Electronic Women


Whether playing the theremin or crafting soundscapes for your favorite TV shows, women have shaped the electronic music industry from the beginning. Cristen and Caroline examine the role of these synth pioneers and women's place in today's billion-dollar electronic scene.

Episode Sources:

"Study: North American Electronic Music Industry Worth Nearly $2 Billion" https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/code/6538556/electronic-music-industry-2-billion-worth

"Significant Events in Electronic Music History" http://emstudiosaos.com/significant-events-electronic-music-history/

"120 Years of Electronic Music" http://120years.net/

"The pioneering women of electronic music - an interactive timeline" http://www.thevinylfactory.com/vinyl-factory-releases/the-pioneering-women-of-electronic-music-an-interactive-timeline/

"Women and their machines: A thinkpiece about female pioneerism in electronic music" http://www.meoko.net/news/women-and-their-machines-a-meoko-think-piece-about-female-pioneerism-in-electronic-music

"Delia Derbyshire" http://www.theguardian.com/news/2001/jul/07/guardianobituaries1

"Daphne Oram" https://web.archive.org/web/20060210194050/http:/www.sonicartsnetwork.org/Oram/oram.html

"Wendy Carlos" http://musicmavericks.publicradio.org/features/interview_carlos.html

"Wendy/Walter Carlos" http://www.punkkaraoke.com/shitstorm/carlos_PB5-79-3.pdf

"Wendy Carlos" http://www.wendycarlos.com/

"A Women's History of Theremins" https://womenandtheirwork.wordpress.com/2012/08/10/a-womens-history-of-theremins/

"Female DJs tackle gender bias" https://ricochet.media/en/48/DJs-tackle-gender-bias

"For women in electronic dance music, it's about beats, not gender" http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/20/women-in-edm-female-djs-stereotypes-sexism_n_3948705.html

"Annie Mac: Stop Asking Me Questions About Being a Woman" http://thump.vice.com/en_uk/article/annie-mac-stop-asking-me-questions-about-being-a-woman-413

"New Sounds of Battling the Fear of Queer: Planningtorock" http://www.electronicbeats.net/new-sounds-battling-the-fear-of-queer-planningtorock/

"New Sounds Battling the Fear of Queer: Terre Thaemlitz" http://www.electronicbeats.net/new-sounds-battling-the-fear-of-queerterre-thaemlitz/

"New Sounds Battling the Fear of Queer: The Knife" http://www.electronicbeats.net/new-sounds-battling-the-fear-of-queer-the-knife/

"EDM doesn't have a women problem, it has a straight white guy problem" http://thump.vice.com/en_us/article/edm-doesnt-have-a-women-problem-it-has-a-straight-white-guy-problem

Academic Insights:

"Pink Noises: Women on Electronic Music and Sound." Tara Rodgers. Duke University Press. 2010. https://books.google.com/books?id=syqTarqO5XEC&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_ge_summary_r&cad=0#v=onepage&q&f=false

"Spin-sters: Women, new media technologies and electronic/dance music." Rebekah L. Farrugia. Iowa Research Online. 2004. http://ir.uiowa.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1297&context=etd

Topics in this Podcast: music, women's history, history, electronic music, stem jobs, women in the workplace