Tuesday, October 8, 2013

What Led Me Down the Rabbit Hole

One thing I get asked about when people view my Bit Crusher or hear a clip online is, "Why do you want to make such insane noises?".  My answer doesn't get rid of the befuddled look on some faces, in fact I think they grow more concerned about my musical tastes.

Yes, that is a bust of Tor Johnson I'm working on!

The reality:

I grew up in the 70's watching shows like Creature Feature here in Chicago.  There were other channels showing low budget science fiction and horror on Saturdays or Sundays, but Creature Feature was the King. The strange sounds from creatures from outer space, the blinking consoles from reruns of Star Trek, forever stuck in my head.

I received my first video game unit around the late 70's as well;  a black and white pong style game system.  It was also the first piece of electronic harware I took apart LOL!

Enter the 80's where I was a young teen hooked on arcade games.  There was a time when there were arcade games such as Pacman, Galaga, Galaxian, etc., in every corner store.  I thought I hit the jackpot at JCPenny, which had a very large room on the upper floors dedicated to snatching tokens from pimply kids such as I was.

The mother load was a freestanding building in the far suburbs of Chicago called Friar Tucks.  This place was the mecca of video game life.  All the classics as well as the latest titles were there.  It set the mood right:  low lights and multiple rooms to find your dream machine.  The pulsing beats and blips from that army of game stations pummeled my ears.

And I was in heaven.

That is why I build these lo-fi machines; to recapture my youth as well as to create a weird sort of monument of my favorite things - games and science fiction.

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