Sally Rodgers

We were absolutely delighted to welcome Sally Rodgers to the Chinwag settee. Though well known as part of the influential electronic duo A Man Called Adam, Sally is a prominent and respected multi-disciplined producer and sound artist, whose life has been steeped and shaped in rhythm.

Growing up as the daughter of parents employed as the steward and stewardess of working men’s clubs in the North East, Sally’s younger life was soundtracked by the muffled noise of droning Hammond organ, bingo caller’s monotone and singers belting out favourites like ‘Sweet Caroline’, ‘High Ho Silver Lining’ and ‘Hey Las Vegas’. The signature singalong tunes of her extended family, her elder brother’s trainspotty vinyl addiction which initiated her into the sonic dimensions of classic long players (think Pet Sounds and Surf’s Up, The White Album and Ram) and her sister’s transformation from a glossy-lipped, disco dolly to a pink-haired ‘face’ around Middlesbrough’s punk scene gave Sally a unique musical schooling.

For over 25 years, with collaborator Steve Jones, she has recorded under the artist names A Man Called Adam and, more recently, discrete machines, working across a broad range of disciplines including A/V works for exhibitions and performance, sound design for films, museums and exhibitions.

Her creative evolution has seen her recently graduate a PhD in which she traced the impact of technologies on poetic practice and its reception from the beginning of the industrial age to the present day. Her thesis (From Memnon to Gangnam: A Diachronic Study of Technology-led Abstraction in Oral, Written and Music-based Poetries), poses the notion that poetry is fundamental to human expression and that we ought to attempt to understand its evolution as part of a continuum that is tied to all our other technological achievements.

This coming autumn 2015 Sally takes up a teaching post with Leeds College of Music but before then we were pleased to be welcoming her to Chinwag for a chat about life and whatever else comes up.