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Sequential Artist Spotlight: Analog Tara

Dr. Tara Rodgers (Analog Tara) is a multi-instrumentalist composer and historian of electronic music. She is the author of Pink Noises: Women on Electronic Music and Sound (2010) and several essays on the history of sound and synthesizers. Her music includes recent techno EPs on 1432 R (DC), several self-released albums, remixes for Beauty Pill and Le Tigre, and a compilation release on Move D’s Source Records. She has presented music and public lectures at MUTEK, Ableton Loop, and many other forums.

We chatted with Analog Tara about how she uses Sequential instruments in her music:

What made you choose Sequential?

I work with a few instruments now in the DSI/Sequential family. My first was a DSI Mopho desktop, which I picked up around 2010 not long after it came out. At that time I was drawn to its size and power. I was putting together a compact analog techno setup for live performance and used an Akai MPC500 to sequence the Mopho and an MFB-522 drum machine. For minimal techno, electro, and acid house it was a big-sounding, fun, and very portable all-hardware combination.

In 2013, I bought a used Oberheim Matrix-1000. I was looking for an affordable way into the Oberheim sound world of Prince’s music and other synth music of that era, and this was it. These vintage synths have actually doubled or tripled in price since then, so I’m glad I acted when I did!

Both of these instruments became central to my studio – irreplaceable, really. And so when I learned about the Sequential OB-6 combining Dave Smith’s and Tom Oberheim’s design expertise, of course I was curious to work with it and in recent months have loved exploring what the OB-6 desktop can do.

How are you using it?

I produce a range of techno, ambient, and experimental music. For the beat-driven music, the Mopho and Matrix-1000 have held down most of the bass, lead and pad duties, respectively, for some years now. I’ve also used the Matrix-1000 extensively, sometimes exclusively, in ambient compositions. The OB-6 is a great addition because it has the vintage sounds and filters that I already love, but also the polyphony and the knob-per-function editability.

My typical process in the studio is to work up ideas with hardware first, sketching out ideas using the MPC500 to sequence synths and drum machines. I then track those loops into my laptop. The tracking stage can be labor intensive as I’ll often make certain creative choices in terms of sculpting the sound, or maybe doing some live filtering that becomes part of the recorded sound. Following that I’ll do extensive arranging and production inside Ableton Live in a way that elevates those analog sounds so that they shine and evolve even more.

What are some of your favorite things about them?

Mopho is spectacular as a bass unit. It remains my go-to for square or sawtooth bass. I don’t use many presets or have a need to create many – all I need is access to those pure wave shapes, maybe some sub boost, and the Curtis filter of course. Mopho bass really cuts through a mix without much EQ or processing and scales up well to a club sound system too. I’ve had people come up to me at shows and ask what’s kicking out that massive bass and it often comes a surprise when I point to this 5×7″ yellow box.

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EF67 On the Road by Sami.Moe

EF67 – On the Road


Dawit Eklund – Drummer Girl 2.0
Nativesun – ??
Moais – Galaxy Express
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Sami.moe – Crash The Benz
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Sami – Marty & Jack
DJ Maaco – Gadget Man
KMFH – B3
Magic Plush – Mr. Mailman (feat. Bea S-P)
Aubrey – Breaking Out
DJ Deeon – Sex
Jazz N Groove – Keep Givin’ Me Love (Marc’s Lunch Pail Mix)
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The Original – I Luv U Baby (Tall Paul Mix)
Agua Re – Holy Dance (Large Sound Mix)


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Soso Tharpa: Upcycled Sonics

Soso Tharpa’s ingenuity spills out of his tracks – they bristle with energy and land with such a punch you imagine banks of sought-after synthesizers and premium signal chains, meters tickling the reds but smoothed out by a high-end console. But the Washington DC-based producer doesn’t believe that more tools bring about better music. Since he began his music production journey almost by accident after purchasing a MIDI keyboard and discovering the bundled copy of Live, he’s focused on pursuing sound through the immediate means at his disposal and avoided the creative cul-de-sac of over-abundance. 

“I didn’t have the hardest of upbringings but I had to do with what I had many times in my life,” explains Tharpa, real name Michael Aniekwe, as we chat on a video call, “and I feel like you hear that with my music. I’ll use the same sample in three different tracks, but people will never know just because of the way I processed it.” 

Aniekwe could be considered early in his career due to his concise discography, but behind the veil of publicly available music are many years spent developing his sound. Since arriving at a point where he was ready to release something out into the world, he’s chosen to keep focused on why he wanted to make music and not subscribe to the demands of the modern age, where productivity and visibility are supposed to equal success. His music has reached respected labels and DJs without the industry-approved pathways of PR and networking, serving as a heartening reminder that genuine talent shines through no matter what.

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EF66 Tide Pools by Side II Side

Braden on His Bike photo by Joyce Lim

EXTENDED FAMILY 66: TIDE POOLS

2562 – Channel 2
Christian Coiffure – Meet Her Stage 2
Liam Doc – Dont Wont About It
Faur – Deux
North Lake – Fornaxx
Bruce – I’m Alright Mate
Tano – Final Step
Gabe & Jude – Tabula Rasa
Ido Plumes – Albeit
Pocket – Hyperfunk Dub
Slikback – Bantu Zen
Piezo – Cutest Kitty Content
Setrus – Cream Gambit
Henzo – Humidity Valve (<<)
DJ Plead – El Es
Mosca – Blunt Abdominal Trauma
Pearson Sound – Earwig
aya & BFTT – Beam Me Up Stotty
ellian – A8
Kevin Murf – Last Minute
Kouslin – More Human
Batu – Other Means
Sun People – Tell Me Something
Namarone – Burning Touch
Jimmy Edgar – Wanna Do It
Regal86 – Checkyoself
Sully – Stop
HOOVERIAN BLUR – Skatterbox
Eusebeia – Hopes + Dreams
Wordcolour – Bluster (Djrum Remix)

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EF64 Champagne Mix by Babypufff

EXTENDED FAMILY 64: CHAMPAGNE MIX

.mezer (the architect) – 748 Intro
MBERE – Pressure
Dj Crisps – Jazzism
Toby Ross – Make It Through (ft. P.A.B.)
Murder He Wrote – Regrets (Extended Mix)
Fonzo – Reality (ft. Ansza)
Bluetoof & Theo Everyday – Spillage In The Arcade
Sempra – Scuttle
Noneohone – Crave
Richard White – Ghost Notes
Bored Lored – Feel It
Park End – BBS
Peaky Beats – Dub Me Up
Mantra – Ala

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EF63 Tehom by Artemis

EF63 Tehom by Artemis

Michal Jablonski – iDroid
Tension – Challenger (Fixeer Remix)
Vågh – Hologram
Kalter Ende – False Structure
NWHR – Poisoned Minds
SNTS – Fearless
Linear System – Sine Attack
Kwartz – Reinforced Control
Ireen Amnes/Gramrcy – Bananabread
Arnaud Le Texier – Out of Phase
Uncertain– Terminate
Planetary Assault Systems – Rip The Cut (The Lady Machine Remix)
VX – Wolverine (Submerge Remix)
Cari Lekebusch – XXX
Subway – Constant
James Ruskin – Work (Steve Rachmad Mix)
Max Watts – Morrow
Shinedoe – Transcendental
Juana – S.A.O.Y.

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D.C. DJ Sami brings a secret weapon to his dance music: A flute

“Way Up,” a standout track on Sami’s “Elevate” EP — his first collection of new music in nearly five years — begins down a path that will be familiar to those who have heard the music he’s produced, DJed or released on 1432 R, the label he co-founded: Chitter-chatter percussion and percolating bass give way to hands-in-air rave synths, which sync up to an interlocking rhythm.

But the journey soon diverges, with the sound of something unfamiliar in most club music: wind-in-the-woods flute, as if Pan is beckoning the listener off the wall and onto the dance floor. And that’s not a sample or synthesizer; it’s Sami himself.

“If you had told me when I was a kid that I was going to be making dance music with [the flute], I would have laughed,” he says. “Everybody’s got a voice, and the flute is definitely a medium through which I express mine.”

Read more in the Washington Post ..