Episode 49. Isobel Anderson of Girls Twiddling Knobs

Isobel Anderson of Girls Twiddling Knobs on MetaPod

“Women making music with technology”

Girls Twiddling Knobs is a “feminist tech podcast” filling the gap between conversations about music gear and the human experience of creating music with that gear.

Produced by Isobel Anderson, a UK-based musician, recording artist and producer, the podcast developed as an extension to music tech resources that Anderson was sharing with other women. It’s also part of Anderson’s Female DIY Musician platform, an online educational community for women learning to record and produce their own music.

“I definitely am seeing that the podcast is having a really, really positive impact,” said Anderson. “I hope in its entirely, when people listen to the podcast, it builds up to a combination of having some techniques up their sleeve, but also not feeling so alone. Also, just better understanding what might be contributing to, if they’ve had negative experiences in the industry. But, also helping them to feel really excited about the creative possibilities of music technology.”

In this episode of MetaPod, we discuss Isobel Anderson’s experience developing the Female DIY Musician and Home Recording Academy as educational platforms that foster gender inclusion and diversity in music. Isobel also offers insights on the current position of women in music technology and the broader music industry. Furthermore, Isobel talks about the work conditions that act as barriers to entry for women interested in music and technology. Most importantly, she suggests key changes that could remove barriers for women and minorities to enter and succeed in music.

Show notes

About Isobel Anderson

Between her 20+ years making, performing and producing music, a PhD in Sonic Arts and a passion for creating supportive music tech education spaces for women, Isobel’s career embraces a sense of independence and experimentation. 

Her four solo albums have amassed over 25 million Spotify streams, her sound works have been performed on international stages and she has published in journals, such as Organised Sound and The Journal of Sonic Studies. Threaded throughout her work is a fascination with how we make sense of ourselves, the world around us and the process of creative exploration itself.  

Isobel is proud to produce and host the critically acclaimed feminist music tech podcast, Girls Twiddling Knobs and in 2018 founded The Female DIY Musician, an online resource helping women learn to record and produce their music.