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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.

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Music

New release on VF Industrial: sketches with piano + analog noise

Cover of sketches with piano + analog noise by Tara Rodgers

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.

Read more and listen to sketches with piano + analog noise.

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Events & Residencies

Aura Satz’s She Recalibrates at Fridman Gallery

Aura Satz, She Recalibrates (Tara Rodgers), 2018

She Recalibrates (2018) is a series of drawings by the London-based artist Aura Satz. The series features 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 (above) 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.

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Insert [Coda] Here at Oregon Cinema Arts Film Festival

Insert [coda] Here video still with Sharon Mansur

INSERT [coda] HERE (2015) with Sharon Mansur (performance), Tara Rodgers (music), and Brian Harris (photography, edit) plays at the Oregon Cinema Arts Film Festival, 5th Avenue Cinemas, Portland, August 17-18, 2018.

Read more about INSERT [coda] HERE and watch the video.


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Interviews

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

Cover of Andrew Hugill, The Digital Musician, 3rd ed.

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.

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Press

Analog Tara Puts Techno-Feminist Theory Into Practice (NPR Music)

NPR Music article on Analog Tara

“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 of Fundamentals on NPR Music.

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Interviews

Interview: Analog Tara (Truants)

Analog Tara interview with Truants

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 Analog Tara interview with Truants.

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Analog Tara is bringing her ‘homemade techno’ back to the outside world (Washington Post)

Washington Post article on Analog Tara

“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 of Fundamentals in The Washington Post.

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Analog Tara keynote and performance at MUTEK Montreal

Analog Tara performing at Sonic Circuits DC, 2016.

“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

More information on Analog Tara at the MUTEK website.

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Music Press

Analog Tara – Propulsion (Resident Advisor)

Propulsion by Analog Tara at Resident Advisor

“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 Analog Tara track “Propulsion” from the Fundamentals EP on Resident Advisor.