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The Women that made Music

The Women that made Music

Presentation given at ROLI's Demystifying Music Tech event for women and non-binary folks interested in Music Tech.

This talk looks at the statistics of the industry today according to the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative (full report can be found here http://assets.uscannenberg.org/docs/inclusion-in-the-recording-studio.pdf). It goes on to discuss some of the historical women inventors and music makers that had a big impact on the way music is made today.

Amy Dickens

October 26, 2018

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  1. The Women that made Music Amy Dickens My Kind Of

    Tech @RedRoxProjects | @MKofTech
  2. A bit about me... I started out as a curious

    Musician then I studied to become an Audio Engineer not long after I became a Computer Scientist I found a voice as an Ambassador for Women in Tech and a job as Web Developer Advocate I am also proud to be a supplier of many stickers @RedRoxProjects | @MKofTech
  3. 16.8% of Artists 12.3% of Songwriters 20% of Composers 5%

    of Engineers 2% of Producers 3/20 Beatboxers @RedRoxProjects | @MKofTech
  4. Ada Lovelace conceived the first computer program… ...and the idea

    that computers could make music @RedRoxProjects | @MKofTech
  5. “Supposing, for instance, that the fundamental relations of pitched sounds

    in the science of harmony and of musical composition were susceptible of such expression and adaptations, the engine might compose elaborate and scientific pieces of music of any degree of complexity or extent.” @RedRoxProjects | @MKofTech
  6. @RedRoxProjects | @MKofTech 1843 - U nited Kingdom A da

    Lovelace 1952 - U SA G race H opper
  7. Grace Hopper wrote the very first compiler… ... and was

    awarded 40 honorary degrees in her lifetime! @RedRoxProjects | @MKofTech
  8. “The most dangerous phrase in the language is: “It’s always

    been done that way”” @RedRoxProjects | @MKofTech
  9. @RedRoxProjects | @MKofTech 1843 - U nited Kingdom A da

    Lovelace 1957 - U nited Kingdom D aphne O ram 1952 - U SA G race H opper
  10. Daphne Oram wrote the first entirely electronic score in BBC

    history… … and co-founded the BBC Radiophonic Workshop @RedRoxProjects | @MKofTech
  11. “You take a sound, any sound, record it and then

    change its nature by a multiplicity of operations. You record it at different speeds; you play it backwards; you add it to itself over and over again. You adjust filters, echoes, acoustic qualities… you produce a vast and subtle symphony. It’s a sort of modern magic. We think there’s something in it.” @RedRoxProjects | @MKofTech
  12. @RedRoxProjects | @MKofTech 1843 - U nited Kingdom A da

    Lovelace 1957 - U nited Kingdom D aphne O ram 1952 - U SA G race H opper 1963 - U nited Kingdom D elia D erbyshire
  13. Delia Derbyshire wrote the theme of Doctor Who… ...one the

    first TV themes to be created by entirely electronic means @RedRoxProjects | @MKofTech
  14. “What we are doing now is not important for itself,

    but one day someone might be interested enough to carry things forward and create something wonderful on these foundations” @RedRoxProjects | @MKofTech
  15. @RedRoxProjects | @MKofTech 1843 - U nited Kingdom A da

    Lovelace 1957 - U nited Kingdom D aphne O ram 1952 - U SA G race H opper 1963 - U nited Kingdom D elia D erbyshire 1973 - U SA Laurie Spiegel
  16. @RedRoxProjects | @MKofTech Laurie Spiegel is known for using algorithmic

    logic in composition… ...she worked on many early, experimental music generation systems
  17. “I automate whatever can be automated to be freer to

    focus on those aspects of music that can't be automated. The challenge is to figure out which is which." @RedRoxProjects | @MKofTech
  18. @RedRoxProjects | @MKofTech 1843 - U nited Kingdom A da

    Lovelace 1957 - U nited Kingdom D aphne O ram 1952 - U SA G race H opper 1963 - U nited Kingdom D elia D erbyshire 1973 - U SA Laurie Spiegel 1986 - U SA Carla Scaletti
  19. @RedRoxProjects | @MKofTech Carla Scaletti designed Kyma... ...one of the

    first graphical programming languages for real time digital audio signal processing
  20. “Throughout human history, sound and music have played an intrinsic

    role in magic, ritual, ceremony, and celebration, transforming the mundane into the sublime, marking everyday events as memorable milestones, and enhancing the flow of experience." @RedRoxProjects | @MKofTech
  21. @RedRoxProjects | @MKofTech Poppy Crum Chief Scientist at Dolby Labs

    Rebecca Fiebrink Creator of Wekinator Bozena Kostek Editor of the Journal of the Audio Engineering Society Elizabeth Cohen First Female President of the Audio Engineering Society Anne-Marie Bruneau - Researcher of Electrodynamic Loudspeaker Design Sophie Germain Mathematician, Scientist & Philosopher Bronwyn Jones Developed the first Loudness meters Mara Helmuth Previous President of the International Computer Music Association
  22. 1931 The start of the recording career of Sister Rosetta

    Tharpe. She is considered the “Godmother of Rock n Roll”. @RedRoxProjects | @MKofTech
  23. 1958 The rise of Nina Simone starts with the success

    of “I Loves You, Porgy” Nina paved the way for women of colour in music & is cited as one of the most influential artists of the 20th Century. @RedRoxProjects | @MKofTech
  24. 1960 Carole King co-wrote the hit song “Will You Love

    Me Tomorrow” performed by The Shirelles. Carole is the most successful female songwriter of the latter half of the 20th century. @RedRoxProjects | @MKofTech
  25. 1966 Aretha Franklin signed with Atlantic Records and became known

    as “The Queen of Soul”. She was the first female performer to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. @RedRoxProjects | @MKofTech
  26. 1975 Patti Smith leads the New York City punk rock

    movement with her debut album Horses. She was called the “punk poet laureate” for her seamless fusion of punk and poetry in her work. @RedRoxProjects | @MKofTech
  27. 1979 Sylvia Robinson is dubbed “The Mother of Hip-Hop” for

    being a driving force behind the genre. She was the founder and CEO of Sugar Hill Records. @RedRoxProjects | @MKofTech
  28. 1981 Blondie releases the first song featuring rapping that tops

    the charts. With notable lyrics that namecheck the hip-hop pioneers (Fab Five Freddy & Grandmaster Flash). @RedRoxProjects | @MKofTech
  29. 1992 Björk embarked on her solo career developing her eclectic

    musical style. She is listed as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. @RedRoxProjects | @MKofTech
  30. 2015 Kaila Mullady is named the World Beatboxing Champion. She

    has used her artistry to support using beatboxing as a tool for speech therapy. @RedRoxProjects | @MKofTech
  31. Thank you! Ask me anything... Amy Dickens My Kind Of

    Tech @RedRoxProjects | @MKofTech