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Holly Herndon

Holly Herndon was born in Tennessee, but reared on music abroad. She broke out from her formative years in Berlin's minimal techno scene to repatriate to San Francisco, where she currently lives and studies as a doctoral candidate at Stanford's Center for Computer Research in Music und Acoustics (CCRMA). In her music she is experimenting within the outer reaches of dance music and pop songwriting possibilities. Holly Herndon has published two albums, Movement in 2012 and Platform in 2015.
In her work she is fascinated by trance and the disjunctive sampling techniques pioneered by avant-garde composition. In her recent work she also humanised the laptop by celebrating its capacity for memory-storage and lamenting its vulnerability in light of revelations of mass surveillance. To achieve the album Platform, she has opened up her process to vital artists and thinkers from her creative circle, leading by example to tackle a host of topics ranging from systemic inequality, surveillance states and neo-feudalism. Among the collaborators are composer and drag performer Colin Self, Ensemble Dal Niente's soprano voice Amanda DeBoer Bartlett and radical Dutch design studio Metahaven.