Maxwell’s Music House rocked chiptunes on Wednesday

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My introduction to both Maxwell’s and chiptunes this week.  Double thumbs up! 

Chiptunes is a genre I was originally introduced to by the ever-cool Mr. Alex Williams on a trip to Maker Faire last year.  This music form leverages the 8-bit classic sound of 80’s and 90’s video games.  A favourite, being rocked here by DEADBEATBLAST, is the original GameBoy.  Combined with the visuals it made for a kick-ass and out of the ordinary show.

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Maxwell’s, is right in the strip behind Phil’s on King St in Waterloo, just south of University Ave.

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They’re open 7 nights a week, I believe.  You should definitely sign up for their once-a-week newsletter email (right on their homepage).   You get the whole lineup in one shot.

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James Bastow, Ben Brown, and Alex.  Looks like a gang of toughs at the bar.

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I missed the first act, dotEXE, but saw lots of this guy, jansaw, who hails from Guelph.  I believe he is using the guitar here to deliver the audio from the chip.

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DEADBEATBLAST was working the…

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visuals, which are all queuing up on the laptop to be projected. 

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It’s a cool mix of audio + visual.

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Lots of cool touches at…

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Paul Maxwell’s place.

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As you might have guessed, my brutha, Dave White, was in on the mission.

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After jansaw, came StarPilot, who was…

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very animated, and…

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yes, that is a mask.

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James and I have a friendly co-opetition going to get the best photos out and about.

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Meta…photography.

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Even Dave was rocking the iPhone, because the visuals were really good, especially…

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when DEADBEATBLAST was…

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rocking…

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the…

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house.

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His GameBoy is, I suspect, a lot like…

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Alex Williams’ GameBoy…

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that has been modded to include a line-out jack (bottom left) and a cool(er) backlight.  Shown here with the LSDJ cartridge that facilitates getting the desired sounds.

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Thanks, Maxwell’s, for stepping a bit outside the ordinary to provide something really unique in our own back yard.

Happy making,

DW

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3 Responses to Maxwell’s Music House rocked chiptunes on Wednesday

  1. JB says:

    That first photo is great!

    I’ve posted my shots over on the kwartzlab site: http://www.kwartzlab.ca/2011/04/pictures-electrochip-maxwells-music-house/

    JB

  2. dw says:

    Great pics, James!
    DW

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