Telescreen was formed in Winston-Salem, North Carolina in 2007. Following the breakup of Classic Case and Codeseven, members of the two bands joined forces to create a new experimental musical project. Taking their name from George Orwell's classic dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, the band combines delicately crafted samples and effects with progressive space rock. Their live performances feature the quintet playing behind a giant screen, which alternately features messages and art film imagery. The lighting and projection is timed so that at certain points the band is visible behind the screen, while at others they are completely obscured by the images that flow along with the music. Telescreen released The Solar Sea in 2007 by means of a creative commons license where fans could download the music directly from the band after sending a small payment via Paypal. In September 2008, Telescreen signed to Tragic Hero Records.