Michael Durek, aka TheUse, is a Jersey City-based musician, most recognized for his soulful theremin playing and imaginative, moody electronic productions.
Durek performed as solo theremenist in the 2013 US premiere of Lera Auerbach’s “Icarus” with the Rutgers Symphony Orchestra, the 2012 Queens Museum Biennial production of Rachel Mason’s “Dear Unisphere”, and the 2014 Upvan Arts Festival in Thane, India.
Durek was the sound designer for artist Laura Mylott Manning’s “Cut, Crumble, Grind”, as well as Rachel Mason’s highly lauded feature film “The Lives of Hamilton Fish”, for which he also composed the score.
His 2014 debut release on Alrealon Musique, “What’s the Use?” and subsequent remix album “Bloodwork feat. Black Saturn” were critically acclaimed in Tiny Mix Tapes, Huffington Post, Obsküre, and more. Durek has toured throughout the US, Europe, India, and Canada, and performs regularly at venues in the New York Metro area.