MailTape invites a guest to co-curate a playlist every Sunday morning. On January 13, 2019, Analog Tara joins MailTape for this set that also includes Sarah Vaughan, Moodymann, Jeff Mills, Dawn of MIDI, Jlin, Moor Mother/King Britt. Listen to the playlist on MailTape. Illustration by Anthony Dujardin.
Analog Tara, Geo Rip, Majeure at Black Cat, Washington, DC, November 29, 8 p.m., $10.
Majeure is the alter ego of A.E. Paterra, multi-tasking extraordinaire and one-half of progressive synt-rock duos Zombi, and Contact. Decidedly more dance-oriented than Zombi, Majeure combines the dark Moog-driven film scores of Vangelis with the relentless drive of Can and the transcendent minimalism of Steve Reich and Philip Glass.
Geo Rip is John Jones (Dope Body, Nerftoss) with Aaron Leitko and Mike Petillo (Protect-U). Mulched samples and electronics improvised live in concert. Transcendent and grotesque. Crashed rhythms for crashed times.
Dr. Tara Rodgers (Analog Tara) is a multi-instrumentalist composer and historian of electronic music. She is the author of Pink Noises: Women on Electronic Music and Sound (2010) and numerous articles on the history of sound and synthesizers. Her music, from analog techno to generative sound installations made with SuperCollider, has been presented around the U.S. and internationally.
In the Warsaw-based Glissando magazine, Marta Beszterda writes:
“One of the conference’s great assets was that multiple stakeholders were called to participate in an effort to answer the big questions about diversifying the music industry. Participants included festival curators, artists, decision makers and institutions, as well as researchers and scholars (Marie Thompson’s presentation on the sonic cyberfeminism and Analog Tara’s presentation on the feminist movement in electronic culture were definitely some of the symposium’s highlights). …
What particularly stood out for me with regard to the need for diversity and intersectionality in electronic music industry, was Analog Tara’s keynote presentation … where she explained that acting for gender diversity in electronic music is inherently intertwined with the issues of personal and social identity, wider cultural experience as well as racial and economic justice. As she said: (…) ‘creative expression is an embodiment of freedom. And more often, creative expression embodies many different dreams or yearnings that move in the direction of freedom. And we need as many different dreams of freedom as we can get.'”
She Recalibrates (2018) is a series of drawings by the London-based artist, Aura Satz, featuring the hands of women who contributed to the development of electronic music, including Pauline Oliveros, Laurie Spiegel, Eliane Radigue, Delia Derbyshire, Daphne Oram, Maryanne Amacher, Wendy Carlos, Tara Rodgers and more.
Aura Satz’s Listen, Recalibrate solo exhibition runs at Fridman Gallery, 169 Bowery, NYC, November 7–December 14, 2018. Learn more and download the exhibition catalog at the Fridman website.
INSERT [coda] HERE (2015) with Sharon Mansur (performance), Tara Rodgers (music), and Brian Harris (photography, edit) plays at the Oregon Cinema Arts Film Festival, 5th Avenue Cinemas, Portland, August 17-18, 2018.
“A composer and thinker who explores sound and sonic meanings from multiple angles, Analog Tara builds her tracks on analog sources and recorded loops, layering improvised sounds and melodic lines into an intricate and inquisitive design…
The author of numerous essays on music, technology and culture as well as the groundbreaking 2010 book Pink Noises: Women on Electronic Music and Sound… she’ll present a keynote talk at MUTEK’s Symposium this year.”
Keynote: Monument-National, August 22, 2018, 14:00-14:45
Performance: Expérience 4, Place des Arts, August 25, 2018, 16:55 – 17:40
Learn more about SAIC visiting artists and scholars.
“Inspired by Jean Toomer’s experimental 1923 text of the Harlem Renaissance, CANE explores memories of African American sharecropping held by a technologically-devised canefield.” Friday, February 16, 2018, 7 p.m., Rubenstein Arts Center, Duke University.
Read more and watch a 2013 performance on Vimeo. (Performed by Tanya Wideman, Thaddeus Davis, Kalin Morrow, Amber Mayberry. Conceived by Thomas F. DeFrantz, Visual Design and Programming by Eto Otitigbe, Music by Tara Rodgers, Sound Programming by Jamie Keesecher, Additional Programming and Sound Discoveries by Jung-Eun Kim and Peter Whincop. Lighting by Jesse Belsky, Costumes by Marissa Erickson. Production Dramaturg: Jules Odendahl-James, Production Management Shireen Dickson.)