Who We Are

Techne was founded in 2010 by Suzanne Thorpe and Bonnie Jones, educators and musicians active in electronic music communities in the US and abroad.

Garden of Sonic Delights at Caramoor
photo by Gabe Palacio

Suzanne Thorpe

Suzanne Thorpe is a composer/performer, researcher and educator who lives on the bank of the Hudson river, at the foot of the Catskill mountains. She creates compositions with a variety of media and technology, and performs electroacoustic flute. Her career as a professional recording artist began as a founding member of the critically acclaimed band Mercury Rev, with whom she toured and produced a number of recordings for Sony, V2, Beggars Banquet and more. As an electro-acoustic improvisor she’s performed with an inspiring array of musicians, and as a performer she has appeared internationally. Her compositions tend to be site-specific works that highlight her interest in sound’s contributions to our knowledge of each other and our environments. The results are dynamic sound installations and performances that evolve with participants and their surroundings. 

Thorpe’s research is broadly concerned with contemporary sound studies, with particular attention to sound art, electronic music, listening and performance. Through an interdisciplinary method that combines creative practice with feminist and ecological theory, her research is focused on performances that emphasize principles of inclusion, speculation and coalition building.  

Thorpe holds an MFA in Electronic Music & Media from Mills College, and a Ph.D. in Integrative Studies from the University of California, San Diego. She is also a Deep Listening instructor, having studied in depth with American composer and Deep Listening founder Pauline Oliveros. She has been the recipient of the Frog Peak Collective Award for innovative research in technology, as well as grants from Harvestworks Digital Media Foundation, New Music USA, and the MAP Fund. She is currently a Mellon Teaching Fellow​/Lecturer in Music at Columbia University​. 

http://www.suzannethorpe.com/

Bonnie Jones

Bonnie Jones is a Korean-American improvising musician, poet, and performer working with electronic sound and text. She performs solo and in numerous collaborative music, film, and visual art projects.

Bonnie’s work explores the fluidity and function of electronic noise (field recordings, circuit bending) and text (poetry, found, spoken, visual). Her art seeks opportunities within different mediums to expose the fluid nature of individual identity, history, form, and meaning.

As an arts organizer, Bonnie was a founding member of the Transmodern Festival and CHELA Gallery and is currently a member of the High Zero Festival collective. In 2010, she co-founded TECHNE https://technesound.org/, an organization that introduces young female-identified women to technology-focused art making, improvisation, and community collaboration. TECHNE’s programs are delivered through partnerships with grassroots organizations that share an aligned commitment to racial and gender equity.

Bonnie received her MFA at Bard College where she studied with Laetitia Sonami, Miya Masaoka, and Marina Rosenfeld. She has received commissions from the London ICA and Walters Art Museum and has presented her work extensively at institutions in the US, Mexico, Europe and Asia, including the LA MOCA, Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo, and REDCAT. Her collaborative sound works have been shown at the Swiss Institute, Whitney Museum, and Hunter College. Bonnie was a 2018 recipient of the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists Award.

Born in 1977 in South Korea she was raised on a dairy farm in New Jersey, and currently resides in Baltimore, Maryland. https://bonnie-jones.com/