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June 2017
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Holly Herndon

Muse of the post Internet era

Saturday 20 19:00 - 1433188800 Sónar by Day

The powerful musical voice of this Tennessee born, San Francisco based American is largely down to her remarkable academic curriculum: Herndon is currently pursuing a PhD in Computer Music at Stanford University and received a special award for best songwriter 2010 when at Mills College in Oakland, where her teacher was Fred Frith. Her compositions –elaborate sound collages, to which she adds her own techniques in cutting up avant-garde literature, and meticulously crafting her own voice- certainly deserve honours.

Her unique and inimitable style is masterfully displayed on her debut album, “Movement” (RVNG Intl, 2013) and via a series of singles (“Chorus”, “Home”, “Body Sound”) released throughout 2014, drawing attention for their highly developed sound and their total immersion into the intricacies of the Internet. Herndon cites “Movement” as an exploration of her own relationship with the laptop, and her new tracks revolve around the dangers of online espionage, information overload and political control, which have earned her the title “muse of the post-Snowden era”. She views visual aspects with the same importance, and her videos (directed in collaboration with Japanese designer Akihiko Taniguchi and Dutch studio Metahaven) are genuine works of art that appeal in equal measure to the senses, intellect and the heart.