Pink Noises

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, "performance novels," 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)
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Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 146 x 235 x 22.86mm | 453.59g
  • North Carolina, United States
  • English
  • 0822346737
  • 9780822346739
  • 185,620

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""Pink Noises" is a breath of fresh air when you look at how many electronic music books are about more of the same: boys with toys. From the Middle Eastern-inflected electronica of DJ Mutamassik, to the Punjabi rhythms of DJ Rekha, to the academix of Pamela Z and Pauline Oliveros, Tara Rodgers's examination of women as central figures in the creative processes of twenty-first-century art and music is a must-read for anyone who cares about the future of music in our hyper-connected and hyper-post-everything contemporary life."--Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky
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Table of contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

Part 1. Time and Memory 25

Pauline Oliveros 27

Kaffe Matthews 34

Carla Scaletti 43

Eliane Radigue 54

Part 2. Space and Perspective 61

Maggi Payne 63

Ikue Mori 73

Beth Coleman (M. Singe) 81

Maria Chavez 94

Part 3. Nature and Synthetics 105

Christina Kubisch 107

Annea Lockwood 114

Chantal Passamonte (Mira Calix) 128

Jessica Rylan 139

Part 4. Circulation and Movements 157

Susan Morabito 159

Rekha Malhotra (DJ Rekha) 169

Giulia Loli (DJ Mtuamassik) 178

Jeannie Hopper 190

Part 5. Language, Machines, Embodiment 201

Antye Gueie (AGF) 203

Pamela Z 216

Laetitia Sonami 226

Bevin Kelley (Blevin Blectum) 235

Part 6. Alone/Together 243

Le Tigre 245

Bev Stanton (Arthur Loves Plastic) 255

Keiko Uenishi (o.blaat) 263

Riz Maslen (Neotropic) 273

Glossary 283

Discography 295

References 301

Index 313
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"I love opening this book and flipping to a random interview. Each one is extremely personal but also technical and conceptual, exploring the artist's unique relationship to sound and space. It's refreshing to read about these women's musical journeys in the context of a male-dominated field like electronic music." -- Lyra Pramuk * Artforum * "One of the best music books of 2010, Tara Rodgers's Pink Noises, gave an accessible window into what looks to be many years of research into gender, identity and electronic music. . . ." -- Frances Morgan * The Quietus * "[Rodgers] conducted thoughtful, detailed interviews with a wide range of artists. . . . Even when I don't much care for the artist Rodgers is talking to . . . the discussion is lively and interesting. . . . Rodgers clearly understands many disparate modes of music making, and sounds equally authoritative whether she's talking about elaborate programming schemes, the language of analog synthesizers, or record buying." -- Peter Margasak * Chicago Reader * "[A] vitally needed book, and it really is wonderful to read so many women talking passionately about the subject." -- Emily Manuel * Bitch * "Pink Noises touches upon nearly every aspect of female involvement in the evolution of electronic music and sound. . . . This book would be worthwhile if only for its excellent, clearly written glossary of essential terms and its basic primer on the history of the speed-of-light changes of a mega-industry and tools that most westerners use-in our current climate of relatively affordable consumerism: (if not necessarily civilization)-on a virtually daily basis and that we take for granted." -- Deborah Frost * Women's Review of Books * "Pink Noises is an original and important contribution to discourse in electronic music, musicology, and gender studies. Rodgers's unique background as both electronic musician and scholar allows her to ask incisive questions about both creative process and cultural situation. And the introductory essay is nothing less than groundbreaking in its attempt to birth an alternate historiography for electronic music and to theorize the language and systems of electronic music." -- Betsey Biggs * Women & Music * "Pink Noises is an extremely well informed, informative and inspiring discussion of some of the most crucial aspects and developments in electronic music. The innovators and actors behind these developments happen to be women and Pink Noises thereby highlights the astounding male centeredness in standard accounts and representation in electronic music." -- Anna Gavanas * Dancecult * "What does it mean to be a female electronic musician? This seemingly simple question lies at the heart of Pink Noises, Tara Rodgers's compelling exploration into the relationship between technology and gender. . . . Rodgers's book serves as both an introduction to the world of music and technology, even providing an extensive glossary, and inspirational manifesto, revealing that to succeed as an artist is to follow one's own unique path, no matter what." -- Nick Zurko * Tom Tom Magazine * "Tara Rodgers . . . is as interested in the way these women do their work as what inspires it, or what it represents." -- Michaelangelo Matos * The Onion A.V. Club * "Pink Noises is a breath of fresh air when you look at how many electronic music books are about more of the same: boys with toys. From the Middle Eastern-inflected electronica of DJ Mutamassik, to the Punjabi rhythms of DJ Rekha, to the academix of Pamela Z and Pauline Oliveros, Tara Rodgers's examination of women as central figures in the creative processes of twenty-first-century art and music is a must-read for anyone who cares about the future of music in our hyper-connected and hyper-post-everything contemporary life."-Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky "Pink Noises is an original and important contribution to discourse in
electronic music, musicology, and gender studies. Rodgers's unique background as both electronic musician and scholar allows her to ask incisive questions about both creative process and cultural situation. And the introductory essay is nothing less than groundbreaking in its attempt to birth an alternate historiography for electronic music and to theorize the language and systems of electronic music." - Betsey Biggs, Women & Music "Pink Noises touches upon nearly every aspect of female involvement in the evolution of electronic music and sound. . . . This book would be worthwhile if only for its excellent, clearly written glossary of essential terms and its basic primer on the history of the speed-of-light changes of a mega-industry and tools that most westerners use-in our current climate of relatively affordable consumerism: (if not necessarily civilization)-on a virtually daily basis and that we take for granted." - Deborah Frost, Women's Review of Books "[A] vitally needed book, and it really is wonderful to read so many women talking passionately about the subject." - Emily Manuel, Bitch "Pink Noises is an extremely well informed, informative and inspiring discussion of some of the most crucial aspects and developments in electronic music. The innovators and actors behind these developments happen to be women and Pink Noises thereby highlights the astounding male centeredness in standard accounts and representation in electronic music." - Anna Gavanas, Dancecult "One of the best music books of 2010, Tara Rodgers's Pink Noises, gave an accessible window into what looks to be many years of research into gender, identity and electronic music. . . ." - Frances Morgan, The Quietus "[Rodgers] conducted thoughtful, detailed interviews with a wide range of artists. . . . Even when I don't much care for the artist Rodgers is talking to . . . the discussion is lively and interesting. . . . Rodgers clearly understands many disparate modes of music making, and sounds equally authoritative whether she's talking about elaborate programming schemes, the language of analog synthesizers, or record buying." - Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader
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About Tara Rodgers

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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