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“★★★★ – stops you in your tracks and makes you look at things you thought you knew about through fresh eyes” – Eye for Film
“★★★★★ – a brilliant piece of revolutionary filmmaking that sets your senses aflame” – InTheirOwnLeague.com
Think of early electronic music and you’ll likely see men pushing buttons, knobs, and boundaries. But while electronic music is often perceived as a boys club, the truth is from the very beginning 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 remarkable untold story of electronic music’s female pioneers – composers who embraced machines and their liberating technologies to utterly transform how we produce and listen to music today.
The film maps a new history of electronic music through the visionary 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.
Sisters with Transistors is 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.
Dir: Lisa Rovner
UK 2020, 1hr 30mins
BBFC certification: Unrated