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When life, love and pain converge with the outlet of art and a capacity for talent that could drown an ocean, a musician of unfathomable depth is born. Known for his clumsy punk attitude and noise, Aaron Switzer/Waveform Canvas/8 Bit has emerged from his local fame, with one of his most innovative blends of noise and industrial, techno, folk, and alternative rock overflowing with raw human emotion.

Switzer started experimenting with electronic music in the mid-nineties in his home town of Orillia, Ontario, cutting, chopping and distorting sounds in simple wav editors as a hobby. After an unsuccessful and unsatisfying stint with a band appropriately named Feces, Switzer moved on to such bands as Oblivion and then CO2, before leaving the band scene entirely, preferring to work on his own. He started to experiment with drums and keyboards, using multiple tape decks and a computer to record and dub his own sounds, eventually integrating programs like Making Waves and Cool Edit into his music creation. By the late 1990s, Switzer began to move away from techno/jungle beats and became more fascinated with the digital hardcore scene, ultimately releasing his first album, as 8 Bit, entitled Lo Fi Entertainment, where he gained some notoriety from his hit single “Gravol”. Although he was unable to sell his music, due to the nature of the samples he used, Aaron left them with local record stores, accepting small donations instead.

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