Bringing together lush instrumental ambience and spoken word performance, "Tim, Where are you now?" is a fascinating and engaging tribute to Timothy Leary and his experiments, explorations, and adventures.
it's interesting to hear how the variety of emotions and musical styles work so well together within the framework of the album's theme. also fun trying to guess which artist contributed what part to the composition. favorite tracks include 2, 3, 4, 8, and 11.
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Black Tape For A Blue Girl’s Sam Rosenthal collaborates with his Projekt label’s electronic space music artists to commemorate the centennial of Timothy Leary’s birth. Digipak includes a 6-page insert with lovely artwork commissioned just for this release.
The album celebrates a pioneer of consciousness expansion using his own words accompanied by international artists exploring those same realms via their music.
Rosenthal collaborated with Projekt space music artists Steve Roach, Erik Wollo, Mark Seelig, Forrest Fang, and others, and recorded Timothy Leary trip narrations from Alex Cox (director of Repo Man and Sid & Nancy), Reggie Watts (bandleader on CBS' The Late Late Show with James Corden), Lee Ranaldo (of Sonic Youth) and others.
With the permission and encouragement of Timothy Leary’s son Zach and the Leary estate, the album’s 13 tracks contain 4 spoken word “trips” with text excerpted and cut-up from Tim’s first LSD and DMT experiences chronicled in his 1968 book High Priest. These voice+electronics segments serve as interstitial anchor trips that arise out of the music now and again.
As founder of 37-year-old Projekt Records, Rosenthal helms the label as well as his band Black Tape For A Blue Girl (with 12 albums in the gothic, ambient & art rock genres). Synthesist, songwriter, lyricist and main collaborator, he’s released 8 albums of his music in the last half-decade. For Tim, where are you now? Rosenthal collected musical textures and sources from Projekt-label artists, sonically painting with their colors and his ethereal electronics to create the concept album he envisioned. Expansive then inward-looking, the tracks alternate between tension and calming electronic atmospherics.
Featuring the music of: Sam Rosenthal (Black Tape For a Blue Girl), Steve Roach, Erik Wøllo, Mark Seelig, Forrest Fang, Byron Metcalf, Henrik Meierkord, Brian Parnham, theAdelaidean, Ryan Lum & Anji Bee (Love Spirals), Brian Viglione (The Dresden Dolls), Martin Bowes (Attrition), Jarguna, Nathan Youngblood, Mike VanPortfleet (Lycia)
It’s high time to celebrate Leary’s cultural contributions. He’s a visionary who spent his life thinking about the mind, not just altering it but using it to its fullest potential to better tune into the universe. His influence remains so extensive and complex that 53 years after popularizing his catchphrase “turn on, tune in, drop out” inner exploration continues to be inspired by his work.
“Tim was a chieftain. He stomped on the terra,
and he left his elegant hoof prints on all our lives.”
— Hunter S. Thompson
Amber Case, cyborg anthropologist and author
Alex Cox, director of Repo Man and Sid & Nancy
Rick Doblin, executive director of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies
Alex Grey, visionary artist and author
Allyson Grey, conceptual abstract painter
Lee Ranaldo, founding member and guitarist of Sonic Youth
Douglas Rushkoff, media theorist and author
Reggie Watts, bandleader on CBS’ The Late Late Show with James Corden
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released my first cassette in 1984! BlackTape's first LP was in 1986; the music incorporates darkwave, ethereal, ambient, goth and art rock elements. This page also includes my ambient/electronic music, as well as side-projects. Thanks for listening....more