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BlipTalk with Failotron


Drawing influences from Joy Division to Talk Talk and A Silver Mt. Zion, Áron Birtalan creates cinematic, brooding music for movies, for installations, for fun.

As for Blip 2009, in alliance with Starscream drummer George Stroud, Áron delivers half an hour of lo-tek landscapes and intense sonic explosions, only for the sake of making teenage girls cry. A lot.

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

Various types of visual media and more guitar-oriented music.

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

No idea. Something from Alex Mauer was the first probably. Or from Rugar, I’m bad at remembering things.

Blip: How does your background influence your current work?

I was heavily influenced by shoegaze, post-punk and live music in general, so when writing something, it still feels like I’m doing a rock song, just with electronic instruments. Also unlike some chipmusicians, I have no issues with using various analogue effects, echo, reverb, distorsion, to make the song sound the way I want.

As long as there is no laptop or iPod on the stage, everything is cool. Same with visuals, I love pixel art but i can’t imagine seeing a pixelated artwork on my album cover or anywhere else.

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

A three hour trainride away from Markus Schrodt and two vodkas behind Nullsleep.

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

Disasterpeace is one of the acts I’m looking forward to see. I admire his musical and visual works, really complex yet emotional. Also Starscream is the other one I’m expecting the most. They are amazing guys and in a lot of ways we share the same musical background. But there is a lot more, for example Fighter X or I, Cactus. I still don’t dare to listen to his music, afraid that it’d influence me too much.

As for visuals, I’m really excited to see the works enso and Rosa Menkman on a proper screen. Both of them keep amaze me from time to time.

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

A lot of the work I do aren’t connected to chipmusic or pixel art, so this is more like a tool of expression, than a style for me. Can’t imagine the possibilities of these consoles and computers drying out soon though, there is always someone pushing the boundaries further, proving the fact that there is still much to explore.

Failotron is performing Thursday at 8:40 pm with visuals by Jean Y. Kim

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