We knew that the last event for our dBs Dialogues 2016 series had to be big enough to match the importance of our topic. If you forgot the topic was ‘why aren’t more women studying music production?’ Interestingly enough however, when we were hearing the captivating stories of our final guests Electric Indigo and Emika, the word women slipped into the background of our focus. Instead we just listened to the journeys of two different people towards success.
If you were presented with a photograph of Mad Kate and then asked to fill in a caption, “polyqueer sex radical dad” will probably not be on the list; and this lack of creativity is exactly the point of the work of this Berlin based performance artist and musician. With our third installment of dBs Dialogues focused on the politics and philosophy behind the low numbers of women studying music production, she made a very fitting guest.
For our second round of dBs Dialogues we focused on how education and exposure, as well as social stereotypes, might impact the numbers of women in tech industries. Leading us on this exploration beyond the area of electronic music was Josa Peit. She also showed us how to turn a banana into a musical instrument.
Throughout telling us about her on-going career as an electronic music producer and sound artist, Antye Greie-Ripatti made us laugh. Her charm made that part easy, and even though the topic of conversation was the dire state of the gender ratio in the field, it wasn’t much of an obstacle for her optimism. The unequal conditions are obvious within our walls here at dBs Berlin too; the boys outnumber the girls. But on the panel of our first ever dBs Dialogues series the ratio was reversed, while numbers in the audience appeared to be balanced.
For our first dBs Dialogues series, and in conjunction with female:pressure, we’re addressing the issue of low female to male student ratios in music production education. Why aren’t more women studying music production, what effect does this have on the learning experience and what can we do about it? This series aims to open up conversation with the hope of bringing about positive change.