Alex O'Nan: 'Theme Song for the Railroad'

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Twenty-eight year old railroad conductor Alex O'Nan has been making music since he was 13. He's played the drums with groups in and around his hometown of Louisville, KY including The Shining Path — a Gang of Four cover band that wrote four original songs, played one show then broke up — and the seven-year-old instrumental math-rock trio Of Asaph.

Recently, O'Nan has turned his attention to writing electronic music. Sometimes the music centers around ambient soundscapes. Other times it focuses on delay-heavy synth patterns; but it always consists of pleasant sounds gently placed over driving rhythms. His first release is a made-to-order five-song CD called EP One, which features "Theme Song For the Railroad." The last track on the CD is a remix of the Sufjan Stevens song "The Dress Looks Nice On You," which has gained some attention on various music blogs. The CD also includes a DVD featuring three creative and original videos that are set to music from the CD.

In many ways, the tones and rhythms serve as a description of Alex O'Nan: a creative and nostalgic person who draws from his experiences in life and from his time on the railroad to create this truly personal style of music.

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