Sisters with Transistors is 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. Theremins, synthesizers and feedback machines abound in this glorious ode to the women who helped shape not just electronic music but our contemporary soundscape. With narration by avant-garde composer Laurie Anderson, fascinating archival footage traces the history of the technological experimentation of sound, the deconstruction of its parts and the manipulation into something altogether new. While traversing a range of musical approaches and personalities, from academia to outsider art to television commercials, meet enigmatic musical geniuses including Clara Rockmore, Bebe Barron, Suzanne Ciani, Laurie Spiegel and Eliane Radigue and their peculiar way of hearing the world.
Directed by Lisa Rovner, 2020, France, documentary, 86 minutes, English
Sisters with Transistors is exclusively available and free for the Penn community and Annenberg Center subscribers. Subscribers will automatically receive access. Penn students, faculty and staff were able to register ahead for free access (required a Penn email address to be used).
The 48-hour viewing window will be March 24 at 5 PM through March 26. Access information will be provided in advance. You can also visit our FAQs page for additional details.