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SISTERS WITH TRANSISTORS

by Lisa Rovner

synopsis

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.

international title: Sisters with Transistors
original title: Sisters with Transistors
country: France
year: 2020
genre: documentary
directed by: Lisa Rovner
film run: 82'
film editing: Michael Aaglund, Kara Blake
producer: Anna Vaney, Marcus Werner Hed
associate producer: Elizabeth Benjamin
line producer: Caitlin Marraffa
production: Anna Lena Films
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