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Bonnie Jones, Sound Artist

Bonnie Jones is an electronic musician, sound artist and poet. She works with circuit bent instruments, radios, sine tones, and other non-traditional electronic sound.

Solo electronics improvisation, Excerpt, May 2018

Excerpt, solo electronics improvisation. Circuit bent electronics, sine tones, samples, and microphones. ESS, Chicago, IL, May 2018.

we listen, how we remember. Performance installation, Excerpt, August 2016.

Excerpt, we listen, how we remember. Performance installation. History, sine tones, samples, objects, moving bodies. Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, MD, August 2016.

Excerpt, Improvised music Bonnie Jones & Michael Zerang

Excerpt, Improvised music. Bonnie Jones, electronics and Michael Zerang, percussion. High Zero Festival, Baltimore, MD, September 2015.

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About Bonnie

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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... more

Solo electronics improvisation

Video documentation of improvised electronic solo performed for Ken Vandermark's Options series at Experimental Sound Studio in Chicago, IL, May 2018. This short piece shows the expressive range of the circuit bent digital delay pedals that I've been working with for over a decade.

  • Solo Electronics Improvisation

    Solo electronics improvisation. Circuit bent electronics, sine tones, samples, and microphones. ESS, Chicago, IL, May 2018.
  • Solo Electronics Improvisation

    Solo electronics improvisation. Circuit bent electronics, sine tones, samples, and microphones. ESS, Chicago, IL, May 2018.

we listen, how we remember

A performance installation for the Walters Art Museum in the 3rd Floor Galleries of Migration Art, Byzantine, and Pre-Medieval objects. The piece beging with a text, a meditation on objects and their ability to hold and structure history. Various rooms of the galleries have objects acting as speakers, with samples or tones playing through the object. The sine tones or pure tones are selected to establish tritones (diminished fifths) or what during the Renaissance was referred to as the "Devil's Interval" for is dissonant character. Careful selection and placement of samples are designed to foreground the literal museum space, for instance the sounds of industrial heating/cooling systems are played back into the space, in addition to evoking communication and connection through time by using shortwave radio samples and electronics.
  • we listen, how we remember

    Performance installation. History, sine tones, samples, objects, moving bodies. Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, MD, August 2016.
  • we listen, how we remember

    Performance installation. History, sine tones, samples, objects, moving bodies. Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, MD, August 2016.

Improvised Music, Bonnie Jones & Michael Zerang

A first time meeting of accomplished improviser Michael Zerang, percussion and Bonnie Jones, electronics at the High Zero Festival of Experimental and Improvised Music. This 30 minute set explores the dynamic range of timbres and textures of circuit bent electronics and percussion.

the p in pattern

Documentation of a live performance of "the p in pattern", a sound / text composition that uses live and recorded electronics, vocals, and text to create a distinctive sonic space where language and sound slip between visibility and invisibility.

  • the p in pattern

    Solo electronics improvisation. Circuit bent electronics, sine tones, samples, and microphones. ESS, Chicago, IL, May 2018.
  • the p in pattern

    Solo electronics improvisation. Circuit bent electronics, sine tones, samples, and microphones. ESS, Chicago, IL, May 2018.

And if I live a thousand lives I hope to remember one

This conceptual cassette sound work is constructed by manipulating in live performances a cassette player and a TDK EC-6M 6 minute looping cassette tape. The cassette player is used during the performance to create feedback by indiscriminately pressing the player’s controls (record, stop, forward, rewind). These six minutes are a recombinant document of numerous live performances over the past several years where I recorded, re-recorded, and erased the sounds of audio tape feedback, myself and other musicians. This work was commissioned for Evening Will Come: A Monthly Journal of Poetics, October 2015.

by the time

"by the time" was commissioned by the London ICA as part of their "Soundworks" exhibition, launched in conjunction with their presentation of Bruce Nauman's "Days." The work explores language and meaning through time and space, using electronics and field recordings. It present the paradox at the heart of sound, that ephemerality is also deeply embedded in our memories and bodies.

  • by the time

    Installation view, sound works are selected from embedded screen and played back through speakers in the room. by the time. Electronics, samples, field recordings. Soundworks, London Institute of Contemporary Art, June 2012.
  • by the time

    Sound work. Electronics, samples, field recordings. Soundworks, London Institute of Contemporary Art, June 2012.

Improvised Music, Bonnie Jones & Andrea Neumann

A longstanding musical relationship that formed in 2006 at the Seattle Improvised Music Festival. Andrea Neumann is an improviser and pianist, the innovator of "inside piano", an instrument that consists only of the strings, its resonance board and the cast-iron frame. The duo has toured extensively in the US, Europe, and Mexico, and in 2012 released "green just as I could see" on Erstwhile Records.

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