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Pink Noises: Women on Electronic Music and Sound


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Pink Noises brings together twenty-four interviews with women in electronic music and sound cultures, including club and radio DJs, remixers, composers, improvisers, instrument builders, and installation and performance artists. The collection is an extension of Pinknoises.com, the critically-acclaimed website founded by musician and scholar Tara Rodgers in 2000 to promote women in electronic music and make information about music production more accessible to women and girls. That site featured interviews that Rodgers conducted with women artists, exploring their personal histories, their creative methods, and the roles of gender in their work. This book offers new and lengthier interviews, a critical introduction, and resources for further research and technological engagement.

Contemporary electronic music practices are illuminated through the stories of women artists of different generations and cultural backgrounds. They include the creators of ambient soundscapes, andldquo;performance novels,andrdquo; sound sculptures, and custom software, as well as the developer of the Deep Listening philosophy and the founders of the Liquid Sound Lounge radio show and the monthly Basement Bhangra parties in New York. These and many other artists open up about topics such as their conflicted relationships to formal music training and mainstream media representations of women in electronic music. They discuss using sound to work creatively with structures of time and space, and voice and language; challenge distinctions of nature and culture; question norms of technological practice; and balance their needs for productive solitude with collaboration and community. Whether designing and building modular synthesizers with analog circuits or performing with a wearable apparatus that translates muscle movements into electronic sound, these artists expand notions of who and what counts in matters of invention, production, and noisemaking. Pink Noises is a powerful testimony to the presence and vitality of women in electronic music cultures, and to the relevance of sound to feminist concerns.

Interviewees: Maria Chavez, Beth Coleman (M. Singe), Antye Greie (AGF), Jeannie Hopper, Bevin Kelley (Blevin Blectum), Christina Kubisch, Le Tigre, Annea Lockwood, Giulia Loli (DJ Mutamassik), Rekha Malhotra (DJ Rekha), Riz Maslen (Neotropic), Kaffe Matthews, Susan Morabito, Ikue Mori, Pauline Oliveros, Pamela Z, Chantal Passamonte (Mira Calix), Maggi Payne, Eliane Radigue, Jessica Rylan, Carla Scaletti, Laetitia Sonami, Bev Stanton (Arthur Loves Plastic), Keiko Uenishi (o.blaat)


Collection of interviews with women DJs, electronic musicians, and sound artists.


A collection of twenty-four interviews with women in electronic music and sound cultures, including club and radio DJs, remixers, composers, improvisers, instrument builders, and performance artists.

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Tara Rodgers (Analog Tara) is an independent writer, composer, and musician, and the founder of Pinknoises.com, a website devoted to women DJs, electronic musicians, and sound artists. Her electronic compositions have been released on several recordings and exhibited at venues including the Eyebeam Museum in New York City and the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art in Toronto. She has received the New Genre Composition Prize from the International Alliance of Women in Music and a 2006 Frog Peak Experimental Music Award. Rodgers has an MFA in electronic music from Mills College. She is a Ph.D. candidate in communication studies at McGill University.

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teabrarian, September 2, 2011 (view all comments by teabrarian)
This was such an exciting book that I renewed my University Library’s copy for months before returning it in hopes that the next person to lay their hands on it would find it just as inspiring as I did -- then I turned around and bought myself a copy. Rodgers collects a decade’s worth of transcripts from in-person, telephone, and email interviews she conducted with women who are electronic musicians, DJs, instrument and software developers, and sound artists. Many of the interviews were first published on Pinknoises.com, which Rodgers launched in 2000 to promote women’s contributions to electronic music. In addition to conducting and curating these interviews, Rodgers opens each section with her own insightful commentary. Because each of the twenty-four chapters consists of an interview with a different musician, I found it easy to return and dip into the book even if I set it aside for a while. The breadth of these interviews demonstrates that electronic music is an incredibly diverse genre and I greatly enjoyed learning about the processes behind each woman’s art. Aside from recordings by Le Tigre and Mira Calix, I was almost completely unfamiliar with the work discussed here and that made for a reading experience full of discovery.
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Rodgers, Tara
Duke University Press
Tara Rodgers
Electronic music -- History and criticism.
Disc jockeys
Musical Instruments - Keyboard
Genres & Styles - Electronic
Women's Studies - General
Electronic & Computer
Music-Folk Instruments
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38 illustrations
9.25 x 5.75 in

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