Literature on gender and electronic music

I’m regularly asked for literature on this topic so here is a list of texts and also websites. If you feel that a publication or resource is missing contact me with details and I’ll add it and credit you here (do send me your weblink).

Coming out early 2018  Dobson, E. (2018) Digital Audio Ecofeminism: The Glocal Impact of All-female Communities on Learning and Sound Creativities in L. De Bruin, P. Burnard and S. Davis Creativities in Arts Education, Research and Practice: Glocalised Perspectives for the Future of Learning and Teaching

Publications – music technology (some music) and gender

  • Abtan, F. (2016). Where Is She? Finding the Women in Electronic Music Culture. Contemporary Music Review35(1), 53-60
  • Attias, B., Gavanas, A., & Rietveld, H. (Eds.). (2013). DJ culture in the mix: power, technology, and social change in electronic dance music. New York, NY: Bloomsbury Publishing USA.
  • Beeston, A.V., Cheesman, L. and Dobson, E.D. (2016). Community-building to support and encourage women and girls in music technology. Digital Music Research Network One-day Workshop (DMRN+11), London, 20 Dec.
  • Born, G., & Devine, K. (2015). Music technology, gender, and class: Digitization, educational and social change in Britain. Twentieth-Century Music12(2), 135-172.
  • Hanna Bosama: link to a selection of publications with thanks to Dr Lisa Colton. Publications include:
    • Musical Washing Machines, Composer-Performers, and Other Blurring Boundaries: How Women Make a Difference in Electroacoustic Music
    • Bodies of evidence, singing cyborgs, and other gender issues in electrovocal music
    • The Death of the Singer: Authorship and Female Voices in Electronic Music
    • Gender and Electroacoustics
    • + much much more to explore!
  • Bradby, B., 1993. Sampling sexuality: gender, technology and the body in dance music. Popular Music, 12(2), pp.155-176.
  • Choi, G. Y. (2017). “Who Run the Music? Girls!” Examining the Construction of Female Digital Musicians’ Online Presence. Popular Music and Society, 40(4), 474-487.
  • de Boise, S., 2017. Gender Inequalities and Higher Music Education: Comparing the UK and Sweden. British Journal of Music Education, pp.1-19.
  • Durham, A. (2012). “Check On It” Beyoncé, Southern booty, and Black femininities in music video. Feminist media studies, 12(1), 35-49.
  • Eckhardt, J., De Graeve Leen (2017) The Second Sound: Conversations on Gender and Music
  • Farrugia, R. (2012). Beyond the dance floor: Female DJs, technology, and electronic dance music culture. Intellect Books.
  • Fuller, S (2016) Something revolting: women creativity and music after 50 in Haworth, Catherine, and Lisa Colton. (eds) Gender, Age and Musical Creativity. Routledge,
  • Gaston-Bird, L. (2020). Women in Audio. New York and London: Routledge Taylor & Frances Group.
  • Gavanas, A., & Reitsamer, R. (2013). DJ technologies, social networks and gendered trajectories in European DJ cultures. DJ culture in the mix: Power, technology, and social change in electronic dance music, 51-77.
  • Hepworth-sawyer, R., Hodgson, J., King, L., & Marrington, M. (2020). Gender in Music Production. New York, London: Routledge Taylor & Frances Group.
  • Raine, S., & Strong, C. (2019). Towards Gender Equality in the Music Industry . New York, London, Oxford, New Delhi, Sydney: Bloomsbury Academic.
  • Rogers, T. (2010). Pink Noises.
  • Sandstrom, B. (2000). 11 Women Mix Engineers and the Power of Sound. Music and gender, 289.
  • Whiteley, S. ed., 2013. Sexing the groove: Popular music and gender. Routledge.

Pubications –  music, knowledge sharing and community

  • Burnard, P. (2012). Musical creativities in practice. Oxford University Press.
  • Dobson, E. (2015). Permission to Play: Fostering Enterprise Creativities in Music Technology through Extracurricular Interdisciplinary Collaboration. Activating Diverse Musical Creativities: Teaching and Learning in Higher Music Education, 75-96.
  • Holden, J. (2015). The ecology of culture. Arts and Humanities Research Council, Swindon.
  • Mahn, H., & John-Steiner, V. (2002). The gift of confidence: A Vygotskian view of emotions. Learning for life in the 21st century, 46-58.
  • Miell, D., & Littleton, K. (2008). Musical collaboration outside school: Processes of negotiation in band rehearsals. International Journal of Educational Research47(1), 41-49.
  • Mulvey, A. (2012). Mentors, Muses, and mutuality: honoring barbara snell dohrenwend. Journal of Community Psychology40(1), 182-194.

Music technology education … just a start (more to follow)

  • Armstrong, V. (2013). Technology and the gendering of music education. Burlington, VT. Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
  • Comber, C., Hargreaves, D. J., & Colley, A. (1993). Girls, boys and technology in music education. British Journal of Music Education10(2), 123-134.


Also a parallel topic I want to build here too is obviously diversity and decolonization so I point you to Sonic Cyber Feminisms and this related reading group but also need your help to point people on to the key places. For now I also recommend though it isn’t music specific – but take a look!

Podcasts … just a start

(2016) SONIC CYBERFEMINISMS feat Mariana Bahia, Maria Chavez, Annie Goh, Frances Morgan
(2016) THE STATE OF FEMINISMS feat Shanti Suki Osman

More to follow…

  • Authors recommended through the female:pressure community

Simone de Beauvoir: La Mujer Rota – The broken Women (looking for a non-Amazon link)
Sibylle Berg
Virginie Despentes: King kong theory: Vernon Subutex
Donna Haraway: Cyborg Feminism
Clarise Lispector
Diana J Torres: Pornoterrorismo

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