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Tara Rodgers Pink Noises Riot Grrrl Collection at Fales Library

Magazines and media from the Tara Rodgers Pink Noises Riot Grrrl Collection
Selections from the Tara Rodgers Pink Noises Riot Grrrl Collection at Fales Library.

The Tara Rodgers Pink Noises archive is now available at Fales Library & Special Collections at NYU in the Riot Grrrl Collection, which documents the evolution of the Riot Grrrl movement. The Riot Grrrl Collection focuses on personal archives of those involved in the creation of Riot Grrrl zines, music, and activism. It also includes collections from Kathleen Hanna, Joanna Fateman, Mimi Thi Nguyen, Tammy Rae Carland, Becca Albee, and more. In the introduction to the Pink Noises book, Rodgers cites the legacy of the Riot Grrrl movement as one of several motivating factors for starting the Pinknoises.com website in 2000.

From Fales Library’s description: “The Tara Rodgers Pink Noises Riot Grrrl Collection, dated 1976-2015, consists of materials created, produced, and collected by Tara Rodgers documenting her involvement in academia, critical theory, and the music industry. The collection includes correspondence, audio recordings under the name Analog Tara, audio recordings by female electronic and experimental musicians, and publications concerning feminist interests both inside and outside the music industry, including Bust, Bitch, Groove, and XLR8R and a collection of comic books featuring female superheroes (Wonder Woman, She-Hulk, Super Girl, Spider Woman). The collection also includes original writings by Rodgers, including magazine articles and academic publications, as well as other materials documenting her academic activities, such as syllabi, event programs, and program notes from educational institutions she has taught at or worked for.”

Browse the Tara Rodgers Pink Noises Riot Grrrl Collection finding aid at Fales Library.

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Events & Residencies Music

Analog Tara Studio 96 Radio Set

Promo graphic for Studio 96 with Analog Tara, hosted by Nocturnal Wax

Studio 96: your Friday night fix of the best underground dance and electronica from the DMV and beyond! 8 p.m. on WERA 96.7FM and streaming from wera.fm.

Analog Tara joins host Nocturnal Wax for the second half of the hour to play a set of brand new material on the Jomox XBase drum machine with analog distortion and delay, plus some tracks from her back catalogue.

Listen to the November 8 Studio 96 show on Mixcloud.

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Pink Noises Press

Pushing Back: Research in Mixmag

Screenshot of Mixmag article on women in Dutch hardcore music

“The hardcore aesthetic is inspiring, informing and liberating a diverse generation of artists, yet the scene itself is still massively male-dominated… Historically there have been very few women in hardcore; so few you could count them on your fingers. According to Bianca Ludewig, hardcore scholar and member of the female:pressure network, this has translated into a lack of female role models which are needed to bring more women artists into the scene… “scholars, like Tara Rodgers, have shown how women are getting systematically written out of music history, and as a woman you need some inspiration through role models to show that it’s normal as a woman to be a DJ or musician.””

Read the full article by Holly Dicker in Mixmag on women in the Dutch hardcore scene.

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Music Press

Eight Artists Defining Washington, D.C.’s Experimental Scene (Bandcamp)

Illustration of artists in DC experimental scene

Jonathan Williger writes that DC has “a thriving underground community of musicians exploring adventurous, left-field, and avant-garde forms of electronic music, jazz, rap, and punk… There is a refreshing lack of barriers between these worlds, and a spirit of collaboration that exists across genres.”

“Rodgers’ approach varies widely from release to release, performance to performance, spanning electro-acoustic drift, atmospheric techno, and sublime layers of droning synth… These days, she’s working on a new techno release and workshoping new ambient compositions around DC.”

Read Bandcamp Daily’s piece on eight artists defining DC’s experimental music scene.

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Events & Residencies

Music Now Colloquium at Brown University

Music Now and Spirit Sounds colloquium posters at Brown University in 2019.

Monday, September 30, 2019, 12-1:00pm, Orwig Music Building.

Music Now is an informal forum series for Brown’s community of composers and music scholars. These talks are free and open to the public.

Music Now with Tara Rodgers – Playing Like You Have Lived Before: Embodying History in Electronic Music Production.

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Pink Noises Press

Tara Rodgers: feminismo, tecnología y sonido (Sul Ponticello)

Review of Tara Rodgers sound theories in Sul Ponticello

“Tara Rodgers es una de las teóricas fundamentales con respecto a la relación entre feminismo, tecnología y sonido. … La propuesta de Rodgers se dirige a pensar la posibilidad de establecer encuentros entre lo humano y la tecnología desde el desplazamiento de la supuesta familiaridad hacia la otredad que genera la electrónica. Esos cuerpos situados que propone lo que vibra, más allá de la imposición de lo visual, implicaría también otra forma de relación entre cuerpos que posicionaría cualitativamente el cuerpo femenino en otro lugar con respecto a la tecnología. Frente a la lectura futurista que une la novedad de los ruidos con la violencia de su aparición, Rodgers rastrea formas de fascinación a través del sonido. La labor sería “escudriñar cómo la electrónica puede (o falla en) expresar posibilidades para encuentros más imaginativos y éticos entre la tecnología y la diferencia” (mi énfasis).”

Read Marina Hervás’s review of Tara Rodgers’s sound theories in the Madrid-based music and sound art publication Sul Ponticello.

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Music Press

2019 Wammie Awards Finalist

Analog Tara - 2019 Wammie Award Nominee

Analog Tara / Fundamentals is a finalist for Best Electronic/Techno Artist at the 2019 Wammie Awards. Wammie Weekend at the Lincoln Theatre is March 30-31, 2019.

Thank you to The MusicianShip and the Washington, DC music community for your support!

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Interviews

Interview with SEAMUS

Screenshot of SEAMUS interview with Tara Rodgers

“I’m interested in harmonic complexity as a kind of blown-out timbral dimension that can tell an alternate story while other things are going on in a musical piece… like, if we use terms like lines or patterns when we refer to melody and rhythm, a complex system of interacting overtones is more like the impossible staircase of M.C. Escher, yes? Because it can lead you through a piece in all sorts of directions depending on where your point of entry is or how you focus your listening. And electronic and electroacoustic music is especially well suited to working within this dimension.”

Read an interview with Tara Rodgers by Ted Coffey for the Society for Electroacoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS) on composing across genres, the resonance of Pink Noises 10 years out, and working with electronic musical instruments, including the ARP 2500.

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Events & Residencies Press

Analog Tara on MailTape

Analog Tara on MailTape with illustration by Anthony Dujardin

MailTape releases a playlist every Sunday morning, co-curated with a guest.

On January 13, 2019, Analog Tara joins MailTape for a set that also includes Sarah Vaughan, Moodymann, Jeff Mills, Dawn of MIDI, Jlin, Moor Mother/King Britt.

Listen to the Analog Tara playlist on MailTape.

Illustration by Anthony Dujardin.

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Music Press

Propulsion makes FACT’s best house and techno of 2018

Fact Best of 2018 House and Techno

“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.

Listen to FACT’s Deep Inside: The Best House and Techno of 2018.

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Events & Residencies 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.

Majeure is the alter ego of A.E. Paterra, multi-tasking extraordinaire and one-half of progressive synt-rock duos Zombi, and Contact.

Geo Rip is John Jones (Dope Body, Nerftoss) with Aaron Leitko and Mike Petillo (Protect-U).

Tara Rodgers (Analog Tara) is a multi-instrumentalist composer and historian of electronic music.