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The Use

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Sounds Like: Nosaj Thing, Autechre, Future Sound of London - FSOL, brian eno, Sufjan Stevens

Label: Alrealon Musique

Bio: Electronic Trip / Melodic Theremin

Hear why The Use's recent track has been selected by e-music titans M83, Nosaj Thing, and Junior Boys to be featured on ableton.com in the Beat The Clock contest.

The Use (formerly Cloud Cloud) is the moniker taken on by composer, beat-maker, and multi-instrum... See Full Bio

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The Use - "Aunt Joanne's Metaphysics" video by Candace Thompson and David B. Smith on The Huffington Post! huff.to/1AgHWUn

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  • Sami (Artist) Sami
    Hello…honored to meet you
  • Symmetry (Artist) Symmetry
    You're a truly original and versatile artist. I look forward to seeing and hearing more of you in the near future. Cheers.
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Q: Did you get into experimental music because because you were bored of traditional forms and/or sounds, or was it something you just gravitated towards? What motivates you to compose and perform?
A: Good question! In early high school, since I first heard La Monte Young's "Well Tuned Piano", WFMU, and the works of John Zorn , experimental music struck me as more badass than anything I've ever heard. It called me to take my first solo trip to NYC to see a free La Monte Young concert at Columbia University. He was dressed like a biker and people were bowing to him, it was amazing. I still love many kinds of music, but something inside me liked the fact that these people were doing things that most people rejected, and gaining praise from a small community who saw the value in what they were doing. They hardly even formed a counter-culture like other popular so-called non-conformist movements. They just seemed to be doing what they wanted to. I remember trying to make rock songs and folk songs and copy people, and while I got a few nice songs out, it never quite felt right to me. I got bored really fast. I hated having to shove my visions in some stupid box so what...so that there was a slim chance people could tap their feet, sing me praises for a few months and then move on to the next fad? And then how would I feel on my death bed? That thought scared me. When I die I want to be smiling, and know I created from an honest place and wasn't afraid of succeeding or failing in this lifetime. Besides the chances of that kind of success seemed really slim. At one point, I remember making a song and thinking" Oh, geez, I can't do that, everyone will laugh". And, then I realized the paradox that you are the boss of your creations, and that this is your chance to make music that you can't hear anywhere else, so now I TRY to make music that perfectly suits my own quirky tastes. I feel it does have an audience, but in the end, to continue with the other end of the paradox... what else can you do but manifest what wants to be manifest. Thanks for the question!

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