Holly Herndon

On the Rise: Holly Herndon

Hushed, layered vocals trailing off into an unseen world

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Using just her laptop and live vocal processing, Holly Herndon creates alternate universes. The PhD student at Stanford's Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics manipulates programs into heart-racing, thumping, brain dripping compositions that methodically carry the listener away, then jerk it back with startling shots of noise. The best case example of this is "Movement," the title track off last fall's experimental RVNG Intl. release.Read more »

Heads Up: 7 must-see concerts this week

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The Grammys are over – did you watch? I was busy with a very important tiki cocktail at Smuggler's Cove at the time of the actual broadcast, but I got all the pertinent data and watched all the non-lip synced performances post-show. Another year of meh, with some ostentatious pop sprinkled throughout. I'm more excited about Future|Perfect with Holly Herndon, and live shows by Beak>, Graveyard, and EELS, all of which take place in the Bay Area this week. Read more »