Help TECHNE Teach Electronic Music This Summer!

Rain City Rock Camp for Girls .. solder time!
Rain City Rock Camp for Girls .. solder time!

Techne has officially kicked off their 2015 Girls Rock Camp Workshop fundraiser!

Last summer TECHNE brought their DIY electronic music workshops to over a hundred young women at Girls Rock Camps and nonprofit art centers in Nashville, Washington DC, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Charlottesville and more and the tour was a huge success!

This summer we’re heading to sunny Southern California and Texas! We’ve got special workshops planned for the Girls Rock Santa Barbara sleepaway camp, and contact mic building in San Diego Los Angeles, Houston, Dallas and Austin!

In addition to the workshops we’ll be performing a concert in each city, featuring Bonnie & Suzanne in duet, and fellow local female artists. These events will provide much needed modeling of women electronic musicians practicing their craft.

We’re asking for your support to bring TECHNE workshops to hundreds of young women this summer! Please donate to our Indiegogo campaign and become a crucial part of the Techne revolution!


Girls Rock Camp Alliance Resource Guide

Recently TECHNE presented a workshop for teachers and volunteers at the 2015 GRCA Conference in Philadelphia. As part of the workshop we’ve put together this list of resources, books, theoretical work, and websites related to DIY instrument building, technology and music, general electronics and technology guides, TECHNE’s heroines, role-models and organizations we admire, and more.

Handmade Electronic Music by Nic Collins
This book describes in simple, easy to understand writing a variety of different electronic music experiments, hacks, and instruments you can build at home. It also includes examples of how different musicians and artists have used handmade electronics in their music and installations. Amazing book for all artists from beginner to advanced!

Circuit Bending: Build Your Own Alien Instrument by Reed Ghazhala
Reed Ghazhala is a multimedia artists who has published a number of books, essays, and designed several circuit bent instruments. His book gives you an expert overview of how to design, build, and create music with circuit bent instruments.

Make Magazine
Maker Faire
Make Magazine published quarterly is an amazing collection of DIY projects,  new technologies, and features about hackers, media artists and more. In addition, their website publishes articles and projects for free. The MakerFaires are multiday events held nationally where technology, invention, creativity and the Maker movement come together to share ideas.

Girls Who Code
Launched in Spring 2012, Girls Who Code is a national nonprofit organization working to close the gender gap in the technology and engineering sectors. With support from public and private partners, Girls Who Code works to educate, inspire, and equip high school girls with the skills and resources to pursue opportunities in computing fields.

Women’s Audio Mission
Women’s Audio Mission is a San Francisco based, non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of women in music production and the recording arts. In a field where women are chronically under-represented (less than 5%), WAM seeks to “change the face of sound” by providing hands-on training, experience, career counseling and job placement to women and girls in media technology for music, radio, film, television and the internet. WAM believes that women’s mastery of music technology and inclusion in the production process will expand the vision and voice of media and popular culture.

littleBits founded by Ayah Bdeir 
littleBits is a company that has developed modular electronic kits that provide easy and fun ways to learn electronics, There are hundreds of modules that allow you to prototype and invent anything!

Adafruit founded by Limor Fried
Adafruit was founded in 2005 by MIT engineer, Limor “Ladyada” Fried. Her goal was to create the best place online for learning electronics and making the best designed products for makers of all ages and skill levels. Her company sells a full range of electronic parts and kits and features tons of video demos, DIY projects, and more.

Women in Electronic Music 
The ever-growing Wikipedia list of women in electronic music.

Female Pressure
female pressure is an international network of female artists in the fields of electronic music and digital arts: from musicians, composers and DJs to visual artists, cultural workers and researchers. A worldwide resource of female talent that can be searched after criteria like location, profession, style or name. “Why are there so few women active in the electronic music scene?” – each one of us has heard this question a thousand times… Here is the answer: It’s not our number, it’s about how and if we are recognized!

Western Music and Its Others: Difference, Representation, and Appropriation in Music by Georgina Born (Editor), David Hesmondhalgh (Editor)
This innovative collection of articles offers a major comprehensive overview of new developments in cultural theory as applied to Western music. Addressing a broad range of primarily twentieth-century music, the authors examine two related phenomena: musical borrowings or appropriations, and how music has been used to construct, evoke, or represent difference of a musical or a sociocultural kind.

Undoing Gender by Judith Butler
Undoing Gender constitutes Judith Butler’s recent reflections on gender and sexuality, focusing on new kinship, psychoanalysis and the incest taboo, transgender, intersex, diagnostic categories, social violence, and the tasks of social transformation. In terms that draw from feminist and queer theory, Butler considers the norms that govern–and fail to govern–gender and sexuality as they relate to the constraints on recognizable personhood. The book constitutes a reconsideration of her earlier view on gender performativity from Gender Trouble. In this work, the critique of gender norms is clearly situated within the framework of human persistence and survival. And to “do” one’s gender in certain ways sometimes implies “undoing” dominant notions of personhood. She writes about the “New Gender Politics” that has emerged in recent years, a combination of movements concerned with transgender, transsexuality, intersex, and their complex relations to feminist and queer theory.

Improvisation as Art: Conceptual Challenges, Historical Perspectives by Edgar Landgraff
Improvisation as Art traces how modernity’s emphasis on inventiveness has changed the meaning of improvisation; and how the ideals and laws that led improvisation to be banned from “high art” in the eighteenth century simultaneously enabled the inventive reintegration of improvisation into modernism.

Girls Rock Tour 2014

Techne on the long road south!

This July Techne took their Electronic Music: Powered by Girls Workshop on the road to Girls Rock Camps and arts centers in the southeastern United States.  For the entire month of July we traveled to 10 different cities working with young campers, counselors, instructors and volunteers. In addition, we connected with local music promoters and organizers and presented concerts at some of our favorite local venues.

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Our 2014 tour route!

Our amazing Girls Rock camps and venues

Here’s all the amazing venues, arts organizations, and camps we collaborated with on our tour!

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Suzanne on the Girls Rock New Orleans stage

Press and a cool blog post from one of our students in Philly

Girls Rock Philly rocks.... photo from Daizha's blog post.
Girls Rock Philly rocks the Rotunda…. photo from Daizha’s blog post.

In Philly we did a 2 day workshop to build the contact mic and then present a public concert at The Rotunda in collaboration with Bowerbird. Here’s a clip from our concert!

Daizha’s TECHNE workshop experience from the Girls Rock Philly Blog
By Daizha J

“I had a blast working with everyone and collaborating with such odd and unusual sounds had made it one of the most fun and carefree performances I’ve ever done! I definitely left the workshop with a new perspective on traditional music making.”
— From Daizha J

Girls Rock Philly helps young musicians break sound barriers 
By Peter Crimmins, WHYY

Young Women Learn About Music and Electronics in Hands-On Workshop
By Cherri Gregg, CBS-Philly

Pics and tour highlights

Some pics from the road where I celebrated my 37th birthday and made 8$ on my shirt in New Orleans, Suzanne bought fireworks South of the Border, we visited Lincoln’s birthplace, we geeked out on synths in Asheville, NC, ate Spudnut donuts in Charlottesville, VA, and swam in the warmest ocean water at Folly Beach in SC.

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A HUGE thank you to our Indiegogo donors!

None of this would have happened without the generous support of our Techne Indiegogo donors. Over 165 of you donated over $8,000 to make these workshops and concerts possible.

Alan Jones
Alana Lewis
Alex Zucker
Alison Parks
All of our anonymous donors (you know who you are and we annieaabb
Asha Tamirisa
Ben Bracken
Beth Bedi
Bill Hsu
Bob Ostertag
Brian Olewnick
Carl Ehrhardt
Caroline Park
Cassandra Perry
Chantal Auger
Choi Joon Yong
Chris Brown
Christine Sun Kim
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David Felton
David More
Diane Jones
Ed Patuto
Ed Patuto
Elizabeth Slagus
Ernst Karel
Geoffrey Wright
Jason Lescalleet
Jessica Rylan
Jodie Mack
Joel Chadabe
John Berndt
John Eaton
John Melillo
John Thorpe
Joseph Foster
Joshua Lovelace
Julia Niederman
Kara Gates
Kasai Richardson
Kat Martineau
Katharina Rosenberger
Kathy High
Kjell Nordeson
Kristina & Trevor Henthorn
Laura Feathers
Leslie Gilden
Liz Patino
Luke Selden
Maile Colbert and Rui Costa
Margaret Schedel
Mark Flaum
Mathieu Ruhlmann
Paul Kruczynski
Paula Matthusen
Philip White
Rachel Beetz
Sabrina A Schroeder
Sam Brelsfoard
Sam Chintha
Sandra Ewen
Scott Smallwood
Sharon thorpe
Stewart Mostofsky
Susanna Bolle
The Lower Eastside Girls Club
Thomas Mulligan
Timothy Albro
Winifred De Palma
Zeena Parkins

Techne presents ARISE: A Dynamic Musical Environment for Change Summer Tour 2014

ARISE: A Dynamic Musical Environment for Change  is an innovative electronic music program created by arts organization TECHNE, founded by musicians Bonnie Jones & Suzanne Thorpe. ARISE is an ecosystem of interconnected music, technology, and arts events that explore social identity through electronic music and improvisation.

Working in collaboration with local Girls Rock Camps and concert venues, TECHNE is giving workshops in DIY electronics, alternative instrument building and improvisation, and co-curating concerts featuring Bonnie and Suzanne in duo, plus local female artists. The workshops and performances, together, create a network of encounters that dynamically inform one another in the moment, and beyond, rippling outward to enhance the roles of women in technology and electronic music.
ARISE will be taking place in several US cities this summer. The tour includes workshops at Girls Rock Camps and local nonprofit arts organizations, and concerts held at local venues.

Workshops are only open to Girls Rock campers with the exception of the Bridge PAI workshop in Charlottesville, VA. All concerts are open to the public.


7/2 NEW ORLEANS, LA (concert at Mudlark Theater)
7/3 NEW ORLEANS, LA (concert at Mudlark Theater)

7/12 CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (public workshop Bridge PAI)
7/13 CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (concert at Bridge PAI)

7/14 CHARLESTON, SC (concert John Rivers Communication Museum)


7/18 BALTIMORE, MD (Concert at Worlds in Collusion, Artscape)

7/22 PHILADELPHIA, PA (concert Bowerbird at the Rotunda)

7/25 NASHVILLE, TN (concert, Abrasive Media)



SUZANNE THORPE (flute, electronics) is a musician/composer who works in a spectrum of modalities, fixed and improvised, installed and recorded. She plays electro-acoustic flute through an ever-evolving array of analog and digital effects, incorporating laptop upon whim. Her way is to listen for just-the-rightsounds and timbres, and the appropriate moments to introduce them to each other. Her composed works tend to be site-specific sound pieces that speak of, and with, their environment with an amalgam of sound sources, bringing forth moments of possibility and multiplicity. Her work has been shown and performed internationally, including All Tomorrow’s Parties (UK and U.S.), Roskilde (DK), The New Museum (NYC), Issue Project Room’s Floating Points Festival (NYC), Activating the Medium Festival (San Francisco), No Idea Festival (Austin), High Zero Festival (Baltimore), and exhibited at Klieo Gallery (NYC), Exit Art (NYC), Mills College (Oakland), California College of the Arts (Oakland)

BONNIE JONES(electronics) 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 on a dairy farm in New Jersey, and currently resides in Baltimore, Maryland. 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. She received her MFA at the Milton Avery School of the Arts at Bard College.

Techne Needs Your Support for Our Summer Workshop Tour!

Rain City Rock Camp for Girls .. solder time!
Rain City Rock Camp for Girls .. solder time!

Techne has officially kicked off their 2014 Girls Rock Camp Workshop fundraiser!

Last summer TECHNE brought their DIY electronic music workshops to over a hundred young women at Girls Rock Camps in Oakland, Sacramento, Portland and Seattle, and they were a huge success!

This year we’re continuing our partnership with several US-based Girls Rock Camps with an ambitious goal of presenting workshops in 8 cities including Philadelphia, PA, Baltimore, MD, Washington, DC, Charlottesville, VA, Nashville, TN, Charleston, SC, Baton Rouge, and New Orleans, LA!

We are also adding a new twist: a concert in each city, featuring Bonnie & Suzanne in duet, and fellow local female artists. These events will provide much needed modeling of women electronic musicians practicing their craft.

We’re asking for your support to bring TECHNE workshops to hundreds of young women this summer! Please donate to our Indiegogo campaign and become a crucial part of the Techne revolution!


TECHNE Presents at Opensignal / Brown University


FEBRUARY 19 2014
TECHNE – Suzanne Thorpe + Bonnie Jones

TECHNE: A Creative and Educational Model Emphasizing Difference
Wednesday February 19th at 5pm
Grant Recital Hall, Brown University
105 Benevolent Street, Providence RI

TECHNE is an arts education organization offering modular workshops that combine sound, technology and improvisation. Our workshops incorporate organic, analog and digital realms as tools for expression and provide opportunities for students to listen, dialog, share and vocalize. An important aspect of TECHNE is addressing gender imbalance within electronic music fields by introducing young women to technology and alternative ideologies of music making.

Join TECHNE’s co-founders, electronic musicians Bonnie Jones and Suzanne Thorpe, for a discussion of how their creative careers have influenced and instigated their work in education and arts organizing. Thorpe and Jones will examine the criteria of musical affiliation, and discuss the implementation of alternative modeling through their educational outreach programs.

Wednesday, February 19th at 8pm
Grant Recital Hall, Brown University

Missed Your Chance to Help TECHNE?



Dear Friend, 

TECHNE Still Needs Your Support! 

Thanks to over 100 contributors TECHNE met our initial Indiegogo Fundraising goal of $4,000 on July 2nd. Suzanne Thorpe and I will be starting our Girls Rock Camp Electronic Music Workshop tour on Monday July 29th heading to San Francisco, Sacramento, Portland and Seattle!

But here’s the catch — 

A grant that we were counting on securing has not come through leaving us about $1,000 short of meeting our budget for this trip. 

Our expenses so far have included 

  • About $1,200 of new equipment needed for workshops including, soldering irons, helping hands, wire strippers, goggles, contact microphones, adapters and more.
  • $1200 for 2 Roundtrip Airfare from East Coast to West Coast
  • $1000 car rental and estimated gas for 16 days

Suzanne and I are humbly reaching out again for your support. If you missed a chance to contribute and would still like to support TECHNE and Girls Rock Camps, please consider donating now through my secure PayPal account.

For as little as $10  you can help fund this ambitious project teaching over 100 young girls and women at Girls Rock Camps how to build contact microphones and explore improvised electronic music! 

Please consider offering your support! 

Eternally grateful
Bonnie Jones & Suzanne Thorpe


TECHNE & Girls Rock Camp: West Coast Tour!

Thanks to all the amazing supporters of our Indiegogo fundraising campaign, TECHNE is heading to the West Coast in July and August with our Electronic Music: Powered by Girls workshop.

We’ll be working with the following Girls Rock Camps and local community organizations.

Oakland, CA

July 30, July 31st

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Sacramento, CA
August 6th

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Portland, Oregon
August 8th


Seattle, Washington
August 13th