Analog Tara / Fundamentals is a 2019 Wammie Award Finalist for Best Electronic/Techno Artist. Thank you to The MusicianShip and the Washington, DC music community for your support! Wammie Weekend at the Lincoln Theatre is March 30-31, 2019.
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.
“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.
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.'”
“This past month, Rodgers’ decision to finally and formally release an album feels necessarily tangled in her lifelong historiographic work. Animated by the perpetual need to clear space for women’s work in the form, Fundamentals, her aptly-titled EP, places imagined pressure on electronic music’s history, fitting itself into the music’s long continuum uncannily like a key element of its past and its present at once.
You don’t need to know much about techno for Fundamentals to register as something special. … A beautifully austere, four-track exercise in quality control and rigorous decision… it is assertive work, bold in the precision and subtlety it takes to mix such signals with thrill and grace and restraint.”
Read the full review on NPR Music.
“The most instantly satisfying thing about “Fundamentals” — the first saucer of vinyl that Tara Rodgers has released under her nom de techno, Analog Tara, in 15 years — is how balanced it feels. Top to bottom, this is well-crafted dance music — the kind that makes the floor feel sturdier beneath your feet while still allowing your head to get all-the-way loose.
Maybe that’s because Rodgers has spent the past two decades thinking hard about craft. She quite literally wrote the book on women in electronic music…”
Read the full review in The Washington Post.
“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
“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.
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.
Pink Noises is on Artforum‘s Top Ten list for May 2018 by Lyra Pramuk, the American singer, composer-producer, and performance artist based in Berlin.
Find the full article on Artforum.