Today I came across a discussion of how the history of electronic music often omits the women who had a major role in it’s development technically, as well as sonically.
I am putting together a few thoughts on this for a future post as it’s not so clear cut and to be honest, there aren’t many now, who haven’t come across the names Daphne Oram or Delia Derbyshire, via their social media platforms.
Not denying their importance at all but I do feel there is a pedestal effect which is often western centrist and white. With this in mind and back to my original morning read, I came across a discussion that sought to question, rightly, this western view, with a few suggestions of women from around the world AND a great mixcloud playlist.
“This episode is curated by theorist, collector and artist Cedrik Fermont. Cedrik writes: “This mix took inspiration from Sisters with Transistors, a film that raises awareness about female pioneers in electronic/electro-acoustic music who have often been ignored or whose role has been minimized but unfortunately the film fails to include non-Westerners who were also active from the 1950s onward… I understand that one cannot include every single pioneer but failing to include non-Westerners is comparable to when male’s narrative excludes women. This is not the first time I notice this kind of behavior and my guess is that it is not only about gender, but ethnicity and sometimes class too. This criticism doesn’t mean that it’s a bad film, nevertheless it is incomplete”.
Full details here, which I will be exploring more in future weeks –
‘Female Pioneers of Electronic and Electroacoustic Music in Latin America’, with pieces from the twentieth century (mainly 60s-80s)’
Tracklisting Beatriz Ferreyra – Echos (1978) Hilda Dianda – Después del silencio (1976) Jacqueline Nova – Creación de la tierra (1972) Jocy de Oliveira – Wave Song (1981) Oksana Linde – Mariposas acuáticas (1985) Vânia Dantas Leite – L’Indien et L’Ovni (1986) Nelly Moretto – Composición 9b (1966) Marlene Migliari Fernandes – Espectros Cromáticos (1967) Graciela Paraskevaídis – Algún sonido de la vida (1993) Graciela Castillo – Y así era (1982) Olga Pozzi Escot – Three Poems of Rilke (1959) Alicia Urreta – Dameros I (1984)
Toneshift on Mixcloud presents a special edition of its history-defining and defying sub-series Origins: Sonic Women. And there are some fourteen exquisite nuggets to contemplate here. When designing a weekly podcast for our readers to listen to, I felt it necessary to offer some context and background, however diverse, as possible. I dug into the […]
With a new work released on her Bandcamp almost every day, the Scottish sound artist and poet Elizabeth Veldon has amassed a vast and almost overwhelming discography. But those releases, ranging from immersive drones, free improvised piano jags and tough scrubs of noise, are rarely less than compelling. In this episode, Elizabeth and I discuss creativity, political music and a whole lot of other stuff. We also premier two new works – a series of piano improvisations and a long-form slice of ominous drone.
Elizabeth Veldon interview runs throughout
Three drum machine improvisations, 1 (self-released, 2015)
At low tide the witches grave pool is flooded with the song of herons (self-released, 2017)
A reflection on the history of radio astronomy (self-released, 2015)
For those characters treated less sentimentally, the disease is viewed as the occasion finally to behave well (unreleased, 2017) In the plague-ridden England of the late 16th…
Plum (Shona Maguire) hosts the Femmecult January 2014 podcast showcasing some of the musicians that have been influential on her work along the way.
Plum is an electro-pop producer & multi-instrumentalist who became the first female artist ever to win a Scottish Alternative Music Award, securing “Best Electronic” award in March 2013, having been heralded “One to Watch for 2013” by Best of British Unsigned in January 2013, and with her album The Seed in the ‘Best Albums of 2012’ list for many bloggers home and abroad.
An hour of new discoveries (Ellen Fullman, Christina Kubisch, & Jocy de Oliveria) and some Buchla pieces that I’ve been listening to since Don Buchla’s recent passing. Including a track which is apparently Buchla & Keiji Haino, although I can’t find anything online to suggest they ever met or worked together – but it sounds good 😉
I met with multidisciplinary artist and improvising musician Blanca Regina, and two of her collaborators Steve Beresford and Karel Doing, to discuss her practice and a selection of recordings. Tune into NTS.live for Fractal Meat on Monday night / Tuesday Morning 11th/12th April to hear the interview and tracks, 1am-3am.
Just a little reminder that my monthly radio show is coming up this Sunday on Reel Rebels Radio my show runs from 3.30pm until 5pm. Please tune in or if you are not able to you can catch all my previous shows on Neotropic on Mixcloud. There are a fabulous array of great shows on Reel Rebels Radio a truly independent station with its heart at the centre of the community! You can catch up on all the latest news/shows on their facebook page.