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Sisters With Transistors | Podcast

The story of electronic music’s female pioneers By Caro C
Published June 2021
Lisa Rovner and Marta Salogni

Director Lisa Rovner and Sound Designer Marta Salogni chat to Caro C about their feature length documentary Sisters With Transistors, exploring the role of  women as pioneers of electronic music from the 1920s through to the 1980s.

The film features Clara Rockmore, Daphne Oram, Bebe Barron, Delia Derbyshire, Maryanne Amacher, Pauline Oliveros, Wendy Carlos, Eliane Radigue, Suzanne Ciani and Laurie Spiegel with commentary by Laurie Anderson.

Show Notes


00:34 - Introduction
01:33 - Summary Of The Film
02:18 - Why Make The Documentary?
03:42 - Not Seeking Popularity
05:35 - Gathering Archive Footage
06:49 - Narration by Laurie Anderson
08:00 - The Women Tell Their Own Stories
08:58 - Sound Design Instead Of A Score
11:47 - Marta Salogni On Her Influences
20:19 - Defining A New Genre Of Music
22:59 - Creating New Sounds And Composing With Tape
27:52 - Sound Design For The Film
31:04 - The Challenges Of Composing For Film
34:08 - The Importance Of Female Role Models

Lisa Rovner - Biog

A French American artist and filmmaker, Lisa Rovner is now based in London with her work presented in art venues and theatres internationally. Her films delve into the archives and work to transform politics and philosophy into cinematic spectacle. Rovner has collaborated with some of the most internationally respected artists and brands including Pierre Huyghe, Liam Gillick, Sebastien Tellier, Maison Martin Margiela and Acne. Sisters With Transistors is her first feature documentary.

Marta Salogni - Biog

A record producer, mixer, recording engineer and tape composer, Marta Salogni launched her career in her native Italy, where she spent her early years collaborating with artists and bands across a range of musical styles. As a producer and mixer, Marta Salogni has worked with Björk, M.I.A., Factory Floor, Kelela, Liars, Alex Cameron, Daniel Blumberg, Little Boots, Temples, Insecure Men, The Orielles, HMLTD, and Django Django. Marta is the sound designer for Sisters With Transistors.

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Interviewer: Caro C - Biog

Caro C with headphonesCaro CPhoto: Shirlaine ForrestCaro C is an artist, engineer and teacher, specialising in electronic music. She started making music thanks to being laid up whilst living in a double-decker bus and listening to Warp Records in the late 1990s. This "sonic enchantress" (BBC Radio 3) has now played in most of the cultural hotspots of her current home town of Manchester, UK. Caro is also the instigator and project manager of electronic music charity Delia Derbyshire Day.
Twitter: @carocsound
Instagram: @carocsound

Delia Derbyshire Day Charity:

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