditional Indian Raga styles.”
I’m going to be in New Orleans
This Friday, August 31st, I’ll be in New Orleans for a 6pm meet-n-greet at Skully’z Records, 907 Bourbon St, New Orleans, 70116-3120; 504-592-4666 Facebook event page. Join me and Mercy West, Black Tape For A Blue Girl’s These fleeting moments and To touch the milky way cover model. Spread the word!
On Saturday, I was listening to music here at home and it occurred to me, “Wow! Over the years Projekt has released a number of cool albums of Italian ambient/electronic music.” Earthy, textural, enveloping soundtracks. Then I thought, “I wonder if people have noticed these acts and albums that stylistically fit together?” Then I got back to enjoying my weekend 🙂 … Yesterday I was talking with a label-owning friend and I mentioned Projekt’s Spotify playlists, and the lightbulb went off. Of course! Curating a playlist of these artists from Italy is the way to get the word out about their fantastic albums. That’s what I did! The playlist is currently two hours long, I’ll be adding more tracks regularly. If there’s a track (on Projekt or not on Projekt) that you think fits the sound, please email me with a link, and I’ll see about adding it.
Give it a listen: Italian Grotto
To launch the playlist I’ve set these three Projekt releases (from Italian artists) to name-your-price on Bandcamp (for a limited time).
Lorenzo Montanà : phase IX | CD on sale for $9, name-your-price download at Bandcamp.
jarguna and Friends: Trapped Vol. 1 | name-your-price download at Bandcamp.
Alio Die & Sylvi Alli: Amidst the Circling Spires | name-your-price download at Bandcamp.
This weekend Steve performs two sold out shows in Santa Fe, NM. Both concerts will be broadcast live on SomaFM’s Space Station Soma at 8pm Mountain Time (7pm Pacific; 10pm Eastern). Pre and post show will be on SomaFM Live starting an hour before.
Steve says, “These Return To The Dreamtime concerts center around expanded and evolved pieces from Dreamtime Return. The set constantly emerges throughout the weekend, a breathing occurrence connected to the flow of the return to the dreamtime.”
(live photo above by Candice @ Journeyscapes Radio)
Return to the Dreamtime and Electron Birth
Two new albums on Steve’s Timeroom label available individually or in a $25 combo pack. Return to the Dreamtime (2CD $17) presents expanded and evolved pieces from Dreamtime Return, created live at the Galactic Center, Tucson AZ, Feb 10, 2018. Electron Birth (CD $14) is a mesmerizing masterpiece of multi-dimensional analog sequencer-spun music connecting directly to Steve’s passion for the interweaving of pure emotion, energy, delicate grace and driving flow.
pre-Order, estimated late-August shipping
jarguna and Friends: Trapped (on CD)
jarguna is Italian sound-artist Marco Billi: ethno-organic-ambient-electronic music in a mandala-like hymn to ethnic, tribal, ritual music. It’s a journey of sounds, feelings, contrasts, acoustics and electronics. TRAPPED Vol 1 and Vol 2 are collaborations with like-minded creators. These releases are limited edition run of 100 4-panel digipaks. These are CD-rs replicated at a pressing plant, not a CD run with a glassmaster.
While Supplies Last! This is a box of 10 random CDs available at our Bandcamp store.
• For USA orders, Media Mail postage is $3.50 • Export customers please note that shipping is expensive! This item weighs over a pound: Canada = $16, rest of world = $23.50 • 10 CDs in the box. 7 of the CDs are darkwave/goth/ethereal, 2 of the cds are ambient-electronic, 1 of the CDs is from a darkwave late we used to distribute in the webstore. • I pre-made these boxes from overstock CDs. I cannot put specific titles in for you. • Barcodes are struck with a black pen. • 8 of of the CDs are in digipaks or ecoWallets. 2 CDs were removed from jewel boxes (this saves on postage). • If you purchase two boxes, you will receive the same titles twice. • No refunds or replacements except if you receive a defective title. Then you will be issued a $2 refund.
And also, for a limited time…
Exclusively available at the Projekt Bandcamp Store. CD = $9 / download = name-your-price! This is the original 1998 jewel-box release, with the metallic logo ink on the black and white cover. These are newly replicated CDs, assembled by hand by Sam. They are *not* shrinkwrapped, to save a little garbage from going into the landfill.
Sale ends Thursday July 19 at Noon East Coast Time
Peek A Boo writes: Canadian musician and illustrator Paulina Cassidy has just released her second solo album on the beloved US label Projekt Records. Drawing Up A Storm is twelve beautiful tracks that go from instrumental soundscapes to more song-oriented compositions but always very atmospheric and dream-like.
It’s easy to pigeonhole Cassidy’s music as fairy-like and there’s definitely a certain otherworldly quality to it, especially thanks to its connection with her work as a visual artist and illustrator, which always conveys a certain late-XIX century fairytale atmosphere. And yet her music is much more than that. Her use of electronic beats, synths and samples is fantastic (for example in tracks like ‘Ocean Nymph’ or ‘Seahorses’) and shows that she’s paying attention to contemporary electronic music and possibly also to impossible-to-classify artists like the Finnish producer Lau Nau (whose latest album I also reviewed here) and especially fellow Canadian band Tasseomancy, with whom she definitely shares a similar approach. All this reminds us that Projekt was always a very forward-looking and experimental label, especially in the nineties (what other Darkwave label could have released a band like lovesliescrushing, for example?). So this album sits well with both contemporary Dream Pop, and with the rest of the Projekt legacy.
From Projekt’s Sam Rosenthal:
There’s an ongoing fascination with 90s-era Projekt releases. For aficionados of those releases, here’s something really interesting! It’s a set of never-before-seen images from the photoshoot for one of Projekt’s iconic 90s albums! It’s been 24 years since the release of LYCIA’s A Day in the Stark Corner; back in 1993 Susan Jennings and I went out to the desert to shoot the cover photos. When I was redesigning the cover for the reissue, I asked Susan to digitize the 3 rolls of film we shot that day, 80 images in all. On this page you can see the progression of our ideas with 24 images in the order they were taken. All images are presented full frame (not cropped). I think it’s remarkable to peek into this moment in time in a way I didn’t think I would experience again. Enjoy!
If you have any questions you’d like to ask Susan and me, send a message; we’ll add your question and the answer to the page.
On the follow-up to Ionia, Mike Van Portfleet continues his pursuit of an apocalyptic landscape of extremes in which rich gothic guitars and intense rhythms divulge a world of bleak desperation; with that unmistakeable unnerving whispered voice. Peter Steele of Type-O Negative said about Stark Corner: “Such simple hypnotic beats, everything is drowned in reverb. Yet, the emotion comes through so loud and clear. It’s just devastating, as beautiful as it is devastating.”
Monday May 7, 4-5pm PST on Portland’s XRAY FM, Sam Rosenthal (founder of Portland-based electronic/ethereal Projekt Records and 33-year-old darkwave act Black Tape For A Blue Girl) will drop by the “Double Bummer” radio show for a live in-the-studio interview. Sam will discuss the Kickstarter for Black Tape For A Blue Girl’s upcoming CD/LP release To touch the milky way, Projekt Records’ history, play some music, and catch up with host DJ Bob Ham. The show is “Double Bummer” and it will be streaming, for those of you outside of Portland. KXRY 107.1 / 91.1 FM (Portland, OR) and http://xray.fm
Joe is busy in Philadelphia packing up all your orders on the recent Chuck Van Zyl reissues.
Here’s the top-10 list for webstore sales in March: #1 Chuck van Zyl: The Relic (Limited to 300 Copies) (2CD) #2 Chuck van Zyl: Recitals 2 (2CD) #3 Steve Roach: Dreamtime Return (30th Anniversary Remastered) (2-LP VINYL) (pre-order, due early May) #4 Lisa Gerrard & Marcello De Francisci: Departum (CD) (Pre-Order, Expected Mid-April) #5 Chuck van Zyl: Recitals 1 & 2 (4CD Bundle) #6 Steve Roach: Dreamtime Return (30th Anniversary Remastered Edition) (2-CD) #7 Chuck van Zyl: The XYL File (2nd Pressing, Limited to 100 Copies) (CD) #8 Forrest Fang: Scenes from a Ghost Train (limited CD) #9 Chuck van Zyl: Celestial Mechanics (2nd Pressing, Limited to 100 Copies) (CD) #10 Robert Rich: The Biode (CD)
See all Chuck Van Zyl titles in the webstore here.