Interview with SEAMUS

Screenshot of SEAMUS interview

Interview with Ted Coffey for the Society for Electroacoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS) on composing across genres and working with electronic musical instruments, including the ARP 2500.

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.

Review of Keychange: Amplify Symposium at MUTEK

Tara Rodgers keynote at Keychange Amplify symposium, MUTEK Montreal, 2018
Photo by Bruno Destombes

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.'”

Read the full Keychange: Amplify symposium review at Glissando.

Aura Satz’s She Recalibrates at Fridman Gallery

Aura Satz, She Recalibrates (Tara Rodgers), 2018

Aura Satz, She Recalibrates (Tara Rodgers), 2018

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.

Artist case study in The Digital Musician, 3rd ed., Routledge

In August 2018, Cover of Andrew Hugill, The Digital Musician, 3rd ed.Routledge published Andrew Hugill’s 3rd edition of The Digital Musician, an “introductory textbook for creative music technology and electronic music courses. Written to be accessible to students from any musical background, this book examines cultural awareness, artistic identity and musical skills, offering a system-agnostic survey of digital music creation. Each chapter presents creative projects that reinforce concepts, as well as case studies of real musicians and discussion questions for further reflection.”

Read the interview with Tara Rodgers and access other artist case studies online.