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2015 | A 73-minute electronic space music album from Black Tape For A Blue Girl’s founder, Sam Rosenthal.

Unlike Sam’s work in BlackTape, 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.

Sam Rosenthal. Electronics. Processing. Photography. Design.
Martin Bowes. Mission controller (track 1)
Steve Roach. Subtle atmospheric conditioning (track 1)

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released July 7, 2015

If you enjoyed this album, there's a bonus 5-track, 37 minute digital-only companion album, MONOLITH ADDENDUM, blacktapeforabluegirl.bandcamp.com/album/monolith-addendum


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Projekt Records Portland, Oregon

Projekt is America's premier independent label specializing in passionately intense introspective music in the ambient, electronic, ethereal & darkwave genres.

39-year-old Projekt is home to Steve Roach, Erik Wøllo, Michael Stearns, Black Tape For A Blue Girl, Aurelio Voltaire and many others. The label continues to nurture the careers of its select roster of artists.
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