Sisters With Transistors

Director Lisa Rovner
Genre Documentary
Runtime 86 minutes
Country of Origin UK
Language English
Supplier Monoduo Films
Festivals/Awards WINNER - Next Wave Award, CPH:DOX 2020
Release Date In theatres on November 12, 2021

Synopsis

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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Cast
Narrator/Self Laurie Anderson
Self Suzanne Ciani
Laurie Spiegel
Delia Derbyshire
Bebe Barron

Press & Articles

“Review: ‘Sisters With Transistors’: Breaking barriers with electronic sounds” - Los Angeles Times

“Sisters With Transistors review – a gloriously geeky music doc” - The Guardian

“Sisters with Transistors” - RogerEbert.com

“‘Sisters With Transistors’: A Brief History of Electronic Music’s Unsung Pioneers” - Rolling Stone

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