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    New doc on women in Electronic music

    I just stumbled across this and it looks really interesting. Sisters With Transistors is a new documentary film bringing electronic music’s unsung women to the fore. Writer and director Lisa Rovner takes us from 1920s theremin virtuoso Clara Rockmore to Louis and Bebe Barron’s score for the 1956 film Forbidden Planet (which wasn’t allowed to be called music) to Delia Derbyshire’s recording of the Doctor Who theme. Sisters With Transistors is Narrated by Laurie Anderson. Apparently it debuted at the American Film Institute Festival last fall and will debut virtually on Metrograph’s website on April 23.

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    Interview with the director:


    SISTERS WITH TRANSISTORS is the remarkable untold story of electronic music’s female pioneers, composers who embraced machines and their liberating technologies to utterly transform how we produce and listen to music today.

    The film maps a new history of electronic music through the visionary women whose radical experimentations with machines redefined the boundaries of music, including Clara Rockmore, Daphne Oram, Bebe Barron, Pauline Oliveros, Delia Derbyshire, Maryanne Amacher, Eliane Radigue, Suzanne Ciani, and Laurie Spiegel.

    The history of women has been a history of silence. Music is no exception. As one of the film’s subjects, Laurie Spiegel explains: “We women were especially drawn to electronic music when the possibility of a woman composing was in itself controversial. Electronics let us make music that could be heard by others without having to be taken seriously by the male dominated Establishment.”

    With the wider social, political and cultural context of the 20th century as our backdrop, this all archival documentary reveals a unique emancipation struggle, restoring the central role of women in the history of music and society at large.

    With Laurie Anderson as our narrator, we’ll embark on a fascinating journey through the evolution of electronic music. We’ll learn how new devices opened music to the entire field of sound, how electronic music not only changed the modes of production but in its wide-ranging effects also transformed the very terms of musical thought.

    Sisters with Transistors is more than just the history of a music genre: it's the story of how we hear and the critical but little-known role female pioneers play in that story.

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    A true pioneer


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    Must See TV!

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    I just came across this recently and really loved it:



    So yes, this overall documentary about these pioneers sounds fabulous
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    Quote Originally Posted by dropforge View Post
    Must See TV!
    You betch 'em. I want to see this.
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    Here's the entire Letterman clip with Suzanne.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Digital_Man View Post


    Here's the entire Letterman clip with Suzanne.
    Very cool !

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    Hmm, women making electronic music, can't say I know of any, or ever heard of any, probably gonna be like a 2 minute documentary..

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    We just watched "A Life in Waves" a biography on Suzanne Ciani.
    Fantastic! Recommended.
    Tried to watch Sisters With Transistors but not available in US.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mythos View Post
    Hmm, women making electronic music, can't say I know of any, or ever heard of any, probably gonna be like a 2 minute documentary..
    84 minutes actually.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimmy Giant View Post
    Tried to watch Sisters With Transistors but not available in US.
    Very much available in the US....just not for free. Metrograph is streaming it. You join Metrograph for $5 and you can watch this doc and anything else they have. Either way, you can cancel before it renews the next month:

    https://metrograph.com/live-screenin...h-transistors/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mythos View Post
    Hmm, women making electronic music, can't say I know of any, or ever heard of any, probably gonna be like a 2 minute documentary..
    Suzanne Ciani
    Wendy Carlos
    Dorothea Raukes
    To name 3 that are in my collection.

    Another which can be found on YouTube is Lisa Bella Donna

    Last edited by Rarebird; 1 Week Ago at 02:21 PM.

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