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Suzanne Thorpe and Bonnie Jones raise funds to introduce young women to electronic music


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Suzanne Thorpe and Bonnie Jones collaborate on two fronts. First, as musical partners: Thorpe, a founding member of Mercury Rev who’s performed with Pauline Oliveros, Nate Wooley, and J. Mascis, plays flute through a chain of electronic effects that splits her instrument’s sound and allows her to magnify select timbres, while Jones uses circuit-bent delay pedals and shortwave radio to obtain low pops, yielding but abrasive puffs, and snatches of airwave content. They haven’t released any records, but video evidence suggests that their improvisations establish a sonic environment in which dissimilar modes of activity successfully coexist. Since 2010 the two have also led Techne, an organization that programs workshops where young, female-­identified students learn the rudiments of soldering contact microphones, devising instruments, and playing together. Jenna Lyle, Jessie Marino, and Katherine Young, who are all training to lead Techne workshops in Chicago, open tonight’s performance, a benefit for the group; TALsounds plays second, and Thorpe and Jones headline.   v

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