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.

Suzanne Thorpe

Suzanne Thorpe is a musician and composer who extends her practice with an ever-evolving set-up of analogue and digital software components. She composes site-specific works that employ psychoacoustic phenomena, aural harmonics and tuned filtering systems that have been presented at Issue Project Room (NYC), Judson Church (NYC), Diapason (NYC), Megapolis Festival (Baltimore), Activating the Medium Festival (San Francisco), SlowFloat (the Delaware River), la botanica (Houston) and exhibited at Kleio Gallery (NYC), Exit Art (NYC) and the Lightship Frying Pan. As an improviser, Thorpe has performed with Chris Brown, Chris Cogburn, Annette Krebs, Maggie Nicols, Pauline Oliveros, Gino Robair, Miya Masaoka, Fred Frith, Ulrich Krieger, Zbigniew Karkowski, Anti-Matter, Miguel Frasconi, and Zeena Parkins among others.

She has performed at venues such as The Stone (NYC), Issue Project Room (NYC), No Idea Festival (Austin, TX), Pyramid Atlantic Center for the Arts (Silver Spring, MD), L’envers (Montreal, Canada), White Box (NYC), 1510 (Oakland), LMAK (NYC), The Luggage Store (San Francisco, CA), Greenwich House Music School (NYC), Roulette (NYC) and more. She is a founding member of critically acclaimed Mercury Rev, with whom she composed, performed, recorded, produced and toured from 1989 through 1998, earning numerous critical accolades and a gold record for 1998’s Deserters’ Songs. She has appeared on over 20 recordings on labels such as Sony, V2, Beggars Banquet, Geffen, Specific Recordings, and Tape Drift, and can most recently be heard on J Mascis’ solo record Several Shades of Why. Thorpe is one-half of the flute and feedback duo thenumber46 with media artist Philip White, and one-fourth of the quartet Volume (n) alongside Shelley Burgon, Maria Chavez and Stephan Moore. Thorpe also teaches at Marymount Manhattan College, were she focuses on digital audio workstations, field recording, cultural theory and the art of listening. http://www.suzannethorpe.com/

Bonnie Jones

Bonnie Jones is a Korean-American interdisciplinary artist working primarily with sound and text. As a composer, and improviser she re-purposes digital delay pedals as circuit-bent electronic instruments, directly playing the exposed circuit boards with instrument cables to produce raw and often chaotic electronic sound. Her sound palette challenges the accepted languages of contemporary music as well as the conventional modes of playing associated with electronic musicians. Jones’ multimedia performance works use projected text and live writing to improvise with musicians, video artists, dancers, and other writers. The work draws on her background as a poet and explores a form of writing “off-the-page” that directly interacts with the audience and other collaborators.

Jones has performed her work in the US, Europe and Asia, and has appeared in the ErstQuake Festival (NYC), No Idea Festival (TX), Cha’ ak’ ab Paaxil Festival (Mexico), and High Zero Festival (MD). Jones has received several awards and recognitions including a Fulbright Fellowship, Meet the Composer Global Connections Grants, and an artist residency at STEIM (electronic music foundation in Amsterdam).

Jones received her MFA from Bard College’s Milton Avery School for Fine Arts. She is also the co-founder of the Transmodern Festival (festival entering its 7th year in Baltimore) and curator / organizer of the Los Solos Series (a performance series presenting solo works of female artists). http://bonniejones.wordpress.com/