Archive for the ‘Free Music’ Category

Aug 22

Jarguna: Prospettive Animiche (NEW and FREE!). Italian ethno-organic-ambient soundscapes

2 free downloads from jarguna, here

From Sam: You might wonder why I regularly give away downloads from this amazing Italian electro-ambient-drone artist. Why isn’t Projekt trying to get every possible penny from the albums we release. The answer is pretty simple: I want people to hear Jarguna’s work. I love the music he creates, I listen to it for hours and hours over here; it’s a perfect fit for fans of Projekt’s ambient side. Ok, but that doesn’t explain why it’s free. I find that any price point is an obstacle to people checking out new music from artists they aren’t familiar with. There’s so much available these days, it’s hard to get people to listen. Giving the music away allows Projekt and Jarguna to add something nice to your listening space where you can give the music time to work it’s magic on you.

That’s why I do it!

Jarguna is Italian ethno-organic-ambient sound-artist Marco Billi. Prospettive Animiche is intimate and minimalist with deep ambient characteristics. “I made this music,” Jarguna reflects, “by playing the instruments as if I were creating a mantra; what arose is a sound spiral for electronic meditation, drones for an emotional exploration, deep, low, slow, sometimes repetitive with refrains imbued with sacredness.”

Ok, there’s another reason I give albums away. Many of you are fans of the art of music, you understand it costs money (in time & energy) to create this work, and you’re generous and you want to support people who’ve dedicated their lives to creation. Thus, w hen getting a free download, many of you put in a donation. It doesn’t have to be a lot. A dollar. Five dollars? It adds up. That’s money Jarguna and Projekt split, so we can keep releasing great music.< Here's something you might not know. Prospettive Animiche is Jarguna’s 26th release! That’s a lot of wonderful music in 13 years.

CD-rs still available: Archetypes, Sogni di Sutra nei Venti, Trapped Vol 2, & Trapped Vol 1.

 

2019’s Prospettive Animiche and 2016’s Fusion of Soul. These digital-only releases are name-your-price for a week at Projekt’s Bandcamp store.

Aug 07

Free download: Mira’s debut (2000) #shoegaze #dream-pop #ethereal

mira: mira name-your-price download (and CD for $10) at Projekt’s Bandcamp

“A guitar-heavy shoegaze backdrop over a beautiful female voice, hovering like a red angel and instilling both fear and devotion.” – BIG TAKEOVER #44

Sam says, "Digging through the back catalog, I noticed Mira's debut wasn't on our Bandcamp page; so I fixed that. Back in 2000, this album introduced Projekt fans to an amazing new shoegaze band with Regina's striking vocals. At the time, fans were aching for more music to follow in the footsteps of our successful early-90s act Love Spirals Downwards; with Mira they got a full rock sound and aching, heartfelt vocals. Mira followed up their debut with two additional incredible albums. For today, give their debut a fresh listen, with a crisp new download for your collection. It's brilliant!

From POST-PUNK, 2018: Definitive Dreaminess: 100 Essential Dream Pop Releases: Hailing from the bowels of Florida, Mira found a perfect home on Projekt Records, a label well aligned with dream pop, shoegaze, and ethereal music. Their (2000) debut, a transitional record, perfectly dabbled in all three styles over the course of nine original tracks and a beautifully understated cover of a My Bloody Valentine classic that sleepily traded in the noise and focused on the song’s true essence. The song “Cayman,” while written about a cat, tugs at the heartstrings in a way that few songs can, building upon itself with sweeping layers of guitar and Regina Sosinska’s sweetly detached vocals. – FD

Mira drift on a wave of dreamy, engaging female vocals. Ripples of guitars swell against shores of post-punk structures, undulating in a surging, shoegazer undercurrent.

name-your-price download at Projekt's Bandcamp

Jul 04

Metcalf & Seelig: INTENTION name-your-price download & $8 CD Sale

July 9: name-your-price download is over. CD remains on sale for a few more days

Byron Metcalf & Mark Seelig: INTENTION Weekend sale: $8 CD and name-your-price download

at the Projekt Webstore and the Projekt Bandcamp page

Sam writes: It’s hard to believe it’s already five years since Projekt released this fabulous CD! I like reminding our listeners (new and regulars) about past releases worthy of attention, and one of the best ways of doing that is with a free download. Put it on your device and listen at your leisure. Intention is an especially potent release for journey work, meditation, studying, etc. Give it a go, and add it to your regular rotation.

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Intention is a totally acoustic, transcultural tour de force of multi-layered tribal-ambient rhythms, indigenous instruments, and mesmerizing soundscapes – expertly crafted to induce and support expanded states of consciousness.

Byron’s potent and spellbinding drumming and percussion merge with Mark’s haunting and beautiful bansuri flutes and Tuvan-style throat singing to create a bold, larger-than-life journey into infinite possibilities. Rob Thomas (Inlakesh) and Dashmesh Khalsa contribute aboriginal didgeridoo textures to further deepen and expand the sonic field.

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Tav Sparks (author and director of Grof Transpersonal Training) writes: “With Intention Byron Metcalf and Mark Seelig have created an irresistibly powerful, aesthetic synthesis of indigenous sources and trans-cultural trance with a mesmerizing urban shamanic pulse. This CD is proof that the rhythms and sounds of the ages can be translated with respect, grace, and skill to support a broad spectrum of transformational practices, including breathwork, dance, and any modern framework celebrating journeys into expanded states of awareness.”

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Peter Thelen of Expose writes: Trance music means different things to different listeners, and this latest collaboration between drummer and percussionist Byron Metcalf, and bansuri flute player Mark Seelig plus guests is a case in point where “Trance” doesn’t need to involve any electronics or amplified instrumentation at all. All but one of the five tracks feature didgeridoo, played either by Rob Thomas or Dashmesh Khalsa, with the final cut featuring guests on water pot udu and tabla. Each of the five long pieces – the shortest being just under ten minutes and the longest being well over an album side, evolve slowly and gently guide the listener into mysterious worlds of alternate consciousness, layering bansuri, digeridoo and overtone vocals (by Seelig) over a repetitive yet spellbinding bed of hand drums, rattles, shakers, and more.

The result takes a different path for each piece, but moves the listener into a tribal ambient world where sounds and feelings are folding and twisting together into something ritualistic and magical. While the overtone singing may sound like a synthesizer at times, the proceedings are a purely acoustic endeavor, merging powerful external visions with cosmic inner spaces into something of an explorative ceremony. The listener will find power and beauty among these primitive soundscapes, merging modern spirit with ancient traditions.

Byron Metcalf & Mark Seelig: INTENTION Weekend sale: $8 CD and name-your-price download at the Projekt Webstore and the Projekt Bandcamp page

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Apr 29

Aurelio Voltaire $10 CD sale and name-your-price on BOO HOO

❤️ ☠️ ❤️ ☠️ ❤️ ☠️ ❤️ ☠️ ❤️ ☠️ ❤️ ☠️ ❤️ ☠️ ❤️ ☠️ ❤️ This month, Projekt reprinted 4 of Aurelio Voltaire’s releases; 5 of his 6 albums are now in earth-saving non-jewel box packaging. To celebrate, we’ve put his entire Projekt catalog on sale for $10; and Boo Hoo is a free download at Bandcamp to boot! Purchase here at the Projekt Webstore, or from our Bandcamp page.

Sale runs for one week, through May 6.

Nov 25

Cyber 2018

Cyber Overload. Sheesh! I got so many Cybersale emails in the last week. I am sure you’ve been flooded by them as well. My apologies for adding one more to your in box. Then again, I know you’re a fan of Projekt music; you’re on this list because you’ve purchased from our webstore, our Bandcamp page, or you signed up somewhere else over the years. Thanks for your interest. So far this week, 346 of you have taken us up on the Cyberdigital 50% off sale, and 8 of you have taken the Cyerphysical 15% off coupon. I guess that’s a pretty good indicator of how digital has taken over the music business. I was interviewed yesterday for The Future of What podcast (it should go live within a week.) We discussed the changes in the record business. Each podcast features one record label person in a 45-minute interview about the record business. It was great to talk with another label owner about Projekt’s 35+ year history, and the changes we’ve seen over the years. The one thing that doesn’t change is that fans of the music keep the label alive. Giving a bit back with a discount is my way of thanking you for your interest in the cool independent music on Projekt. So for you, a few more days of our cyber specials: 

PROJEKT’S CYBER DIGITAL 50% OFF SALE

Digital-only 50% OFF sale at our Bandcamp store. Sale does not include Merchandise (CDs+LPs+etc). Order refunded if you purchase merch. Use checkout coupon code “cyber18”. Sale ends Friday Nov 30, Noon EST.

PROJEKT’S CYBER PHYSICAL 15% OFF SALE

Get 15% off the entire Projekt webstore, excluding pre-order & new releases. Use checkout coupon code “cyber18”. Sale ends Friday Nov 30, Noon EST.

WEBSTORE: FREE CD & PIN

Every $10+ order placed here at the Projekt webstore gets a free copy of the Projekt 2-CD Holiday compilation Ornamental. (That’s $10 in merchandise, before shipping) Yup! Free CD for you. Every order over $40 also gets the Projekt enamel pin for free. Both of these offers are while supplies last.

If your order total (before postage) doesn’t get to $40, you can purchase the Projekt enamel pin for just $5.

Sale does not apply at Projekt’s European webstore. However they offer fast, inexpensive shipping that might more than make up for the % difference.

Oct 19

Preview “the Stars” from Black Tape For A Blue Girl at ReGen Magazine

from Sam Rosenthal:

Our new track “the Stars” is available as an exclusive preview at ReGen Magazine. ReGen says the song has “distinctively ethereal textures and haunting melodic atmospheres, led by the alluring vocals of Danielle Herrera.”

Read a bit of my thoughts on the creation below.

This track is from Black Tape For A Blue Girl’s November To touch the milky way album. As I started writing the song on the acoustic guitar, an 80s ethereal dream-pop vibe immediately made itself known to me, and I was intriqued. I felt I was tapping into the moody beauty we love from those artists we listened to back in the day, and that got me excited to see if I could write a song in this style. It’s not something I ever completely pulled off in the past (some pieces in the early 90s might have come close, but I wasn’t playing guitar back then, so I always came at it from a different direction.) “the Stars” is wistful, sad, hopeful. Beautiful sadness. All the things you look for in this kind of a song. I sent my backing track over to Chase Dobson, and asked him to add electric guitar and drum programming, and his lovely contributions gives the track that ringing melancholia that really centers the song in that era of sound.

When Danielle came in and brought my lyrics to life, I knew we had it. Yes! That’s one of the amazing things about making music: creating the song I’ve always wanted to hear, but didn’t yet exist. Dani would sing a line and I’d start hearing a harmony, take a second to work it out, and then we’d layer another vocal into the mix. It was spontaneous, fun, and turned out beautiful!

Lyrically, “the Stars” concerns being overwhelmed by the expectations we put on ourself, our fear of failing and doubts; but there’s a faint glimmer of recognition that we are just as we are meant to be, and that is what makes us uniquely special and uniquely ourselves.

all of this makes us what we are i love you like i love the stars we’re imperfect but that’s ok we are imperfect in every way i love you like i love the stars

You can listen at Regen. PreOrder the download, CD or LP at our Bandcamp page, and Projekt’s website. In Europe, you can save on shipping by ordering from Projekt’s European Website. The album will be available for streaming at all the usual sites, next month.

This track is exclusive at ReGen’s website.

To touch the milky way schedule update

For those of you who have already preOrdered the album, there have been some more delays at the vinyl pressing plant which pushed the album back from it’s original release date. I’m really sorry about this, but unfortunately the vinyl process is filled with unexpected detours. I am in daily contact with the plant. More soon.

Pittsburg special

PS: The ad on the right in the ReGen screen shot is for an October 27th Pittsburgh PA show featuring Aurelio Voltaire. The bill includes Athan Maroulis’ NOIR. As you recall, Athan was the vocalist on Black Tape For A Blue Girl’s 2009 release 10 Neurotics, and he was also with me on the shows we played around teh album, including our 2nd appearance at Germany’s Wave Gotik Treffen festival in 2011. More info on the Pittsburg show.

Ashes in the brittle air free download

Every now and again, I like to make a past album available as a name-your-price Bandcamp download. I know many of you purchased the ashes in the brittle air CD in the 80s and 90s, and likely never got around to ripping it into your computer. Save yourself the time and go grab it for free. The CD is available for $10.

Margaret N sent me this message just minutes ago, after downloading the ashes album at bandcamp: “Good mix of ethereal and ambient. Thanks for bringing this one back to light!”

#RTPlease — Could you help. I’m just one guy trying to spread the word about my art. You probably have friends who enjoy dreampop, ethereal, darkwave music, right? They might not know that BlackTape is still recording. You could brighten their day by introducing them to “the Stars.” Please share the link to the ReGen preview page or share ReGen’s Tweet. I really appreciate your help.

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Sep 09

Lycia: In Flickers /// Black Tape For A Blue Girl: To touch the milky way –and– Remnants of a deeper purity 2LP vinyl

  

Look at this! Two of Projekt’s biggest mid-90s band are releasing new albums (And yes, that’s right! LYCIA is back on Projekt.) We’re about two months away from the release of LYCIA’s In Flickers and Black Tape For A Blue Girl’s To touch the milky way. These new releases are available for preOrder. We also have a T-shirt for In Flickers. And now on preOrder, the repressing of Black Tape For A Blue Girl’s 2LP Remnants of a deeper purity  with a T-shirt option.

There’s bundle pricing at the Projekt website. These 3 releases (minus the shirts) kick off our collaboration with Projekt’s European webstore (more details below).

Here are links to preOrder

LYCIA: In Flickers  CD/LP/T-shirt at Projekt’s website or CD/LP/Download at Projekt’s Bandcamp page or for our European shoppers, CD/LP at Projekt’s European Webstore the Lycia LPs are limited editions of 150 per style, and they are selling quickly!

Black Tape For A Blue Girl: To touch the milky way CD/LP at Projekt’s website or CD/LP/Download at Black tape for a blue girl’s Bandcamp page or for our European shoppers, CD/LP at Projekt’s European Webstore Limited edition of 300, half reserved for the Kickstarter backers.

Black Tape For A Blue Girl: 2LP Remnants of a deeper purity  2LP/CD/T-shirt at Projekt’s website or CD/LP at Black Tape For A Blue Girl’s Bandcamp page or for our European shoppers, CD/LP at Projekt’s European Webstore< Limited edition of 150.

Shipping late October

 

 

 

Read about Projekt’s European website, here. The two main benefits for our European shoppers:

great shipping rates: GERMAN customers: flat € 1.99 shipping rate for all parcels – regardless of quantity ordered. EU customers: € 4.99 up to 500g; € 7.99 for up to 1000g (1 Kilo)

fast delivery< Orders placed weekdays before 2pm ship the same day

jarguna and Friends: TRAPPED Vol. 2 is name-your-price at Bandcamp. 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. From the first recordings in 1998, jarguna releases its 24th effort TRAPPED, a collaboration with like-minded creators.

Marco edited a video with excerpts from the album, and images of his collaborators. Watch it at YouTube.<

Sam comments: “Watching this video I’m struck by the dedication with which all of us musicians work to create the interesting sounds we imagine inside of our head. All the things we accumulate — the instruments, the recording gear, the keyboards, the gongs… the expenses! — to make something amazing for you, our listeners. It’s very wonderful to see your collaborators, jarguna!”

>thanks for supporting independent music

Aug 28

Tea Time

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.”

Aug 22

Explore Projekt’s Italian Grotto

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. 

Jul 18

10-FOR-$21 clearance box / Dust to Dust name-your-price

Super Clearance 10 CD box

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…

Steve Roach / Roger King compact disc – 20 Year Flashback Sale & name-your-price download

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.