We’ve updated our Terms of Use to reflect our new entity name and address. You can review the changes here.
We’ve updated our Terms of Use. You can review the changes here.

Butterfly Effects

by Analog Tara / Tara Rodgers

  • Streaming + Download

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

    Tracks on this album should play as a seamless mix; downloading in higher-quality format is recommended, as MP3 format may introduce breaks between tracks. Best listened to through headphones or speakers that reproduce a wide range of frequencies.
    Purchasable with gift card

      $7 USD  or more




A four-channel computer music composition with a generative structure that unfolds differently each time it is executed. Its structure is derived from behavioral aspects and ecosystem dynamics of migratory monarch butterflies. It is also inspired by the ‘butterfly effect’ concept of chaos theory: that the flapping of one butterfly’s wings can cause significant changes in how a weather system unfolds over time. Each synthesized sound event represents either a butterfly behavior (like flying or clustering), or an environmental condition (like wind or sunlight). All sequences of sound events result from the interdependence of fluctuating elements in the whole system. Data objects being created and destroyed reference the life cycles of living things. Although the composition generates indefinitely, all sound elements cycle through in a 24-minute period. Each minute equals one hour in the synthesized environment. This is a stereo mix, representing a cycle of three days.


released August 20, 2007

Composed in Oakland, Calif. and recorded in Montreal. Special thanks to Maggi Payne, Fred Frith, Chris Brown, Abe Doherty, Chris Kubick.


all rights reserved



Analog Tara / Tara Rodgers Maryland

A multi-instrumentalist composer, producer, and historian of sound, Tara started her career as a self-taught jazz pianist and has since made a wide range of techno and ambient music, and generative sound compositions in SuperCollider. From NPR Music: "Assertive work, bold in the precision and subtlety it takes to mix such signals with thrill and grace and restraint.” ... more

contact / help

Contact Analog Tara / Tara Rodgers

Streaming and
Download help

Redeem code

Report this album or account

If you like Analog Tara / Tara Rodgers, you may also like: