Support This Documentary About Computer Music Pioneer Suzanne Ciani

Caroline Polacheck thinks you should. And we do, too.

December 05, 2014

If their Kickstarter goal is met, Texas filmmaking duo Window Pictures will produce a documentary about the life and legacy of electronic music pioneer Suzanne Ciani. According to the description, A Life in Waves: Suzanne Ciani will be a "a journey into Suzanne's mind, offering a feminine glimpse into the often-complicated worlds of composition, electronic music, and advertising." The self-taught, Grammy-nominated composer was a true innovator in the male-dominated world of computer music, commercial sound effects, and sound design. Sadly, not that much has changed since Ciani's heydey: A recent FADER feature asked 13 artists about the gender imbalance plaguing contemporary studio culture, in which less that 5% of producers are women.

One of those artists was Charlift frontwoman and Ramona Lisa mastermind Caroline Polachek, who recently reached out to FADER to express her enthusiasm about the Ciani doc: "It's exciting to see a renewed interest in Suzanne's catalog," she said over email. "It makes sense given how beautifully blurred the line between sound design, or sound effects, and music production are right now." The feature-length documentary will incorporate a mix of motion graphics, archival footage, and sounds from Ciani's decades-spanning catalog. Head over to the Kickstarter page to read more and to support the project.

Watch Suzanne Ciani's guest appearance on David Letterman from 1980:

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Support This Documentary About Computer Music Pioneer Suzanne Ciani