via An Idiot's Guide To Dreaming, who has some loose thoughts on Suzanne Ciani and women in electronic music
(Finders Keepers have been reissuing her stuff )
Since I wrote this, more and more have come through - Holly Herndon, of course, and Motion Sickness of Time Travel and others that are slipping my mind
(People seem to think I pull these scene / genre / trend pieces out of thin air!)
And also keep stumbling across new ancestors, like Beatriz Ferreyra
Someone's done a whole book on female electronic composers, but it's in Italian...
A three hour (nearly) megamix of electronic women from 1938-1982 c/o the people at Phthalo Records (but no tracklist or IDs)
Back to that Ciani video - and talking about yesterday's futurism today -- wow, Omni magazine! A little treasury of front covers here. A near complete run of back issues here. A tribute site here.
Mind you, I can't remember if I was ever a reader. I might have had one copy, or flicked through it in W.H. Smiths a bunch of times, or seen it at some friend's house... Probably it was a little geeky for me, not being that technology minded. Even then I'd have found the covers kitschy, I should imagine.
I wonder how right they were in their predictions with this one (from 1984) :
Which reminds me, must scan the Sunday colour supplement article from circa 1977 I cut out and scrap booked (and which scrapbook I recently rediscovered) which has all these predictions about leisure and entertainment in the year 2000. Some of which have been out-stripped by developments - a rare case of the future that not only did arrive but was more impressive than anticipated. The fun stuff, actually, has worked out fairly futuristic and sci-fi expectations fulfilled -- it's the large-scale, heroic things that stagnated or collided with the political-economic realities.