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About Holly Herndon

Berlin-based US musician Holly Herndon has investigated the avant-garde and liminal edges of electronic pop since 2012; her latest project steps into all new realms.

Herndon developed AI program Spawn – programmed with voice patches from an ensemble of human vocalists and designed to grow on its own with machine-learning programming – and on PROTO conducts, and duets with, her “AI baby”.

While recording vocal samples with her human choir in weekly “learning sessions”, Herndon said, “Spawn [became] an ensemble member... creating percussive sounds from her own imagination like a baby babbling and mimicking its parents. Humans replicate digital processes; digital intelligences replicate humans.”

In an intense wall of sound, human-sung melodies intertwine with synthetic voices, and the demimonde of Berlin’s nightclubs rubs up against Sacred Harp music in an astounding live sonic experience.

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1hr 15min (no interval)

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Licensed venue: under 18s must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Warning: This performance contains haze and strobe lighting This is a standing event

★★★★★ - An album of dizzying, spiritual, science-fact beauty and bracing beats
The Guardian
[A] masterpiece of avant-garde futurism
The Bay Bridged

Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent

Archibald Fountain, Hyde Park, NSW 2000

16 Jan 2020

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