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Holly Herndon
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May 10, 2019


Since her early releases on RVNG Intl and Infinite Greyscale, Holly Herndon has been exploring the outer limits of electronic music and Avant-Garde pop, creating an otherworldly universe that is distinctly her own.

Her fascination with the human voice, has always been at the centre of her work, using it as a sonic instrument to be chopped and screwed, dissecting it on the surgery table, isolating all the sonic details and restitching it back together to create something from a parallel universe.

Following on from her incredible album on Platform on 4AD, this exploration of the human voice really takes centre stage in PROTO, where she has constructed a collaborative space for an ensemble of vocalists, a team of developers along with her longtime collaborator Mathew Dryhurst and an inhuman intelligence Spawn—a nascent A.I. entity housed in a gaming PC. Coming together, they have constructed a record of live vocal processing, that traverses the rich history of folk singing, alongside a communion between humans and technology, creating a record that embraces the alchemy between man and machine.

“There’s a pervasive narrative of technology as dehumanizing,” says Holly. “We stand in contrast to that. It’s not like we want to run away; we’re very much running towards it, but on our terms. Choosing to work with an ensemble of humans is part of our protocol. I don’t want to live in a world in which humans are automated off stage. I want an A.I. to be raised to appreciate and interact with that beauty ”

Digital Tracklist

  1. 1 Birth Holly Herndon 1:14 Buy
  2. 2 Alienation Holly Herndon 3:43 Buy
  3. 3 Canaan (Live Training) Holly Herndon 1:36 Buy

    Canaan (Live Training)

  4. 4 Eternal Holly Herndon 4:45 Buy
  5. 5 Crawler Holly Herndon 5:57 Buy
  6. 6 Extreme Love Holly Herndon with Lily Anna Haynes and Jenna Sutela 2:34 Buy
  7. 7 Frontier Holly Herndon 4:29 Buy
  8. 8 Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt Holly Herndon 3:11 Buy

    Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt

  9. 9 SWIM Holly Herndon 4:38 Buy
  10. 10 Evening Shades (Live Training) Holly Herndon 1:33 Buy

    Evening Shades (Live Training)

  11. 11 Bridge Holly Herndon with Martine Syms 2:48 Buy
  12. 12 Godmother Holly Herndon and Jlin feat. Spawn 2:30 Buy
  13. 13 Last Gasp Holly Herndon 5:09 Buy

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