Sisters With Transistors (Preview) (2020)

  • Documentary
  • 1h 30m

While electronic music is often perceived as a boy’s club, the truth is from the beginning women have been integral in inventing the devices, techniques and tropes that have defined the shape of modern sound.

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

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

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.

Part of our Re:Sisters season

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Lisa Rovner




United Kingdom

Bonus Content

In Conversation with filmmaker Lisa Rovner

Director of NEoN Digital Arts, Donna Holford-Lovell in conversation with Sisters With Transistors Director, Lisa Rovner exclusively as part of our Re:Sisters season.

Donna and Lisa talk about the barriers faced by the early music pioneers and the liberations provided by electronic music in this pre-recorded conversation. They speak about the importance of telling stories, listening deeply, the freedom of being ‘between’ and the magic of the theremin.

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