Nerd Nite 64: Don’t Stand So Close to Me

Welcome back, nerds. We miss your faces and the masking tape on your glasses. We’re going to see you all in person now … just not too close.

When: March 31, 2022, show at 7:30, doors at 7:00

Where: Studio Theatre at ATB Financial Arts Barns building, 10330 84 Ave NW, Edmonton

How much: $25

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Featuring the Nerdy Stylings of:

Matthew Willox: Make Your Own Metaverse

Matthew Willox looking cool

Instagram: @MatthewWillox

Twitter: @MatthewWillox

With all the hype around Metaverse it’s easy to get lost in the search for a definition. But, for once, instead of waiting for other people to define it for you, why don’t you tell THEM. Stop giving away your box of crayons. Make the Metaverse what you want it to be!

I will show you how to make your first world in 7 minutes.

Matthew Willox (he/him) is a multimedia digital artist and computer programmer. He is the owner of Cybermancers, a studio dedicated to the creation of VR Experiences, Games, and Blockchain.

His favourite colour is neon pink. He loves to talk about synthesizers, make games, and I’m told he’s in love with a stuffed animal. He’s a heavy reader, anti-racist, and mentor.

Dana Andersen: Improv From The ’80s

Portrait of Dana Andersen

Instagram: @insteadmonton

“Hot & spicy tales of my time performing at Second City Toronto & Second City Los Angeles!”

Dana (he/him) has been described as the Forrest Gump of improv. His career spans 3 decades and he has collected many names to drop in his hot and spicy tales of Toronto and Santa Monica Second City.

Aaron Pooke: The Sounds of the 8 & 16 bit Generation

Describing the sound chip abilities from game consoles of the 8 & 16 bit generations. I will explain how they work, how they were used, as well as the reasons why some games sounded better than others.

Aaron (he/him) grew up playing video games during the ’80s and ’90s, which was usual for kids of the time. What was a little more unusual was that he was fascinated with the music in those games, often listening to music in the “Sound Test” options whenever available. When he got older, he got more curious about why the music sounded different from console to console. Why did the Super Nintendo sound more realistic, when the Genesis sounded more synthetic? The internet allowed him to do the necessary research to get those questions answered. He is providing those answers for you today.

Winter Break

Nerd Nite is taking a break for December.
Have a safe and peaceful holiday season ...
... and we'll see you in the new year.

Thank you to everyone for your continued support. Thank you especially to our partners at Edmonton Fringe Theatre who make this possible.

Nerd Nite 63: Home Edition, Vol. 8

It is the future, the distant future. Nerd Nite Edmonton is hosting an evening of talks on electronic music.

Nerd Nite is on November 25th at 7:30 pm, in your own home.

Tickets are pay what you will through our partners at Edmonton Fringe Theatre.

Please welcome to the stage:

Drew Lamb: Sequencing Waves

I will talk about a passion of mine, creating electronic music with hardware synthesizers and drum machines. I have taken a journey into music creation that used to be frequented, but forgotten about in today’s day of advanced technology. This talk will include everything from my journey, my setup, pros and cons of this type of setup, and a demo of my creation process.

80s kid, retro gamer, bleep bloop creator, synthesizer tinkerer. I make retro-inspired electronic music with hardware.

Raylene Campbell: Improvising with Found Sound

Raylene (she/her/they/them) looks forward to sharing their passion for silence, listening, sound, and noise making. They’ll talk a bit about their creative process and past work, but will focus on demoing the (Ableton) Live set they use for improvised performance and do a bit of jamming to demonstrate some of the methods used for selecting and manipulating sound in real time.

Raylene Campbell is a sound artist who has embraced various creative practices including improvisation, composition, performance art, sound and image, public intervention, and Deep Listening. She’s studied and worked as a freelance artist in New York and Montreal, has a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College, and taught in the Department of Music at Concordia University. The focus of Raylene’s creative process involves explorations of acoustic ecology, psychogeography, media arts technology, and audience interactivity in both performance and installation environments.

Matthew Wood: Culture is My Education

You probably know Matthew Wood as Creeasian. He will be sharing his approach of making performance programs with the MPC Live.

Creeasian – Dancer, DJ, Beatmaker, is a founding member of the Sampler Café collective, Cypher Wild YEG and a long-time practitioner of hip-hop culture as a whole. He has made a living through DJ’ing, dancing, youth educating, and has in recent years turned his focus to the art of beat making and music production education. Through providing a consistent blend of his indigenous roots and his hip-hop influenced background, Creeasian continues to break boundaries while highlighting the similarities between his traditional culture and his modern influences. Previously on tour with Juno Award winning The Hallucination formerly known as A Tribe Called Red.