It feels like a long time that a musician carried amidst its luggage a deluge of ideas as varying and as far reaching as Holly Herndon. Her new album Platform is not just another electronic album (and I really don’t mean to be disparaging here) it is an idea infested itself of others ideas especially exploring the internet and all that it has opened up. From surveillance to the value of personal data, to the aesthetics of the digital age and the psychology of radical power, few albums aim to (and succeed) in exploring an age with the ferocity of Herndon. There are no answers, only questions and Platform strikes the balance of questioning in a language outside of the terms current musical trends have set it.
The article below is a brilliant introduction to some of the theory floating around by thinkers, artists and activists trying to make sense of the Digital Age.