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Christian A fine successor to the first album, POD. What I really like about both pieces is that they are thick and immersive. There's just enough drone in the ambient that the listener becomes enveloped, and the sounds sort of move through one, almost physically.
Sandra Barnes
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Sandra Barnes this music is somewhat different, but I love it. Favorite track: A long, dark corridor filled with lights. A memory. And then a bright room with air..
Brian Bourassa
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Brian Bourassa A Brilliant vision of the Loneliest man in the universe, or so it seemed for Mr. David Bowman.

An Awesome addition to its predecessor album.

Sam scores big with this release, perfect for a physical release. Favorite track: Manoeuvring over the Jupiter monolith.
Erik A. Ingmanndsen
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Erik A. Ingmanndsen Really intoxicating & yet claustrophobic ... Lulls one into a deep foggy inner world - Excellent Sam !
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Moon-skimmer 18:01



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 on the CD; I'm just sharing the inspiration for the tracks.

Unlike my 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, satellite flybys, vast open textures, serene ambient moments, and warmer hues of sparse remoteness are barren, yet without leaving the listener abandoned. Think of it as drone insulation rather than drone isolation.


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This is where dedicated fans of my work with Black Tape For A Blue Girl and As Lonely As Dave Bowman sign on to provide ongoing support on a monthly basis to assist me in following my muse. In exchange, they get unreleased (and possibly never-to-be-released) music and a fan community where we are chatting about all sorts of things. Thank you so much to everyone over there!

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Thanks so much to the very kind supporters who backed the physical edition of MONOLITH at Kickstarter -- kck.st/1aWKvCr.



released April 21, 2015

Sam Rosenthal. Electronics. Processing. Photography. Design.
Martin Bowes. Mission controller (track 1)
Steve Roach. Subtle atmospheric conditioning (track 1)
Howard Givens. Mastering. Spotted Peccary Studios NW.
2010-2015. Earth. Brooklyn, NY. Portland, OR.
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Black Tape For A Blue Girl Portland, Oregon

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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