The YSWN community recommends

A growing resource for the YSWN community where our members can share tips, favourites and inspiration. Music, tech, feminism and much more besides…

Recommendations on paper displayed on a wall
YSWN members’ recommendations at the networks meetup day in March 2018.


Studio space for 16-30 year-olds.

Women in Music Information Retrieval Mentoring Program
Since it’s always good to meet someone else with shared interests.

Sheffield Ableton Live User Group
Run by Emily J Electric
All welcome – we are an inclusive, friendly and informal group!

Celebrating the eclecticism of women electronic artists. If you have music or a new release, let me know: @feminatronic


A modular synth with a difference! Audulus have given YSWN free licences in the past so if you’re interested in getting beyond the basics give us a shout and we will see what they can do.

VCV Rack
The first virtual modular synth you can download for free. You can add free and paid for modules. Definitely the cheapest way to get into understanding what CV, VCO, LFO and VCA are all about.

Sonic Visualiser
Since it can sometimes be extremely helpful to visualise what you’re listening to.


Nuts and Bolts
A new podcast about female musicians and their gear, presented by Jessica Sligter. Clear enough for beginners but in-depth enough for gear geeks, the first episode features Jenny Hval talking about the pedals, mics and software behind her sound.

She Does
A wonderful podcast run by Elaine Sheldon and Sarah Ginsburg, two documentary makers. They started off interviewing fellow female/femme documentary makers, but very quickly branched out to include photographers, musicians, illustrators, writers, arts administrators…etc.
Well-produced, in-depth interviews, cool illustrations for each episode… You can feel that this podcast is a labour of love, and each episode is treated with as much respect as possible.

Women in Jazz
Fantastic two-hour special from NTS radio featuring Jayne Cortez, Midori Takada, Melba Liston, June Tyson with Sun Ra, and of course Alice Coltrane!

Time is Away
Monthly online radio show. (Loosely) themed hour-long mixes with music from around the world and spoken word, field recordings, all sorts!

Call Your Girlfriend
Another great podcast hosted by two women, Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman, and produced by Gina Delvac. Ann is a journalist and columnist, and Aminatou has extensive experience in tech and is co-founder of Tech LadyMafia. They talk about pop culture, politics, periods, body positivity, sexuality, workplace behaviour… The list goes on and on.
They strive to make it a good space for women and femme-identified people. It’s a fun podcast, not formal at all: it’s more like hanging out with your two friends and a bottle of wine.

Standard Issue Podcast
Though not specifically about music, these informal but informative podcasts vary from gigs, chats and interviews. Information and insights ‘for all women’.

Books and zines on a table


Music Technology from Scratch
by Mortimer Rhind-Tutt

Handmade Electronic Music
by Nicolas Collins

Make: Electronics
by Charles Platt

DJ Culture in the Mix
edited by Bernardo Attias, Anna Gavanas, Hillegonda Rietveld

The Clubcultures Reader
edited by Steve Redhead

Special Sound
by Louis Niebur
An in-depth and fascinating history of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop and the women and men behind it. If you know about Delia Derbyshire, this is where to go next.

An Individual Note: of Music, Sound and Electronics
by Daphne Oram
‘Individual’ is an apt way to describe this work by Daphne Oram. First published in the early 1970s, some years after she left the Radiophonic Workshop, it sets out her philosophy on music, art and the very nature of being itself.

Art Sex Music
by Cosey Fanni Tutti
Cosey Fanni Tutti’s autobiography, charting her journey from Hull hippy chick to “destroyer of civilisation” as part of pioneering electronic group Throbbing Gristle and beyond. Also a textbook in why relationships with narcissists are a bad idea, especially if they happen to be your bandmate.

Paradoxical Undressing
by Kristin Hersh
Kristin Hersh’s vividly written memoir of fronting Throwing Muses as a teenager in the mid-80s. It’s about gigs, friends, pregnancy, mental illness and putting yourself back together, but most of all it’s about creativity, and her love/hate relationship with music.

The Lost Women of Rock Music: Female Musicians of the Punk Era
by Helen Reddington

Girls to the Front: The True Story of the Riot Grrl Revolution
by Sara Marcus


Shotgun Seamstress zineShotgun Seamstress: a zine by and for black punks
by Osa Atoe

Dream Nails DIY
by Dream Nails

Scratch that Itch
by Kathleen Teadrinker

Hey Ladies: An Appreciation of Women in Music
by Miko

The World’s A Mess and Yr My Only Cure
by Em Ledger

International Girl Gang Underground
edited by Kate Wadkins and Stacy Konkiel

I Trust My Guitar zineI Trust My Guitar
by Rachel Aggs

DIY Guitar for Beginners
by Rachel Aggs

Chisel Tip

Fix My Head

Making Waves
by Rosa Vertov

Hannah Directory

Other stuff (not necessarily sound-related!)

Printed textiles by Linda Lewis
Fabric designs inspired by YSWN meetings created by Linda Lewis.

Secret Piece
by Yoko Ono

No Map Could Show Them
by Helen Mort

‘Shine Theory’, by Ann Friedman
Something for us to strive for: When you shine, I shine.

Recommended by Amy Beeston, Abi Bliss, Peyee Chen, Liz Dobson, Emily Johnson, Jo Kennedy, Cherry Styles and more.

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