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Intro to Chiptunes: Making Music with Game Boys

Our first course is now open for registration!

And there are a lot more, too!

Chiptunes is a music scene that uses retro gaming hardware to generate music. This includes original work (some of my favourites include YMCK, Anamanaguchi, and, of course, my co-instructor, jefftheworld) as well as some mind-blowing covers (such as Weezer – The 8-bit album and Kind of Bloop).

Want to try it yourself? Then come to our introductory workshop on Sunday, August 15th, from 1:00-5:00. We have a stack of Game Boys for you to borrow or buy to get you started making your own bleeps and bloops! We have three different options: workshop only, where you borrow or bring your own gear; workshop plus a USB rewritable Game Boy cartridge to hold software and song data; and workshop, cartridge, and system. Note that if you want to take home a cartridge, you must preorder.

Register here! If you have any questions, please e-mail me at jonathan at this domain.

By Jonathan | 15 July 2010 | learning | , , | 1 Comment   

Course and Workshop Preview

An important part of Site 3′s vision is to share our skills and knowledge with the community. To that end we’re planning on having a diverse selection of courses and workshops open to the public, aimed at a wide variety of age groups. Many of our members are professionals in their respective fields, and so we’ll be able to offer everything from introductory courses for complete novices all the way up to master classes for more experienced students.

Schedules and formal registration will be announced shortly after we’ve moved in to the space. In the meantime, some topics we’re planning on covering soon include:

  • Beginner soldering
  • Introductory electronics and programming with Arduino
  • Networking with Arduino
  • Working with EL wire
  • Circuit board design
  • Introductory welding/metal shop
  • Laser-cutter basics
  • Wearable electronics
  • Geotagging photographs
  • Oil-based printmaking
  • Stained-glass workshop
  • Mold-making
  • Making music with Game Boy: intro to chiptunes

And that’s just our initial list!

If you’re interested in hearing more about courses as information becomes available, sign up for our announcement e-mail list or subscribe to our RSS feed. If you’d like more information, or to “pre-register” for a specific course, please email me directly at jonathan (at-sign) site3.ca.

By Jonathan | 21 June 2010 | learning | | 0 Comments   

First Site 3 Workshop – Arduino by Blinkenlights

We had our first workshop yesterday: Arduino by Blinkenlights.

The goal of the workshop was to put together a lxpl light board, and learn enough of the basics of the Arduino environment to control it. We had limited space, but just enough for six participants to assemble the kits with help from Seth and Jonathan.

The light boards have 16 individually addressable RGB LEDs, controlled with a shift register and LED driver. They’re designed to be easy to assemble, using only through-hole parts. Most of the workshop participants had not soldered much before, if at all, so this was a great beginner project to get people comfortable with assembling electronic components.

Before the assembly started, we talked about how the circuit works and went over what the parts are and what they do. After the kits were completed, we tested the boards with a simple Arduino program. Although we didn’t get much time to work on the software control side, the soldering lesson and practice was definitely worth it, and there will be more time in the future to work on writing software for controlling the light boards.


Everyone working

Some more pictures from the workshop:


Soldering and assembling

Soldering and assembling



Seth, Paul, and Mark

Seth, Paul, and Mark



Alex and Tracy soldering

Alex and Tracy soldering



Alex testing the light board

Alex testing the light board



Completed light board test

Completed light board test



Another test of the completed light board

Another test of the completed light board



Alex with completed light board

Alex with completed light board


By shardy | 08 February 2010 | learning | | 0 Comments   
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