Since her arrival in 2012, Holly Herndon has successfully mined the edges of electronic and avant-garde pop and emerged with a dynamic and disruptive canon of her own.
Born in the mountains of East Tennessee, she’s gone from singing in church to performing in the clubs of Berlin to being hailed by CNN for ‘shaping the future of A.I.’ as a bona fide musical pioneer.
Holly’s trailblazing career has seen her utilise the laptop as ‘the most intimate instrument’, cultivating live voice processing systems and developing custom vocal patches to construct experimental pieces performed in real-time. She put those pieces into play on the likes of ‘Breathe’ and ‘Dilato’ from her full-length debut, Movement.
Researching platform politics for her PhD at Stanford, she assembled her 2015 sophomore offering, Platform, which rapidly captured attention from the likes of Pitchfork, The Guardian, NME, and The Wire. Primarily composed with online collaborators, it was the first commercially released album to include a track intended to trigger Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR). Following the release, Radiohead handpicked her to open its European tour.
In 2019, Holly broke ground again with the release of PROTO. Here she fronts and conducts an electronic pop choir comprised of both human and A.I. voices over a musical palette that encompasses everything from synths to sacred choral music stylings. Operating at the crossroads of technological evolution and musical catharsis, Holly’s Melbourne Recital Centre debut is an intimate chance to hear the innovative artist as she steps into the next phase of her unique career.
Melbourne musician Sui Zhen will join Holly as support artist.
Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre in arrangement with Mistletone
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Sui Zhen support artist
Tuesday 21 January 2020 7.30pm
Duration: 2 hours 30 mins (incl. interval)
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