What is the demoscene? An experimental medium with unique constraints... a profusion of electronic poetry... a panopticum of expanding creative and technical boundaries... an ultrageeky-unashamedly-weird-often-misunderstood-spectacular contest/hobby/obsession... an acquired taste... a great way to spend time with friends...
And so it came to be that on one of the last weekends of 2015 about 75 people came to the Bünzli reboot party at the Lichtspiel in Bern. We saw 56 demos (and 2 new releases), admired 31 works of pixel/render art, and were dazzled by 4 vintage shorts reeled in by the Lichtspiel crew. We partied, consumed stacks of pizza / heaps of snacks / litres of beer and soda while listening to Nectarine during breaks. What's left to say? Just this:
THANK YOU ALL FOR COMING !!! WE DO HOPE YOU ENJOYED THE SHOW YOU REALLY WERE A BRILLIANT AUDIENCE WE'D LOVE TO SEE YOU ONCE AGAIN!
Check out the party report on the Starfrosch blog. Hear seism & unlock babble about demos in Swiss German on Radio Bern. Have a look at our Storify list of prods, photos and tweets. Keep sending us your feedback, thoughts, ideas for next time! Until then, we would like to once again mention our sponsors:
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You can participate in the demoscene practically all year round, see demoparty.net for a calendar. Nearby deadlines include Revision (April - Saarbrücken, Germany), Evoke (August - Cologne, Germany) & Demodays (stay tuned :).. Until then, there is still time to make more demos!
How to make a demo
A few people asked in the break about getting started with demo coding and music. We had to scrap the workshops at last minute where we planned to give intros to demo tools, but with interest we can organise them again later. Have a look at these links for waypoints on getting started:
- Beach Party intro to Tracking and more
- Renoise tutorials (a popular newschool tracker)
- Basics of Pixel Art by gasara (click image to zoom in)
- getting started (pouet) - a friendly place to noo be
- iq's articles legendary coder shares tips and secrets
- PC Demoscene FAQ by tomaes goes in deep
- hugi coder tutorial #1 - outdated but genuine
- the demoscene sourcecode thread (pouet)
- demoscene-starter-kit (github)
- farbrausch/fr-public (github)
- faemiyah-demoscene (github)
For the dataful among us, @gloom33 has dug into the stats of the scene, creating the chart above and more at State of the demoscene 1991-2014.
This display greeted visitors on arrival at the party, a tribute to the original OverHead Projector (OHP) category at Bünzli/Demodays.
Shown above is the LED panel of an embedded device demo making machine set up by participants of the demo show, and a tiny (796 byte) greeting executable sent in to us from Finland by Yzi.
Dimensions is a previously unreleased demo that was found and restored for its 20th anniversary.
In the breaks, we mingled to the sounds of demoscene music, which you can find at Nectarine, Demovibes and all over the net and BBS archives.
The following productions (presented by seism) can all be downloaded via Demozoo, Pouet.net or Scene.org. Extended YouTube playlists are available too:
- Act I - Welcome to the scene
- Act II - Faves of 2015
- Act III - Bünzli+Demodays Selection
- Act IV - Party demomix
- Act Ü - Afterhours demomix
In order of appearance at the Lichtspiel:
Brainstorm - Old's Cool | Buenzli 2006 The Scene Is Dead - RAZOR 1911 | Revision 2012 | 64k Mrs Escher's Nightmare - ASD | Euskal 2014 The golden path - United Force & Digital Dynamite | Assembly 2009 Beams of Light - TRSI | @party 2014 recycler - thesuper | Chaos Constructions 2012 Starstruck by The Black Lotus | Assembly 2006 | Amiga/Atari Paradise by Rgba | Euskal 2004 | 64k Still - Parnassum | Evoke 2015 on - mercury | Revision 2015 | 64k UFDD - Rainbow Clash: Way | Function 2015 Function Over Fame by Excess | TRSAC 2015 Offscreen Colonies by Conspiracy | Revision 2015 | 64K A+ by Inque | TRSAC 2015 | 64K Hold-And-Modify by CNCD Fairlight | Assembly 2015 Be Kool Fool by Focus Design | Gerp 2015 | Amiga AGA Photon by Fairlight | NVScene 2015 Monolith by Andromeda Software Development | Assembly 2015 Amour by Orion | Buenzli 2002 Salmiakki by The Planet of Leather Moomins | Buenzli 2002 85 dollars by Mandarine | Buenzli 2003 2600 by Vantage | Buenzli 2004 $21 by Orion | Buenzli 2004 Demoscene Activist by Nuance | Buenzli 2005 invitation Ultimatum to the World First Days of the Last War by mfx | Buenzli 2007 Lifecycle of a Party Animal by stroboholics & METALVOTZ | Buenzli 2009 Xenocrates by Panasqnic | Buenzli 2009 fr-069: Booombox by farbrausch & Rebels | Buenzli 2011 My Buenzli - The Demodays 2011 Invitation at Evoke tensile by Horology | Buenzli 2013 Quietschi Bunti by Nuance | Buenzli 2012 Wheels Within Wheels by Horology | Buenzli 2012 20:13 by LNX | Buenzli 2013 Epilepsigram by Stroboholics | Buenzli 2014 hologram by mercury | Buenzli 2014 invitation MAR by bon2 | Buenzli 2014 68000 Reasons by The Deadliners | Buenzli 2014 Die Ewigkeit Schmerzt by neuro @paniq | Evoke 2006 fr-041: debris. by farbrausch| Breakpoint 2007 Hurtquake by excess | Kindergarden 2014 A Significant Deformation Near The Cranium by Kewlers | Assembly 2003 Feed Me Lies by Fairlight | NVScene 2014 1995 by Kewlers & mfx | Assembly 2006 Intrinsic Gravity by Still | Ghetto Scene 2014 Only one wish by Fairlight & The Black Lotus | IDC 2008 World Domination by Odd | The Gathering 2003 Jesus Christ Motocross by Nature & Traktor | Breakpoint 2009 | Amiga Glon 243 by cocoon | Takeover 2001 pb05: ZipHorse by Poo-brain | Outline 2015 8088 MPH by Hornet & CRTC & Desire | Revision 2015 VARIFORM by Kewlers | Assembly 2002 Optical Circuit by 0x4015 | TokyoDemoFest 2015 Ziphead by Fairlight & Carillon & Cyberiad | Revision 2015 Rupture by Andromeda Software Development | The Gathering 2009 please the cookie thing by Aardbei | Ambiance 2000 Mental Hangover by Scoopex | SEEC 1990 | Amiga
A selection of still images from pixel art, renderings and generated graphics first presented at past Bünzli/Demodays was shown. These and many more can be found at ArtCity. See also the upcoming book Masters of Pixel Art. Presented by Alève Mine:
Real Programmers by Megamars buenz'is wild by Acet1 Problems In The Hangar by TryingToFly Batman aka Who needs a bat instead of a cow by Taggy Toydoll by Xray Lovebuenzli by H2o Invasion by Psykon Drive by Wodk Retro Teleporter by CCP Oldskool Tv by CCP MyA4000 by Jack Blacklines by Minas Jupiter-2432 by Naz Forgiveness by Cupe & Las Astral Escape by Wodk Cowee Digital by Cosmic Guardian-rendering by Corypho Demodays 2k13 by CoyHot BNZ Wallpaper by Jack Toy Mustang by Navisto Der Wald stirbt by Muhmac Maybe the background should have been white by Blueberry Huhn by T$ DuDoedelDi by Prince Platypus Is Watching You by Ohli Dott aka Day of the tentacles by Wodk music video Stromae ta fête Uargs by Psykon Walking on a dream by VibE One upon a time by Psykon SeZquash by Cosmic Fairground by Marlitt
Thanks to Stefan for the inspirational selection and Nick for operating the projection of these vintage animations - collected by muhvie on Lichtspiel DB, where you can look up the background to each:
78 tours Trickfilm, 1985
Kategorie: Trickfilm Jahr: 1985 Land: SZ Regie: Georges
Schwizgebel Dauer: 4
Music inspires alternating images and sequences in the listener, who plays a waltz on a hand organ and through it arises a short story about the passing of time. /// Complete film (YouTube)
Inclinations Experimentalfilm, 1964
Kategorie: Experimentalfilm Jahr: 1964 Land: SZ Regie: Guido Haas
The film works in flashes matched to the rhythm, lighting up an image for a few frames, or even just one. From time to time there are also animated passages, always following the rhythm. Music by the Dave Brubeck Quartet/ Graphics by Eva and Guido Haas. /// Complete film (ZHdK Medienarchiv)
Jalousie Experimentalfilm, 1967
Kategorie: Experimentalfilm Jahr: 1967 Land: SZ Regie: Hans-Jakob Siber
Accompanying drum music, or rather vica versa, you see colored circles become a strudel and then completely subversed to the rhythm. "The pictures of Jalousie are scratched by tradition directly into the carrier material of the film. The soundtrack has been 'composed' by the image." (Source: SEF Inhaltsangabe) /// Complete film (ZHdK Medienarchiv)
Zoom Trickfilm, 1987
Kategorie: Trickfilm Jahr: 1987 Land: SZ Regie: Graber Fred
Experimental film created with a variety of techniques. The author constructed a precise Parallelogram and took 4,000 pictures of it. The contents were created after discussions with biologists, physicists and chemists.