Suzanne Ciani is a pioneer in electronic music and one of the few women to blaze a trail in the genre. She received classical music training at Wellesley College and obtained her master's degree in music composition at University of California at Berkeley where she met the idiosyncratic synthesizer designer Don Buchla. In 1974 she formed her own company and with her Buchla Analog Modular Synthesizer she began scoring television commercials for Coca-Cola, Merrill Lynch, AT&T and General Electric. Additionally, Ciani scored the Lily Tomlin movie The Incredible Shrinking Woman, and Mother Teresa, as well as scored for the TV daytime serial One Life to Live.
In 1977 Suzanne Ciani provided the sound effects for Meco's disco version of the Star Wars soundtrack, which was certified platinum. In 1982 she began to record a series of albums in the New Age genre, characterized by a mix of electronic and traditional instruments. She considers herself to be a classical music composer and her more recent albums have emphasized the use of the piano, but as always her music is deeply moving and heartfelt.