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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

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  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

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  3. @RedRoxProjects | @MKofTech

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  4. The STATS
    @RedRoxProjects | @MKofTech

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  5. Beatboxing
    Artists
    Composers
    Engineers
    Producers
    Awards
    @RedRoxProjects | @MKofTech

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  6. of Artists in the Industry (in 2017)
    @RedRoxProjects | @MKofTech

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  7. of Songwriters
    @RedRoxProjects | @MKofTech

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  8. of Registered Composers
    @RedRoxProjects | @MKofTech

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  9. of Audio Engineers
    @RedRoxProjects | @MKofTech

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  10. of Producers
    @RedRoxProjects | @MKofTech

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  11. of nominations for Grammy Awards over the last 5 years
    @RedRoxProjects | @MKofTech

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  12. Beatboxers
    @RedRoxProjects | @MKofTech

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  13. 16.8% of Artists
    12.3% of Songwriters
    20% of Composers
    5% of Engineers
    2% of Producers
    3/20 Beatboxers
    @RedRoxProjects | @MKofTech

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  14. @RedRoxProjects | @MKofTech

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  15. @RedRoxProjects | @MKofTech
    The Women who
    made way for
    the Music Industry

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  16. @RedRoxProjects | @MKofTech

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  17. @RedRoxProjects | @MKofTech
    1843
    - U
    nited
    Kingdom
    A
    da
    Lovelace

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  18. Ada Lovelace (1815 - 1852)
    @RedRoxProjects | @MKofTech

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  19. Ada Lovelace conceived the first
    computer program…
    ...and the idea that computers could
    make music
    @RedRoxProjects | @MKofTech

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  20. “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

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  21. @RedRoxProjects | @MKofTech
    1843
    - U
    nited
    Kingdom
    A
    da
    Lovelace
    1952
    - U
    SA
    G
    race
    H
    opper

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  22. Grace Hopper (1906 - 1992)
    @RedRoxProjects | @MKofTech

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  23. Grace Hopper wrote the very first
    compiler…
    ... and was awarded 40 honorary
    degrees in her lifetime!
    @RedRoxProjects | @MKofTech

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  24. “The most dangerous phrase in
    the language is: “It’s always
    been done that way””
    @RedRoxProjects | @MKofTech

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  25. @RedRoxProjects | @MKofTech
    1843
    - U
    nited
    Kingdom
    A
    da
    Lovelace
    1957
    - U
    nited
    Kingdom
    D
    aphne
    O
    ram
    1952
    - U
    SA
    G
    race
    H
    opper

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  26. Daphne Oram (1925 - 2003)
    @RedRoxProjects | @MKofTech

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  27. Daphne Oram wrote the first entirely
    electronic score in BBC history…
    … and co-founded the BBC
    Radiophonic Workshop
    @RedRoxProjects | @MKofTech

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  28. “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

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  29. @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

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  30. Delia Derbyshire (1937 - 2001)
    @RedRoxProjects | @MKofTech

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  31. Delia Derbyshire wrote the theme of
    Doctor Who…
    ...one the first TV themes to be created
    by entirely electronic means
    @RedRoxProjects | @MKofTech

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  32. “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

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  33. @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

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  34. Laurie Spiegel (1945 - present)
    @RedRoxProjects | @MKofTech

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  35. @RedRoxProjects | @MKofTech
    Laurie Spiegel is known for using
    algorithmic logic in composition…
    ...she worked on many early,
    experimental music generation
    systems

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  36. “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

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  37. @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

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  38. Carla Scaletti (1956 - present)
    @RedRoxProjects | @MKofTech

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  39. @RedRoxProjects | @MKofTech
    Carla Scaletti designed Kyma...
    ...one of the first graphical programming
    languages for real time digital audio
    signal processing

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  40. “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

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  41. @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

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  42. @RedRoxProjects | @MKofTech

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  43. 1931
    The start of the recording
    career of Sister Rosetta
    Tharpe.
    She is considered the
    “Godmother of Rock n Roll”.
    @RedRoxProjects | @MKofTech

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  44. 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

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  45. 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

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  46. 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

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  47. 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

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  48. 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

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  49. 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

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  50. 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

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  51. 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

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  52. @RedRoxProjects | @MKofTech

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  53. womeninmusic.org

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  54. soundgirls.org

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  55. hernoise.org

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  56. omniicollective.com

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  57. Thank you!
    Ask me anything...
    Amy Dickens
    My Kind Of Tech
    @RedRoxProjects | @MKofTech

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