2 Moon-skimmer 18:01
3 Manoeuvring over the Jupiter monolith 06:51
4 A long, dark corridor filled with lights. A memory. And then a bright room with air. 40:44
Limited edition of approximately 300 – this is the standard limited edition (CD in DVD-sized digipak). There is also an über limited plexibox edition
We made 312 copies of the CD-in-DVD-sized Digipak. 139 of these were autographed & numbered. 75 of those went inside the über-limited plexibox edition. About 25 of the run had small printing flaws and Sam pulled them aside for promo.
A 73-minute electronic space music album from Black Tape For A Blue Girl’s founder, Sam Rosenthal.
Unlike Sam’s work in Black Tape For A Blue Girl, Dave Bowman is full-on electronic music: droning space, wordless drift with long suspended passages. Covering Bowman’s journey to the Monolith near Jupiter, the album touches the edges of isolation and glacial solitude, with a discernible warm human core. MONOLITH’s epic expanses, asteroid flybys, serene ambient moments, vast open textures, and warmer hues of sparse remoteness are barren, yet without leaving the listener abandoned. Think of it as drone insulation rather than drone isolation.
As Lonely As Dave Bowman is named after the astronaut in Kubrick/Clarke’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. Monolith is a soundtrack for the final four months of Dave’s journey to Jupiter. The pieces thematically track his isolation beginning with the failure of the AK-35 unit radio antennae, skimming near the moons of Jupiter, navigating his Pod above the Jupiter Monolith, the dark channel of lights, and his enlightenment in the brightly-lit hotel suite [I’ve excised Dave’s conflict with HAL from this telling of the story.] There are no words or narration — these are the inspiration for the tracks.
This album was funded by my generous supporters on Kickstarter.