Holly Herndon, North American composer, performer and sound researcher, investigates and experiments with her voice using the computer as her main ally. Herndon has created her own software to modify and edit voice, generating a unique sound through her laptop. Using this visual language program to create customized instruments and new vocal processes, Herndon brings out the essence of the voice in her music, investigating far-reaching issues such as online espionage, excess information and political control.
Her work and innovation is reflected in her first album, “Movement,” released in 2012, receiving much praise by critics (such as “The Wire” who included it in their prestigious list of best albums of the year). Her methods and research have earned her the tittle, “Muse of the post-Snowden era.”
Herndon, born in Tennessee, currently resides in San Francisco and is pursuing a PhD in computer music at Stanford University. At Sónar+D, she will deliver a lecture describing her creative process.
Holly Herndon will be interviewed by Kate Hutchinson. Hutchinson is a music and culture journalist and editor, currently the Deputy Editor at The Guide and a music critic at The Guardian in London. She was previously the Clubbing Editor at Time Out London and a regular contributor to Q, NME, Mixmag, The Quietus, Dazed and BBC Music. She runs The Music Circle, a division of Annie Lennox’s Circle initiative, which raises money to empower women.
Holly Herndon will perform on Saturday, June 20th at Sónar by Day.