Holly Herndon



Holly Herndon is an American composer and sound artist based in San Fransisco. Her music is predominantly computer based and uses MAX MSP to create instruments and vocal processors.

I am really interested in the way the in which she composes her music with vocal editing and and the use of experimental sounds. These tracks in particular:



Her use of sounds I have found really inspiring and have helped me to figure out the kind of sounds that I feel represent the unheard voices of plants. The glitchy aspect is kind of like the unpredictability of plants. It is also the mixture of these digital sounds that sound really non-human and the recorded vocal/words. Some of the pieces are more like creative soundscapes than songs. Some parts sound natural but seemed warped in some kind of way. They sound similar – for example in the track ‘unequal’ the beginning sounds like rain drops but at they same time they don’t. Then wind or explosion or rustling like sounds are used under the singing which are also being slightly warped.



I wish to use more natural sounds mixed with the digitally edited sounds with the data that I have collected from the MIDI Sprout. I think that this will be interesting to hear these kind of sounds working within the sound array and the installation itself.




Herdon practice as a sound artists allows her to integrate performance and installation in her collaborative project with Mathew Dryhurst at the ISM Hexadome at Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin. Looking at this photo, I really like the multi-use space of the 360degree Hexadome. The shape allows the audience to be immersed inside the structure which in itself I really love!



One comment

  1. […] really glitchy. Suddenly I realised that that is what i needed. Having been listening to a lot of Holly Herndon and have been inspired by Katharina Hauke‘s Eden Project sounds + been reading quite a lot on […]

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