Pink Noises (2000-)

Pink Noises is a feminist media project that promotes work by women who are DJs, electronic musicians and sound artists, makes information on music production more accessible, and encourages critical consciousness through creative and exploratory uses of sound and audio technologies. The title embraces “pink” for its gendered connotations, “noise” as a metaphor for disturbance, and “pink noise” as an audio-technical term describing equal distributions of power across the frequency spectrum (Rodgers 2010, 19).

The website Pinknoises.com was founded in 2000 by musician and writer Tara Rodgers (Analog Tara), and was one of the first online communities devoted to women who make and perform electronic music. The site was formed out of a do-it-yourself ethos: inspired by the legacy of Riot Grrrl, which catalyzed feminist art making and activism in the early ‘90s, and by the utopic spirit at that time for creating online communities that could transcend geographic boundaries. Pinknoises.com was widely praised in the press for making technical information about audio production more accessible.

Pinknoises.com

Pinknoises.com was supported by a large community of contributors and participants in online discussions and occasional events. The site was updated for a few years, remained archived on the web for several years, and now continues its advocacy efforts online through a network on Facebook. Pinknoises.com was nominated Best Music Web Site at the 2003 Webby Awards.

A related collection of 24 new and expanded artist interviews was published by Duke University Press in 2010. The book contains 24 interviews with women of various generations and cultural backgrounds, a critical introduction on gender and electronic music history, and a bibliography and discography for further research. In a field where women have been largely absent from historical accounts, Pink Noises locates some of them and documents their experiences.

Pink Noises book cover

The Pink Noises book received the 2011 Pauline Alderman Book Award from the International Alliance for Women in Music, and has been reviewed in dozens of blogs, websites, newspapers, magazines, and scholarly journals around the world.