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POP Talks: Holly Herndon

POP Talks: Holly Herndon

Friday, August 14, 2020
12pm PT / 3pm ET

NPR Music x Pop Conference in collaboration with The Museum of Pop Culture present

Holly Herndon

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POP TALKS is a new pop-up conversation series on Instagram live.

Join NPR Music and Pop Conference for hourlong, thoughtful conversations with today's most intriguing musicians.

Experimental electronic composer and performer Holly Herndon talks about her provocative work on Friday August 14th, in an interview with Jason King.

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About Holly Herndon

Holly Herndon operates at the edges of electronic and avant-garde pop and emerges with a dynamic and disruptive canon of her own. On her most recent full-length album PROTO, Herndon fronts and conducts an electronic pop choir comprised of both human and A.I. voices over a musical palette that encompasses everything from synths to Sacred Harp stylings. The sounds synthesized on PROTO by Herndon, her A.I. “baby” Spawn, and the vocal ensemble combine elements from Herndon’s dynamic and idiosyncratic personal journey: the timeless folk traditions of her childhood experiences in church-going East Tennessee (particularly the prismatic layered practice of Sacred Harp singing), the avant-garde music she explored while at Mills College, and the radical club culture of Berlin, all enhanced by her recent PhD in composition studies at Stanford University, researching machine learning and music.



Jason King

Jason King

Jason King is a professor and the founding faculty member at New York University's Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, an innovative leadership training program for aspiring music entrepreneurs.

A journalist, musician, DJ, songwriter, curator and producer, Jason was the host and co-producer of NPR's Noteworthy, a series on the creative process of music superstars like Dua Lipa and Miguel, as well as the curator of NPR's 24/7 R&B radio channel.

He is currently working on a biography of Freddie Mercury, and producing and directing documentaries.



POP+ Punk


POP+ is MoPOP’s fandom takeover series that explores different pop culture moments and themes through a selection of free activities and other ticketed experiences. Throughout the month of August, we’re exploring and celebrating the contributions of women in all things punk: the sound, the fashion, activism, and the culture.

Event date  August 2020
Event location  Online and at MoPOP

Supporting Sponsor

FirstTech Credit Union

Tuesday, August 11, 4pm

POP+ Punk Panel Discussion

Join a livestream discussion with Jacob McMurray, MoPOP’s Director of Curatorial, Collections, and Exhibits along with special guests, writer Gillian Gaar (She’s a Rebel, The Rocket), musician/artist Helena Rogers (Student Nurse), and musician/writer Allison Wolfe (Bratmobile, Girl Germs) about the music scene in the Pacific Northwest, from the early days of punk in Seattle through the riot grrrl community in the 90s to the state of the scene today.

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Sunday, August 16, 4pm

POP+ Punk Matinee Watchalong: Freaky Friday

Join Kasi Gaarenstroom, host of MoPOP’s Campout Cinema and Reel Dark series, and special guests for a family-friendly watchalong of Freaky Friday (2003), starring Lindsay Lohan and Jamie Lee Curtis. A 15-year old punk rocker and her straight-laced mother try to overcome their differences when a mysterious fortune causes them to switch bodies. Come for the games and themed snack pairings, stay for the Jamie Lee shredding guitar solo!

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Monday, August 17 & 31, 4pm

Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl by Carrie Brownstein

POP+ Punk Book Club — Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl by Carrie Brownstein

MoPOP's book club charges on to a percussive, face melting, doc marten clomping beat with Carrie Brownstein of Sleater-Kinney's memoir, Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl. Read in conjunction with our month-long celebration of female and female-identified punk artists, the book will anchor lots of great programming including panel discussions, book chats, post of our amazing collection of Riot Grrrl oral histories, artifacts, and objects, playlists to rock out to, and much more. Find out all of the details at

Places to find the book:
The Seattle Public Library
Elliott Bay Books


Monday, August 17, 4pm

Livestream Book Club Discussion

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Monday, August 31, 4pm

Livestream Book Club Discussion

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