New documentary on the female pioneers of electronic music to premiere in November

Updated: Mar 10, 2021

The new documentary “Sisters with Transistors”, focused on electronic music’s female pioneers is set to premiere in November. The documentary will include key players of the scene including Suzanne Ciani, Delia Derbyshire, Laurie Spiegel and Clara Rockmore. Lisa Rovner has written and directed the film, in association with Willow Glen Films.

The documentary wants to shed a light on how female producers contributed to creating the devices, techniques and tropes that would come to define the sound of electronic music. It will look at the societal motivations and impact of women creating electronic music as “a unique emancipation struggle, restoring the central role of women in the history of music and society at large”. In a press release Laurie Spiegel, one of the producers featured in the documentary, states:

“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 will be released on November 14 at the The Barbican Theatre in the UK, as part of their Doc’n Roll’s annual film festival. You can watch the trailer down here:

The documentary follows another recent documentary about women in the electronic music scene, Underplayed. Which focuses on issues of gender, ethnicity, and sexuality faced by women in the dance music industry.


Source: Sister With Transistors