Suzanne Ciani is an American electronic musician and sound designer who, from the 1970s onward, has created a wealth of experimental synth music traversing academic and commercial boundaries.
After completing an MA in music composition from the University of California at Berkeley, Ciani was introduced to synth designer Don Buchla, whose Buchla 200 synthesizer would come to define much of her work for the next two decades. She counted the likes of synth maverick Vangelis and electronic music pioneer Harold Bode among her close friends and would set up Ciani Musica Inc. to publish her commercial endeavours for companies such as Coca Cola and Atari, while constantly working at the cutting edge of advances in electronic music and amassing an expansive vault of underexposed music which had remained untouched for over 30 years.
Starting in 2012, the UK label Finders Keepers began issuing recordings from Ciani’s archives which contextualise Ciani not only as one of the key female exponents and explorers of electronic music - alongside Laurie Spiegel, Doris Norton and Daphne Oram - but also as a hugely significant cog in the machinery of modern electronic music, scanning her scores for TV and early Atari games alongside her work at Stanford University's Artificial Intelligence Lab with Max Matthews and John Chowning.
Her music from the 1980s onward found a rapidly growing international audience drawn to its romantic, healing, and aesthetic qualities. Her many recognitions include five Grammy nominations for Best New Age Album, an INDIE award for Best New Age Album, numerous Clios, a Golden Globe, and Keyboard Magazine's "New Age Keyboardist of the Year." Most recently, Ciani has collaborated on an album with new school analog synthesist Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith.