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An award-winning composer who as a teenager left the comfortable confines of Tennessee for Berlin's cocoon-like club culture, Holly Herndon strikes a strangely human balance between highbrow hooks and lobe-liquefying dance music on her rather brave debut record, Movement. Truth be told, the only "normal" track here is “Fade,” a through-the-looking-glass take on techno that’d make perfect sense in the middle of a heady DJ set. Everything else seems to be a study in what it means to be alive in a world of paranoid androids and laptop-tethered life forces, from the acid-splashed melodies and demonic choruses of “Movement” to the speaker-panning breathing exercises of “Terminal.” It’s no wonder that New York’s Museum of Modern Art recently asked Herndon to perform at PS1, its satellite location in Queens. Movement is a red-blooded art installation that’s a few remixes away from becoming a full-on floor-filler.

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Bringing Innovation to Ambient Music

While it may seem like a lot of samples, random noises and pauses, Holly Herndon's work is deliberate. If you watch her interviews, she has a purpose behind her work and a reasoning for the sounds and effects she uses in each track. She explores how she can interact with technology to create music that exposes how her everyday human functions (such as breathing) can work with technology. Yes, this is not conventional music, but it is worth giving it a listen if you have an open mind.


Wow, so regret taking a chance on this. Huge expanses of silence, no real "music" to bite into, just a bunch of glitches out sound effects. Great album for those folks who like to be "different" but for no nonsense folks this is quite a stretch. Next!

Way over-rated

I love noisy electronic music and I wanted to like Herndon, just like I wanted to like Jessy Lanza and Laurel Halo, but the fact is that feminine sexuality cannot gloss over a lack of quality. The second track on this album is the only one with substance. The rest are boring abstract digital meanderings with the soullessness typical of music made by academically trained electronic musicians. They just slap a suggestive black-and-white cover on it so lonely noise-boys will buy it.

If you're looking for quality music made by female electronic musicians, I highly recommend Helena Hauff, Morgenstern, or Grouper.


Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '10s

Crafting electronic music that bridges pop and academia while commenting on how technology affects humanity (and vice versa), composer Holly Herndon was raised in northeastern Tennessee. Growing up, she performed in secular and non-secular choirs and didn't explore the possibilities of computers until she was out of college. After high school, she moved to Berlin and immersed herself in the city's techno scene; she also performed with the band Electrocute and learned to play contrabass in a bid to...
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