Sam Rosenthal: Round Trip (1984) (Name-your-price) (Digital)

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1. I Remember 03:20
2. Oohuku 09:20
3. Midday Star 03:27
4. Looking Glass 05:07
5. Spotlight Marsh 02:54
6. Turkey Point 05:12
7. the Old Lake 04:40
8. Ten to Close 02:18
9. the 41 Second Stretch 03:18
10. Etude 02:08
11. Round Trip 02:16

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. With tracks such as “Looking Glass” keying into the genre that 20 years later would be dubbed Synthwave or Minimal Synth, Rosenthal released this album on February 23, 1984.

The second cassette on his new Projekt label, Side A captures an early 80s iconic synth sound. Striking a different mood and influence, Side B’s “Spotlight Marsh” displays a burgeoning interest in Eno-infused organic ambience.

Performed on a Korg Poly-61 and a Realistic Moog Concertmate MG-1, the primitive recording process involved two cassette decks and a cheap Radio Shack mixer; this was cleaned up in 2023 for digital release. In his late teens at the time, Rosenthal displays the initial uncovering of his musical muse on Round Trip; within two years he left this style behind to release Black Tape For A Blue Girl’s debut, The Rope.

Original liner notes: Round Trip was performed by Sam Rosenthal on the Korg Poly-61, the Realistic/Moog synthesizer, a Realistic mixer, and two Pioneer cassette decks. Each tape was individually dubbed in real time. The music is divided into a “COMPLEX” Side (A 1-4), with near leads; and an “AMBIENT” Side (B 5-11), with various soundtrackish textures. The title, Round Trip (in Japanese: ‘Oohuku’), implies the direction the songs often take, ending up in more or less the same spot they began. Recorded between Jan 4 & Feb 20, 1984. Permission will be granted for other uses. – Sam Rosenthal (Feb 23, 1984)

Projekt release: July 14, 2023
Original release February 23, 1984

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