Electronic Music: Powered by Girls
Building Contact Microphones & Making Improvised Music

On August 6th, Suzanne Thorpe and Bonnie Jones will be visiting Sacramento and working with 12 girls at Sol Collective. This workshop, for young women (middle school to high school), uses sound and musical improvisation to introduce participants to technology as an artistic tool. In a three-hour afternoon session, participants will learn how to build their own contact microphones and then use them to turn everyday objects into instruments. As an extension, participants will be led by Thorpe and Jones through a group musical improvisation using their new instruments. Participants are encouraged to keep their microphones and to continue to use them in their own creative ways. Workshops are free of charge for the children and students and all materials will be supplied for participants.

This free workshop for girls is presented by Techne. Techne was started in 2010 by Suzanne Thorpe and Bonnie Jones, educators and musicians active in electronic music communities in the US and abroad.

Suzanne Thorpe:

Suzanne Thorpe is a musician, composer, educator and curator. She performs with an ever-evolving set-up of analog and digital components, and composes site-specific works that employ psychoacoustic phenomena, aural harmonics and tuned filtering systems. Her work has been presented at Issue Project Room (NYC), Diapason (NYC), The Stone (NYC), Megapolis Festival (Baltimore), Activating the Medium Festival (San Francisco), la botanica (Houston), No Idea Festival (Austin, TX), Pyramid Atlantic Center for the Arts (Silver Spring, MD), L’envers (Montreal, Canada), and exhibited at Kleio Gallery (NYC), Exit Art (NYC), and more.

As an improviser, Thorpe has performed with Chris Brown, Pauline Oliveros, Gino Robair, Miya Masaoka, Fred Frith, Ulrich Krieger, Zbigniew Karkowski, Anti-Matter, Phillip Greenlief, Miguel Frasconi, Nate Wooley, Bonnie Jones, Philip White, Stephan Moore, Maria Chavez, Shelley Burgon, and Zeena Parkins among others.

She is a founding member of critically acclaimed Mercury Rev, with whom she earned numerous critical accolades and a gold record for 1998’s Deserters’ Songs. She has appeared on over 20 recordings on labels such as Sony, V2, Beggars Banquet, Geffen, Specific Recordings, and Tape Drift, and can most recently be heard on J Mascis’ solo record Several Shades of Why and Pauline Oliveros’ Primordial Lift.

Bonnie Jones

Having earned an MFA in Electronic Music and Media at Mills College, Thorpe currently teaches at Marymount Manhattan College, were she focuses on digital audio workstations, field recording, sound theory and the art of listening. She is also co-founder and co-director of Techne, an educational outreach program designed to familiarize young women with technical tools through electronic music.

Bonnie Jones is a Korean-American writer, improvising musician, and performer working primarily with electronic music and text. Born in 1977 in South Korea she was raised by dairy farmers in New Jersey, and currently resides in Baltimore, MD. Bonnie creates improvised and composed text-sound performances that explore the fluidity and function of electronic noise (field recordings, circuit bending) and text (poetry, found, spoken, visual). She is interested in how people perceive, “read” and interact with these sounds and texts given our current technological moment. Bonnie has received commissions from the London ICA and has presented her work in the US, Europe, and Asia and collaborates frequently with writers and musicians including Ric Royer, Carla Harryman, Andy Hayleck, Joe Foster, Andrea Neumann, Liz Tonne, and Chris Cogburn. She received her MFA at the Milton Avery School of the Arts at Bard College.  http://www.bonniejones.wordpress/.

Please email Amy Reed at to reserve your spot. This will fill up quick!