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11 Surprising One-Man Bands

They don't need nobody. And neither do you. These musicians did it all themselves, but thanks to IBM Cloud, you'll have a helping hand. You can now create and share original music on the go in Zya, a mobile music creation game. Mash-ups, remixes, or totally new material — it’s all at your fingertips

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1. Owen Pallett

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Pallett, who performed under the alias>Final Fantasy until 2010, produces stunning live performances by playing the violin into a loop pedal. He has been associated with acts like Arcade Fire, Beirut, and The Mountain Goats, and this year he was nominated for an Academy Award for his work on the film Her.

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3. Kaki King

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Once hailed by Rolling Stone as "a genre unto herself," Kaki King is a pioneer. She uses the guitar to provide percussive beats and uses sound layering and looping to create a unique kind of music that's kept fans eager for over a decade.

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5. Zoë Keating

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A cello and a foot-controlled laptop are all Keating needs to create her one-woman orchestra. Zoë uses technology to sample her cello onstage, creating layer upon layer of intricate music. She's also label-less and releases all her music online, which is awesome!

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8. K.T. Tunstall

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Tunstall burst onto the international music scene in 2005 with her debut album Eye to the Telescope. Following that, she became known for her live shows and her master skills with the loop pedal (which she nicknamed "Wee Bastard").

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10. Imogen Heap

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Described as a "digital diva," Imogen Heap has made a 15-year career from combining live multi-instrumental improvisations with classical training. Her dynamic sounds have been sampled by numerous producers and rappers (including Jason Derulo).

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11. Tom Thum

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Beatboxer Tom Thum can create an entire big band's worth of instruments using only his mouth. The Australian virtuoso, who recently performed a TED Talk, includes the entire Michael Jackson back catalog in his repertoire, as well as the didgeridoo and countless other instruments.

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Don't miss a beat; create and share music on the go with Zya, now on IBM Cloud.

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