Sisters with Transistors
Sisters with Transistors takes us on a rhythmic journey through the previously silent histories of women in electronic music. Brought to life with archive and the voice of Laurie Anderson, the film documents the evolution of ‘woman + machine’. It is an immersive, empowering study of a radical practice from musicians such as Daphne Oram and Eliane Radigue, that remains deeply relevant today. The documentary’s director Lisa Rovner beautifully weaves the women’s tales together to reflect upon the community and transmission behind the sounds of today.
Essential to sparking collective movement and identity, music links bodies together across space and time. Its development reflects our cultural shifts, with new sonic forms arising out of the groundwork of history. Sisters with Transistors portrays the pioneering women in electronic music, providing a key document of their revolutionary experimentations with the voice of the machine. Shaped by a female director, this film reveals a radical, resourceful strength and conveys the interconnectedness of expression. It forms an ongoing community of which we feel a part of, empowering all to operate the machines that form the sounds of today.-Chloe Charlton