SISTERS WITH TRANSISTORS
First show: May 22
Co-presented by Women’s Audio Mission (WAM)
Screening on May 22 is SOLD OUT. Shows added on May 29 & 30!
The screening on Saturday, May 22, includes a live 20-minute pre-show featuring a live musical performance by Suki O’Kane. Doors open at 2:20pm. Pre-show starts at 3:00pm. Film starts at 3:20pm.
The remarkable world of electronic music has been constantly evolving since its inception in the early 20th century. From the unlimited possibilities of digital synthesizers, to the recent analog recording revival, from the impossibly perfect pitch of Auto-Tune, to the democratization of music-making for a generation of ‘bedroom’ producers – each of these extraordinary developments is directly connected to the work and artistry of the women featured in SISTERS WITH TRANSISTORS.
Clara Rockmore, Daphne Oram, Bebe Barron, Delia Derbyshire, Maryanne Amacher, Pauline Oliveros, Wendy Carlos, Eliane Radigue, Suzanne Ciani, and Laurie Spiegel are among the greatest pioneers of modern sound and we continue to feel their influence, yet most people have never heard of them. SISTERS WITH TRANSISTORS is the untold story of electronic music’s female pioneers, remarkable composers, who embraced machines and their liberating technologies to utterly transform how we produce and listen to music today. Narrated by legendary multimedia artist Laurie Anderson.
A film by Lisa Rovner. UK. 2020. 84 min.
Women’s Audio Mission (WAM) is a San Francisco – based 501c3 nonprofit that inspires women, girls and gender-expansive individuals to become the next music producers, recording engineers, and technology innovators in a field in which they are critically underrepresented (less than 5%.) Over the last 18 years, WAM has provided 20,000+ women, girls and gender-expansive individuals with free music technology training, mentoring, and career/educational counseling in the only professional recording studios in the world built and run entirely by women/gender-expansive individuals.
Oakland-based musician, composer, improviser and instigator, Suki O’Kane works with artists from a wide array of of music, movement, expanded cinema and public art genres. She is a student of monumental and durational forms, combining Jurassic electronics, everyday objects and found sounds to create noisy, hand held miniatures. Currently woodshedding in the the pandemic collective DuoB Experimental Band led by Lisa Mezzacappa and Jason Levis, she is a member of Thingamajigs Performance Group with Dylan Bolles, Keith Evans and Edward Schocker, and has presented work at Artists’ Television Access, Other Cinema, San Francisco Cinematheque, and Shapeshifters Cinema. Her recorded composition “Texture” will be included in the 2021 LP/DVD Bimodal Press release Gravity Spells II. sukiokane.com