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  • Writer's pictureMeg Howald

A Unique and Shiny Talent

Updated: Jul 9, 2021

'It is only natural to pattern yourself after someone… But you can’t just copy someone. If you like someone’s work, the important thing is to be exposed to everything that person has been exposed to.” –Bob Dylan

It might be natural, but Ian Van Oosterhout, professionally known as Cascadian, isn't patterned after anyone. Unique and shiny, he's a fusion of guitar-driven music and a battlefield of complex word art, a fusion that is his trade mark. Here's some word art from 'Instant Gratification':

‘And it seems tactile when everything's on file

But it's self-inflicted deficit deemed delightful

Influenced by ignorance, information like projectiles

A kilobit of truth is out there drowned in XXX-Files’

The lyrics capture the devastating effects of info fallout.

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