Electro Feminisms

Electro Feminisms: So Long and Thanks For All The Beats

But sadly, there’s only so much material you can cram in to such a rich topic as women in electronic music. Read on more for some suggestions!

Electro Feminisms: Wendy Carlos

A trans woman, Wendy Carlos is unfortunate in that her most famous work Switched on Bach, which sold a million records, was released in 1968—several years before she transitioned. As a result, she... Read more »

Electro Feminisms: Kemistry and Storm, DJ Duo

DJ duos are rare, and female ones even more so, so I can’t help wondering if it was this very fact that kept drum n bass duo Kemistry and Storm working in the scene for so long. In individualistic economies that run around (male) auteur geniuses, two women perhaps have a better chance of... Read more »

Electro Feminisms: Delia Derbyshire

Working with early synths, tape loops and found sounds, Delia Derbyshire created unique, groundbreaking music through the ’60s and early ’70s. In her hands, anything could be musical, and it... Read more »

Electro Feminisms: Pink Noises

To hear some critics tell it, women have been largely bystanders and groupies in electronic music. Tara Rodgers’ Pink Noises steps into this void to talk to 24 female DJs, producers, composers,... Read more »

Electro Feminisms: Ellen Allien

Ellen Allien is a German producer, DJ, singer and label owner, familiar to anyone who follows the worlds of house and techno. She was resident at famed Berlin techno club Tresor in 1992, and has started two labels (Braincandy and BPitch Control) as well as releasing some acclaimed experimental... Read more »

Electro Feminisms: M.I.A and Diplo, Taking Credit

One of the things that’s really persistent in electronic music is the idea of female artists as proteges, molded, shaped by a man behind the scenes. As Joanna Russ detailed in... Read more »

Electro Feminisms: Robyn, Torch Singer

One of the most interesting ways to view Swedish singer Robyn is as a kind of electro torch singer. On some of her best songs, Robyn is, as the Alcazar song goes, crying at the... Read more »

Electro Feminisms: I Bet You Look Better on the Dancefloor

How come almost every new micro genre seems to repeat the same arrangement of male center and female margin, male dominance and female exception? The question of how men keep power is one feminists have wrestled with forever, but it seems particularly noticeable when you’re talking about... Read more »

Electro Feminisms: Fembots Have Feelings Too

Last time I discussed what happens when female artists imagine themselves having sex with robots. This time, I’m more interested in what happens when they imagine themselves as robots. Read on for more... Read more »

Electro Feminisms: I'm in Love with a Strict Machine

Electronic artists have long made use of science fiction motifs like the robot. Of course, music being music and people being people, one of the most common things it seems anyone wants to do with a robot is have sex with it. Read on for more about what some female artists do with their robots. Read more »