Sisters With Transistors: Digital Screening & Podcast

  • Josh Thomas
  • James Rice

Commune and House of Vans joined forces for the first digital screening of 2021; an exclusive, pre-release digital screening of Sisters With Transistors featuring a special conversation with director Lisa Rovner and sound designer Marta Salogni, hosted by Zakia Sewell.

Commune accompanied the screening with a podcast; a debut from us and the first in a sporadic series of community conversations at the intersection of music, film and culture.

In this episode we enlisted the expertise of revered radio host, audio producer and DJ Zakia Sewell who caught up with Sisters With Transistors’ Director Lisa Rovner and Sound Designer Marta Salogni to discuss the feature documentary film about electronic music’s unsung heroines. Here they discuss the making of the film and some of it’s key themes, including the process of sourcing a vast archive of footage, the social and political barriers within electronic music in this era, and the legacy the pioneering female artists featured have left behind.
Sisters With Transistors is the remarkable untold story of electronic music’s pioneering female composers who embraced machines and their liberating technologies to utterly transform how we produce and listen to music today.

The film maps a new history of electronic music through the visionary women whose radical experimentations with machines redefined the boundaries of music, including Clara Rockmore, Daphne Oram, Bebe Barron, Pauline Oliveros, Delia Derbyshire, Maryanne Amacher, Eliane Radigue, Suzanne Ciani, and Laurie Spiegel.
Host: Zakia Sewell
Ft. Lisa Rovner & Marta Salogni
Produced & Edited by Josh Thomas
Artwork designed by Chris Benfield