Noraj Cue is a guy who lives in the north of the Netherlands. Born as Jaron van de Weg in ’81. He grew up in a partly dutch / indonesian family where music always was around either played by records or by family members on the piano or the guitar. At a young age he started with experimenting and used a simple keyboard, because of the drumcomputer and the synths. Several times a week, mostly when his parents were out. He gathered some pots and pans, laundry baskets, dustbins. And putted them upside down, lined them up and started jamming. Including his fathers guitar on which he broke several strings. But not before he pressed “rec” on his dubbledeck tape recorder using 2 cassettes to record over each play.
He was just totally hooked on the idea that you could make music that would sound like more people playing instruments by one single person using that simple method. At the age of 13 in ‘94 his parents buyed his first IBM286 with a sequencer based mucisprogram called “soundclub”.
There were probably more people around that preffered fasttracker for example. But the method soundclub used, came nearest to the basics he learnt from pianolessons.
For many years all sounds stayed between the walls of the bedroom because besides the fun it was mainly just a way to express his feelings, or a way to archive life experiences like a diary can be for a writer. A few programs and years of digging and diving into the history of music in general he started carefully posting productions on music community sites like Acidplanet, Livesets, FOEM etc. And learnt alot from other musicians. From there he evolved his sound and techniques to the sound it is today.
Of course this is the very short version of the story, but i’m sure the music will tell the rest. Read more