Sisters with Transistors (2020) – Electronic Music’s Unsung Heroines
Maryanne Amacher photographed by Peggy Weil
“Technology is a tremendous liberator. It blows up power stuctures.” — Laurie Spiegel
Loaded with archival footage of and interviews with electronic music’s pioneering women, it dives into the technology, the musicians, and how they used that technology to work around the exclusionary power structures in music created by men for men.
“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.” — Laurie Spiegel
So many greats appear: Suzanne Ciani, Pauline Oliveros, Delia Derbyshire, Laurie Spiegel, Daphne Oram, Bebe Barron, Wendy Carlos, and loads of others.
This film is a great watch if you recognize any of these names or none of them. (Maybe even more if you’re in the latter group.)