Young Women Learn About Music and Electronics in Hands-On Workshop

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CBS Philly

By Cherri Gregg

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A Fishtown nonprofit that teaches girls confidence through musical self-expression held a concert this week.

The “Girls Rock Philly” participants performed Tuesday on instruments they made from scratch during a two-day workshop.

The instruments were simple.  One was a contact microphone soldered to a cable connected to the bottom of a cardboard box.

“Any object that they put inside the box and then played on that surface, the contact mike picks up the vibrations from that object — that’s how you make the music,” explains Suzanne Thorpe.

Thorpe (conducting, at left, in top photo) is one-half of Techne, a musician duo that’s holding rock-and-roll summer camps along the east coast. Their goal: to get more girls involved in music technology.

“They’re learning about basic signal flow and basic circuitry, and basically how sound and electricity are related,” Thorpe says. “Their process…

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