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Mothers of invention: the women who pioneered electronic music

Jennifer Lucy Allan

It’s not often, if at all, that you find a festival focusing on women in electronic music without making gender the star attraction. While “all-female bills” have gained traction to address the stark gender imbalance in dance and electronic music bookings, they can feel tokenist, where gender comes before talent.

But not so at London’s Southbank Centre next weekend: its Deep Minimalism festival presents compositions by some of electronic music’s early frontrunners, going as far back as the 1950s. They just so happen to be almost exclusively female...

...One such figurehead was Daphne Oram, who noodled with modular machines at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop in its early days...

French wave: Pop pioneer: Eliane Radigue. Photograph: Yves Arman

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