Sisters With Transistors
D: Lisa Rovner, USA, 2020, 86 min, OV with English subtitles
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Sisters with Transistors tells the story of pioneering women in electronic music such as Daphne Oram, Delia Derbyshire, Éliane Radigue, Suzanne Ciani and Wendy Carlos. Lisa Rovner sifted through much archival footage for this acclaimed documentary about the unsung heroines of musical progress in the 20th century, and was able to engage Laurie Anderson as a narrator to paint a nuanced picture of her various protagonists. Sisters with Transistors should be seen as a music-historical intervention, exploring the influence of the radical ideas of Laurie Spiegel or Pauline Oliveros. But it also paints a portrait of a (musical) world in upheaval – and not least of the fundamentally different women who played a key role in shaping this revolution.