‘She’s at the Controls’, Louder Than War review – June 2021
21 June 2021
“She’s At the Controls is essential reading. Helen Reddington reshapes our knowledge of sound engineering and music production in the twenty-first century, foregrounding the power and limits of feminism in a male-dominated industry while offering hope for a more egalitarian future.
In She’s At the Controls, Helen Reddington illuminates the varied ways in which women producers have been marginalised within the music recording industry and reshapes narrative of sonic technologies. Indeed, women play a prominent role despite the myriad manifestations of misogyny that have prevented them from acquiring funding, education, training, and sheer opportunity over the decades. …” continue reading here
Audrey J. Golden on the Louder Than War website (Book Reviews), 18 June 2021: louderthanwar.com
‘She’s at the Controls’, BBC Robert Elms show – June 2021
10 June 2021
Robert Elms discussed She’s at the Controls: Sound Engineering, Production and Gender Ventriloquism in the 21st Century with it’s author Helen Reddington on his radio show on the 9th June 2021.
Listen here: www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/…
(From 36:08 – 44:55, available for 29 days)
BBC Radio London Robert Elms show: www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p09j3n95
Interview in Deviation Street online zine – June 2021
09 June 2021
“Singer-songwriter Helen McCookerybook musical ventures first came to light as the bass player and co-singer with The Chefs in the late 1970s and early 80s. She then formed Helen and the Horns. John Peel admired both bands and between them recorded six BBC Radio 1 sessions. Then came the long break filled with the stuff of life. In 2005 Helen started again as a solo artist and up until the pandemic was regularly playing live gigs, and releasing recordings. Thankfully ( at least in the UK and for the time being) we seem to be emerging from that crisis. So a good time to chat with Helen about the past ,present and future .. Enjoy.” continue reading
Deviation Street Online Zine (Sound), 7 June 2021: deviationstreetmagazine.com
‘She’s at the Controls’, Loud Women review – June 2021
07 June 2021
“The book’s title is a question: Why are there so few women producers?
It’s not a new conversation at LW HQ. When writing for the weekly music paper Melody Maker I had my own feminist agenda in this area: reference by name any women sound engineers in the live review.
To the music production students I teach, it seems less important; the popular discussions being whether the big studios will survive the next decade, which leads to how the marginalisation of digital technology and media has given women musicians, artists, producers, the freedom from everyday sexism, and worse.
Hey there! She’s at the Controls brings hard evidence of gender discrimination in the less visible world of music production, and is a valuable tool for multi-disciplinary DIY feminist punks as much as the juicy quotes will be for music undergraduates’ future research projects. …” continue reading here
Ngaire Ruth on the Loud Women website (Book Reviews), 3 June 2021: www.loudwomen.org