Jeff Donaldson began playing guitar at the age of 12 while making in-camera edits of local skateboarders. From 2000-2001, Jeff pursued a degree in jazz guitar and music composition at University. In 2001, a shift toward more visual work occurred which has lead to international recognition in new media art. During the 1st decade of the new millenium, Jeff was also part of the local Baltimore band Wzt Hearts with Jason Urick, Shaun Flynn and Mike Haleta. Wzt Hearts went on to release 2 full length LPs on Carpark/Hoss records gaining recognition by NME and Pitchfork as well as inspiring the British band Klaxons. Jeff currently resides in Brooklyn, NYC.
Jeff Donaldson began the noteNdo project in 2001 with the intent to create animation entirely with his own hardware modifications of 8bit NES and 16bit SEGA Genesis/Master Systems. There is no new code involved, only machine logic.
Since going public with the noteNdo, Jeff’s work has influenced people world-wide to try similar pursuits. This is most obvious with the release of glitchNES by Don Miller (No Carrier) in 2009 which is software for the NES that approximates an effect Jeff pioneered years earlier and which Don Miller was privy to observe working side by side with Donaldson at NYC’s monthly Pulsewave events. The inclusion of Jeff’s work in the release of Glitch: Designing Imperfection (2009 Mark Batty)further solidified Jeff’s stature as a pioneer in the field of glitch aesthetics. Past events include :: MEDIATECA EXPANDIDA. PLAYLIST at LABORAL CENTRO DE ARTE Y CREACION INDUSTRIAL 2009/2010 Gijon, Spain Second Hand Illumination at Fabio Paris Art Gallery 2009, Brescia Italy File 8 Bit Game People 2009, Rio de Janeiro Brazil READY>RUN at the Esther M. Klein Art Gallery 2009, Philadelphia PA Lunchmeat 8bit Session 2009, Prague CZ Open Spaces at PMgallery 2009 Neukölln, Berlin DE Bent Festvial 2005/2007/2009 NYC BLIP FEST 2006/2007/2008 NYC SQUARE EYES FESTIVAL 2008 Arnhem, Netherlands BITMAP @ the Leonard Perlstein Gallery 2008 Philadelphia, PA West Nile Style w/ Talk Normal at D’Amelio Terras Gallery 2008 NYC BLIP @ Sperm Festival 2008 Prague, Czech Republic American Museum of the Moving Image 2008 NYC CARTUNE XPREZ Wham City 2008 Baltimore, MD Flipped Chips @ Art In General 2008 NYC Playback @ ARC/Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris 2007 Paris, France Rockland Center for the Arts 2007 NY BITMAP @ VertexList Gallery 2007 NYC +es+ pa++erns 2006 Baltimore, MD Craptops vs. Laptops 2006 Brooklyn, NY ICR 2005 NYC MACHINISTA 2004 Glasgow, Scotland once.twice:festival 2004 Baltimore, MD Pulsewave NYC