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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.

Apr 18

Projekt Coffee Mug 2019 edition

I’ve printed a new Projekt mug, limited to 36 per color. I really love the design because it’s just a bit shorter than a standard coffee mug, so it easily slips under my espresso machine’s portafilter. Matte black finish on the outside with glossy logo, and glossy color on the inside. Available in Red, Sky Blue, & (Stealth) Royal Blue. Set of 2 with 1 bonus for $20, or single mug (your choice of color) for $12.

 Sorry about this note to export customers… while I *could* ship these outside of the USA you’ll see that postage is just too expensive to be worth your while. 

Dec 11

LYCIA IN FLICKERS vinyl 2nd edition

LYCIA IN FLICKERS vinyl 2nd edition

We sold through the first vinyl edition of LYCIA In Flickers so quickly that I didn’t want to leave anyone out! I placed the 2nd edition order immediately and it’s now here! Mike chose this striking orange with black splatters design, it’s in our shops and ready to ship to arrive by Xmas (fingers crossed). This will make a lovely present for the LYCIA fan of the family (or for yourself, of course)!

Purchase from the Projekt webstore, the Projekt bandcamp page, and in Europe, purchase from our European Webstore which offers speedy shipping and low postage rates.

The Projekt webstore has the last copies of the In Flickers T-shirt, just a few left in each size.

All stores stock the CD edition.

In Flickers has been selling incredibly well via our European distributor, Audioglobe. It’s great to see so much love for Lycia over there!

Nov 06

Movies in the Dark email list

June 21 2019: Only Lovers Left Alive

From Projekt Records’ Sam Rosenthal.

MOVIES IN THE DARK is a film series presented at the lovely & historic Clinton Street Theatre, in Portland Oregon. It’s a funky little theater on the Inner SE, for retro and cult flicks, cheap prices and the long-running Rocky Horror Picture Show. Movies in the Dark is an opportunity to hang out with your goth friends, in a non-club environment. There’s beer, and popcorn, and movies!

Projekt’s Sam Rosenthal introduces the film. A link to the next movie is pinned to the top of Projekt’s facebook page

A landmark of cinema history, CST is one of the oldest operating movie houses in the US. Locally owned, locally operated and loved worldwide, CST brings the SE Portland community a plethora of indie and rep films that deserve to be seen on a big screen. Quirky, irreverant, sometimes overly sincere, it’s not your father’s multi-plex movie-going experience. Beyond its regular movie schedule, CST also hosts theater, music and other live performances–always affordable and open to all ages. Brilliant!

Join the email list below, to receive announcements on future Movies in the Dark. You will not be bombarded with messages; one email when a film is announced, and one email in the days leading up to the movie. No spam. Not a ton of messages!

This is a double-opt-in list. The form below is step-1. You will receive an email that asks you to confirm your subscription (step-2). If you don’t see that email in a minute or two, check your junk or spam boxes.

Sign up below:

Sam

About the inspiration for the series: Personally, I don’t want to go out to a goth club at 1am for a drink. But I’d love to catch a film with all my darkwave friends! That sounds like a lot of fun…

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Sep 24

Exclusive! Listen to the new LYCIA track, “Rewrite”

October 26th is the estimated ship date for LYCIA’s new Projekt release, In Flickers. While you’re waiting on your copy, preview the track “Rewrite” at CVLTNation.

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!

Nov 17

Projekt 50% Off CD Sale & a free holiday download

Hundreds of CDs are sale-priced at 50% (or more) off. Stuff your friend’s stockings with great music.

Excelsis Long sleeve T-shirt pre-order, shipping in December and name-your-price download at Bandcamp. We have 17 copies of the Excelsis cassette. These are “new old stock” from 1995!

Aug 06

Downloadable posters (Steve Roach & Erik Wollo)

Hi…. Projekt no longer prints posters for our new releases; they’re bulky, hard to store and expensive to ship. But I had an idea! With color printers in every office, I’ll make you a downloadable 11×17 poster that you can print yourself. And it’s free! Enjoy! – Sam

1 – Print it on your color printer, or at a local printshop. 2 – Email a photo of the poster at work, at home, etc, and we’ll post on our Facebook Pages.

Erik Wollo: Cinematic 11×17 poster at http://www.projekt.com/Posters/PRO344-poster.tif Projekt CD | Bandcamp Download | Spotted Peccary High Res Studio Masters

Steve Roach: Long Thoughts 11×17 poster at http://www.projekt.com/Posters/PRO343-poster.tif Projekt CD & Cassette | Bandcamp Download | Spotted Peccary High Res Studio Masters

Steve Roach: Nostalgia For The Future 11×17 poster at http://www.projekt.com/Posters/TM42-poster.tif Timeroom CD & Cassette | Bandcamp Download | Spotted Peccary High Res Studio Masters

Steve Roach: Spiral Revelation 11×17 poster at http://www.projekt.com/Posters/PRO336-Poster.jpg Projekt CD | Bandcamp Download | Spotted Peccary High Res Studio Masters

Black Tape For A Blue Girl: These fleeting moments 11×17 poster at http://www.projekt.com/Posters/PRO331-Poster.jpg Projekt CD or LP | Bandcamp Download

Apr 10

New video from Erik Wollo

Top-5 of the last 30 days, at the Projekt webstore:

Erik Wollo: Different Spaces (2-CD $17) Lorenzo Montanà: phase IX (CD $14) Steve Roach: The Passing (CD $15) Forrest Fang: Following the ether sun (CD $15) Peter Bjargo: Animus Retinentia (CD $14)

Erik Wøllo: Different Spaces

Purchase the 2-CD for $17 at Projekt – Bandcamp download code included with order Stream & download at Bandcamp High Res Studio Master at Spotted Peccary

Click here to watch the “Motion Blue” video, edited by Erik.

This vast release takes the listener to different places and spaces on 22 uniquely compelling auditory episodes. Erik’s 2-CD studio album reveals wide-ranging and wide-angled electronic compositions. This monumental statement explores and expands upon the Norwegian musician’s 35 years of musical experience in the electronic and ambient realms.

Please write a customer review of Different Spaces at Amazon or iTunes. Your reviews are very helpful, as they encourage potential customers to make the plunge and purchase Erik’s fantastic new album. Thanks for doing this for us. – Sam

Mar 12

InsideProjekt: EXPOSURE

I asked my friends on Facebook what they’d like to see more of on the Projekt email list. One of their suggestions was behind the scenes of running a label. What it takes, what I do, what I’ve learned. So today’s email is about EXPOSURE. If you’d like to reply, please visit this blog on the Projekt site and post your comments.

InsideProjekt: EXPOSURE

In 2011, you regularly read this type of exchange: Artist: Spotify doesn’t pay enough Spotify: You get exposure Artist: You can die from exposure

Yes. We all loved repeating that witty retort when Spotify launched and Daniel Ek was trying to convince us that getting paid micropennies was OK because we got exposure. “Exposure? I’ve been doing music for twenty-five years, I’m established. I don’t need exposure. I need to get paid for sales!”

Now, six years later, I’d like to backtrack and kind of agree. We need exposure. All of the artists on Projekt need more people listening to our music. Sure, YOU are aware of Projekt bands, YOU like listening to our music. But in the wide world, we’re unheard of, we’re mostly unknown, and we don’t sell very many records. We need more people listening to our music, so hopefully more of them will purchase something.

When I launch an artist’s album, there’s a spike of attention in the first month. Then interest quickly fades away. Unless the band is touring, or making new videos regularly, or doing something else to keep their name out there, an album is generally forgotten within a few months. In the old days, there was longevity, and albums were still selling half a year later. Now? Not so much.

What’s there to do?

Streaming gives artists ongoing exposure because it’s frictionless. Casual listeners don’t have to pay. They check out music they might not otherwise bother with or get around to.

I believe that “free” should be under the artist/label’s control. We should make the decisions about this. I know we cannot control the amount we get paid by streaming sites, but we can control what is available on streaming.

In that regards, I also begrudgingly agree with Ek: streaming has cut back dramatically on Projekt music pirated and available at illegal locker site. Compared to 2011, I only find 10% as much music on those sites. Why? Because streaming is easy for listeners. Why bother illegally obtaining an album, when there are legal methods to hear the music at no cost?

[Back to the subject of “free” being under the artist’s control.] Have you noticed that Projekt gives away name-your-price downloads at our Bandcamp store? It’s not because I’m crazy (well, not exactly), and partially because I’m feeling generous. The main reason is because people will listen to free music. There were over 800 downloads on Mercury’s Antennae A waking ghost inside when I put it up at name-your-price last month. That’s about 797 more people than would have paid to download the album in the same period. You were probably one of the people who grabbed it. Thanks! I hope you enjoy their music. Mercury’s Antennae have a recent album (Beneath the Serene) that you might enjoy as well.

This is why I give music away, to expose you to great artists on the Projekt label.< I’ll give you an album with the hope that you'll come back and make a purchase of their other albums. Does it work? Meh, hard to say. We sold 5 copies of Beneath the Serene while we were giving away the debut. I would think those purchases were from people who discovered the band via free.

Exposure. Does it work?

Well, it makes more people aware of the music. Does it lead to sales? Maybe. Does anyone get rich off it? Definitely not. It’s part of a building process. It’s promotion / publicity. Back in 1994, I’d buy half page ads in Alternative Press. Did that $500 or $750 (or whatever it cost) pay off with sales? It’s hard to say. Probably a few sales( 50?); but I don’t think any ad did better than breaking even. The more important point was exposure.

Hey, wait! Back two decades ago we paid for exposure. Now we get paid (in micropennies at streaming, or donations at Bandcamp). This is a point I make to artists. Projekt used to pay a lot of money to get artist’s name out, we had to buy ads and give away hundreds and hundreds of promo CDs (that all ended up in the used bins). Now we get paid in micropennies.

Unfortunately, it’s harder than ever to make a living in the music industry, and seeing those miniscule trickles of cash is frustrating when comparable-sized artists used to sell thousands of albums.

These are new (and insane) times.

It took five years, but I see the logic behind things we were once opposed to. I’m not stuck in a 1997 or 2007 perspective, I’m looking at now and seeing what works for Projekt. The label has to do what we can, to be heard.

We have to try new ideas.

Funny, because that was the argument I used to have with people (from San Francisco) about eight years ago. They said I was a dinosaur who didn’t understand the new economy. I said, “Give me examples of how this is suppose to be profitable.” Well, I don’t know if we’ve proven it to be profitable, but we have seen that it is part of the way a band gets heard in 2017.

Strange days.

Sam

Projekt’s two new releases for March 17th:

Lorenzo Montana: phase IX Purchase the CD (limited edition of 300) for $14 at Projekt. Bandcamp download code included in the package with your order. Stream & download at Bandcamp. Italian soundcomposer Lorenzo Montana’s first American solo-release; these electronic, ambient mindscapes form nine phases of a trip of the psyche focusing on the floating / experimental side of his work. He’s collaborated with Alio Die on Holographic Codex (Projekt, 2015), and released 15 albums to date, including the 5-CD Labyrinth collaboration series with Pete Namlook (founder of Germany’s Fax label).

Erik Wøllo: Different Spaces Purchase the 2-CD for $17 at Projekt. Bandcamp download code included in the package with your order. Stream & download at Bandcamp. High Res Studio Master at Spotted Peccary.A diverse and sweeping tapestry revealing wide-ranging and wide-angled electronic compositions. The music traverses the different spaces that occupy an artist’s creative thoughts across mesmerizing landscapes of distinctive panoramas, rhythmic realms, and engaging, engulfing atmospheres.