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 (six 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 (six 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 (five years ago) Permalink

Is that 'Chorus'? Helluvva song & vid!

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

on the cover of the latest issue of the wire.

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

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

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

this shit bangs

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

one month passes...

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

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

ha yes, wrong tab. ty.

sam jax sax jam (Jordan), Wednesday, 2 March 2016 19:26 (three 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 (three 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 (four months ago) Permalink

That is excellent.

emil.y, Tuesday, 4 December 2018 16:26 (four months ago) Permalink

and terrifying.

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

dream combo

nxd, Wednesday, 5 December 2018 09:51 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months ago) Permalink

three months pass...

new single is pretty massive

https://youtu.be/r4sROgbaeOs

Simon H., Monday, 11 March 2019 13:18 (one month ago) Permalink

huge. video is nuts in the best possible way.

Uptown VONC (Le Bateau Ivre), Monday, 11 March 2019 13:52 (one month ago) Permalink

I don't like the songwriting at all but that's a cool timbre she's hit upon there.

pomenitul, Monday, 11 March 2019 14:52 (one month ago) Permalink

^^^^this is my opinion of every holly herndon song ever p much

imago, Monday, 11 March 2019 14:58 (one month ago) Permalink

*hides in Rockist Corner with pomenitul and other sticks-in-the-mud who still believe in old-fashioned nonsense like songwriting while the A E S T H E T I C crowd storm the cultural pantheon*

imago, Monday, 11 March 2019 15:00 (one month ago) Permalink

I'm a shameless aesthete but to these ears it comes off as an interminable string of platitudinous highs.

pomenitul, Monday, 11 March 2019 15:08 (one month ago) Permalink

we're all aesthetes - there's a whole specific thing. you have to space the capitals

imago, Monday, 11 March 2019 15:22 (one month ago) Permalink

I thought that was a vapourware meme, though – does HH qualify? I must know!

pomenitul, Monday, 11 March 2019 15:29 (one month ago) Permalink

*wave, sorry.

pomenitul, Monday, 11 March 2019 15:29 (one month ago) Permalink

It sounds amazing. It doesn't exactly make me want to listen to it again or use it in a dj set (although maybe for the right moment?), but still. It's just vocals, drums, and stabs, right?

Sounds like something Kanye will probably sample this year.

change display name (Jordan), Monday, 11 March 2019 15:30 (one month ago) Permalink

awesome
a welcome return

nxd, Monday, 11 March 2019 16:06 (one month ago) Permalink

Save me I'm trending

— Holly Herndon (@hollyherndon) March 11, 2019

(Theresa May saved her after an hour or so by jumping on a plane to Strasbourg)

Jeff W, Monday, 11 March 2019 18:03 (one month ago) Permalink

One of my happiest gig-going memories is of the time when Holly had hooked her laptop to the projector and slowly and very purposefully typed 'FUCK THERESA MAY' over the visuals in lurid pink.

Matt DC, Monday, 11 March 2019 19:18 (one month ago) Permalink

Also this song is incredible, it's like a School of Seven Bells song batting around in a metal box.

Matt DC, Monday, 11 March 2019 19:20 (one month ago) Permalink

herndon can write a song imo

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Monday, 11 March 2019 19:23 (one month ago) Permalink

anyway this fucking rules

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Monday, 11 March 2019 19:25 (one month ago) Permalink

Herndon might be the only person in any discipline doing anything worthwhile with AI

Simon H., Monday, 11 March 2019 19:31 (one month ago) Permalink

anyway besides sounding incredible this is clearly A Song with hooks and stuff and not just some installation piece

Simon H., Monday, 11 March 2019 19:32 (one month ago) Permalink

It's a song, for sure, I'm just not sold on her way with melody. Faux-bliss imho.

pomenitul, Monday, 11 March 2019 19:34 (one month ago) Permalink

One excellent reason to use AI in your art is that it guarantees press/interest

Vapor waif (uptown churl), Monday, 11 March 2019 19:42 (one month ago) Permalink

There are way more traditional songwriting chops in Holly Herndon tracks than in half of the stuff imago listens to so I've got no fucking idea what he's talking about (also HH != vape so strike 2).

This bangs.

emil.y, Monday, 11 March 2019 21:30 (one month ago) Permalink

The only thing that kept me from truly diving headfirst into Holly Herndon when I first became aware of her was the videos, which I was unmoved by, but this video is AMAZING-- same director as the stuff I wasn't so keen on, the song rules as always

flamboyant goon tie included, Monday, 11 March 2019 21:41 (one month ago) Permalink

My mistake, the video that rubbed me wrong was a different director whups

flamboyant goon tie included, Monday, 11 March 2019 21:42 (one month ago) Permalink

She really should have done the soundtrack to the live action Ghost in the Shell. I hear a lot of Kenji Kawai here.

contains pieces the size of a child's esophagus (Sanpaku), Monday, 11 March 2019 22:09 (one month ago) Permalink

oh this is very cool, i've never really been able to get into her work before but this has pushed into pop-enough territory for me to love it

ufo, Tuesday, 12 March 2019 00:51 (one month ago) Permalink

uhhhhhhhhh this is so good

PaulDananVEVO (||||||||), Tuesday, 12 March 2019 10:47 (one month ago) Permalink

i don't mean that there's no songwriting, i mean that the songwriting completely fails to engage me and there are no hooks or melodies that do anything for me even if the sound design is quite cool. this is a defensible position surely

PPL+AI=NS (imago), Tuesday, 12 March 2019 10:59 (one month ago) Permalink

*hides in Rockist Corner with pomenitul and other sticks-in-the-mud who still believe in old-fashioned nonsense like songwriting while the A E S T H E T I C crowd storm the cultural pantheon*

That's not "I don't like it", that's "it doesn't exist".

there are no hooks or melodies that do anything for me

See, usually you stop before adding the "that do anything for me" part, which is what I find annoying. I don't mind when you don't like things that I like, I just mind when you critique things as if you have a trained musicologist's eye and have found something objectively lacking in it. Personally I find her hooks and melodies v engaging and often properly moving, but there you go.

emil.y, Tuesday, 12 March 2019 11:14 (one month ago) Permalink

Wow, this is good

Frederik B, Tuesday, 12 March 2019 11:56 (one month ago) Permalink

I'm getting links to this from all channels in my little bubbleworld, I can't believe the video has only 20k views?!?? Anyway this track is amazing.

lukas, Tuesday, 12 March 2019 18:53 (one month ago) Permalink


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