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BlipTalk with Starscream


When not enjoying a meal at Pakistan Tea House, Damon Hardjowirogo and George Stroud join forces to create music as Starscream. With an extremely diverse set of influences including bands such as Mono, The Octopus Project and Iron Maiden, Starscream create drawn out compositions that tend to be both soothing and destructive, kind of like when a distant White Dwarf explodes.

Since first founded in 2007, Starscream has put forth three releases; their most recent, “Future, and It Doesn’t Work” came out on 8BitPeoples in June of 2009. The following summer the band went on to support the album with a tour that included dates in the United Kingdom, Canada, and a week long North American excursion with best friends Anamanaguchi.

The bands fourth release, “The Space Years” is scheduled for a late 2009/early 2010 release.

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Blip: Before you got into making chip music, what type of music or art where you into?

Together George and I went to a lot of shows though like Black Moth Super Rainbow and The Octopus Project. However, personally I listened to a lot of post-rock and I think that has become apparent in our more recent compositions.

Blip: How did you first become aware of the possibility of chip music?

My friend Dave Feldman’s older brother Kurt is part of The Depreciation Guild. I saw them play at Blip Festival 2006 and that was my first conscious exposure to the scene.

Blip: How does your background influence your current work?

The endless amount of post-rock I listened to is probably to blame for the fact that an average Starscream song usually clocks in at about seven minutes in all of our upcoming work.

Blip: Where do you see yourself in the greater chip community?

Semi-well known? We have no significant sway but due to where we are from we have been fortunate enough to become great friends with some of the biggest names in the scene. It has all really been an honor and the rate at which it happened and is happening seems rather unreal.

Blip: Who are you most excited to see at blip? Why?

Failotron. I was fortunate enough to play with him in London this summer and his music truly blew me away. It’s so brilliantly composed and captures many emotions I have never been able to in my own work, because Áron is a bit of an emo.

Blip: Where do you see your progression as an artist heading? Deeper into chip music, or perhaps something different?

It’s hard to tell just where things will go for Starscream as they have already gone much further than I could ever have imagined they would. We love working with members of the chip music community, but that is definitely not all we see for ourselves. The band has always been about the music and not the aesthetic of the consoles we use to compose the songs.

Starscream is playing Blip Festival on TBA

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