Sisters with Transistors - available NOW for our safe at-home virtual cinema viewing that'll partially support us too !

Apr 15 to May 6

Lisa Rovner - 2020 - 84m

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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.

The history of women has been a history of silence. Music is no exception. 

As one of the film’s subjects, Laurie Spiegel explains: “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.”

With the wider social, political and cultural context of the 20th century as our backdrop, this all archival documentary reveals a unique emancipation struggle, restoring the central role of women in the history of music and society at large.

With Laurie Anderson as our narrator, we’ll embark on a fascinating journey through the evolution of electronic music. We’ll learn how new devices opened music to the entire field of sound, how electronic music not only changed the modes of production but in its wide-ranging effects also transformed the very terms of musical thought.

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.

"A magical, important film." - Jim Kolmar SXSW

"A vibrant and exciting film... imbued with a spirit of  innovation, imagination and defiance against the odds." - Sophie Brown Juror CPH:DOX NEXT: WAVE AWARD

“A poetic and engaging selection of thoughts and sounds from the last century.” - Sophie Maxwell, One Room With A View

“A full sensory experience. A must-watch addition to music history.” - Natalie Mills, Reel Steel Cinema

“Rovner’s film is stimulating on musical, visual and intellectual levels as well as being a necessary corrective to an art form that wrote women out of its history.” - Marisa Carpico, The Pop Break 

“Sisters with Transistors depicts a time where electronic music represented a liberating force for women, removed from the patriarchal gaze.” - Gunseli Yalcinkaya, Dazed

"Sisters With Transistors Is Your New Favourite Music Doc." - Johnny Davis, Esquire Magazine

"One of 2021's very best films." - Joshua Brunsting, Criterion Cast

"Brilliant...essential viewing." - Joanne Shurvell, Forbes Magazine

"Superb... Electrifying... Enchanting..." - Leslie Felperin, The Guardian

“Electrifying...Captures the thrill of discovery and innovation.” - Wes Greene, Slant Magazine

"There’s no small amount of genius afoot in Sisters With Transistors." - John Anderson, The Wall Street Journal

"Sisters With Transistors is more than a music documentary. It's a long overdue tribute to the women that broke barriers in music, technology, and society as a whole. This is not a retrospective, it's a new beginning. Who knows how many future maestros will be inspired by this film?” - Owen Richards, The Arts Desk

"Let the stories of these groundbreaking women and their work wash over you, and you will find yourself caught up in the current." - Bethan Ackerley, New Scientist Magazine

"Illuminating, it provokes an excitement to learn more." - Caitlin Quinlan, Little White Lies

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