July is TECHNE Birthday Month!

July is TECHNE birthday month! Suzanne and Bonnie and new teachers Katie Young and Jessie Marino all have July birthdays!

This summer also marks our 8th year of touring the US and introducing girls and young women to sound, improvisation and DIY technologies. TECHNE workshops build self-awareness, develop collaborative skills and nurture contemplative practice through hand-on sonic exploration and technical know-how.

This summer TECHNE will teach students at Girls Rock Camps in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, San Diego, Chicago and Detroit! We’re working hard to generate much-needed inclusivity in technical and creative fields.

Charleston gets down to work

To celebrate our birthdays we’re launching a July fundraising campaign to support our work this summer and next year! I hope you will consider making a tax-deductible donation to TECHNE!

TECHNE is fiscally sponsored by High Zero Foundation Donations will appear on your credit card from High Zero Foundation. 

 

TECHNE Tour in Chicago & Detroit Summer 2017

TECHNE headed to Chicago and Detroit for a series of workshops and events as part of their Teach The Teachers program. We kicked off our tour by traveling to Detroit and teaching our Electronic Music Powered by Girls workshop for Girls Rock Detroit.

Then onto Chicago for our inaugural Teach the Teachers day-long intensive. During a day-long workshop, we brought together a consortium of music educators from various Chicago institutions and introduced them to  the pedagogical underpinnings, curriculum and logistical strategies involved with a TECHNE workshop.

As part of the intensive, participants experienced a signature TECHNE workshop themselves to better understand the transformative possibilities when technology based art making is embedded with contemplative practice and musical improvisation. It is this unique combination that is the principle foundation upon which all TECHNE workshops are based. Upon completion of the intensive, participants were given access to our new working guide outlining TECHNE’s pedagogy, curriculum and logistical strategies.

Working with our new TECHNE Connect collaborators, Katie Young and Jessie Marino, TECHNE did a two day workshop with Girls Rock! Chicago students.

 

TECHNE presents at the 2017 Girls Rock Camp Alliance Conference

TECHNE founders Bonnie Jones & Suzanne Thorpe have a longstanding relationship with Girls Rock camps across the United States where we present our electronic music workshops and projects each summer.

The camps gather each year to take part in the Girls Rock Camp Alliance Conference (GRCA). This year from March 31 – April 3rd at Appel Farm in Elmer, NJ, Bonnie presented an interactive demo and presentation  “Pioneering Women in Electronic Music” on the history and impact of pioneering women in electronic music. We discussed major areas of electronic music activity in the US and abroad and discussed female pioneers and practitioners within those nodes.

TECHNE at Johns Hopkins University, Digital Media Center for “New Forms/New Paths”

A weekend of new electronic music and ideas comes to JHU.

March 3-5, 2017

The sounds of electronically produced music are the most common sounds one hears in popular culture and media. What was once rare and only available to avant-garde composers and music industry producers, is accessible to millions in the form of thousands of synthesizers, samplers, software and phone apps. New Forms, New Paths is a weekend-long event sponsored by the JHU Digital Media Center, which focuses on new directions and ideas at the cutting edge of electronic music. The potential of digital distribution and the excitement of intuitive software and hardware “hacking” offer the chance for artists to engineer their own technology – bending and stretching the outer limits of sound and style. But what does this mean for musical culture and have we reassessed music history in the brave new world? How have electronics shaped our minds and bodies? What is “new music” in this complicated present? How are we finding new forms and paths through our digital reality?

New Forms, New Paths will feature a diverse group of artists and researchers ranging across age, race, and gender. Rather than focusing only on tools and technological concepts, New Forms, New Paths also considers personal history, identity, and global economic and political changes as the combined materials of contemporary musical innovation. Including a concert, a circuit building and composition workshop, and a panel discussion, this event will connect JHU students and Baltimore’s art community with emerging ideas in contemporary electronic music regarding style, aesthetics, politics, and personal growth.

New Forms/New Paths Events:
Evening Concert: Friday, March 3rd, 8-10:30pm, Mattin Center, Jones Building 101
A night of mind-expanding sounds pushing the edge of improvisation, jazz, avant-composition and virtuoso instrumental performance.

Bonnie Jones (electronics) and Suzanne Thorpe (electronics, flute); Convergence and Divergence, 3 Movements
Sarah Hennies (solo percussion, computer, sine waves)
Mind over Matter, Music over Mind w/Thomas Stanley (computer), Jamal Moore (Tenor Sax, electronics), and Bobby Hill (turntables, electronics)

Sounding Points of Light Workshop: Saturday, March 4th, 1-4pm. Mattin/Offit, DMC MakerSpace.
Limited to 8 – 10 JHU student participants, register with BookIt.

Spend the day with TECHNE https://technesound.org/ creating and musically experimenting with your very own light controlled oscillator instrument!

In a 3.5 hour workshop, participants will learn how to make a simple oscillator that is controlled by light via a photoresistor. Knowledge of basic circuitry and signal flow will be explored, with ample opportunity to experiment with different components. No prior knowledge of electronics or sound/music is necessary. We encourage anyone interested in experimenting with sound, light, and electronics to join us and explore!

TECHNE was co-founded in 2010 by internationally active and critically acclaimed electronic musician/composers Suzanne Thorpe and Bonnie Jones. We are a national arts education organization tasked with a mission to give rise to distinct and divergent female voices in the realms of technology and the arts. We accomplish our goal via a series of programs that introduce young women and girls to technology and creative music making.

Panel Discussion: Sunday, March 5th, 2-4pm, The LaB, JHUnions, 3003 N. Charles St
Enjoy an in-depth discussion with some deep thinkers and electronic music performers from Baltimore and Washington!

Bonnie Jones and Suzanne Thorpe of TECHNE
Thomas Stanley, PhD
Tara Rodgers, PhD

AMT Festival, San Diego Art Institute

TECHNE was honored to join the amazing roster of artists, technologists, and musicians for the inaugural AMT Festival (art, technology, music), a pilot initiative of the San Diego Art Institute (SDAI) in collaboration with the Fleet Science Center and Southwestern College.

From February 2-4, 2017, AMT featured panel discussions, lectures, demos, DIY educational workshops, and artist performances that reflect themes at the forefront of electronic arts/music, data visualization/sonification, and the confluence of arts, technology, and music.

We presented our Sounding Points of Light workshop, where participants learned how to make their own light controlled oscillator. Afterwards, the instruments were presented as an installation that audiences could explore and interact with in the SDAI gallery space.

 

TECHNE at ProArts with Bay Area Girls Rock Camp & Mills’ David Tudor Residency Photos

In October/November of 2016, TECHNE headed to the west coast for a week of workshops, lectures, and concerts. We worked with ProArts Gallery in downtown Oakland to present a Teach the Teachers workshop to Bay Area Girls Rock Camp volunteers and administrators, teaching them how to build and run an Electronic Music: Powered by Girls workshop. We followed up with a concert with local collaborators Marshall Trammell, Nava Dunkelman, and Jeanie-Aprille Tang.

Then it was on to Mills College for a 3 day workshop, lecture and concert as part of their prestigious David Tudor Artist in Residency program. Together with undergraduate and graduate students we presented Sounding Points of Light, a workshop that allows participants to build and perform with light controlled oscillator instruments.  The students presented their instruments on a double bill with Suzanne and Bonnie for the final day of the residency.

Photos courtesy of 
Genevieve Neumuth
Dani Leventhal

Natalia Mount

TECHNE at Mills College – David Tudor Residency

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TECHNE is heading to Mills College for three days of workshops, concerts and lectures. We’ll be creating light controlled oscillator instruments with students as part of the Sounding Points of Light workshop, then presenting a concert with the students and a duo of Bonnie Jones & Suzanne Thorpe.

More concert details below!

BONNIE JONES AND SUZANNE THORPE
(David Tudor Composers-in-Residence)

Saturday, November 5, 2016 8:00pm
Littlefield Concert Hall

Part 1:
SOUNDING POINTS OF LIGHT
presented by Mills College students

Mills students will present an improvised piece using electronic instruments developed in a workshop with Suzanne Thorpe and Bonnie Jones. The piece uses light controlled oscillators and field recordings of found sounds sourced from Mills campus. This part of the program will be presented in the Greek Theater outdoors behind the Concert Hall.

Part 2:
BONNIE JONES AND SUZANNE THORPE
(David Tudor Composers-in-Residence)

Confluence & Divergence, 3 Movements
featuring
Bonnie Jones (Electronics) and Suzanne Thorpe (Flute, Electronics)

TECHNE at Prattsville Artist Residency Summer 2016

TECHNE spent a month in July at the Prattsville Art Center & Residency developing and researching their new workshop “Sounding Points of Light” a photo-oscillator instrument building workshop where participants create a light sensitive electronic instrument using basic circuit building tools.

As part of the residency we worked with NYU students demonstrating the instruments and performed as a duo in the art center’s Headed for the Hills Music Festival.

Here’s a sample of the instrument we developed while in residence!