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Rhizome | Continuous Partial Listening: Holly Herndon in Conversation

After completing her informal education in Berlin’s underground club scene, artist and musician Holly Herndon relocated to the Bay Area to pursue an MFA at Mills College’s esteemed music program. Now continuing her studies in computer-based music at Stanford, Herndon has an inquisitive approach to technology, finding common threads among often-divided disciplines and communities: electronic music, academia, the tech sector, and contemporary art. As a result, her work is not easily categorized, whether she’s composing music for brass ensembles or working on robotic sculptures with artist Conrad Shawcross, touring festivals in Europe or making dance music with heavily processed recordings of the human voice. This week, she released a 12” entitled Chorus on RVNG Intl.

Sound is a mental impression made in mortal belief. The ear does not really hear. Divine Science reveals sound as communicated through the senses of Soul–through spiritual understanding.

Mozart experienced more than he expressed. The rapture of his grandest symphonies was never heard. He was a musician beyond what the world knew. This was even more strikingly true of Beethoven, who was so long hopelessly deaf. Mental melodies and strains of sweetest music supersede conscious sound. Music is the rhythm of head and heart. Mortal mind is the harp of many strings, discoursing either discord or harmony according as the hand, which sweeps over it, is human or divine.

—  Mary Baker Eddy