TECHNE @ [Re]Generation: The Arts & Technology Summit at Connecticut College

On Saturday, February 8, 2020 Suzanne took part in [Re]Generation: The Arts & Technology Summit at Connecticut College’s Ammerman Center for Art & Technology. Along with electronic composer, educator and new TECHNE cohort member Asha Tamirisa, Suzanne presented a workshop that addressed two key concerns for TECHNE: the capacity for inclusivity (or not) of avant-garde electro-acoustic music making techniques, and the ability of strategies of care, which include listening and collaborative support, to intervene on techno-masculinist structures in the realm of electronic music education. We received enthusiastic support and thoughtful feedback from participants, which was an assemblage of accomplished artists from many disciplines and backgrounds brought together to imagine a more inclusive field. We look forward to evolving with this new information!


PeabodyHacks 2020 Workshop

TECHNE Co-Founder, Bonnie Jones introduces young students to DIY electronic instruments as part of the PeabodyHacks 2020 Hackathon at Peabody Institute in Baltimore, MD.

11am Saturday, February 1
DIY Electronic Instruments: An Interactive Workshop w/ Bonnie Jones, TECHNE

Join electronic musician Bonnie Jones for an interactive introduction to DIY electronic instruments! Hands-on fun with homemade contact microphones, photo-oscillator instruments, circuit bent guitar pedals, and more! Explore and collaborate with unusual new electronic sounds!

To register, visit

TECHNE in Europe Fall 2018

TECHNE is excited to head across the pond for workshops, lectures, and concerts.

October 10, 2018
Sonic Arts Research Centre (SARC)
1pm – 2pm, Sonic Lab
School of Arts, English and Languages, Queen’s University Belfast

October 21 – November 6
TECHNE Residency q-02
Brussels, Belgium

10/28Workshop, TECHNE, Radical Sonic Transformations
We invite you to join electronic musicians and educators Bonnie Jones and Suzanne Thorpe, founders of TECHNE, for a day-long exploration of music’s potential to enact social justice and feminist ideals.

11/4 – Concert @ Les Atelier Claus
Isabelle Duthoit & Franz Hautzinger & Dieb 13 & Martin Tetreault / Bonnie Jones & Suzanne Thorpe

November 7, 2018
TECHNE Workshop
The American University of Paris
Paris, France

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


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 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