Find My Way: Holly Herndon, James Ferraro, Oneohtrix Point Never

Not every artist needs to be future-focused. Sometimes a guitar, bass and drums will work just fine. But Trent Reznor always hungered after something more, both musically and in performance; he rigged synthesizers, screamed, flailed and generally made some catchy, rowdy noise. His music made use of the technology of his time while also straining against its creative limitations. Flash forward to the contemporary, electronic underground, and Holly Herndon, James Ferraro and Oneohtrix Point Never are like Reznor was almost 30 years ago, when Nine Inch Nails began. All have a strong sense of self and some unusual ideas about sound that we think will some day become the norm. Until then, as Reznor continues to be, they’re visionaries.

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