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Handle: Tip
Real Name: Robert Österbergh (ex. Robert Ling)
Lived in: Sweden
Ex.Handles: Similus, R.L., R. L., Robert Osterbergh
Was a member of: Dual Crew (DC), Maniac of SynthetiK (MOS), Maniacs of Noise (MON), Necatrix, Phenomena (PHA), Sonic Projects

Modules: 88  online
Interview: Read!
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    Handle: Tip

    Group: Phenomena

    Date of birth: 7 May 1974

  • 1-How did your interest for computers start? Which year was that?

  • An interest in games, I suppose, during my teens. But the games led me into
    the (more interesting) domain of graphics and music and into an understanding
    of the technical hardware. In an era of of emerging computer technology, the
    actual aesthetic and technical possibilities of games/demos were of course
    very exciting features. "Can all this really be done with this tiny machine?"

  • 2-What machines did you previously have? What did you do with them?

  • A C-64. I played games. And got annoyed at the slow-paced and unreliable tape

  • 3-For what specific reason did you end up making music rather than gfx, coding?

  • While I was too untalented for doing either gfx or coding, my lack of talent
    was maybe less conspicuous in music.

    Or, as Hegel would have it, music is one of the highest forms of aesthetic
    articulations of the human Zeitgeist, harbouring near-messianic expressions,
    leading us toward the greatest heights of existence..

  • 4-Which composing programs have you been using? Which one in particular?

  • Noise-, Sound- and Protracker.

  • 5-With which module did you feel you had reached your goal?

  • I don't think I ever reached any goal worth speaking of music-wise.
    I don't particularly fancy the music I did at the time. There were much better
    and naturally gifted musicians around, chiefly Uncle Tom, Walkman, Bruno,
    Mantronix and Firefox.

  • 6-Is there a tune you would like not to remember? For what reason?

  • I don't remember. My repression mechanisms must be quite efficient..

  • 7-In your opinion, what's the value of a music in a demo, game?

  • Highly important! Music in general can have such a profound impact - creating
    inexplicable and unforgettable states of joy, melancholy, etc. So, given the
    right music to accompany a demo/game, the impression it gives the viewer/player
    can be substantially boosted.

  • 8-At present, are you still composing? For professional or leisure purposes?

  • Too seldom unfortunately. But I'm still into music: I play the percussion in a
    Gypsy/Klezmer band (see, www.kvartettraktor.tk - there's music samples there).
    And I've been playing in a rock/noise band with some friends here in Uppsala
    for the past 10 years or so. (Since we haven't made it after playing together
    for so long, the conclusion concerning our quality shouldn't be too difficult
    to draw.)

    Recently though, I've just bought music equipment to my computer and have taken
    some initial, faltering steps in this field..

  • 9-What do you think of today's pieces of music such as mpeg,wave,midi,etc...?

  • Uhm? You mean the actual technical formats, or what? I suppose the sound quality
    is ok. But I've never really been interested in the technological aspects of
    music-making. Besides, I like noise and blurry soundscapes.

  • 10-Could you tell us some of your all times favourite tunes?

  • On Amiga? My memories are quite vague.. but "Poseidon" and "Savannah" by Uncle
    Tom are two masterpieces. And, almost all of Bruno's and Walkman's tunes too.

  • 11-Are you planning to make an audio cd with some of your music remastered?

  • Nope.

  • 12-What bands are you currently listening to?

  • Radiohead (their melancholy is the best), Einstürzende Neubauten, Sigur Rós,
    New Order/Joy Division, Kraftwerk, The Smiths (as always), Nick Cave (prior to
    "The Boatman's call"), Stina Nordenstam, Velvet Underground, Swans, Nick Drake
    and Tindersticks. And too many others..

    In addition to bands, I listen to classical music quite a lot:
    Sjostakovitj, Bartok, Ravel, Arvo Pärt and Bach primarily. Also, modern
    minimalist music such as: Steve Reich, John Adams and Philip Glass.

  • 13-What does/did the amiga/c64 scene give you?

  • A lot! It was great realising that I could actually make music, that I could
    make disparate parts fit together in a whole. And realising that composing
    skills were something that could actually improve..

    Above all perhaps, the great people I met, some of whom I'm still in contact
    with, cheifly Mantronix, Facet/Anarchy (NL) and the "Paris-gang" of Rebels
    (Fred, Fab, Alex and Pierre). Also, I had a great time visiting Rush, Dan
    and Nuke /Anarchy in Derby, UK, while backpacking through Europe back in

  • 14-Are you still active in the scene these days?

  • No, does it still exist?

  • 15-Anyone to greet? Anything left to say? Feel free...

  • Bruno, Firefox and 4-Mat (whom I've lost contact with): if you read this, it'd
    be great if you felt like dropping me a line!

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