On-Demand Audio: Holly Herndon's "Idle Chatter Response"

Recorded Live at MoMA PS1 on October 19, 2014

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Monday, January 12, 2015

Holly Herndon (Courtesy of the artist)

October 19, New Amsterdam Records presented Sound / Source, a day-long celebration of electronic music in its many forms. The festival took place at MoMA PS1 and focused on the interplay between humans and electronics as applied to both performer and audience interaction.

Following Roomful of Teeth's performance new arrangements from Paul Lansky's Idle Chatter series, electronic-music composer Holly Herndon offered her own response to Lansky's landmark work: Idle Chatter Response. Currently a candidate for doctoral study in Computer Music at Stanford University, Herndon gave a "remote remix" from California. The lights were dimmed and a screen projected abstract images while audience members took in samples of voice messages and environmental sounds underpinned by low drones.

Sound / Source was organized by Jocelyn Miller, Curatorial Assistant / Editorial Manager, MoMA PS1, Michael Hammond, Label Manager, New Amsterdam Records and Daniel Wohl, Composer. The day included live performances of music by Tristan Perich, Paul Lansky and Alvin Lucier as well as installations from Daniel Lopatin (Oneohtrix Point Never) and Los Angeles duo Lucky Dragons. View a full run-down of the festival here.

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