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Viola-based textural ambient drift from Sam of BlackTape w/Shadow’s viola, and synths / enhancements from Steve Roach.
Viola-based textural ambient drift from Sam of BlackTape w/Shadow’s viola, and synths / enhancements from Steve Roach.
267 backers pledged $8,631 to help bring this project to life.

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You did it! We reached the goal with 24 hours to go. Your support made the The Gesture of History crowdfunding campaign a success! 267+ amazing people said, "Yeah, I like this! I want to be one of the backers that ensures there’s a physical CD & LP!” That's remarkable! I'm so grateful. 

If you missed pledging the campaign and would like a copy, visit our Bandcamp page. For updates on albums I’m working on and special sales, join the email list. For ongoing patronage, join my Bandcamp patron area. Thanks so much for supporting my art. 

- Sam

 Hi! This is Sam from Black Tape For A Blue Girl; this is the Kickstarter for The Gesture of History, my instrumental collaboration with Nick Shadow (viola) and Steve Roach (spacial enhancement & synths). I've launched this campaign to raise $8000 to create a signed collectible CD & LP edition of The Gesture of History. I'm excited to create these with the help of people who want to see this campaign succeed — people like you!

Backing the campaign is sort of like preOrdering, and a lot like being a patron of the arts. A CD pledge is $20, LP pledge $25.

The Gesture of History draws upon introspective passages where the organic texture and emotions of the viola play out over an atmosphere of engulfing mournful beauty. Delicate strings float upon shimmering, forever changing expressionistic backgrounds of processed viola, synth, and harmonium – profoundly sensitive and deeply moving. The modernist ambient compositions balance on the precipice, looking back in moments of reflection and rumination, while delicately holding the future in our hands.

Even better than reading about it, listen to a track at our Bandcamp page.   

Important Note on export shipping. If you are outside the USA you will pay postage after the campaign ends. Please read the note here

Gesture began with an instrumental I created for the Black Tape For A Blue Girl Blood on the snow EP utilizing processed and sequenced viola. The track features Nick Shadow, a fantastic Portland-based violist who's been part of the band on our two recent albums. Soon after, I processed and structured "Blood ii" in the same moody, textural vein, and Nick played some live viola over the piece. During the mixing of To touch the milky way, I escaped from the rigors of that highly-focused work by creating the longer "The Gesture of History," a viola-harmonium-synth track with a compelling, engaging flow. This piece goes to a deep, rich place; I sensed I had the makings of a great album if I could shape the earlier pieces to fit with the new one. 

I fully admit that artists are weird, in that a listener might be satisfied with the tracks as they stood*. Yet I knew there was something more I wanted to hear; I could sense it, but I wasn't sure how to get there. To find a new perspective, I sent the tracks to Steve Roach and asked if he had some ideas and if he'd add spacial enhancements (processing, reverb, etc).

I've worked with Steve since 1995, releasing over 75 of his electronic/ambient albums on my Projekt Records label. We talk on the phone almost daily about art, experience, his music, my music, and so much more. Steve provided spacial enhancements on the As Lonely As Dave Bowman albums, and I played the piano on "In the Eye of Noche" off his 2005 New Life Dreaming. Steve is always creating, and I admire his ability and determination to live in the now of the creative flow.

Steve called the day after receiving the files and said he was instantly compelled to weave in some synth elements to “Blood i + ii,” I took the multi-tracks of Steve's enhancements and synths and set about restructuring and extending the pieces; his additions provided inspiration to flesh them out, to fulfill the album I had envisioned.  

 Let me take a moment to explain crowdfunding. Your pledges are integral to the CD and LP's existence, your donations (via one of the premium tiers) are the lifeblood that create this album. Every one of your contributions is important — whether you give $5 or $500!  

By pledging, you become a patron of our art. I talk a lot about the cool people who support my music and I'll tell you why: you are the reason I'm able to release my music. CD & download sales decline each year; even with half a million streams in 2018 on Black Tape For A Blue Girl & my solo electronic music, it's not enough to live on. It barely covers a month’s mortgage. 

Your direct contribution through this page allows me to manufacture and release Gesture for you. I’m constantly amazed by how caring and supportive you are. I'm moved by your enthusiasm for the music I've created over the past 36 years. 

Kickstarter is all or nothing, we need to pass the $8000 goal to succeed. Thank you so much for your assistance.  

Read more about crowdfunding in this update.

Some reading this page are long-time Black Tape For A Blue Girl / Sam Rosenthal followers. Some are fans from the 90s, only now discovering that I’m still creating music. Some are new visitors who find this project appealing. Some are Steve Roach enthusiasts who are interested in this new collaboration.  

Welcome all!

Black Tape For A Blue Girl is my American darkwave/goth/ethereal band started in 1986. I’ve released 12 studio albums over the past 33 years (listen at Bandcamp) and performed 149 shows (complete list). I recently crowdfunded and released 2016's CD/2LP These fleeting moments and 2018's CD/LP To touch the milky way. The music on The Gesture of History grew out of Shadow’s viola contributions to those two albums.

I've helmed the Projekt Records label since 1983, releasing over 350 albums from artists like Steve Roach, Erik Wollo, Forrest Fang, Voltaire, LYCIA and many more. I've worked with Steve since 1995, and there are over 75 of his electronic/ambient albums on Projekt.

Wikipedia entries: Sam Rosenthal / Projekt Records / Black Tape For A Blue Girl / Steve Roach

Over the last 12 years I’ve released five electronic/ambient albums exploring the instrumental side of my work. As lonely as dave bowman – Pod (2007), Sam Rosenthal – the Passage (2011), As lonely as dave bowman – Monolith (2015), Mark Seelig / Sam Rosenthal – Journey to Aktehi (2017), and Sam Rosenthal – Isotope (2017). Many of you are familiar with my 1992 collaboration with vidnaObmana, Terrace of Memories.

Since 2013, I’ve used Kickstarter to crowdfund the manufacturing of my releases.

Non-USA backers: Postage is charged after the campaign is over, rather than part of your pledge. Please read the IMPORTANT NOTE about shipping in this Update.  European shipping & handling is less expensive as I have a person in Germany to do your fulfillment. 

 Note 1 — FORMAT — Exclusive, collectible limited edition. CD = 1000 copies, LP = 500. Yours will be signed on the back by Sam. 

Note 2 — PROGRESS — Gesture is recorded & mastered. The cover is designed. The album is ready to go into production once the campaign funds.

Note 3 — DOWNLOAD — You'll receive a The Gesture of History Bandcamp download link right after the campaign funds. When the CD ships to backers, the download will be available for a while at name-your-price. 

Note 4 — PLEASE DON'T WAIT! — People message, "I need to wait two weeks 'til I get paid, before I can pledge!" Actually, no, you don’t need to wait. Credit cards are not charged until after the campaign ends! Please donate now, while it’s on your mind. 

Note 5 — USA POSTAGE is charged with your pledge (except the high end tiers, which will PayPal later.)

Note 6 — MEXICO POSTAGE — Read the end of this update for Mexico information 

Note 7 — INTERNATIONAL POSTAGE will be charged as a separate PayPal payment after the campaign funds. It is NOT part of the pledge you make today. Details at this update.  

Note 8 — Projekt Records has a European Webstore Partner offering very reasonable shipping rates. They will handle the CD & LP European fulfillment. Details at this update.

Note 9 — VINYL & COMPACT DISC TIME FRAME — Over the last few campaigns I’ve learned it takes around 4 months for the vinyl plant to produce & deliver LPs, while CDs take about a month. For that reason, I'll ship your packages as the format arrives in Oregon. Thus, CDs will ship in advance of LPs. If you are ordering the CD/LP premium, your package will ship when the LP arrives.   

Plush Fleece Photo Blanket, 50x60
Plush Fleece Photo Blanket, 50x60
This is what the viola in the $500 premium will look like. Each one is custom made by Sam. In the photo: Mercy West. : )
This is what the viola in the $500 premium will look like. Each one is custom made by Sam. In the photo: Mercy West. : )

  
       Your contributions allow this independent, fan-funded album to see the light of day.  

Risks and challenges

I've run ten Kickstarters; all successfully funded with all premiums fulfilled. I've run the Projekt label and webstore for 36 years; I'm experienced at following through on projects, boxing things up and getting the boxes into the mail. I have a long history meeting budgets on over 350 releases including complex limited editions.
I foresee no delays in meeting the fulfillment deadline.

I value your enthusiasm for the music I've created over the past 36 years. I want to remind you that Kickstarter is all or nothing; this campaign only funds if we reach the $8000 goal; each pledge is very important! No matter what you can give, you help make The Gesture of History exist. I thank you for that!  - Sam

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