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.
From Ithaca, NY-based label VF Industrial: “a pretty amazing album by the one and only Analog Tara Rodgers for your listening pleasure… quite possibly one of my favorite discs of the year.”
A 20-minute album of ambient, algorithmic soundscapes combining piano performance with recordings of vintage modular synthesizers.
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.
In August 2018, 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.
“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.
“Now based in Washington, DC, Rodgers has come off a 15-year hiatus from releasing recordings as Analog Tara with a new EP, titled Fundamentals, on the DC label 1432 R. Fundamentals is an amalgamation of the artist’s influences and personal experiences, exploring everything from techno, electro, analog sound sources, jazz, funk keyboard performance, sound art and explorations of sound as sculptural material. The music is soulful, serene and celebratory, featuring jubilant rhythms, magnetic synths and an overall free-flowing energy. …
In the following interview, we delve into her childhood interactions with music and technology, the impact of women on her work, her creative processes and inspirations, and the role of online communities and feminism in electronic music. …”
Read the interview with Truants.
“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.
“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.