New Documentary Explores the Untold History and Role of Women in the Development of Electronic Music



A new documentary available for streaming called "Sisters With Transistors", explores the role of women in the history and development of electronic music within the context of social, cultural, and political transformation in the 20th century. It details all of this through the untold story of highly influential figures in the world of electronics such as Clara Rockmore, Daphne Oram, Bebe Barron, Pauline Oliveros, Delia Derbyshire, Maryanne Amacher, Eliane Radigue, Suzanne Ciani, and Laurie Spiegel.


Written and directed by Lisa Rovner, and narrated by Laurie Spiegel, who was responsible for the opening cut on the Golden Record that was carried into Interstellar orbit by the Voyager probe missions back in 1977, the film is a powerful reckoning with what has been unfortunately a largely forgotten part of history; especially in regards to the most radically transformative style of music, which has been electronic. Something that as you will learn in the documentary, was largely taken to the heights that have been reached, by pioneering women whose works radically transformed our approach to composition and production.


As Laurie Spiegel herself explains in the film: “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.”


"Sisters With Transistors" is available now via on demand streaming through the official website, where you can also find more information about the film, and of course the women pioneers featured in the documentary.