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Cyenobite posted a MASSIVE set of photos from the 12th (wow!) MakePhilly meeting, he writes –

The most recent meeting of MakePhilly featured guest speaker Don Miller (also known as NO CARRIER) who creates fast paced, colorful visuals for live music events and interactive art installations by hacking 8-bit Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) consoles with custom programmed cartridges.

Don shareed his DIY approach to programming the PPU (Picture Processing Unit) of NES consoles. He demonstrated that you that you don’t need to know much math or have prior programming experience to explore the graphics of old NES games, hack and edit NES ROM images, and even create simple graphics programs.

Don is an educator, programmer, and live visualist living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He recently performed at Blip Festival 2007, an international gathering of forty musicians and visualists from around the world. In 2007 he designed and programmed the first NES album ever to be released on cartridges, for chiptune musicians Alex Mauer and Phlogiston. In 2008 his work will be displayed at Colgate University for their Creative Solutions for Sustainable Futures exhibition that explores environmental issues and sustainability across natural, built, and digital environments.

Don was supported by Dino Lionetti (aka Cheap Dinosaurs) who is a synthesist living in Philadelphia with an affinity for portable sound gadgets. Dino performed live, composes music using a Nintendo Gameboy and while Don created the visuals.

MakePhilly 12th meeting photos! Link.

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Next meeting is of MakePhilly is Sunday February 17th! – More here.