Holly Herndon


Holly Herndon (born 1980) is an American artist and composer based in Berlin, Germany. After studying composition at Stanford University and completing her Ph.D. at Stanford University's Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics, she pursued a music career internationally. Herndon's music often includes human singing voices (including her own), is primarily computer-based, and regularly uses the visual programming language Max/MSP to create custom instruments and vocal processes. She has released music on the labels RVNG Intl. and 4AD. Her third full-length album, Proto, was released on May 10, 2019.

In addition to her solo work, Herndon has been involved in numerous artistic collaborations, including projects with Iranian writer Reza Negarestani, Chicago-based producer Jlin and Dutch design studio Metahaven. Her long standing collaborator is Mathew Dryhurst. Herndon and Dryhurst are notable for their work exploring the possibilities of creating content using technologies, such as AI, Web 3.0, and blockchain. Herndon and Dryhurst host a podcast called Interdependence, where they discuss technology and the arts with guests who are working at the forefront of integrating arts and technology in their work.

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