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Propulsion makes FACT’s best house and techno of 2018

Deep Inside: FACT's best house and techno of 2018
“In the four years I’ve been compiling FACT’s best house and techno tracks, I can’t recall a 12-month period that’s been so full of innovative, diverse and – most importantly – fun music as we had in 2018.”

Analog Tara / Propulsion (1432 R) makes FACT’s year-end list for the best of underground house and techno.

Find all the selections on FACT and listen to the playlists on Spotify or Apple Music.

Analog Tara, Geo Rip, Majeure at Black Cat DC

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.

Analog Tara keynote and performance at MUTEK Montreal

Analog Tara performing at Sonic Circuits DC, 2016.

“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

More information at the MUTEK website.

Analog Tara – Propulsion (Resident Advisor)

Analog Tara Resident Advisor preview“Academic, musician, writer and activist Tara Rodgers revisits her Analog Tara alias for rising D.C. label 1432 R. Like fellow multidisciplinary artist Terre Thaemlitz, Rodgers’ dance floor material is warm and immersive. Body music from a heady source.”

Preview the track “Propulsion” from the Analog Tara Fundamentals EP on Resident Advisor.

Analog Tara – Strawberry Moon Mix for Extended Family DC

Analog Tara Strawberry Moon mix“When I first walked into Tara Rodgers’ house, the sounds of Kamasi Washington are floating through the space…

Rodgers, or Analog Tara, seems at once thoughtful, deliberate, and careful, yet in a way that seems delightedly open to new textures and perspectives. She somewhat sheepishly shows me her studio, a room with a perimeter stacked of modular synthesizers and pretty drum machines. …”

Read the full article and listen to Analog Tara’s 30-minute Strawberry Moon mix for Extended Family DC at Head Shoppe.

Music for CANE

Screenshot of 2013 performance of CANE

“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.)