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Live KSBR 1987

by Doppler Shift

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Intro 00:28
Kathryn 06:54
the Rope 03:28
Abyss intro 00:10


In 1986 & 1987, my band with Walter Holland performed melodic electronic space music (synthwave)

Walter Holland • guitar & electronics
Sam Rosenthal • electronics

Nicole Falzone • drums (tracks 5-6-7-9-10)
Richard Watson • clarinet (track 9)
Chuck Oken Jr. • main DJ
Paul Marshall • DJ at intro

Recorded live on the radio at KSBR, Saddleback Community College, Mission Viejo, California. 1987.

Sam recalls:

When I lived in Florida in the early 80s, I made a fanzine, Alternative Rhythms. I’d discover new bands by reading the reviews in Op Magazine and Sound Choice. One of those bands was Amber Route from Southern California. I struck up a mail-exchange with the band’s vocalist and guitarist/synthesist Walter Holland. I learned he and Richard Watson were professors at Chapman College in Orange, California. Wanting to get the hell out of Florida anyway possible, I somewhat-jokingly asked if they could get me a scholarship. Well, they did! In 1986, I moved from to go to school in California. Walter and I started playing music together, combining tracks from our solo releases and adding a few new ones. Walter named the band Doppler Shift. We performed live in 1987/1988 twice at Chapman and twice on the air at KSBR College. Walter unearthed this cassette recording and transferred it to digital. I added some EQ. It’s live as we performed it. It was really cool to hear this show again, 33 years later!

My review: We were pretty good live, weren’t we?! Walter wrote really melodic parts on the guitar / synth, and performed them with lots of emotion. I think some of these versions are better than the album recordings because they have spontaneity. I am surprised I’m as good (not bad) as I am, considering I don’t remember a lot of rehearsal for these shows (maybe we did, and I forgot?)


released July 9, 2020


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Black Tape For A Blue Girl creates darkwave, ethereal, neoclassical, ambient, goth albums. This page also includes my ambient/electronic music, as well as side-projects. Thanks for listening. Sam

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