Before the buildings fell

by Sam Rosenthal

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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"

“A hidden masterpiece.” – Losing Today

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's style is close to the work of Tangerine Dream and Brian Eno.

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


released August 17, 1986


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Black Tape For A Blue Girl Portland, Oregon

Black Tape for a Blue Girl is an American Ethereal band formed in 1986 by Projekt Records' founder Sam Rosenthal. Their music takes on elements of darkwave, ethereal, ambient, goth and neoclassical music. Director David Lynch is one of the band's more well-known fans. ... more

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