MakePhilly – Sunday, January 20th

MakePhilly – Sunday, January 20th

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Josh writes in with the infoz for the next MakePhilly meeting –

The next meeting of MakePhilly ( will feature 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 will share his DIY approach to programming the PPU (Picture Processing Unit) of NES consoles. He will demonstrate 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 will be supported by Dino Lionetti (aka Cheap Dinosaurs) who is a synthesist living in Philadelphia with an affinity for portable sound gadgets. He will talk about the process of tracking, the hardware he uses, and the chiptune scene. Dino composes music using a Nintendo Gameboy and will join Don for a brief performance after the challenge.

Meeting Specs
Date: Sunday, January 20th
Time: ** 3PM SHARP **
Location: University of the Arts, 333 S. Broad Street, Anderson Hall, 4th Floor
Cost: $5 donation suggested
RSVP: Required for this meeting (email first & last name to makephilly@gmail) – Link.

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