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)

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!

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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.
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7/1 BATON ROUGE, LA
https://www.facebook.com/GirlsRockCampBatonRouge

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

https://www.facebook.com/events/259361694269093/?context=create&source=49

https://www.facebook.com/girlsrock.campnola

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

https://www.facebook.com/TheBridgePAI

7/14 CHARLESTON, SC (concert John Rivers Communication Museum)
7/15 CHARLESTON, SC

https://www.facebook.com/girlsrockcharleston
https://www.facebook.com/groups/311881458905143/

7/17 WASHINGTON, DC
https://www.facebook.com/GirlsRockDC

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

http://redroom.org/calendar/#733

7/21 PHILADELPHIA, PA
7/22 PHILADELPHIA, PA (concert Bowerbird at the Rotunda)

https://www.facebook.com/girlsrockphilly
http://www.bowerbird.org/newsite/

7/25 NASHVILLE, TN (concert, Abrasive Media)
http://sgrrc.com/
http://abrasivemedia.org/

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ABOUT THE ARTISTS:

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) andmore.www.suzannethorpe.com/

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. http://www.bonniejones.wordpress.com/

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!

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TECHNE Presents at Opensignal / Brown University

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FEBRUARY 19 2014
TECHNE – Suzanne Thorpe + Bonnie Jones

http://cargocollective.com/opensignal/2-19-TECHNE

ARTIST TALK
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.

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

Missed Your Chance to Help TECHNE?

WE’RE STILL IN NEED OF LAST MINUTE EMERGENCY FUNDS!

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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. 

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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

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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.

BAY AREA GIRLS ROCK CAMP
Oakland, CA

July 30, July 31st
http://www.bayareagirlsrockcamp.org/

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SOL COLLECTIVE
Sacramento, CA
August 6th
http://freesolarts.wordpress.com/

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ROCK N’ ROLL CAMP FOR GIRLS
Portland, Oregon
August 8th
http://www.girlsrockcamp.org/

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RAIN CITY ROCK CAMP FOR GIRLS
Seattle, Washington
August 13th
http://raincityrockcamp.org/