Sam Rosenthal: before the buildings fell (CD)


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2024 rerelease of this 1986 album. With a newly printed digipak and new old stock discs (pressed back in the 90s). Signed by Sam on the back. Includes a video track on the CD, for computer playback.

  1. kathryn
  2. diversion
  3. resolution
  4. the room
  5. jane
  6. leading to the edge
  7. before the buildings fell
  8. fragments of benediction
  9. the amber girl

“A hidden masterpiece.” – Losing Today

A solo electronic release from black tape for a blue girl’s Sam Rosenthal.

Includes a bonus fifteen minute CD-ROM track of Sam’s video art, for the track fragments of benediction

Projekt and Black tape for a blue girl’s founder Sam Rosenthal had his musical beginnings in electronic music before there were genre names like “electronica.” Back in 1986 — without sequencers, samplers, or MIDI for stringing together computers and keyboards — Rosenthal was experimenting with the creation of instrumental music synchronously warm and ominous. Playing with the shape of sounds in a totally “hands-on” manner, Rosenthal pioneered a style close to the post-prog work of Tangerine Dream and Brian Eno.

* Originally recorded in 1986, simultaneous with the rope, black tape for a blue girl’s debut.

* Before The Buildings Fell has previously only been available on a rare, limited cassette release, making it a sought-after underground classic.

* This is the first time B>Before The Buildings Fell appears on CD; the original master tapes were carefully re-mastered for this release by Rosenthal.

Dave – of Lexicon Magazine – writes: “This is not synthpop, although it is entirely synthetic, nor is it strictly ‘goth’ or 4AD, although it does have elements of both. It recalls Philip Glass and has echoes of This Mortal Coil’s instrumental passages.”

Sam comments: “This cd represents the sort of ‘hidden side’ of my music, where I can explore through electronic sounds rather than focusing on the words and lyrics. I’m actually quite pleased that people who only know of my work with black tape are giving me such positive feedback on this release. It has been dormant for so long and it is nice to see that people appreciate it all these years later.”

Click to Join, hit send, and I’ll add you to the list. – Sam

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Weight .3 lbs


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CD in 4-panel Digipak


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