i want a thread for Holly Herndon

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because her album is terrific so far. don't let this one slip you by if you're a fan of experimental electronics and/or lush post-techno type stuff - album manges to do both without compromise.

besides Sunny Real Estate (dog latin), Monday, 7 January 2013 16:00 (five years ago) Permalink

A sinker, huh? I guess Movement isn't for everyone. If you were disappointed by the Laurel Halo album you might not like this very much (from what I've heard of the LH album, I like it well enough). But there are loads of ideas crammed into this one. If you're not listening on headphones, don't bother BTW.

The first track is pretty much 8 minutes of experimental noise effects with some interesting panning arrangements. Fair enough, but then 'Fade' comes in, and well, I'm not sure how to describe it really, but here's a video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=frmJKaPT5U8

The next track is back in experimental territory. Gasping breath samples are pitched and layered into outlandish chord shapes. A weird exercise, but interesting nonetheless

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0J4JwVewpwY

Haven't quite scratched the surface of the rest of the album, but yeah, I like it so far - just enough chocolate boxing for my tastes.

besides Sunny Real Estate (dog latin), Tuesday, 8 January 2013 09:16 (five years ago) Permalink

eight months pass...

For some reason I never listened to this album and, fortunately, iTunes radio played me 'Fade'. Now I'm very much enjoying it.

beautifully, unapologetically plastic (mh), Tuesday, 24 September 2013 14:59 (five years ago) Permalink

four months pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nHujh3yA3BE

love this

Merdeyeux, Friday, 24 January 2014 03:16 (four years ago) Permalink

Is that 'Chorus'? Helluvva song & vid!

ineloquentwow (Craigo Boingo), Friday, 24 January 2014 03:32 (four years ago) Permalink

seven months pass...

whoa, 'Home' is stunning.

festival culture (Jordan), Thursday, 18 September 2014 17:51 (four years ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_3mCDJ_iWc

festival culture (Jordan), Thursday, 18 September 2014 17:51 (four years ago) Permalink

It's great but I got really bored halfway thru

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Thursday, 18 September 2014 18:02 (four years ago) Permalink

definitely could be half as long, but it really hits my pleasure centers for sounds & texture

festival culture (Jordan), Thursday, 18 September 2014 18:39 (four years ago) Permalink

yeah, that's amazing

m0stlyClean, Thursday, 18 September 2014 18:44 (four years ago) Permalink

and i think i dig "chorus" even more, great stuff......

m0stlyClean, Thursday, 18 September 2014 18:55 (four years ago) Permalink

Love 'Home'. As NickB pointed out, there are some similarities b/w what Herndon is doing and Katie Gately's music, don't know if any of you thread loiterers have listened to her stuff? (Do. Really, do.)

emil.y, Thursday, 18 September 2014 18:57 (four years ago) Permalink

Also ahnnu's World Music

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Thursday, 18 September 2014 19:44 (four years ago) Permalink

This recent style is great for sounds and texture but, for me, it has yet to really cohere into a works that I want to return to

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Thursday, 18 September 2014 19:46 (four years ago) Permalink

I guess I would also lump the last couple d/p/i releases into this "incredibly compelling but largely unlistenable" genre

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Thursday, 18 September 2014 19:49 (four years ago) Permalink

oh hell yes.
katie gately's "last day" is great, thanks for the tip.

m0stlyClean, Thursday, 18 September 2014 20:53 (four years ago) Permalink

This reminds me of a modern take of Claire Hamill when she did that Voices record.
In a really good way, great track, probably prefer 'Chorus' but both stunning.

nxd, Friday, 19 September 2014 08:21 (four years ago) Permalink

Feels like it could go either way with repeated listens though

nxd, Friday, 19 September 2014 08:22 (four years ago) Permalink

katie gately's "last day" is great, thanks for the tip.

yeah, lots of similarities to that song in partic in the treatment of the vocals and that whole crunchy destructivist sound

need to make time and watch this whole video at some point

john wahey (NickB), Friday, 19 September 2014 08:31 (four years ago) Permalink

Just thought 'oh good, someone started a thread on holly herndon' and it was me :-)

monoprix à dimanche (dog latin), Friday, 19 September 2014 13:06 (four years ago) Permalink

Also ahnnu's World Music

― puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Thursday, September 18, 2014 12:44 PM (Yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

This album rules

brimstead, Friday, 19 September 2014 19:45 (four years ago) Permalink

also, thanks for the katie gatley tip emil.y, i'm digging it.

brimstead, Friday, 19 September 2014 19:47 (four years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_XmHQkFo_co

this was a good listen

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Monday, 3 November 2014 21:09 (four years ago) Permalink

I guess I would also lump the last couple d/p/i releases into this "incredibly compelling but largely unlistenable" genre

― puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Thursday, September 18, 2014 12:49 PM (1 month ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

lol the latest d/p/i thing, MN.ROY, overcomes this dumb label I typed out and is prob my fav thing I've heard in a while

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Monday, 3 November 2014 21:11 (four years ago) Permalink

four months pass...

more hh:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybzSWlpgJOA

we reward the hake (NickB), Wednesday, 11 March 2015 11:51 (three years ago) Permalink

on the cover of the latest issue of the wire.

stirmonster, Wednesday, 11 March 2015 14:49 (three years ago) Permalink

saw her live show + live interview last year, she is cool

mh, Wednesday, 11 March 2015 14:52 (three years ago) Permalink

http://4ad.com/news/10/3/2015/hollyherndontoreleaseplatforminmayinterferencevideopremieres

I want a thread for 4AD URLs.

Position Position, Wednesday, 11 March 2015 19:38 (three years ago) Permalink

this shit bangs

nose, Thursday, 12 March 2015 22:40 (three years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

lmao at how "Lonely At The Top" is straight-up ASMR

misterjoshua, Monday, 20 April 2015 21:33 (three years ago) Permalink

First listen through and I dig this a whole lot more than Movement. The previously released tracks are all highlights but Morning Sun and especially An Exit (w/ Amnesia Scanner!!) are excellent too.

misterjoshua, Monday, 20 April 2015 21:35 (three years ago) Permalink

wow I just discovered "Chorus" and I am really loving this a lot

gybe horses (Stevie D(eux)), Tuesday, 21 April 2015 12:15 (three years ago) Permalink

the record "Platform" leaked

there is a track on it that is literally ASMR

j. winters (josh), Tuesday, 5 May 2015 07:41 (three years ago) Permalink

oh wait someone else noted that before i did lmao

j. winters (josh), Tuesday, 5 May 2015 07:41 (three years ago) Permalink

and it's totally unlistenable!

Number None, Tuesday, 5 May 2015 10:24 (three years ago) Permalink

unless you have ASMR I guess

Number None, Tuesday, 5 May 2015 10:24 (three years ago) Permalink

what is amr? i found the whole album an uncompelling drag tbh

lex pretend, Tuesday, 5 May 2015 10:31 (three years ago) Permalink

*asmr

lex pretend, Tuesday, 5 May 2015 10:31 (three years ago) Permalink

has a dedicated ilx thread - ilxor.com/ILX/ThreadSelectedControllerServlet?action=showall&boardid=40&threadid=96481

ogmor, Tuesday, 5 May 2015 12:31 (three years ago) Permalink

i kinda love the holly herndon ASMR track??

j. winters (josh), Tuesday, 5 May 2015 18:29 (three years ago) Permalink

there are a few great moments on the rest of the album but overall idk

j. winters (josh), Tuesday, 5 May 2015 18:30 (three years ago) Permalink

The heck is this ASMR track? Makes me feel irrationally embarrassed.

p:s nerds know (dog latin), Tuesday, 19 May 2015 07:17 (three years ago) Permalink

Which one is the ASMR track? I listened to about 2/3 of Platform on Spotify yesterday and just got a major nostalgia buzz. 2002 laptop music redux. It was pretty though. Will probably end up buying.

Jeff W, Tuesday, 19 May 2015 18:17 (three years ago) Permalink

this is obviously doing well because they just sent out a warning to people who pre-ordered that shipping might take a while.

skip, Tuesday, 19 May 2015 18:18 (three years ago) Permalink

Worked at the shop on Saturday and listened to this 3 times. Sounds really good on a nice system -- this is probably my favorite record of the year so far. I didn't get any ASMR reactions from it, but our speakers are in the back of the store.

dronestreet, Wednesday, 20 May 2015 02:22 (three years ago) Permalink

This album is BANANAS.

ledge, Friday, 22 May 2015 11:00 (three years ago) Permalink

I think I might get ASMR reactions! "Lonely at the Top" made me feel... off

ultimate american sock (mh), Friday, 22 May 2015 13:36 (three years ago) Permalink

it's kinda terrible imo, the only track i skip on the record.

Morning Sun is so gorgeous, and achieves a weird trick of sounding both claustrophobic and cavernous at the same time. Her sound design is amazing.

Roz, Friday, 22 May 2015 14:50 (three years ago) Permalink

Yep, but crucially it's in the service of some great tunes - I wouldn't be interested it if it was just a dry exercise in sound art. ASMR track is kinda lol mostly o_O, it was amusing for a while but I've started skipping it now.

ledge, Saturday, 23 May 2015 14:34 (three years ago) Permalink

Intro to the last track is... destabilising. Prob not a good idea to try to fall asleep to this album.

ledge, Saturday, 23 May 2015 14:36 (three years ago) Permalink

I have no idea if it's technically AMSR, but some music (especially pure vocal harmony music, with lots of reverb, certain speeds of very choppy tremolo) does regularly provoke physical sensations - kind of shivery fingers running down my shoulders/back, but not in an unpleasant way at all.

The thing is, the supposed AMSR track on this album provokes absolutely no reaction in me at all. (I, too, have started skipping it.) Morning Sun, however, has those qualities so exactly that it's actually quite distracting to listen to it on headphones at work.

This album is absolutely phenomenal. As Roz says, the sound design is astonishing, on top of it being really intriguing and compelling music.

The Hauntology of Celebrity (Branwell with an N), Saturday, 23 May 2015 15:19 (three years ago) Permalink

the words on that "lonely at the top" one, with their unreserved praise, also provoke a reaction of weird, pleasurable discomfort

ultimate american sock (mh), Saturday, 23 May 2015 21:32 (three years ago) Permalink

really digging 'morning sun' + 'locker leak' off this
obvs 'chorus' is still classic

nxd, Friday, 29 May 2015 10:52 (three years ago) Permalink

liking this one much more than "movement" so far

Michael F Gill, Saturday, 30 May 2015 01:12 (three years ago) Permalink

I'm late to the party but this is great!

like a giraffe of nah (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 3 June 2015 16:24 (three years ago) Permalink

the sound palette seems pretty limited.. How many times can you use the 'atonal percussion rustle/avalanche' sample before it gets old? the quality of the percussion is nice, but the overload of pitched vocal samples gives it a disposable, later OPN-like quality. feels very 'of the late 2000s'. vocal clutter is way over the top. i could listen to quarantine by laurel halo all day, but the use of vocals on this is grating as shit. i miss chicks on speed produced by the mego guys.

braunld (Lowell N. Behold'n), Thursday, 4 June 2015 14:06 (three years ago) Permalink

"disposable" is just fine by me; i'm associating this with vaporwave

like a giraffe of nah (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 4 June 2015 14:49 (three years ago) Permalink

I'm hearing early '80s Laurie Anderson in her Herndon's sound

curmudgeon, Thursday, 4 June 2015 15:01 (three years ago) Permalink

i really like the spoken track - i find it funny and kind of theatrical at the same time. it reminds me a bit of some interactive theatre things i've seen.

bureau belfast model (LocalGarda), Thursday, 4 June 2015 15:10 (three years ago) Permalink

Any London ilxors going to the show?

emil.y, Sunday, 7 June 2015 13:06 (three years ago) Permalink

four months pass...

how did this leave me cold at first? it suddenly CLICKED a few weeks ago and i haven't been able to stop listening

some of the gorgeous textures remind me of orchestra of bubbles!

lex pretend, Friday, 9 October 2015 16:16 (three years ago) Permalink

It actually reminds me a bit of of the gentler bits of Confield, just the textural crunch of all those granular bits of micro-sound, but with heaps of sugar throughout.

Matt DC, Friday, 9 October 2015 16:26 (three years ago) Permalink

confield flakes

Rainham area Rilke (nakhchivan), Friday, 9 October 2015 16:35 (three years ago) Permalink

Which one is the ASMR track? I listened to about 2/3 of Platform on Spotify yesterday and just got a major nostalgia buzz. 2002 laptop music redux. It was pretty though. Will probably end up buying.

― Jeff W, Tuesday, 19 May 2015 19:17 (4 months ago)

the clarity of the soundfield on this is so different to anything from that period, even the very best and best engineered of it like autechre

Rainham area Rilke (nakhchivan), Friday, 9 October 2015 17:24 (three years ago) Permalink

Some of her stuff reminds me of some Tortoise -- which, coincidentally, also has a member named Herndon.

on entre O.K. on sort K.O. (man alive), Friday, 9 October 2015 19:51 (three years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

Astonishing gig last night in London - she had a couple of other people onstage with her, a vocalist/dancer whose vocals were being chopped up into a million pieces in real time. Also a dude behind a laptop whose sole job appeared to be to type messages at the audience (best one = "FUCK THERESA MAY"). It was all clearly live (and texturally quite different from the album) but I had no idea how most of it was being done.

Matt DC, Thursday, 5 November 2015 10:16 (three years ago) Permalink

+1324232234545345 to any notion of seeing her live; IMO she wiped the floor with everyone else who played Big Ears last year, and the live-data-manipulation stuff was a major part of that

grinding like a jolly elf (jamescobo), Thursday, 5 November 2015 12:53 (three years ago) Permalink

yeah that was an excellent gig (and jam city supporting was brilliant too, and again v different to the record)

lex pretend, Thursday, 5 November 2015 14:30 (three years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

cool talk w/DJ Rupture: http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/21582-lullabies-for-the-broken-brain/

sam jax sax jam (Jordan), Wednesday, 2 March 2016 17:19 (two years ago) Permalink

did you mean to link this? https://www.ableton.com/en/blog/loop-holly-herndon-and-jace-clayton/

μpright mammal (mh), Wednesday, 2 March 2016 19:19 (two years ago) Permalink

ha yes, wrong tab. ty.

sam jax sax jam (Jordan), Wednesday, 2 March 2016 19:26 (two years ago) Permalink

her process breakdown is good too (haven't gotten through the whole thing yet): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6baj34lxF4g

sam jax sax jam (Jordan), Thursday, 3 March 2016 19:45 (two years ago) Permalink

four months pass...

Discovering Platform now. Sick, and reminds me a little of sometime ilxor Lynskey

socka flocka-jones (man alive), Monday, 1 August 2016 19:09 (two years ago) Permalink

on the cover of the latest issue of the wire.

― stirmonster, Wednesday, March 11, 2015 8:49 AM (1 year ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

this was v cool imo

http://i67.tinypic.com/wb28lc.jpg

yolo mostly (sleepingbag), Monday, 1 August 2016 19:20 (two years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sc9OjL6Mjqo

nxd, Tuesday, 4 December 2018 15:36 (two weeks ago) Permalink

That is excellent.

emil.y, Tuesday, 4 December 2018 16:26 (two weeks ago) Permalink

and terrifying.

Toss another shrimpl air on the bbqbbq (ledge), Wednesday, 5 December 2018 09:49 (one week ago) Permalink

dream combo

nxd, Wednesday, 5 December 2018 09:51 (one week ago) Permalink

Intrigued by the idea of working with AI but not really impressed by the actual track.

ˈʌglɪɪst preɪ, Wednesday, 5 December 2018 11:26 (one week ago) Permalink

I have a feeling that sentiment will characterize most reactions to the seemingly inevitable onslaught of music that will “use” “AI” in the next years

Vapor waif (uptown churl), Wednesday, 5 December 2018 16:41 (one week ago) Permalink


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