Past screening

Sisters with Transistors

Directed by: Lisa Rovner
Runtime: 1hr 26min Year: 2020
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Directed by: Lisa Rovner
Runtime: 1hr 26min Year: 2020
Country: United Kingdom
Topics: Music
Last Screened: Thu 1st Jul 2021

Narrated by Laurie Anderson, this is the untold story of the female pioneers of electronic music - from Delia Derbyshire to Suzanne Ciani - who transformed the way we produce and listen to music today.

Since the very beginning of electronic music, women have been integral in inventing the devices, techniques and tropes that would define the shape of sound for years to come. Sisters with Transistors is the irresistible antidote to a common assumption that electronic music is a boys club. Not true, and Lisa Rovner’s tour through the synths and sounds of a series of visionary women proves it.

Narrated by Laurie Anderson, the film maps a new history of electronic music through the 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.