Suzanne Thorpe

Lecturer, Department of Music, Columbia University

Fellow, SOF/Heyman, Columbia University (2020–Present)

Suzanne Thorpe’s research is broadly concerned with contemporary sound practices, with particular attention to sound art, electronic music, listening and performance. Through an interdisciplinary method that combines creative practice with feminist and ecological theory, she creates and studies aesthetic frameworks that emphasize speculation, relational knowledges and coalition building. Thorpe recently completed her PhD in Integrative Studies at the University of California, San Diego, holds an MFA in Electronic Music & Media from Mills College, and is a Deep Listening instructor, having studied in depth with American composer and Deep Listening founder Pauline Oliveros. In addition, Thorpe is cofounder and director of TECHNE, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting young women in their ability to dismantle gender barriers and intervene in techno-masculinist narratives. Thorpe has published her research in edited volumes and journals and presented her work in various settings internationally, including academic conferences and lectures, visiting scholar and artistic residencies, museum and gallery exhibitions, and music venue performances. 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. Her current work builds on her dissertation, "Resonance & Resemblance: Sound Perspectives of a Pluralistic World," to further speculate about the phenomenon of resonance and its ability to contribute to intermaterial relational being and knowing.

Suzanne joins us as a Mellon Fellow in Music Humanities.