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!

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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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.

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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
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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.
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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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