Sisters With Transistors
Director: Lisa Rovner
France / 89 min / 2020 / English
The history of women has been a history of silence, and the music industry is no exception.
Sisters with Transistors tells the remarkable story of electronic music’s female pioneers who embraced machines and technology to transform how we produce and listen to music today. The film tells this story against the backdrop of the wider social, political and cultural context of the 20th century to reveal the emancipation struggle of these women and to restore their central role in history.
By not conforming to any standards, Amsterdam based DJ and producer Nina de Koning, is becoming a well-known figure in Dutch nightlife.
After making the decision to DJ professionally she’s played events and venues such as Thuishaven, Reaktor, Luxor Live, Ruigoord, Sugarfactory and Warehouse Elementenstraat. In 2018 she became a resident at Club NYX.
Collaborating with longtime friend Adriaan Oudemans led them to form a techno duo better known as Disk Space. They’ve released on labels such as Everyone On Acid, Flatlife Records and Perception Music. In 2019 they self-released their EP ‘Revert To Last Save’ which features 10 tracks from their archive. Nina also owns her own label called The Factory.
Esther Roozendaal aka Estroe (1972) started DJ-ing in 1998 and is regarded as one of the few international female DJs who made it to the top. She has travelled to the USA, the Caribbeans, Russia, Canada, Japan and across Europe. Her list of venues and festivals is impressive: Berghain (Berlin), Watergate, (Berlin), Fuse (Brussel), Tresor (Berlin), Sub Club (Glasgow), Cocoon Club (Frankfurt), Rex Club (Paris), Origami Entertainment Club (Tokyo), Warehouse 702 (Tokyo), Harry Klein (Munchen), Q Club (Zurich), Awakenings (Amsterdam), Dave Clarke’ White Noise (Amsterdam), Sonar (Barcelona), … the list goes on and on! With her sophisticated, warm and elegant productions Estroe hasn’t gone unnoticed among other DJs that want to collaborate with her. She is also a frequently asked remixer, as is evident from the number of times her remixes for Bedrock, Manual Music, Tulipa Recordings and Cinematique hit the charts. Nowadays, she also teaches at the Conservatorium of Haarlem.
Rosa Ronsdorf (1988) is a musician and sound artist. She is a founding member of the art- and sound collective Meduse MagiQ, as well as part of the psychedelic trance duo Spill Gold, the storytelling duo Ada Gadass, and the Sonic Witch Choir. She is fascinated by the endless possibilities of sound, sonic meditations, feminist sound waves, and deep-sea creatures. Her work takes shape in concerts, performances, installations, and publications. Apart from her own practice, she is working on community art projects. She is currently graduating at the Dutch Art Institute, with her master thesis “The electronic tide: feminist sound waves and archival feedbacks”.
Songstress Mingue is a truehearted artist with a love for pop. She is a versatile writer, topliner, and vocalist who works with producers from all over the world as well as on her personal cheeky pop songs. She has three Ming’s Pretty Heroes albums to her name but set off on her own as a much-requested featured vocalist after releasing Missing (25+ million streams) with the Swiss EDX and Riverbank (15+ million streams) with producer Bolier on Spinnin’ Records.
Richarda (1999) is a producer, singer and songwriter. Her sound can be described as Dutch pop music with a dreamy edge. She successfully completed a production course at The Rockschool in Leiden and has been studying Electronic music at the conservatory of Haarlem since 2017. Besides writing and producing her own music, she also participates in projects of other Dutch pop acts. She fights every day for a significant and long-lasting music career, besides that she also likes to inspire other girls to participate in the electronic music industry.
Hannah Bosma is a musicologist specialized in voice, gender, electroacoustic and contemporary music and preservation. Her pioneering research on gender and electroacoustic music is published in international academic journals and books and in her doctoral dissertation The Electronic Cry: Voice, gender and electroacoustic music (UvA, 2013). She currently works as a postdoc researcher at the University of Amsterdam for her NWO funded Veni research project Preservation as performance: Liveness, loss and viability in electroacoustic music (2019-2023). Other projects include MA-courses on Archiving Art (UvA since 2019) and on gender, voice and music technology (Kunstuniversität Graz 2017-2019), and the conference The Art of Voice Synthesis (UvA, 2016).
COW Shift Z is a composer of electronic music. She is very much influenced by Industrial, EBM, and electro, culminating in her “beatogenic-music”. 3D storytelling is the way she describes her music form and sound world.
Thursday 17th, 19:00h
Digital introduction by the director and Panel Discussion. Moderated by Nina de Koning
Sunday 20th June, 19:45h
Het Ketelhuis 1
Opening Set: COW Shift Z
Introduction by director Lisa Rovner
Wednesday, 8th June 2022 @ 20:30h
After the film screening there will be a discussion about the role of women in electronic music and the importance of nightlife in general. The event is a collaboration of Drift, LUX and In-Edit.
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