NPR Music x Pop Conference in collaboration with The Museum of Pop Culture present:
POP TALKS: Holly Herndon
Friday, August 14, 2020
3:00 pm EDT
via Instagram Live @nprmusic
POP TALKS is a new pop-up conversation series on Instagram live. Join NPR Music and Pop Conference for hourlong, thoughtful conversations with today’s most intriguing musicians.
Experimental electronic composer and performer Holly Herndon talks about her provocative work on Friday August 14th, in an interview with Jason King.
About Holly Herndon
Holly Herndon operates at the edges of electronic and avant-garde pop and emerges with a dynamic and disruptive canon of her own. On her most recent full-length album PROTO, Herndon 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 Harp stylings. The sounds synthesized on PROTO by Herndon, her A.I. “baby” Spawn, and the vocal ensemble combine elements from Herndon’s dynamic and idiosyncratic personal journey: the timeless folk traditions of her childhood experiences in church-going East Tennessee (particularly the prismatic layered practice of Sacred Harp singing), the avant-garde music she explored while at Mills College, and the radical club culture of Berlin, all enhanced by her recent PhD in composition studies at Stanford University, researching machine learning and music.