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The #1 podcast for female identifying musicians eager to start self-recording their music, hosted by Isobel Anderson, and featuring fascinating guest episodes with women making music with technology.

Girls Twiddling Knobs The Female DIY Musician

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    • 5.0 • 52 Ratings

The #1 podcast for female identifying musicians eager to start self-recording their music, hosted by Isobel Anderson, and featuring fascinating guest episodes with women making music with technology.

    EP#59: Vibrators, Pauline Oliveros and Queering Sound: In conversation with Senem Pirler

    EP#59: Vibrators, Pauline Oliveros and Queering Sound: In conversation with Senem Pirler

    Senem Pirler is a New York based, Turkish born, sound artist and academic whose practice is all about connection; Whether it's humans, plants or seemingly inanimate objects, Senem has a knack of finding ways to question profound ideas around identity, belonging and being present in the world.

    Inside this week’s episode, Isobel gets the chance to hear how Senem started training as a classical pianist, then worked as a sound engineer and, eventually, studied for a PhD in electronic arts at Rensselaer under none other than the late Pauline Oliveros. In 2018, Senem was the recipient of The Malcolm S. Morse Graduate Research Enhancement Award to support her in honouring the work of her mentor Oliveros and Deep Listening.

    Girls Twiddling Knobs is hosted and produced by Isobel Anderson with production support from Jade Bailey and Francesca O’Connor and is a Female DIY Musician Production.

    EPISODE HIGHLIGHTS
    {0:00} Intro
    {5:06} Let’s meet Senem Pirler
    {9:44} How she got started in music technology and sound design
    {13:38} Working with Pauline Oliveros
    {25:49} Entanglement and Queer Theory
    {30:40} Collaborations: ‘Unearthly Vibrations’ and ‘Moved in Light’
    {44:46} Senem’s software recommendations
    {49:13} Episode Summary

    Other Notes:
    Correction: Senem connected the Neve Console.Instead of performing 'The Witness', Claire Chase, Susie Ibarra and Senem performed Pauline's other score titled '13 Changes'. Watch the video documentation here >>

    Girls Twiddling Knobs listeners get 10% off iZotope's award-winning audio plugins and a 30 day free trial of their incredible Music Production Suite 4.1. Just use the code GIRLSPOD10 here >>

    Download my 10 FREE Tools to Start Recording Your Music guide >>

    Find out more about Senem and her work >>

    Find out more about the Pauline Oliveros documentary >>

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    • 50 min
    BONUS EP: What’s New Inside Home Recording Academy?

    BONUS EP: What’s New Inside Home Recording Academy?

    In 2020, Isobel launched one of the first and only music technology courses designed exclusively for women in music, focussing not only on the technical processes involved in recording, producing and mixing music from home but also the mindset blocks and societal pressures women face when embarking on such a task.

    In it’s fourth round of enrolment, Isobel has added some exciting new updates and features and inside this episode you’ll get the whole inside scoop on exactly what you can expect to find inside. If you’ve been frustrated at a lack of female-focussed courses in music-tech and are ready to embrace all the possibilities home recording will bring to your music, this episode is a must listen!

    Girls Twiddling Knobs is hosted and produced by Isobel Anderson with production support from Jade Bailey and Francesca O’Connor and is a Female DIY Musician Production.

    EPISODE HIGHLIGHTS
    {0:00} Intro
    {05:53} What is Home Recording Academy?
    {08:10} Who is HRA for?
    {11:34} What’s inside HRA?
    {19:35} What’s NEW inside?
    {25:57} What my students say about HRA
    {28:57} Why I created HRA
    {34:17} Episode Summary

    Enrol in Home Recording Academy before doors close on May 17th at 6pm GMT >>

    Listen to Episode 43 for a full breakdown of all the modules inside Home Recording Academy >>

    Listen to Episode 58 about New Revenue Streams Home Recording Can Open Up In Your Music >>

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    • 36 min
    EP#58: 3 New Revenue Streams Recording and Production Skills Will Open In Your Music: Meet Sam, Sandy and Annie.

    EP#58: 3 New Revenue Streams Recording and Production Skills Will Open In Your Music: Meet Sam, Sandy and Annie.

    Usually when we think about recording our music, we think about all the outgoings: the new recording gear we’ll need to invest in, or even the studio time we might have to book. But what if having recording and production skills actually opened up new revenue streams in your music and gave you more freedom and independence as a musician?

    Well, that’s exactly what happened for this episode's three guests Sam, Sandy and Annie. None of these musicians have been recording music for a long time, but after learning to record and produce from home, they’ve all seen new earning opportunities in their music that have changed their options for good.

    Girls Twiddling Knobs is hosted and produced by Isobel Anderson with production support from Jade Bailey and Francesca O’Connor and is a Female DIY Musician Production.

    EPISODE HIGHLIGHTS
    {0:00} Intro
    {03:37} How home-recording skills can create new revenue streams for your music
    {07:04} Applying for Funding w/ Sam Crane
    {25:43} How does Sam feel about the future of her music?
    {30:25} Advice and top tips for a successful funding application
    {40:07} Recording and Producing for Clients w/ Sandy Ince
    {46:00} What led Sandy to invest in her home-recording skills?
    {01:00:52} Sandy’s plans for the future
    {01:07:04} Recording and Producing for Theatre w/ Annie Ball
    {01:13:07} How these recording skills helped Annie save money and become more visible as
    a musician
    {01:19:56} Annie’s advice for starting your recording journey
    {01:21:47} Episode Summary

    Girls Twiddling Knobs listeners get 10% off iZotope's award-winning audio plugins and a 30 day free trial of their incredible Music Production Suite 4.1. Just use the code GIRLSPOD10 here >>

    Listen to Sam’s music here >>

    Check out Sandy’s music here >> and say hello to Sandy on IG >>

    Find out more about Annie’s music here >>

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    • 1 hr 25 min
    EP#57: Taking Back Control Of The Creative Process: in conversation with Flaming June

    EP#57: Taking Back Control Of The Creative Process: in conversation with Flaming June

    How many times have you said to yourself, “I’d love to have the freedom to record my music where and when I want, but won’t it just sound amateur if I do it myself?” It’s a common thought for many musicians that can leave you feeling totally reliant on other people to get your music out of your head and into the world.

    But inside this episode of Girls Twiddling Knobs, Isobel speaks to musician Flaming June, AKA Louise Eatock, about the incredible journey she’s been on learning to record and produce her music from home. It’s one that’s led Louise releasing her first self-produced album, Hope In A Jar, which has since won an award and wider critical acclaim. And as she shares inside, Louise has now properly got the recording and production bug!

    Girls Twiddling Knobs is hosted and produced by Isobel Anderson with production support from Jade Bailey and Francesca O’Connor and is a Female DIY Musician Production.

    EPISODE HIGHLIGHTS
    {0:00} Intro
    {07:24} How Louise got started in music
    {11:54} Balancing music and motherhood
    {16:15} The positives and challenges of being a musician
    {19:00} What led Louise to start recording her music
    (26:48} The real value of having a supportive community
    {30:30} Finding freedom to create music for yourself and why you shouldn’t wait until you “know it all” to get started
    {37:19} Taking back control of the creative process for her album ‘Hope In A Jar’
    {48:38} How self-producing her album led to commercial success
    {53:58} How does Louise feel now that she’s gained recording and production skills?
    {58:22} What lies ahead for Louise and her music?
    {01:01:00} Advice for musicians who want to record their music too
    {01:03:49} Episode Summary

    Girls Twiddling Knobs listeners get 10% off iZotope's award-winning audio plugins and a 30 day free trial of their incredible Music Production Suite 4.1. Just use the code GIRLSPOD10 here >>

    Listen to Hope In A Jar >>

    Find out more about Flaming June >>
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    • 1 hr 7 min
    EP.56: Being Assertive in Music Tech Spaces

    EP.56: Being Assertive in Music Tech Spaces

    Ask some women how they feel in music studios, music tech classes or dealing with live sound technicians and many will say they’ve had to work hard to feel confident. Many others will say that asserting their needs, opinions and boundaries in these spaces is still an ongoing struggle. And this can significantly influence not just how women creatively contribute and collaborate in these settings, but if they even enter them in the first place. The result? Less women recording music, learning to record music and even performing music.   

    So, in this week’s episode, Isobel asks why these still often male-dominated spaces can feel so difficult for women to assert  their needs, boundaries and opinions. What can we do to maintain a sense of integrity and authenticity as women collaborating with music tech in ways that feel respectful and equal? And does a narrative that women should keep the peace, rather than rock the boat, contribute to a lack of assertiveness in recording and production spaces?

    Girls Twiddling Knobs is hosted and produced by Isobel Anderson with production support from Jade Bailey and Francesca O’Connor and is a Female DIY Musician Production.

    EPISODE HIGHLIGHTS
    {0:00} Intro
    {05:03} Do music tech spaces make women feel less confident and assertive?
    {13:29} The effects of this on women’s music careers
    {15:45} Why might women find it hard to be assertive in recording studios?
    {16:54} What is assertiveness?
    {18:26} How can we cultivate more assertiveness as women in music tech spaces?
    {21:05} When aggression is necessary
    {22:25} Why it’s not all your responsibility
    {23:14} What to do if assertiveness is not received or respected?
    {25:10} Recognising how your own internalised misogyny might be keeping you small
    {26:57} The missing piece in the puzzle
    {30:18} Episode Summary

    Girls Twiddling Knobs listeners get 10% off iZotope's award-winning audio plugins and a 30 day free trial of their incredible Music Production Suite 4.1. Just use the code GIRLSPOD10 here >>

    Join the ‘Record Your Damn Music!’ FREE 5 Day Challenge >>

    It’s Not Just Björk: Women Are Tired of Not Getting Credit for Their Own Music article in Slate >>
    Does being assertive backfire for women in the workplace? Half the Sky article >>
    3 Effective Tips On How Women Can Be More Assertive In The Workplace. Article on Forbes >>
    'If You Want To Be Somewhere, You've Got To Occupy It': How Women Are Changing The Face Of Engineering And Producing article on NPR >>

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    • 34 min
    EP#55: Are you a Music Producer?

    EP#55: Are you a Music Producer?

    Now, what is a music producer? I mean what do they do? Or maybe most importantly, when have we earned the right to call ourselves one? Surely there’s some way we know for sure we’ve graduated from music tech dabbler to full blown producer, right?

    Well, not really, which may be one contributing factor to so few women being represented in this profession. And, that’s why inside this episode, Isobel draws from women in music production and one of the most respected producers of all time, Brian Eno, to better understand this term.

    By the end of this episode, your knowledge of the term will be significantly expanded as will your confidence in owning the title of producer if this has been something you’ve been struggling with.

    Girls Twiddling Knobs is hosted and produced by Isobel Anderson with production support from Jade Bailey and Francesca O’Connor and is a Female DIY Musician Production.

    EPISODE HIGHLIGHTS
    {0:00} Intro
    {04:31} What is a music producer? 
    {07:59} The difference between a producer and engineer 
    {12:17} Do women relate to the term ‘music producer’ differently?
    {17:03} What is Brian Eno’s definition?
    {19:11} 3 empowering resources of you’re struggling to adop the term of producer
    {21:06} Episode Summary

    Girls Twiddling Knobs listeners get 10% off iZotope's award-winning audio plugins and a 30 day free trial of their incredible Music Production Suite 4.1. Just use the code GIRLSPOD10 here >>

    Ready to Discover Your Female Producer Spirit Guide? Take the Quiz now >>

    Music Production: What does a music producer do? Read the Berkeley article >>

    What is a music producer? Read the Renegade article >>

    Sound & Vision: Why Only 2% of Music Producers are Women. Read the Sound & Vision article >>

    13 Women On How To Change Male-Dominated Studio Culture. Read the Fader article >>

    Brian Eno and the role of the producer. Read the Ethan Hein article >>

    Join the Home Recording Academy Waitlist here >>

    Join the Girls Twiddling Knobs podcast community here >>

    Find out more about other resources for women in music >>

    Resources for women in music production >>

    Listen to the episode here
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    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

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52 Ratings

52 Ratings

middleagedwoman ,

Empowering and important

This podcast is amazing! Who else has spent this much time and energy to meet women music makers were they are and give them the information and support to move forward? Thank you Isobel and contributors, I am inspired and encouraged to keep going with creating music.

raaaah! ,

Keeps inspiring

Every time I check in for a new episode I wonder if the topic will actually resonate or just be mildly interesting. Each time I’m genuinely inspired by the though-provoking, perspective-widening discussions. Sometimes I’m even moved. I’ve shared many episodes with so many friends, some musicians, some artists in other fields, as I think the wonderful discussions apply to so many creative minds. Well done and please don’t stop!

Ch’Lu ,

Outstanding

I discovered this over the last few months and every episode brings me so much, from empowerment, to knowledge, to connection, to feeling truly grateful, to being really moved and inspired. I've just heard episode 33 (I'm still catching up on the episodes!)and so finally I’m leaving a review (it’s only taken me so long because listening on spotify I simply could not find the way to leave a review!). I have to say that from the first listen I wanted to write and say how how brilliant and unique and vital this is, and to encourage Isobel to keep doing this. I find particularly episode 33 poignant, as it is a journey I’ve been on all a while, wanting to shake things up and do things differently and exploring the ways that are right for me…so let’s how it plays out. See you on the road, Isobel ;)

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