THE MOST AMAZING DEMOSCENE PRODUCTS OF THE FADING ERA

THE MOST AMAZING DEMOSCENE PRODUCTS OF THE FADING ERA
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It is pretty strange that i didn’t cover this topic in previous posts. So, i stand corrected and posting it now!

@ FIRST: WHAT IS DEMOSCENE?
In this quick breakdown i’ll point to the most coolest demoscene stuff out there.

▓ IBM PC [DOS/WIN]

In early 90s finnish coders from Future Crew brought phenomenon of demoscene to masses.

FUTURE CREW - SECOND REALITY [1993]
Demo size: 2Mb
Demo page



The Black Lotus are Swedish Atari/Amiga hackers.
First TBL demo, which i saw back in 2000 on PC platform.

I can’t understand how they’ve managed to pack these graphics and sound into 64Kb demo clip.
The answer was quite straightforward: all demo stuff like gfx and audio were generated on the fly from scratch.
No pre-generated textures or sound samples were used.

TBL - STASH [1997]
Demo size: 64kb
Demo page



German hackers from Farbraush simply blowed up demoscene in late 00s.

FARBRAUSCH - FR-041: DEBRIS [2007]
Demo size: 180Kb
Demo page




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▓ ATARI & AMIGA

The Black Lotus is famous for their top quality Atari Falcon /Amiga 1200 demos mostly.
TBL are doin’ pure magic on those 60Mhz machines of the time.
Hacker skills and software optimization are jaw-dropping.

TBL - EON [2019]
Demo size: ~1.6Mb
Platform: low-end 7 Mhz Amiga 500
Demo page



TBL - STARSTRUCK [2006-2018]
Demo size: ~18Mb
Demo page
Platform: hi-end 60 Mhz Amiga 4000 based around Motorola 68060 CPU
First version was released in 2006.
2018 remaster brought some code optimizations and bugfixes.



TBL - OCEAN MACHINE [2005]
Demo size: ~10Mb
Demo page



OCEAN MACHINE
AMIGA 1260 VS ATARI FALCON 060



As you can see Atari demo runs a bit faster due to some hardware and software advantages, like:

  • dedicated DSP for sound processing [audio consumes less than 0.5% of CPU time]
  • more optimized video memory management
  • faster RAM [SDRAM vs EDO/FPM]

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