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001.........................Title Page 065...........Interview With North Star
002...........................Contents 069.........................New Viruses
003..........................Editorial 070.............................Edstory
004............................Letters 082...................The Hobby Section
006.......................Party Report 087........................Bimbex' Page
008...............Demo-Corner contents 088...............Blipblop Banana pages
009........................Demo-Corner 090.........What's Wrong With Diskmags?
016..................The Golden Charts 092...........................Important
018..............Interview with Vision 093........Interview With Jetaza/Vision
020...........The Real Norwegian Scene 096...........................Newsflash
023...............The Reading Festival 097......Why Computer Users Are So Ugly
026.....A Silly Joke from Norwegian TV 098..............................Wanted
027......How To Order Fourth Dimension 099..........Ein FornÖgliches ErzÄhlung
028...................News and Rumours 101..Yes, But Mister Salesman... Help!!
031...........Vision-Aces-Active party 104.......................Coders Corner
033..............The Real German Scene 104.....CC corner:....Ask Dr.Heatseeker
035.........Fourth Dimension addresses 109.....CC corner:...............TecTip
036......................Advertisments 113.....CC corner:...........Optimizing
056.....................Are You A Cat? 118.............................Credits
057............................A Comic
058..............Interview with Dexion Fourth Dimension #5 at 01.12.1990
062......A Guide Through Noisetracking
064.......................How To Order


Here we are again with another issue news if there are anyone out there with
of Fourth Dimension. We are a little an interest in helping us with that. We
bit delayed this time. Our excuses figure some other diskmags will copy
include the following points: School that idea, so remember who was first...
has been very hard on the managing We have also made some shapeups in our
editor the last months, Trixal had a routine. As you might have noticed, the
very bad disease, infact he was close routine now supports med-res 16 colours
to death (The real death, moron), but and still the 640x225 pixel view. We
he's now recovering well, our members will also, in forthcoming issues, make
have been very lazy and so on... Well, even more upgrades. I hope you will be
as a compensation to the long period pleased with our efforts to please you!
of waiting (not that long), we provide Well, there isn't very much more to say
this excellent magazine with over 100 except: Welcome Firestorm of Technique
pages. Yep, we beat the magic number! to our staff. We are glad to have you
This issue include the first episode here. If other people want to join our
of a rather weird short story which staff, they are more than welcome to do
will go on if protests aren't too many so at our headquarter address:
and we've got a new and improved demo-
¹corner for you. Check it out! We also ¢Fourth Dimension
¹have a new and rather unique chart ¢P.o. Box 217
¹system, we figure it will be fair to ¢6801 Førde
¹all demos in our new system. We also ¢Norway.
¹plan to make an own part for country ²Blackstar, managing editor.

HI THERE ! ¹and as long as we feel the ads don't
¹occupy too many pages, we will print
ðI like your mag, but I dislike the ¹all ads coming in. If, however, we get
ðcountry charts! Country reports are ok ¹larger queues, we might hold back on
ðbut country chart?? Keep on your work. ¹groups with more than 1 ad.
² Blackstar.
¢Yours Tom... !
³Greetings 4th. Dimension.
¹Well, as you might have noticed from
¹last issue, we removed the country ³Your free ad offer is to good to resist
¹charts. It was impossible for us to ¢ Dr. Compoq./Magnum Force
¹judge on who was no. 1 and so on!
¹Yep, I know!!
²Blackstar. ² Blackstar.

ªHi Fourth Dimension! ðHi!

ªTo improve your excellent mag, make it ðAbout a week ago I got the July issue
ªompossible to have more than 1 add per ð of your diskmag from one of my contacts
ªgroup, each time. ð I was very impressed and I think that
¢ Janitor/Rebels ð you have one of the best diskmags in
ð the scene. I looked everywhere in the
¹Hi Janitor! ð mag but I couldn't find anything that
ð said "how to order". Please let me know
¹Our basic slogan is 'free ads for all' ð how much it costs and I will order the

ªnext issue available. I think you ¢Well, that was it for letters today! If
ªmentioned it is going to be available ¢you have anything you wish to say, do
ªon the 20th of September. If you don't ¢so through us. We will try to reply to
ªaccept CYPRUS currency then I'll try ¢all letters in our mag, we can, however
ªto find some dollars but it will be ¢not guarantee a written reply to you
ªmuch easier for me to pay you in ¢all, there is too much mail coming in
ªCyprus pounds. And faster too! ¢to our p.o. box.
ª Spyros Antoniou ² Blackstar/Cryptoburners
¹Hi Spyros! ² - Managing Editor -
¹I'm glad you liked our mag. Concerning
¹the "how to order" part, check out the
¹article called "how to order". I must
¹say that it is no good for us if you
¹send foreign currency to us, we would
¹end up with a lot of foreign money we
¹couldn't do anything with due to the
¹high exchange costs in Norway. Please
¹understand this, we can only accept
¹Norwegian currency. No use in sending
¹US dollars, Swedish crowns, Pounds and
¹so on. I am terribly sorry about not
¹being able to reply you, I lost your


It was Friday, two weeks ago. For the into it...
first time in my life I had decided to When I woke up again, we were at a
go to a party. A friend of mine had place with very load music beeing
told me that there should be such a poured out of some giant loadspeakers.
thing this evening. So, off we went. I recogniced some of the songs as
The first thing I noticed was the remixes of various Amiga tracks -
total lack of computers... Instead this had to be the party! But there
there were lotsa bottles of beer and were no computers...?! Instead of
other alcoholic stuff laying all over coding or something, everybody had a
the place, not to mention all the GIRL which they TOUCHED!
drunk people! You can't imagine how surprised I
I was quite worried, but my friend was, this had to be the worst party
told me everyting was quite o.k. and ever! I just sat there, and was quite
offered me a beer. As I had never shocked...
tried this sort of liquid before, and After a while a girl came towards me,
was quite naive, I decided to give it and asked if I wanted to dance, but
a try.... with all this music and movement, I
I put the bottle to my lips, filled realized there wouldn't be enough
my moth and swallowed it. The next raster-time, so I answered no. Then
thing I noticed was that the BLPMOD- she asked me if I could follow her
register went quite ape, with all home, and since I didn't expect any
sorts of strange values beeing poked surprises I even followed her into her
It all started when she suddenly took
off her clothes! I was so shocked I I had been looking forward to this
couldn't move!! So she had absolutely special moment for many weeks now...
no problems taking off my clothes!!!
Then she took the thing I have It was as if the air was filled with
between my legs in her hands and said magic as I touched its shiny, smooth
"Oh, Fallos, please do it to me!" What surface for the very first time...
the hell did she mean, I wondered, "do
you really want me to do IT to you?" Exitement, was in the air as I
"Oh yeaaahh, you're so cool Fallos! Do carefully held it to my lips, and with
it, now!" she answered. a great deal of sensitivety licked it
Since she held my dick, I had an idea with my tounge...
of what she wanted me to do, but when
I think of what happened afterwards, I put it between my teeth, and bit it
she probably didn't want me to piss on with the kind of attention you only
her... have the very first time...

FALLOS / CINEFEX When it slided it into my mouth, I
was surprised to learn it was harder
than I had tought. But after a while
it was soft and good - Stimorole THE
best chewing gum!


* * * DEMOS CORNER * * *¹

Our ratings are as follows: For this issue, we've made quite a few
¢=======================================¹ changes in our demos corner. First of
ª0%-15% ¹ : UGLY. This just isn't good all, to get more demos evaluated, we've
enough. (the LAMER-category) included so-called short-reviews of
¢--------------------------------------- ¹ some selected single-part demos. We'll
ª16%-30%¹ : This is too bad. Looks like continue with the bigger reviews of
rush-work! demos, but we will not take so many for
¢---------------------------------------¹ each issue, and we'll make them even
ª31%-45% ¹: Below average, should defin- bigger! We hope you will find these
itely be better! changes for the better! Contents for
¢---------------------------------------¹ this issue's demo corner:
ª46%-60% ¹: Can be accepted, average.
¹ (Nothing exceptional) ð09....................Budbrain Megademo
¢--------------------------------------- ð11........Cemetery Of Silence/Possessed
ª61%-75% ¹: Good work, above average. ð12........................Short Reviews
ª76%-85% ¹: Very good work! Well thought Except from Budbrain megademo, there
out and worked though! wasn't any REAL crackers this time. We
¢---------------------------------------¹ found many good demos, but none really
ª85%-90% ¹: Excellent, this really is reached the top. Today's demos seem to
something to admire! have very few original ideas. This is
¢--------------------------------------- ¹ perhaps what must be changed, coz the
ª90%-100%¹: Simply the best! Marvellous! code gets better and better!

BUDBRAIN: MEGADEMO ¹ ¢ THE SQUEEZE:¹ Just a funny interlude, so
-------------------------------------- to speak! Good graphics and good sound.
From Denmark came this megademo cover- For those of you who haven't seen it, I
ing two disks. Well, as this demo won think I'll leave it s surprise! One
the demo competition at the RSI/TSL thing about this interlude though! I
conference in Denmark this summer, I couldn't help comparing it to RSI's
had quite some expectations for it! worm in their megademo, and in compari-
And boy, was I surprised the first son, this demo lost! Maybe because RSI
time I saw it! It is a bit hard to was first with the idea....
rate all the parts in percentage, so I
will just write some comments to each ¢MOVIE PART 2: ¹ The man living in the
part before the overall ratings! house being burglarized wakes up and is
on his way towards the burglar.....
¢INTRODUCTION: ¹Started with a very good
soundtrack and a text generator. This ¢KAOS:¹ This is truly a rip-off from Coma
part contained some sine scrollers, by Rebels, only this one is better. The
good looking linedraw formations, and rocking house music is really great,
nothing else. The code was decent, but the graphics are better than in Coma,
not impressing. On the whole, a well- and the action is hotter! Really the
made introduction. best demo of this megademo.....

¢MOVIE PART 1: ¹Nice sound effects put ¢ MOVIE PART 3:¹ The confrontation between
you in the mood for the action.In this the house owner and the burglar...
part, you see a burglar breaking into
a house.... Nice graphics fit well! ðTIME TO SWAP DISKS AND PAGE.....¹

BIRDIE NAM NAM:¹ In the opening, a bird vertical scroller and nothing else.
come onto the screen and lays 3 eggs. Superb music plays throughout, very
We see a close-up of the eggs and they effective indeed.
crack. You see 3 cute little chickens!
Then the middle one shouts 'YO! CHECK ðOVERALL IMPRESSION:¹ It is very hard to
THIS OUT!!!' and starts his own jam- rate a demo like this, coz the coding,
session! Fans of house music and which was very simple, didn't play any
probably everyone else will love this part in this megademo. The main things
part! The graphics are great and the were sound and graphics plus very good
sound is sooooo coooool! Too bad it's ideas. I will therefore skip the normal
so short though.... ratings and just give an overall mark.
One negative thing though: The movie
¢THE CIRCLE: ¹ A bobscroll is the main was too short, too little action....
attraction. Probably the best coded
part, but the music was horrible. (It ³OVERALL: 89%¹
was sampled though!) ---------------------------------------
¢HUSTLER: ¹ Sort of a slideshow with Somehow I have a feeling that we won't
excellent pictures. The humour is a see so much more from Budbrain. I don't
bit sick though, almost worse than our know why, and I hope I am mistaken! The
humour! The sound/music was made up of people behind Budbrain are indeed very
simple baselines and the 'audience'. talented, and I hope they will continue
Very effective though! in the scene with productions like this
with new and innovative ideas!!!
¢THE END:¹ A traditional end-part with a ² Blackstar/Cryptoburners

² Possessed: Cemetery Of Silence ¹ were displayed, were acceptable though.
No matter what we say, Mental Hangover The music was quite catchy, and even
and Cebit demo 1990 seem to get a lot though it was very little varied, it
fans. Group after group try to copy was nice. The drums were good.
them. Some are quite good, others are
not. Here we have yet another one: ³Conclusion:¹
Yet another M.C. clone... Nothing more,
The coding of this demo was not very nothing less...
good. Of course, it's pretty good to ---------------------------------------
code a filled vector routine, but Coding: ¢72%¹
nowadays everyone can do that! This Graphics/Outlay:¢ 72%¹
routine was quite slow and jerky, and Music:¢ 79%¹
the objects were very boring. They've Originality:¢ 5%¹
added some vectorbobs (2-3 objects!) Overall:ª 74%¹
but they weren't really successful. If ---------------------------------------
you're going to release a clone of a ²Reviewer's comment to the group:¹
demo, you should at least offer better I have not heard much from Possessed,
or at least equally good code. This and if I ever hear more, please let
one didn't.... there be some new ideas, ok? They seem
to have reasonable talent, and they
The graphics were sparse, a pretty ok should spend some more time developing
end picture and a little background ideas. Also, the Satan thing is a bit
picture for the filled vector scroll silly and very childish... Lay it off!!
was all there was. The graphics which ºBlackstar/Cryptoburners


² Razor 1911: Psychedelia Paradox: Beach-Volley demo
ð-------------------------------------- ---------------------------------------
¹Coding: 84% Coding: 72%
Graphics/Outlay: 82% Graphics/Outlay: 74%
Music: 83% Music: 64%
Originality: 80% Originality: 72%

¢A demo featuring some weird, green A 'fight' between Paradox and a Beach-
colour effects! Nice music by Ziphoid! Volley player is the main attraction!

ªOverall: 83% Overall: 71%
ð-------------------------------------- ---------------------------------------
² Spectral: Native Dipsomania Brainstorm: Shocker demo
ð-------------------------------------- ---------------------------------------
¹Coding: 73% Coding: 65%
Graphics/Outlay: 72% Graphics/Outlay: 72%
Music: 67% Music: 62%
Originality: 14% Originality: 60%

¢Another 'Cebit 1990'-clone!!! A new type of scroller.....

ªOverall: 68% Overall: 64%
ð-------------------------------------- ---------------------------------------
Cave: Mind Desaster! Gate: Easy Demo
ª-------------------------------------- ---------------------------------------
¹Coding: 83% Coding: 57%
Graphics/Outlay: 66% Graphics/Outlay: 41%
Music: 42% Music: 84%
Originality: 10% Originality: 22%

³Cebit demo XXXVI. Good objects though! Again GATE proves to have excellent
musicians. Nothing else here though!
¹Overall: 73%
ª-------------------------------------- ¹Overall: 64%
² Accession: Fractal Frenzy! ª---------------------------------------
ª-------------------------------------- ² Vertigo: Vectors For All
¹Coding: 84% ª---------------------------------------
¹Graphics/Outlay: 79% Coding: 86%
Music: 71% Graphics/Outlay: 64%
Originality: 64% Music: 59%
Originality: 4%
³The best Fractal Demo around till now.
Fractal calculation time: Approx. 30- Universal Picturs IX. Still, they have
215 secs, depending on the complicity produced some good, fast code here, and
of the fractal image to be drawn. they made fun of some old cliches!

¹Overall: 76% Overall: 75%
ª-------------------------------------- ---------------------------------------
² Complex: Sportsmad Cool-G: The Revolution Scroller
ª-------------------------------------- ---------------------------------------
¹Coding: 57% Coding: 42%
Graphics/Outlay: 76% Graphics/Outlay: 56%
Music: 47% Music: 75%
Originality: 52% Originality: 79%

³First ever demo to contain the entire A cool "commercial scroller". Music by
demo source.... Nothing else though! Dr. Awesome, one of his best tunes too.

ðOverall: 48% Overall: 66%
ª-------------------------------------- ---------------------------------------
² Aeon: First Demo Dual Crew: Yum Yum
ª-------------------------------------- --------------------------------------
¹Coding: 22% Coding: 77%
Graphics/Outlay: 64% Graphics/Outlay: 72%
Music: 37% Music: 84%
Originality: 31% Originality 70%

³Aeon's first demo, and if they don't Logofade, bobs, text-gen, circlescroll
improve, hopefully the last!!! copperbars, weird scroll and more.

ðOverall: 32% Overall: 78%
ª-------------------------------------- --------------------------------------
ª-------------------------------------- ---------------------------------------
² Dual Crew: Second Point Of View Dual Crew: Third Point Of View
ª-------------------------------------- ---------------------------------------
¹Coding: 54% Coding: 70%
Graphics/Outlay: 55% Graphics/Outlay: 52%
Music: 47% Music: 71%
Originality: 30% Originality: 33%

¢Contains a flipping logo and scroll... Filled Vectors.....

ðOverall: 49% Overall: 66%
ª-------------------------------------- ---------------------------------------
² Doom: Crazy Copper Kefrens: Den Gik Sku' Ned
ª-------------------------------------- ---------------------------------------
¹Coding: 64% Coding: 77%
Graphics: 55% Graphics/Outlay: 74%
Music: 64% Music: 62%
Originality: 27% Originality: 75%

¢Some copperbars, a logo, scroller and Lots of weird ideas seem to have become
a piece of music. the trademark of Kefrens. Not as good
as Keftales though!
ðOverall: 59%
ª-------------------------------------- ðOverall: 73%
ª ---------------------------------------


Here in Fourth Dimension, we have We will, from this issue and up, give
compiled a chart over the best Amiga some shorter reviews of one-part demos
music and demos! We are limited to the where we only rank the demos! This way
ones we have reviewed here in our mag, we get more demos with a chance of
and to make it more fair for newcomers entering these charts! Because of this,
each demo/music's ratings drop by 5% we will offer a diskback service on
every issue! This gives a really good demos we receive for judging! More
piece of work the chance to stay long details about that elsewhere in this
in the charts, and good new demos have issue!
a chance of entering the charts! If 2 To make these charts more userfriendly,
demos, after our points caclculation, we have included some colours to make
ends up with the same percentage, the the charts easier to read! If you would
oldest one will automatically top the like us to use other colours, different
newer one since the older one received outlay etc., contact us at:
a higher original ranking. The charts FOURTH DIMENSION
will look something like this: P.o. Box 217, 6801 Førde, Norway

xx. Demoname by Demogroup org: xx% current: xx.xxx% issue: xx

And the musiccharts'll look like this:

xx Demoname by Musician org: xx% current: xx.xxx% issue: xx


²01. Megademo by Budbrain org: ¹89%² current: ¹89.000%² issue:¹ 04
ª02. Keftales by Kefrens org: ¹90%ª current: ¹85.500% ª issue:¹ 03
ª03. Psychedelia by Razor 1911 org: ¹83%ª current: ¹83.000% ª issue:¹ 04
ª04. Cebit Demo by Red Sector Inc. org: ¹90%ª current: ¹81.225% ª issue:¹ 02
ª05. Mental Hangover by Scoopex org:¹ 89%ª current: ¹80.323% ª issue: ¹02
ª06. Megademo VIII by Kefrens org:¹ 92%ª current:¹ 78.879% ª issue:¹ 01
ª07. My Room by Fairlight org: ¹92%ª current:¹ 78.879% ª issue: ¹01
ð08. Yum Yum by Dual Crew org: ¹78%ð current: ¹78.000% ð issue:¹ 04
ð09. Fractal Frenzy by Accession org: ¹76%ð current:¹ 76.000%ð issue:¹ 04
ð10. Vectors For All by Vertigo org: ¹75%ð current: ¹75.000%ð issue:¹ 04


²01. Poseidon by Uncle Tom/Razor 1911 org:¹ 93% ² current: ¹88.350%² issue:¹ 03
ª02. Easy Demo by Bruno/Gate org:¹ 84% ª current: ¹84.000%ª issue:¹ 04
ª02. Yum Yum by Tip/Dual Crew org:¹ 84% ª current: ¹84.000%ª issue:¹ 04
ª04. Psychedelia by Ziphoid/Razor 1911 org:¹ 83% ª current: ¹83.000%ª issue:¹ 04
ª05. Cebit Demo by Romeo Knight/RSI org:¹ 91% ª current: ¹82.128%ª issue:¹ 02
ª06. Memorydust by Codex/Razor 1911 org:¹ 85% ª current: ¹80.750%ª issue:¹ 03
ª07. Cemetery Of Silence by ?/Possessed org:¹ 79% ª current: ¹79.000%ª issue:¹ 04
ª08. Savannah by Uncle Tom/Razor 1911 org:¹ 82% ª current: ¹77.900%ª issue:¹ 03
ª09. Copperdemo II by Studiomaster/THR org:¹ 81% ª current: ¹76.950%ª issue:¹ 03
ð10. My Room by Danko/Fairlight org:¹ 88% ð current: ¹75.449%ð issue:¹ 01


²For the records, state your name and ¹spread your cracks and releases quickly
¹TDB/Vision ²Have you had any problems with the cops
¹Yup, they gave me a ticket for parking
²What is your job in the group??? ¹my bike in the wrong place....
¹I am a spreader, sysop and original
¹supplier! ²Cute... Are you afraid of the police??
¹Police? Who's that? Ask Babyface about
²You say your BBS is very fast. How ¹that, he likes them...
²does it feel to have a fast BBS?
¹Cool! I like it! ²What is your view on organisations such
²as the 'friendship' - organisation???
²When did you first open your BBS? ¹I like it! To have friendship between
¹About a year ago. ¹all the groups will form a band between
¹groups and no wars!!!!
²All that equipment must cost a lot of
²money! How did you finance your BBS? ²Are there any crews you like especially
¹I robbed the post-office and sold the ²well, groups you think contribute to
¹stamps instead (???) ²the scene in a positive way?
¹I like Digital Force. They are cool and
²How important do you think modems are ¹program cool demos and are real friends
²to the scene the way it is today??? ¹They are the oldest group in the scene,
¹Modems are very important. Ya can ¹I guess....

²What do you do in your spare time??? Name your favourite:
¹I play soccer against my sister and ²Coder: ¹Slayer of Scoopex
¹against Testament members. ² Musician: ¹Maniacs of Noise
²Grafix-artist: ¹Da Wizard/Testament
²Your sister??? Well.. How would you ²Demo-group: ¹I like Vision
²describe a typical 'loser' or 'lamer'? ²Cracker-group: ¹Paradox (always 100%!)
¹To take some examples... Guys like ²Demo: ¹Budbrain Megademo
¹Silicon, Duffy and all losers at Venlo ²Game: ¹Kickoff 2
¹They are slow, can't program and they
¹have got big mouths... ²Who's the funniest guy in the scene?
¹N.S.C/Testament and Ruud Hanegraaf.
²Do you like demos? If so, what makes
²(In your opinion) a good demo??? ²Are there anyone you'd like to greet?
¹I like demos! The idea makes a good ¹Yeah, some greets to Pinhead (hehe). He
¹demo, like the one from Budbrain. So ¹can't play soccer!!!
¹let's see more original demos dudes!!!
²Any final words?
²What do you think about, what seems to ¹Yeah, I think ya mag is very cool and
²have become the new trend in demos, ¹wish ya much luck for the future and
²house-styled music and a 'musicvideo' ¹watch out for Global Village, the disk-
²styled demo???? ¹mag from Vision of cioa en snaveltyes
¹Shit, it's cool to listen too, but on ¹toe (Hehe, that's a very cool sentence
¹Amiga, it SUCKS, because they all use ¹in Dutch) and meet ya all in London at
¹too many samples. I like my own acid ¹14th. of September.....
¹music (potje oranje's) ²(???- Ed) ³Blackstar/Cryptoburners


There has been lots of scene reports and they crack games. They also make
from Norway around lately. As a matter amazing demos! Razor 1911 are probably
of fact, I must say I disagree with the only ones worthy of being mentioned
most of them. That's why I have taken as true legends here in Norway! Some of
this rather risky job of telling you you will probably disagree; I don't
guys out there what's really going on really care! BUT.... Razor aren't the
here in the land of the vikings! First only ones who do a good job here in
of all, there is one group I feel I Norway. Another quite old group, whose
must mention when talking about Norway popularity have mainly been measured
and that is: Razor 1911. They are through one person, are also doing very
probably the ones who are hottest at well! I am of course talking about
the moment, in fact, they've probably Crusaders. They have a little BBS (only
always been the hottest one! They are 2400) and they've got some very good
by far the oldest Norwegian Amigagroup musicians. They also have something a
and they are quite experienced in the lot of people seem to miss: Ideas! They
scene. They should be quite strong are responsible for their official
internationally as well, having some Eurochart, which seem to have become
of the best artists around (Uncle Tom, quite a success. Another group which
Codex, Ziphoid, Bug (Musicians) and has to be mentioned, is Fraxion! They
Lord S., Sector 9 and Dr. No (Coders)) have got a very good musician (KEO) and
they have the only real elite BBS in they produce some very cool demos. They
Norway (I won't talk too much about come up with some pretty good ideas too
modems, I know too little about that!) Recently, there was a fusion between
two potentially good Norwegian groups: most of them are only beginners, and
Visual Arts and No Limits (Now working they'd do anything to get into the
under the name No Limits!). Somehow I scene.
think they didn't get the wanted Nowadays, the police in Norway are very
effect from that fusion, I have heard active. They have busted 4 guyz for
very little from them in recent months selling pirated software. These 4 will
Still, they'll be worth looking out have to go to court and face a trial.
for, though. There are many other This does not pass by unattentionaly.
groups who seem to be on their way to We now see the trend to get legal here
the top: Triumph (ex The Band Norway), as well (Cryptoburners have always been
Armada, The Giants, Network, Cinfex 100% legal!!!) I think this is positive
Designs, Cult and probably some more. to the attitude towards the whole scene
All of these make good demos, and they Wars are also seldom being fought,
have all got their own artists (Which although some small lamers keep beeing
means: No ripping!!) In addition to bigmouthed to each other. The attitude
these, it seems like many foreign of "Fuck the big groups and get famous"
groups have got Norwegian divisions. is not widely used in Norway. Everybody
Also, a lot of swapperboys seem to put knows that if a little groups tries to
a name on themselves and try to form fuck with the established groups, they
groups out of that. Some of them have soon wither and die! (Ivory was a good
succeeded (No names), some just keep example on that!) The overall tone here
trying. Norway is, as most other is friendship! One interesting point is
countries, crowded with so-called that some of the bigger Swedish groups
'losers' or 'lamers'. There isn't much are getting pissed off by the sucess of
that can be done about these guys, coz some Norwegian groups. I gather they do
this because Sweden has always had Minus/Cryptoburners, Time Traveller/
the best scene in Scandinavia. Now Cryptoburners and many many more! I'll
they are losing some of their credits end this report by mentioning our own
to Norway and Denmark (Paradox and group, Cryptoburners. I won't say so
Razor for crackers and loads of demo- much about us, our story can be found
groups!) and they don't quite like the in issue #2. I only wish to say, that
development (no-one likes to lose to some extent, we have done our part
power!) Anyway, this is not really a of the job of putting Norway on the
problem, it might be the words from a Amiga map! Norway is now on that map,
few arrogant guys (no names even and we shall certainly do ours to make
though it's tempting!) Well, to reach sure we will remain there!!!!!
a conclusion to this article, I feel I
must say that Norway probably has got Blackstar/Cryptoburners
one of the best scenes in this world:
No wars, good postal service, good
coders, great musicians, good graphics If any one of you strongly disagree on
guys and above all: Friendship! I must this scene-report, don't keep it to
say that if Norway was to be removed yourself! Send us YOUR opinion, and we
from the Amiga world, the greatest will print it as soon as possible!
loss would all the incredible music-
geniouses we have here. Just listen to
this list: Bug/Razor, KEO/Fraxion,
Walkman/Cryptoburners, Codex/Razor,
Gladiator/Cryptoburners, Dr. Awesome/
Crusaders, Othello/Armada, Rhesus


Friday 24th - Sunday 26th of August for tents and parking and a fenced off
were the dates for this year`s annual open air stadium containing a large
Reading rock festival. Along with some stage and speaker system and a lot of
friends I attended all three days and stalls selling food,drink, merchandise,
I thought it would be nice to write a posters, clothes,cigarettes and lots of
report for Fourth Dimension. other things.
Before 1989 the festival featured Something worth mentioning is the
mainly sub standard heavy rock acts, way drug taking was very open, even the
however, last year a more adventurous security guards were smoking puff and
booking policy meant that New Order, it would have been easy to get acid or
The Mission and The Pouges were top of ecstacy.
the bill. On Friday morning we exchanged our
That policy has been continued into festival tickets for wristbands which
1990 and most of the bands appearing we then couldn`t remove until we left
are either independants or classed as and had to show whenever we entered
`alternative rock'. or left the stadium.
When we arrived at the festival on From the bill of The Cramps, Faith
Thursday night (pushing our overheated No More, Nick Cave,Gary Clail,Mudhoney,
car!) we were directed to pitch our An Emotional Fish and Megacity 4 only
tents and park in a field usually used openers Megacity 4, a melodic UK rock
for grazing cows - I discovered this band, and Gary Clail, ultra trendy DJ
while pitching my tent !! The festival and club mix-er, really impressed me.
site was made up of large field areas The Cramps and Nick Cave were awful
while the other bands were average... during his act but when I got back to
Mudhoney were popular but that style the stadium possibly the most exciting
of music doesn`t really turn me on. band of the festival were playing...
On Saturday morning my friends The Buzzcocks. With only the drummer
went into town to have a wash and changed from the line up a decade ago
find some decent toilets so I went the band sounded as fresh as on vinyl
to watch The first bands by myself. and played all the old favourites such
The Black Velvet band were opening at as Harmony in my Head, What do I Get?,
12.00, they had the same problem as An Promises,Love You More,Everbodys Happy
Emotional Fish the day before - they Nowadays,Autonomy,Ever Fallen In Love,
wanted to be U2. The next band on was Lipstick and of course Orgasm Addict.
Ned`s Atomic Dustbin and I went right Watching this band it became obvious
to the front since I had bought both where a lot of the younger bands at
their records but not yet seen them the festival had got their inspiration
live, here I found out why they have from, I can`t understand why they were
such a huge and loyal following, they only 3rd from the top of the bill when
were brilliant. The next few bands up, the Cramps had been top on Friday.
Psychic TV, Wire and Young Gods were The Wedding Present were next and
all a bit wierd - I probably would`ve they were also brilliant, another one
appreciated them more if I`d taken a of the festivals highlights. They play
lot of drugs. Ride,the next band, were fast and melodic indie guitar pop.
great, sounding like a cross between Headlining were the hugely popular
the Velvet Underground and the Stone Manchester band Inspiral Carpets,Their
Roses. I missed Billy Bragg because we set started with a cow dancing to the
were cooking up some rice in the tent backing track then as the fans shouted
`moo!'(Cow noise) the band came on and In the afternoon we went close to
played 1 and a half hours of indie pop the front during Tackhead (heavy funk)
with an organist in place of a guitar. so we would have a good place when the
The slideshow and lightshow was simply next band `Jesus Jones' came on. I had
amazing, Spotlights made patterns over bought all their records but not seen
our heads, the title of each song was them live before and wasn`t sure what
displayed in huge letters behind the to expect since on vinyl they blend
band and a troupe of drum majorettes samples and guitars. In their live act
came on during the recent hit single they dropped a lot of the samples and
She Comes In The Fall. The Inspiral`s fighting the shitty sound system (like
gave the best SHOW of the festival and all the other bands), they were a bit
although their music could be called of a disappointment to me. Still they
repetitive it is also exciting and were better than most bands. The Fall
original. played their usual `alternative' rock
Sunday was opened by another great with Mark E Smith`s mumbled vocals and
young band, The Senseless Things, the didn`t really impress me.
best way to describe their music is to The final band of the festival was
compare it to the Buzzcocks who they the Pixies, really popular but not too
admit are a big influence. exciting for me since I don`t know the
I didn`t really watch the next 5 songs.
bands after them... Thee Hypnotics,The It`s hard for me to say which were
Telescopes, Stereo MC`s,Living Colour, the best bands because everyone has
Loop. They were all pretty dull and we different musical taste (Why else do
were packing up our tents so we could people like Technotronic ??) but those
get out quick that night. who impressed me the most and played
the best were... Buzzcocks,The Wedding ªA SILLY JOKE! (Adapted from NRK TV)
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Things,Gary Clail,Ride and Megacity 4. ðImportant business call.¹
The sun had stayed out all 3 days
and back home (50 Miles away) there`d The young business man had just opened
been thunderstorms and a 9 hour power- his new business. The first man with an
cut on Saturday... God must have good appointment had to wait 30 minutes
taste in music! before he was allowed inside his office
and when he entered the office, the
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telephone. When the man entered the
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¢We hereby call upon everybody with ¹ and the fake phone call) had been done
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Soon big DEXION party in Denmark! More info about the Dexion party at:
-------------------------------------- Dexion, Poste Restante, 5000 Odense C
Informations in issue #2 about Kefrens in Denmark!!!
having started as crackers were wrong! ---------------------------------------
Kefrens tell us they are 100% legal!!! Gurukiller of Infernal Minds spends
-------------------------------------- more time on his skateboard than in
System 5 now have divisions in: Norway fron of his Amiga. (??? - Ed)
Germany (WHQ), Switzerland and England ---------------------------------------
-------------------------------------- Theatre & Network's legal X-mas party
Look out for "4 Swappers" ->A magazine from 26.12.90 - 29.12.90 in Lillestrøm,
only for advertising (also done by Norway!
System 5); perhaps it will be released ---------------------------------------
on the Vision-Aces-Active party! Thyrone has got a new member in Italy
-------------------------------------- called BobNix (Sysop of the "Land Of
THR is now split up!!! Nobody"), so now the Italian division
-------------------------------------- has 3 members. (9009 XAD, Mr. Irq and
Weird Ed of Prologic joined Oracle!! Bobnix)
-------------------------------------- ---------------------------------------
Tron of Scoopex Dk. joined Dexion! From Issue #3 on the disk mag called
-------------------------------------- "Freedom Crack" will be a coproduction
Blutch joined Arcane!!! of Thyrone and Savage.
-------------------------------------- ---------------------------------------
-------------------------------------- addresses so he can write them back.
A new group called Andromeda is born. ---------------------------------------
The ex. Phantasm members (except some Megadeth (With his BBS-Board Royal)
lamers) formed the new Norwegian crew. leaves RISK.
-------------------------------------- ---------------------------------------
Relax is a new group and they're here Thyrone is dead.
to stay!!! ---------------------------------------
-------------------------------------- Domination joined Angels.
Comico (ex. Theatre) is now Comico of ---------------------------------------
Abakus!!! Darksilver joined Razor 1911.
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Natas (ex. World Vision) joined GATE!! Oracle lost their US-board, The Jungle.
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Zapotek, Intec and Funky Guru left Angels recracked Razor 1911's version
Zombie Boys and joined GATE! of Sculpt 4D. (Check 'about' on menu!)
-------------------------------------- ---------------------------------------
Zombie Boys Turkey section kicked off Piranhas is dead. Too bad guys, but you
all their lame members. All the cool will be remembered a long time for your
members decided to change their names. good Amiga productions.
-------------------------------------- ---------------------------------------
To all contacts of Jason/Zombie Boys: Commando got kicked (?) out of Oracle,
Now he's back from hospital and lost cause he couldn't get them any US
all addresses of his contacts. If they originals. Commando himself claims that
wanna continue swapping with him, they there were NO new US stuff he could
must write to him and tell their supply, so he is very pissed off.
---------------------------------------- -------------------------------------
DOOM is now EUPHORIA! SETROX is reborn!
---------------------------------------- -------------------------------------
Cool J left Image to join CAVE! Zedy joined SAVAGE! ex.CHROME member
---------------------------------------- -------------------------------------
Mace left IMAGE to join SKID ROW! SUCCESS is dead!
---------------------------------------- -------------------------------------
SECURITATE INC. is dead! Eddie and Snircher of SILENTS FINLAND
---------------------------------------- joined DEFJAM!!!
Barrax & Bootlegger have not left --------------------------------------
EUPHORIA! There are rumours that Gate have lost
---------------------------------------- a lot of members.... Bullshit!!! We've
CAVE MEGADEMO II coming soon! now more members than ever before, so
---------------------------------------- if some lamers claim that we've lost
AZURE is dead! lots of members... Kill them!!! We now
---------------------------------------- have a BBS in Finland and we've got
FOXHOUND of EXCESS left to join members from groups like:: Silents SF,
EUPHORIA! Mayhem, Zombie Boys, The Targets, The
---------------------------------------- Giants, and Excess! Wait for our soon
THYRONE is dead! coming productions like M.A.G (With
---------------------------------------- System 5), demos and some other cool
WORLD VISION is dead! productions!!!
---------------------------------------- Fireball/Gate
Stormgod left Ecstasy to join Angels. ---------------------------------------

I (TDB) and Jetaza went at 9 a.m to (Malzam-Bobo and some programmers) -
Rotterdam-Lombardijen. From there, we Oracle (Bambam) - Valhalla (Metal Gear)
went together with some Testament and Defjam (Phil and Pennywise) - Alpha
Mute 101 members to Breda. On the Flight (Black) - Brainstorm - Red
train, we had lots of fun... (With the Sector - Abandon - Mute 101 - Testament
conductor!)... At 9.41, we went by Tristar (Whiteheat) - Animators -
train to the party zone.As we arrived, Spreadpoint - Digilogic - Bignoimia -
there was already lots of cool guys Digital Force - Mirage - System 5 -
wanting to get in... At 11 a.m, Active End Of Century (France) - Cadcam - Raf
came and wanted to throw out the guys Venom - Switch - Power Connection -
who travelled with me, because they Thyrone - Celtic - Special Brothers -
had to pay.. Anyway, I managed to fix XTC - Questor and many other cool dudes
a deal... Included in the entrance fee After some time, the power was cut, but
was a free disk, which was supposed to it was soon fixed, so no big deal! At
contain an Active megademo. Unfortuna- 13:00 we went to a shop to get sumthing
tely, it didn't work on Kickstart V1.3 to eat. We had a discussion with the
nor on 1 megabyte, so Vision coded the nice lady in the shop wether my (TDB of
nice and cool Prime 90 demo (A few Vision) head was orange or yellow hehe.
days ago!) I had a discussion with Jetaza, Blaze
At 12 o'clock the whole thing really and Joreon about the colour, but she
started and the whole scene was there. said it was orange, so I won! (But when
All cool groups and dudes like Quartex we left, she said it was yellow, and
(Selim) - Paradox (Destroyer) - Angels they liked it! I didn't....) ---->After we had seen some cool demos, the was VERY COOL. It had lots of cool guys
demo-competition started at 6 p.m. and and lots of cool warez. Watch out for
there was a lot of cool demos. (±20 I the next party dudez...... Ciao!
guess!). We saw some masterpieces from
Brainstorm - Mirage - Celtic - Digital TDB/Vision
Force and several other groups. After
some problems with the jury, they
agreed on the Mirage demo to win. This
demo was very cooooooool! Brainstorm
came #2 and a nice Celtic demo was #3.
The demos were shown on a big screen
which finally was used the right way!
It was used to show Ninja Turtles (The
Movie) and some nice porno movies.
Some dudes thought it was unfair that
they only showed 5 demos or so, and
everybody wanted to know why, but it
wasn't our fault, the blame was on
Active, who arranged it... Anyway,
after that, we did an interview with
Afl... Some time later, we found a
nice way to get drinks for free: We
just broke up the fride.. he-he! That
was cool... We left at about 11 p.m as
the party closed. After all, the party


The German scene is not yet often cracking software. That's why there are
reported, although many people think so many cracker groups. I don't under-
German has the best one. Of course stand most swappers saying that these
this depends on your own qualities and guys are the best because they have
professions. The big time of German obviously chosen the easier way to
groups is nearly over, as the C64 has become famous (I personally piss off
almost entirely died. Former big names those coders who dropped coding in
have disappeared or they lamed down by order to crack copyrighted stuff).
releasing shit stuff (AFL, SHINING 8.) These "cracker groups" (mainly consist-
Coding and making music (being ing of 1 cracker and 20 spreaders!!!)
creative generally) isn't much dislike coder groups since they have
appreciated here since having the nothing to offer them (except some
latest stuff is the most important intro coding for those 'able' crackers)
thing to many "freaks".Human qualities That's why the most famous cracker
are mainly neglected. Most guys act groups don't swap with coder/demo
friendly as long as the others are groups. All these things contribute to
more famous or have newer stuff. But the prevention of friendship because
towards unknown freaks, they act like own profits and egoism are 'the rules'
being God. But most of the former here in Germany. If there weren't the
unknown groups do not learn from their major cracker groups, the problem of
bad experiences and act in the same friendship would not be that present.
way after having joined a famous team. One probable reason for a German group
Germany is still the best location for initiating 'FRIENDSHIP' (Spreadpoint)!?
But even 'FRIENDSHIP' cannot help as long as there are stupid crackers
long as the general attitude does not (often not able to do 100% cracks!) who
change. People have to realize that will obviously never get older, no
the problem's based in their contacts. changes will be made. Just a few groups
I personally have no problems with have the quality to make some good own-
friendship (though living in Germany) made productions.My personal favourites
because I care about the people I am in Germany: United Forces (useful
in contact with. But before you're programs), TCC DESIGN (good demos),
able to do this, you must get the Spreadpoint (good potential, but too
right distance to the whole scene and few releases). The rest are just doing
realize how ridicilous many actions below average coding/music/GFX. Poor
and habits are. Germany.... German freaks are badly
Here in Germany there are not so many reputated by foreign freaks. Germans
coder groups around. I guess there are are seen upon as diskstealers and arro-
many good coders, but they are not gants. TEEZE/Ex-Phoenix told me that
involved in groups.That's an essential one thing's for sure when sending disks
difference to Scandinavia where many to Germany: They won't come back! Of
groups with more than 3 coders are course this is a prejudice because
available. We are desperately seeking there are also some friendly and right
a third musician, but there are not minded guys but Germans generally tend
even average around. It's not easy to to superiority (Germans are best..) But
get some competent coders/musicians in idiots are everywhere, so first check
Geramany. If there weren't so much out before judging. It may happen that
resources of 'NEW STUFF', I guess you survey a great contact.
everything would be different. But as ¢JPN/Level 4-ASD


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...find out in this simple test, by just answering a few simple questions!

| A | B | D |
1. Have you ever tried eating the Amiga mouse??? | | | |
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2. What is your relationship to dogs??? | | | |
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3. Do you piss on other peoples doorsteps??? | | | |
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4. Do your parents feed you with Brekkies? | | | |
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5. Have you ever felt attrackted to Jackmix of CRB??!? | | | |
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6. Do you dig a hole in the sand when you wanna piss?? | | | |
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Most A's : You like the letter A better than B and D
Most B's : You like the letter B better than A and D
Most D's : You like the letter D better than A and B

- If you're not satisfied with the result, try once more!!

Interview With Dexion!¹

¹Introduce yourself. Name, age, weight ðTSL conference I joined Dexion, coz Pet
¹and height.... ð of Dexion said that Dexion was going to
ð be built up again after MMM and Liteace
ðI'm Trix/Dexion.Mainswapper, 1.85 tall ð joined Paradox.
ð72 kg scales, 16 earthyears old, blue
ðeyes and brown hair.... ¹How many members are "alive" in Dexion?

¹When did you buy your first computer? ð Well, there's still the old Dexion
ðmembers, but also new members have
ðI bought my first computer (A C-64) in ðjoined (like me). So let's hit a member
ð1985, and in 1987 I bought my Amiga. ðlist:
ºSMARTIN (Music)
¹How did you enter Dexion? Tell us a ºFUTURE FREAK (Music)
¹little story about Dexion. ºTRIX (Mainswapper)
ºTIGER (Swapper)
ðLet's start from the beginning. The ºNATRIX (Gfx)
ðfirst thing I did when I got my Amiga, ºTOX (Coder, GFX)
ðwas to get all the best games, which ºTRON (Coder)
ðwas impossible on the C-64 (Gfx, sound ºPET (Coder)
ðand so on...) and half a year later, I ºORBIT (Coder)
ðentered the szene.Since then I've been º STARMAN (Coder)
ðin different groups like: Wiz, Cycron,
ðPrologic.... And then, after the RSI & Totally 10 members.
¹Tell our readers why you "lost" MMM ðSome High Quality demos!
¹and Liteace.
¹Rumours say you'll arrange a copy party
ðWell, I wasn't in Dexion when they ¹Is this true? If so, when and where?
ðleft, so I don't know exactly why....
ðBut it had something to do with Promax ðYep, we're going to hold a Dexion party
ðof Kefrens who also joined PARADOX ðsometime around christmas in the Danish
ðlike MMM & Liteace, coz they'd like to ðtown Odense. We're working on it right
ðwork together with Promax. But then ðnow, and invitations should be out some
ðPromax rejoined Kefrens, coz PARADOX ðtime in October. I don't wanna tell so
ðcommanded him to code intros, but ðmuch about it, except there will be a
ðPromax mostly code demos so he left. ð demo competition with very high prizes.
ðBut.. But, MMM & Liteace stayed in
ðPARADOX instead of rejoining Dexion ¹What is your crew's amitions?
ð(Too bad) As told before, I don't know
ðexactly the reason why they left and I ðRight now to become one of the best
ðwasn't in Dexion when they left, so do ðdemogroups in Denmark, like in the good
ðnot get angry at me. ðold days.

¹So what do you think about Paradox now ¹Which hardware do you use?

ðI don't hate Paradox coz of that! In ðI have an Amiga 500, 1 MEG, drives,
ðfact, I think Paradox are really cool! ðmonitor, printer and hopefully soon a
ð14400 HST Modem + a Hard disk!
¹What will be your next production? º (Continues...)
¹How do you like the Danish scene? ¹Do you think everything is going well
¹in the current scene?
ðThe Danish szene is very cool! Many
ðgood demogroups, some crackergroups ðNo, there are too many LAMERS! I don't
ðlike Paradox and Oracle..... ðlike those who do their business for
ðmoney and not just for fun!
¹Do you like disk-mags? By the way,
¹which diskmag do you prefer? ¹Are you afraid of the police?

ðYeah, I like diskmags! My favourites ðNo, cause most of my activities are
ðare Zine and 4th. Dimension! ð legal. If they will come, they won't
ðfind anything!
¹What's your favourite:
¹Game: ðKick Off 2 ¹How much time do you spend in front of
¹Demo: ðMental Hangover/SCX ¹your Amiga on an average day?
¹Coder: ðSlayer/SCX
¹Musician: ðRomeo Knight/RSI ðIt depends on my homework. About 2-8
¹GFX-Artist: ðJOE/SCX ðhours a day.
¹Demogroup:ðScoopex, Red Sector, Kefrens
¹Crackers: ðSkid Row,m Fairlight, Angels ¹Have you ever considered selling your
ðand Paradox. ¹Amiga to buy an Archimedes or an IBM PC

¹What are your hobbies besides Amiga? ðNo,I won't sell my Amiga. Maybe I would
ðhave another computer beside my Amiga,
ðParties, Tennis, Movies, Football.... ðbut I wouldn't sell it!
¹What is your preferred: ¹Trix of Dexion was interviewed by:
¹Drink: ðBeer!
¹Food: ðPizza ³Death Bringer of North Star!
¹Chocolate: ðToo many.. Daim, Mars...
¹Alcohol: ðVodka...
¹Music ðgroup/Solo Artist: ???????? ²If you are worth being interviewed,
¹Album: ðDepeche Mode: "Violator" ²contact Fourth Dimension at any one of
¹Movie: ðGremlins 2 ²the addresses in the address page. We
¹Video: ðGenesis "Land Of Confusion" ²would appreciate if you wrote to either
²Trixal's address or one of the swappers
¹Ok that's it! Do you have any messages ²addresses as the managing editor has
¹to add, any final words etc? ²already far too much work to do. Thanx.

ðYep, if you wanna contact Dexion for ºBlackstar, managing editor.
ðinvitations to our party, write to:

¢Poste Restante
¢¢5000 Odense C

¹Thanx for being interviewed!

ðAnd thanx for interviewing me.....


In the jungle of today's selection of get a sampler (a GOOD one too!), a very
Noisetrackers and Soundtrackers, it useful song-record mode, key-repeat, a
might be difficult to chose which wider selection of colors and more! All
version to use! Well, I will try to these things added together make this a
give a short guidance using my own very good program! In comparison, the
experiences. First of all, I think you V1.2C version has got the earlier
can forget ALL Soundtrackers. The best mentioned pattern-editor and block-edit
versions available today, are Kaktus & mode! In addition, I personally prefer
Mahoney's Noisetracker V2.0 and UFO's numbers displayed as decimal figures
Noisetracker V1.2C. These are the ones instead of hexadecimal, as in NT V2.0.
I will concentrate on in this article.
In Fourth Dimension #3 we had a review Conclusion: After having used both ver-
of Noisetracker V2.0. Because of that, sions quite a lot, I have noticed that
I will only mention how that version both versions are good, but they both
performs when having used it little have big limitations. I will rate them
more. The really big problems about both to 8/10 and say that they are both
Noisetracker V2.0 are as follows: For needed! As you might have figured, I
starters, the Noisetracker V2.0 use use both, I do one thing with V2.0 and
more memory than V1.2C. That's bad for other things with V1.2C. That's why I
non-mega owners.Secondly,they have NOT can't wait to get another version VERY
included the two big advantages of the soon. UFO say they are developing one
UFO Noisetracker, the pattern-editor right now! Let's hope this will contain
and the block-edit mode! In return you the essential changes! ªBlackstar


After having written the previous ²all!¹ Now, if you tried to change back
article, another and very interesting from 8 to 4 voice mode, you got a
soundtracker turned up, actually it requester asking "Are you sure (y/n)?".
was the "Startrekker" from Fairlight. If you then chose "yes", all datas are
It was based on Noisetracker V2.0 and erased. Hmmm.. Not very good. Another
improved quite a lot. First of all, thing which should be noticed: ²The
¹there was the Polyphonic mode, great! ²Startrekker is not compatible with the
¹By pressing the '.'-key on the numeric ²other Noisetrackers. ¹ You can use other
keyboard, you can switch on/off. Also, soundtracks on the Startrekker, but the
there was an "Oktalyzer mode", that Startrekker saves in its own format, so
means --> 8 voices. Unfortunately, the there's no use in trying to incorporate
editing system wasn't quite good, you a Startrekker song in another program.
only see 4 voices at the time, and you In spite of all these minuses, I think
cannot use any of the record fuctions Startrekker is the best musicprogram on
together with hearing all 8 voices. In the Amga today. At least I prefer to
addition to this, they hadn't even use this handy tool. All credits to
included a playroutine for the 8 voice Exxon of Fairlight for daring to try
mode. All interrupts were stopped something new. Too bad this version
during 8 voice play, because all the doesn't support IFF-samples,no noisedir
processor time is occupied, or so they no block-edit mode.... Anyway, looking
claim. I was also disappointed with for further improvents, this version is
the fact that when switching from 4 to truly recommended. I would rate it to
8 voices, ²no requester was shown at ð8.5/10. º Blackstar/CRB


¹State your name and group. ¹ you still keep cracking?

ªI am Death Bringer and I'm a member of ªOf course we're 100% legal, we don't
ªNorth Star. ªcrack at all.

¹Ok. North Star is truly one of the big ¹How many members are there in NorthStar
¹legends, but the last year, everything ¹and from which countries are they?
¹seemed to stop. What really happened?
ªThere are too many members, about 30-40
ªSure we're one of the living legends, ªcool guys in Sweden and in France.
ªbut last year we got tired of having
ªto release stuff continuosly... So we ¹How long have you been in North Star,
ªstarted releasing less and less and ¹and how did you join?
ªthen nothing more for about 6 months!
ªAnyway, we're still a good crew... But ªI've been in North Star for 4-5 months.
ªeveryone though we were dead! Now, ªI joined them when I left a really lame
ªinstead of producing 5 or 6 ugly demos ªFrench crew (now!) with Viro, Raistlin
ªin form of a megademo, we prefer to ªand Flyspy. We joined NorthStar because
ªcode one good demo! By the way, today ªwe searched for a new group, and Raist-
ªwe're doing what we want, and we don't ªlin was a good friend of Kaktus, so it
ªhave to receive orders from other guys ªwas easier for us.

¹Are North Star 100% legal now, or do ºDIZ INTERVIEW CONTINUES......
¹Name your favourite: ªI am seventeen years old since June.

¹Crackers: ªFairlight, Paradox, Skid Row ¹ Are you still a virgin???
¹Coders: ªDelta/RSI, Metallion/Kefrens,
ªSlayer/Scoopex. ªNo thank God! (Silly question ¹(Why? Ed)
¹Musicians: ªRomeo Knight, Rob Hubbard,
ªNightlight/Kefrens ¹How much time do you spend in front of
¹Graphics-wiz: ªReward & JOE of Scoopex. ¹your Amiga every day? What is that time
¹Diskmags:ª Zine, CJ, 4th. Dim., DISC ¹occupied with?
¹Demos: ªMental Hangover,Vectors For All
¹Games:ª Beast II, Stunt Car Racer. ªDuring the holidays... A lot! Maybe too
¹Album (LP): ªMidnight Oil:Diesel & Dust ªmuch... Most of the time (in holidays),
¹Video: ªPaula Abdul: Opposite Attract. ªI listen to Amiga music while reading a
¹Group: ªMidnight Oil ªdiskmag or a scrolltext! Then I use:
¹Movie: ªBack To The Future - Trilogy ªX-Copy, Noisetracker, DPaint and Seka
¹Food: ªPizza and all Italian food. ª(even Amigamon 3.0 & Fast Mon). I think
ªeven a swapper should be able to code,
¹About The Police. Are you afraid of ªdraw or compose!
¹them? Have you had any trouble?
¹Do you have a hobby except for Amiga?
ªI have nothing to be afraid of, and I
ªhave never had any trouble. ªOf course.. Hunting (? - Ed) for girls,
ªplaying tennis and I go skiing.
¹Hmmm. Tell me, how old are you really?
¹What do you think about the scene now? ¹What equipment do you use???
¹Will it get better or worse in the
¹future? ªI use:
¢- ªAmiga 500 (Kick 1.2), 3½" & 5¼" drive
ªThe scene today is changing... No more ªand 1084 colour monitor.
ªmail swapping! All good swappers buy ¢- ªC64 + 1570 diskdrive + Philips TV.
ª(or will buy) a modem. I think that's ª.... And of course Techincs stereo amp-
ªgood for business, but not for friend- ªlifier + CD, and soon a VHS (X-mas!!)
ªship.I think it's really hard to speak
ªabout the future but the scene might ¹What do you think about organisations
ªbecome better since some powerful ¹such as 'Friendship'??
ªcracking groups (Paradox and Skid Row)
ªare not at war. They're good friends. ªThey're cool,we can know many cool guys
ªIn fact, the best cracking crews must
ªshow us the way to be friends... They ¹Do you have a girlfriend???
ªunderstood that when "Friendship
ªagainst business" was born! ªOf course. But I must say, none of them
ªever fancied my Amiga....
¹What do yuo thing about modems? Do you
¹have a modem yourself?? ¹What's the best girl country in the
¹world (Hint:Norway's got Miss Universe)
ªModems are good if you want to be fast
ªbut they are too expensive. I don't ªThe French riviera (Wrong! - Ed), coz
ªhave a modem, so I only trade by mail. ªit looks like California but here we
ªIt's cheaper.... ªcan see their tits! (Prohibited in USA)
¹Is it true what people say about ª2 demos in July, but we failed... Any-
¹Frenchmen? Are you really more ªway, these 2 demos (no names yet) will
¹romantic than the rest of us Europeans ªbe out soon. The French members of N.S
¹or is that just a 'legend'? ªare working on 2 games. They will be
ªreleased soon.
ªYo, sure! When we talk to the girls we
ªare so romantic that they all fall in ¹Do you want to greet somebody?
ªour beds!
ªYes... Greets to Exen/Fraxion (Nice
¹Well, hmmm., I think we should go back ªletters!), Blackstar/CRB (Nice sense of
¹to something else... Like the standard ª humour! I love it! (?? - ED)), Oliver/
¹question: What do you think about copy ª Paradox (Good luck for November 90),
¹parties, and would you ever consider ª Teeze/Anarchy (So you weren't dead) and
¹going to scandinavia to visit a party? ª all NorthStar members and contacts!

ªI think copy parties are cool, you can ¹Any final words?
ªmeet contacts and so. I think it would
ªbe better if Scandinavian countries ª Yep. Special fucking to Saddam Hussein.
ªweren't so far away..... ª You will soon see the consequenses of
ªan American atomic bomb exploding in
¹What are NorthStar's future plans? ªIraq!!!

ªWe're planning a music disk called His ¹Thanx for the interview pal!
ªMaster Of Noise, coming in December 90
ªand we were supposed to have released ºInterview by Blackstar/Cryptoburners


Had trouble with your computer computer, but a quick power-off
lately? Bet it's a new virus! Here is usually saves your disk. But never let
the latest update on the subject.... the computer do any disk operations
while you're going to the toilet !!!
GAMEKILLER - works as an anti-lamer
virus, which only affects games. It PACEKILLER - doesn't affect most of
links itself onto the joystick control us, but if you happen to have a
routine, and makes the game bugg when pacemaker it can be quite nasty. It
you try to play it (especially when reduces the frequency of the TV-screen
you're about to beat the hiscore). The to 60 Hz/min, the same speed as the
usual things that happen is a guru pacemaker, which causes instant death.
meditation, a screen blank or a reset.
If you think you have been attacked
DISKMELTER - is a normal bootblock by one of these viruses, just send a
virus, but attacks very seldom, which blank disk to me, and I'll send you my
makes it very nasty, since you never viruskiller (look for my ad.)
know if it's present. The bootcode
looks normal too, so no normal killer FALLOS / CINEFEX
will discover it. When it attacks, the
diskdrive will start running at max.
speed, which causes the disk to melt..
It is not possible to reset the

'Do you want a coke?' - A short story in n parts by Gard E. Abrahamsen

Gits looked at the radar. It was Trebor pressed a key in a panel by a
the first time since they had left door. It was this action that caused
Otulp that a space-ship moved in that the above mentioned door to slide
close. His fists were tightened. open. Trebor ran swiftly down the
Riegsa noticed this. 'Gits,' he said. corridor that had been hidden behind
'Violent One. I can see no reason to the door all the time. The door closed
tighten any fists. Remember that we silently behind him.
have merchendise to deliever and the 'According to my calculations,'
best for us all is to travel in pe...' Riegsa said, 'that could just as well
'Shut up, Peaceful One!' Gits was be a peacefu...'
angry. He had been angry and quite 'Shut up, Peaceful One! Take your
violent since his wife, Eneri, was peace and shove it before I do it.
killed after she said 'peace' one time This is the real world and not an
too many. He told the police it was an imaginarily peaceful one! Don't you
accident, but everybody knew that it remember the prophecy?'
was Gits who put her in the microwave Trebor entered the room through the
oven. Why she married him in the first above mentioned door. 'Sir,' he said.
place, is one of the great unsolved 'They will come as soon as they have
mysteries of the universe. 'It's my dressed.'
duty to protect it.' He turned to 'I must say...' Riegsa started, but
Trebor. 'Swift One! Go and get the a look from Gits told him that he
Insanely Witty One and the French shouldn't continue if he wanted to
One.' stay alive longer than another ten
seconds. Riegsa had always been care- A problem so enormously huge that
ful and as peaceful as possible. When how he solved it is one of the great
he went to school, some older boys had unsolved mysteries of the universe.
beaten him up once. To prevent this He had forgotten to bring his laser
from happening more than that one gun.
time, he payed the boys $2 each every But that was not the only problem he
day to lay off. However, there were had. This other problem was at the
other boys who wanted to beat him up moment walking up the corridor.
as well. The yearly bribe expences 'Blackened is the end,' the problem
soon reached $400000. That's why he sang. 'Winter it will send, Throwing
had to take this boring job on the all you see, Into obscurity. Death of
space-ship: to pay the yearly $400000. mother earth, Never a rebirth,
This was also how he met Drag the Evolution's end, Never will it mend,
Insanely Witty One and Enireves the Never.' The problem was insane. It was
French One. called 'Drag the Insanely Witty One'
A light on a panel below the radar and was one of the greatest Metallica
screen flashed red. Gits looked out of fans in the galaxy.
the window. He could now clearly see Together with Drag was Enireves the
the approaching space-ship. 'If only I French One. Once, she was asked what
had a big enough microwave oven' he she saw in Drag. As expected, her
thought and tightened his fists even reply simply was that 'He makes me
further. He had to do it the hard way laugh'. Of course, this has nothing
this time. with the actual story to do whatso-
But he had a problem. ever. Therefore, I believe it is time
A BIG problem. to leave this subject and go on
telling the story. It was not the ultimate answer of the
The before mentioned door slid open big question about life, universe and
to allow Drag and Enireves to enter everything (42), but at least it was
the room. Drag felt uncompfortable. It an answer. The ultimate answer of the
seemed to him that there was something current situation they now were in.
wrong with his trousers. He looked 'I have never seen anything like it,
down. Backwards! but one thing is certain.' She said in
'Violent One,' he said as he her French accent. 'We won't stand a
entered. 'Peaceful One,' he said to chance against it when it comes to
Riegsa. 'Swift One,' He turned to arms.'
Trebor. 'Excuse me for a moment.' He Gits tightened his fists even more.
then disappeared into the lavatory. A The glass of coke he actually held in
minute later he returned with his it broke and all the coke was now in
trousers the right way, this time. the form of a big black pool on the
'You asked for us?' He asked as if usually so clean floor. 'I hate that
nothing had happened at all. space-ship,' he cried out. 'It took my
(Especially not with his trousers.) coke!'
'Yes,' Gits replied with a minute Drag quickly drank up the pool of
smile on his face. He turned to the coke from the floor.
window. 'There's this space-ship.' His A yellow light started flashing
fists were quite tightened. 'You are above the communication screen. Trebor
the expert on space-ships, Enireves. went swiftly over to the screen and
What do you think?' pressed a button.
Enireves studied the space-ship in a The screen was filled with a face.
split second and had the answer ready. It was a male, but it was impossible
to tell the approximate age of him. Not many minutes later, they could
'Hello there,' the face said. 'I am hear something being attached to the
Edorf the evil one. I feel a bit happy ship and the outer door being opened.
today, so I will give you two choices: 'Time to play hide and seek,' Trebor
Either you surrender and let us board suggested.
the ship, or we will blow you in 'Hide, seek and obliterate,' Gits
billions of small pieces.' corrected Trebor.
In a moment, it looked as if Gits 'But it's just to give them $2 and
untightened his fists, but surprising- they will lay off,' Riegsa said and
ly to none, he didn't. He tightened started walking towards the place the
them (as if they weren't tight enough) intruders most probably entered the
'I'll tell you,' Gits said. 'We ship.
haven't got much choice but to choose 'Riegsa! Come back!' Enireves cried
one of the two, and since I would like and started to run after Riegsa. Drag
a fighting chance to live a bit couldn't believe his eyes. Enireves
longer, I might let you board the ran straight into the hands of the
ship. Wether you succeed or not, is enemy! He could not allow it! He
your problem.' wanted to run after her and rescue
Riegsa approached the screen as her. But later. If he ran now, he
well. 'May I suggest,' he said. would be caught as well.
Gits looked at him. They heard footsteps closing in.
'If I give you $2, will you lay off, Riegsa's desperate attempts to talk
then?' Riegsa continued. his way out of the situation as he was
Edorf laughed. The screen flickered taken away. His voice was desperate
and the face disappeared. indeed.
They could hear Enireves scream. The and one of them is sitting on the loo
scream was fading away as well. They with his trousers down.
were probably taking all prisoners to 'Don't worry,' Drag said carefully.
the other space-ship. This would make 'Just let me put my trousers back on
the rescue even harder, but now they and I'll surrender.' Since Drag also
had to stay alive. was a Metallica fan, he just had to
The footsteps were closing in. sing a bit as he put his trousers back
The door slid open and a lonely on.
soldier stepped in. He wondered why HE When a Metallica fan hears somebody
was given the task to search rooms sing Metallica music he simply must
that seemingly were empty, all the sing, too, and so the soldier did.
time. He walked slowly into the middle 'Do you see what I see? Truth is an
of the room. He could see nobody. offence You silence for your
'I can't remember anything,' he sang confidence. Do you hear what I hear?
for himself. 'Can't tell if this is Doors are slamming shut Limit your
true or dream, Deep down inside I feel imagination, keep you where they must.
to scream, This terrible silence stops Do you feel what I feel? Bittering
me. Now that the war is through with distress Who decides what you express?
me, I'm waking up I cannot see, That Do you take what I take? Endurance is
there's not much left of me, Nothing the word Moving back instead of
is real but pain now!' forward seems to me absurd. Doesn't
A Metallica fan. He pushed the matter what you see Or into it what
button to the lavatory. The door you read You can do it your own way If
opened and...well, what can a soldier it's done just how I say. Independence
say when he is searching for prisoners limited Freedom of choice Choice is
made for you my friend Freedom of hope that somebody maybe would rescue
spe...' him made him fall asleep.
The song was suddenly cut off as But he woke up again quite quickly.
Gits had hit the soldier from behind. Not because it might be a bit diffi-
'Let me borrow your gun a minute,' he cult to sleep whilst hanging upside-
told the soldier as he tied his hands down 12 feet above the floor.
and put him in the loo. 'One shouldn't Neither was it because somebody had
leave the loo without flushing it,' he rescued him.
continued and quite soon, the soldier The possibility that he would be set
was gone. free was like nill.
But he still woke up. He was dead
--- --- --- tired. Wondering why he wasn't asleep,
he looked around, or at least tried to
Riegsa couldn't believe what was look a bit around. That's when he saw
happening. Bribing with $2 had always Enireves. Now, also hanging upside-
worked before. He had even tried with down 12 feet above the floor. She had
a massive $4 this time, but it still screamed when they put her up there.
didn't work. What had he gotten him- That's most probably why Riegsa woke
self into? up.
He had to make a plan. It could be 'Are you OK?' Enireves seemed a bit
any plan as long as it didn't involve concerned. 'You shouldn't have run
any violence. Making a plan whilst straight into them. You could've got
hanging up-side down 12 feet above the yourself killed.'
floor, isn't actually the easiest 'But paying $2 has allways worked!'
thing one can do, so he gave up. The 'These are pirates, Peaceful One.
They want the whole ship, not just $2. Suddenly, the chain in which
And to get the whole ship, they have Enireves was hanging started to move
to get rid of us, right?' along a pipe-line taking Enireves with
'Well...' it. She looked down at the floor. The
'And the easiest way of getting rid chain stopped just above a hole in the
of us is to kill us.' floor before it started to lower
'KILL us? Nah! They wouldn't do Enireves down into it.
anything like that. They will probably 'Riegsa,' she said in a desperate
just put us on a deserted planet or voice. 'What are they doing? What is
something.' going to happen to me?'
'Leaving us to starve to death.' 'I don't know, Enireves! I don't
Riegsa changed his face from a happy know!'
smile to a quite serious expression. Now just the chain in which Enireves
'You're right. We've got to get out was hanging was visible above the
of here.' floor. Smoke poured out of the hole.
'And how did you think we should do White smoke. 20 seconds later the
that? We are now hanging upside-down chain winshed her up again. She was
12 feet above the floor. We are totally covered with ice. She had been
hanging in chains. You can't possibly frozen.
open the locks, and even if you did, The chain in which Riegsa was
you would land on your head and break hanging in started to move...
your neck.'
'I'll think of something.' --- --- ---
'You'd better. Because I'd like to
see Drag again before I die.' The soldier just stood there
guarding the tube they had put up to instead of taking the bus. It was much
move from one of the space-ships to faster.
the other without having to wear 'Huh?' The guard wondered.
space-suits. He wondered why he always 'I'll surely outrun you,' Trebor
was the one who had to guard it. It continued.
was so boring. He was about to fall 'But I...' The guard tried. However
asleep when he heard a sound. He his try was not enough concidering
looked towards the place from where that Drag had moved in from behind to
the sound came. rescue Trebor. But Drag didn't have
He looked down on the floor. An anything to hit with. He tapped the
empty coke can. He picked it up. soldier's shoulder.
Looked back as if he expected someone 'Excuse me, sir,' he said. 'May I
to attack him from behind. He would borrow that coke a bit?'
have if he hadn't turned around. But The soldier who was quite confused
he did, so he couldn't and so he just gave it to him.
wasn't. In fact it was the other way 'Thank you, sir,' he continued and
around this time. Trebor who was given gave the empty coke to Trebor who used
the task to hit him from behind was it to hit the soldier quite hard in
quite surprised when the soldier the neck.
turned around. 'Wanna' race?' he 'Sleep well, sir. And before I
tried. forget, I believe you won't need this
After all, Trebor wasn't called 'the one anymore.' He took the gun and
Swift One' for nothing. When he was 3 dropped the soldier in the thrashcan.
years old he outran his father and (a thrashcan is a device that
when he began school, he usually ran thrashes the trash before it is auto-
matically thrown into the trashcan) situation was as it was in this exact
'Is that the hole we are supposed to moment, he just had to accept that and
climb through?' Trebor wondered. do whatever was best for him. That's
'Yeah? I suppose it shouldn't be too why he grabbed for the gun. However,
difficult. We'll manage. Where's there was a minor problem about that:
Gits?' Drag ran back and turned around The gun wasn't there.
the corner. The footsteps were now very close,
Silence. so close that Trebor actually could
There was so much silence that see the soldier who made the foot-
Trebor wished they had installed an steps.
air-conditioner to clean out all the 'No, no,' Trebor begged. 'I am
silence in the air. unarmed. Don't shoot. I am quite
But Drag used quite a while to get unarmed, see? (God, where are Drag and
Gits. Gits? If they come soon I won't pee in
Too long time. Gits' coke ever again and I'll become
So long time that Trebor wondered a mo...)'
where he had gone. As a reply, a couple of shots hit
He heard footsteps. If they had come the soldier that hadn't said a thing
from the direction Drag went, he would yet. Of course it was Drag and Gits
probably have believed it was him, but who now were back.
the footsteps came from the other '(... I'll become a motherfucker.)'
direction, so it couldn't be Drag and Trebor continued his prayer glad he
so he didn't think it was Drag either. had not finished the word before Drag
He grabbed for the gun. This was not and Gits returned. 'Where have you
what he hoped for, but since the guys been?' he asked.
'Gits had to visit the lavatory.' Gits took a step forward. 'Sir, I
'AGAIN?' suppose you would like to live just as
'So what? It was important. I'll long as we want to live?'
explain it to you later.' Edorf turned around. He had never
Then the three guys climbed through heard any prisoner talk like that
the hole, crawled through the tube and before. 'Yeah? Actually I will live
arrived in the other space-ship where longer than any of you. Ha! Ha!' His
some soldiers were waiting for them. laughter was the worst Gits had heard
'Oh! Oh! We're in trouble,' Trebor since he met Drag the Insanely Witty
said. One.
'Nah! We're not. Hey! You!' Gits Gits didn't look bothered about the
turned to one of the soldiers. 'Take fact Edorf had just stated at all. In
us to your leader. We have something fact, Gits was just waiting for Edorf
VERY important to tell him, and we are to stop laughing. In fact, he would
talking about life and death of the help Edorf stop laughing. 'Sir,' he
crew in this entire ship!' said. 'I have put a bomb in the space-
'Aye aye, sir!' was the quite short ship. I do have here...' Gits showed
reply of the soldier. Edorf a little box with a red button
After a few minutes walking they on it. '... the detonator. Of course,
finally arrived to the bridge where if I am shot, the bomb will blow the
Edorf the Evil One was waiting. He was ship to billions of pieces in exactly
looking out of the window when they one hour from now on.'
arrived. He didn't even turn around. Trebor seemed to have an idea. He
He just stood there. He said a single smiled a bit and started: 'So that's
word. 'Yes?' what you did at the lav...' he stopped
before he gave away the location of corridor and into a small room with a
the bomb. hole in the floor. Two ice cubes were
Gits continued. 'So, if you will be standing by the hole. Inside these ice
kind enough to let the others go, I cubes one could see bodies. One male
might be kind enough to let you live and one female. They were quite
a bit longer.' upside-down and looked remarkably like
Edorf was bitter. He could not Riegsa and Enireves. The ice had
believe what was going on. But as started melting.
always, he had his plans. 'Okey,' he 'You see,' Edorf said. 'He is trying
said. 'Jim! Go and melt the to make a new ice-cream that nobody
prisoners.' has ever tasted before. He needs a
A quite young soldier turned around secret ingredience.'
and left through a door in the wall. 'And that ingredience is us?' Gits
'Melt?' Gits wondered. suggested.
'Melt?' Trebor wondered. 'Well, not only you. Of course he is
And Drag just looked insanely witty. willing to pay for any humans that I
'Melt?' he uttered. should capture. It will be big money.'
Edorf smiled a bit. 'Yeah? They were The ice was now finished melting and
frozen some minutes ago. The plan was Riegsa and Enireves were free. 'You
to freeze you all and sell you to a made it!' Enireves cried and gave Drag
certain Nrojbsa.' a big hug.
'Nrojbsa? The Mad Professor? What Riegsa just looked a bit unhappy.
was he to do with us?' Gits looked at the box he was
'Let me show you. This way.' holding in his hand. He held it in
They followed Edorf through a long front of Edorf and pressed the button.
Through a little hole in the box, some 'Do you want a coke?'
water seemed to pour out ruining
Edorf's clothes. --- The End Of Part One ---
'It was a toy?' Edorf wondered. 'How
could you do this to me? Have you for-
gotten that I am still in charge here? Well, that was it for now. Slightly
I'll kill you!' confusing or quite normal? Never mind.
'I don't think so,' Riegsa said and I honestly am sorry not being able to
pushed Edorf into the hole in the release Part Two at the present, but
floor. due to a re-editioning of Part Two and
'What happened to him?' Gits looked Part Three, these episodes are cur-
at the white cold smoke that poured rently not available. But don't des-
out of the hole. 'Did he get cold pair. The next edition of Fourth
feet?' He paused. 'So, since we now Dimension will probably include more
have taken over this ship, we can just insanity from outer space. Trust that
as well...' Gits looked around with a Drag the Insanely Witty One (somebody
very surprised look in his face. claims his looks are), the Mutant
'Where did the Insanely Witty One and Microbe, Zealot or whatever you would
the French One go?' like to call this peculiar creature
Trebor looked down. 'They said some- whose noble name is Gard E. Abrahamsen
thing about trying out the beds here.' and whose brother isn't mentioned here
'I must say...' Riegsa tried, but a (why mention him?), trust that he'll
look from Gits told him not to give you nervous breakdowns forever.
continue if he wanted to stay alive Yeah!!!
longer than another 10 seconds. Gladiator/Cryptoburners


Another new feature in your favourite want to read about it.... don't!!! Here
diskmag is The Hobby Section. Here, are the 'Hobby Section' contents:
people can write about their hobbies,
spare time activities and so on. Some 82.......................Mountainbiking
of you might think this is just crap. 84.................The Manchester Scene
Who needs to read about other people's
hobbies? If you are one of the persons We hope you enjoy these pages. For our
thinking like that, you can at least next issue, we would be very glad to
not care too much about the world get more contributions to this section.
outside the Amigaworld.We want to give
you the chance to tell other people Until next time... Have a nice hobbyin'
about your special hobby, be it toe-
sucking, collecting used teabags or
whatever. Don't mind the swapperboys Blackstar/Cryptoburners
who only want to read gossip about - Managing Editor -
other groups, who joined who etc. The
world is more than Amiga, we try to
decrease that gap.

In today's hobby section, we are
proud to present articles about
Mountainbiking and'bout The Manchester
music scene. Again I say: if you don't

MOUNTAIN BIKING...¹ at the top end of the scale space age
materials such as titanium or carbon
In Fourth Dimension`s continuing fibre.
quest to broaden the lives of all you There are a lot of mock mountain
freaks here`s the first in a proposed bikes available which are not capable
series of articles on sport/leisure of real off road riding, they`re too
activities... heavy and unreliable. To buy a quality
I am sure most of you readers will bike you should look to spend at LEAST
already know what a mountain bike is 350 pounds (UK prices).
but for the benefit of those who don`t `So what does this sport involve?'
I`ll make a quick description, wheels I can hear you asking. Well, there are
are 26 inches in diameter (27 on road several variations on mountain biking,
bikes) and the rims are wider to caqry racing is popular and the atmosphere
the heavily knobblee fat tyres (1.5 to at mountain bike races is informal and
2.5(!) inches). Tubing is also thicker when I entered my first race I finished
and larger in diameter, real mountain around the middle of the field and beat
bikes have either 18 or 21 gear ratios a lot of older riders, and I only ride
and the rear changer is indexed (this for fun.
means that it clicks into place) for Of course you can`t enter races all
easier use. Flat handlebars are used the time and some riders don`t like the
with a low stem and the thumbshifters race scene. Weekend rides with friends
used for gearchanging are mounted next can be just as much fun. It`s generally
to the brake levers. A decent mountain agreed amongst mountain bikers that the
bike frame will be made from either best thing about the sport is off-road
lightweight steel cro-mo, aluminium or downhill riding. The adrenalin rush you
get from flying down a twisting dirt your crotch and the frame when you are
track at 40 mph is amazing. Of course standing over the bike. This is very
this is a dangerous sport and if you important if you plan on having kids!
are riding seriously it`s important to
wear a protective helmet which meets ³SECURITY... ¹In the UK at least over 50
either of the American Snell or Ansi percent of bike thefts are expensive
standards for cycling helmets. Most of mountain bikes. Get a `U-lock' when you
the available helmets are made from buy your bike. And don`t buy a hot bike
polystyrene and are therefore cool and either !
If you are thinking of buying a OK, you can discover the rest for
mountain bike then consider the points yourself, if you wanna write to me on
below... this subject then do so through the
³PRICE... ¹If you are serious about your
riding you`ll need to spend a lot of ªsigned: Firestorm of Technique.¹
money on your bike, don`t be tempted
to buy a cheaper bike because you are
¹paying for a bike which will resist ¢Thanx to Firestorm for this article. We
¹the mud and dirt you are going to ride ¢challege everybody who are into some
¹through and still perform perfectly. ¢sort of exciting stuff to write about
¹ ¢it here in Fourth Dimension.
³FRAME SIZE... ¹ Mountain bike sizes are ²Blackstar/Cryptoburners
¹not the same as road bike sizes, you
should have at least 3 inches between


No,not the Amiga scene, the music be on a small independent label rather
scene! Anyone living in Britain is no than a major so that they have more
doubt sick of hearing of `Manchester artistic freedom/control over their
Vibes' by now but I thought it would sound. However indie music is usually
be a good idea to explain this musical identifiable as being unconventional
trend to our foreign pals... and non-commercial pop or rock.
Manchester has a good record (ha) The sound of these bands varies
as far as quality music is concerned, from dance to psychedelic pop/rock to
The Buzzcocks, Joy Division (Now known indie. All the bands,however,share the
as New Order),The Smiths and A Certain same fans and often the same producers
Ratio all came from the city. and remixers are used.
Now a whole new wave of so-called Just as LSD fueled the original
`indie/dance crossover' bands have psychedelic music revolution back in
emerged from the city to take the UK the 1960`s so the drug Ecstacy (E for
by storm. I`m sure you`ve heard of the short) is linked to this scene (along
Happy Mondays and The Stone Roses, the with LSD).The chorus of `Shall we take
two most successful bands from this a trip?' by Northside is `L... S...
scene. Others include...The Charlatans D...'
Inspiral Carpets, Northside,808 State, Ian Brown, the lead singer of the
James,New Fast Automatic Daffodils and Stone Roses, was quoted as saying that
The High. his band were: `The only UK band worth
For those who don`t know the term exporting since the Sex Pistols'
`indie' refers to bands who chose to Although this statement is more
be on a small independent label rather hard to disagree with him. The Roses
than a major so that they have more are probably the most exciting thing
artistic freedom/control over their to happen to British music since Punk
sound. However indie music is usually and the high quality of many of the
identifiable as being unconventional other bands on this scene could mean
and non-commercial pop or rock. that this movement will be as big as
The sound of these bands varies the punk movement itself.
from dance to psychedelic pop/rock to If you want to check out any of
indie. All the bands,however,share the the bands mentioned in the article the
same fans and often the same producers following are all recommended...
and remixers are used.
Just as LSD fueled the original Stone Roses -Elephant Stone
psychedelic music revolution back in -The Stone Roses (LP)
the 1960`s so the drug Ecstacy (E for Happy Mondays -Wrote For Luck
short) is linked to this scene (along -Bummed (LP)
with LSD).The chorus of `Shall we take James -Come Home
a trip?' by Northside is `L... S... -How Was it For You?
D...' Inspiral Carpets-She Comes In The Fall
Ian Brown, the lead singer of the -Life (LP)
Stone Roses, was quoted as saying that The Charlatans -The Only One I Know
his band were: `The only UK band worth New F.A.Ds -Big
exporting since the Sex Pistols'
Although this statement is more Signed: Firestorm-TECHNIQUE
than a bit egotistical following their
disapointing `One Love' single it is

Blip Blop Banana investigates on:


ºThere has benn a lot of demos released inspired song I had heard on Amiga! The
lately with music and corresponding next few months were quiet until....
graphics making you feel like watching Budbrain Megademo with their Kaos demo
a music video. These demos have one and, to some instinct, the Birdie Nam
thing in common: They all contain Nam demo. The thing these demos had in
House Music! Some time ago a group common was that they were controlled by
called Titanics released a music-disk the music, not vice versa! I find that
with lots of acid/house music. This to be an improvement because the visual
was, in my opinion, the trend setter! and aural effects are much better timed
Some time passed and some groups like when executed in that order. As a house
D-Mob and Flash Productions released a freak, I must say that I am pleased to
few musicdisks with one huge song made see things developing like this! Me,
out of loads of samples. These songs Myself and I would love to make music
occupied an entire disk and lasted up for such a demo, maybe I will some day!
to 13 minutes. The real breakthrough I hope this idea will be brought up and
though, was the COMA-demo by Rebels! used to the same extent as e.g. filled
When I first saw it, I was amazed! It vectors. Credits go to Rebels for the
really looked like a music video, and idea and to Budbrain for having made
Static had done a great job producing the best 'music-video' so far!
some real funky deep-house music! That Peace, happiness and unity brothers!
was, at that time, the far best house- ðBlackstar/Cryptoburners

Blip Blop Banana investigates on¹

¡¢ Scrolltexts!

¹Since the dawn of intros, the makers clearly write their text on command! It
have had a need to express themselves is like the coder has just finished his
in some way or other! Some clever demo, the music and the graphics are
brains found out that the best way of ready and the mentality is: Hey, the
reading long texts without occupying demo is finished, let's write some crap
most of the screen, was to let the and release this demo! We need to get
text scroll across the screen! Now, back to the days when scrolling was a
let's look at some of the contents in little more than just a few KB of RAM-
these so-called scrollers. It seems to waste! Scroll-editors must consider the
have become a trend to write a very scrollers to be an art, not just some
long scroll-text. Nevertheless in some brainless crap conceived in a hurry! If
way or other, most of them seem to you have nothing to say, keep your
contain the same stuff: "The time is mouth shut! Remember, scrollers are
now 5.30 a.m and I'm very tired... " I supposed to be entertaining, and then
don't think I have to give any further it's little point in writing how many
examples on this. Anyway, how can a pieces of cake you've just eaten! That
demo, well programmed with good music isn't really interesting to other guys.
and graphics, still end up with such a If this scroller mentality continues,
boring scrolltext? The answer to that no-one will bother reading scrollers
is probably that most scroll "authors" anymore, and then it'll be to late.....
seem to lack self-critisism and they º - - -Blackstar Of Cryptoburners - - -

What's Wrong With Diskmags??¹

I have read lots of articles about may be! You get reviews, news, fun,
certain people who dislike diskmags! advertisements, interviews etc etc
The only thing I can say to this is etc.... You get to know about what is
why? happening on the scene that you
yourself are in. One problem with
I am sure, like me, many people who are them though is you never read the
on the Amiga scene receive lots of magazine twice, but you may come back
games every week but really I dont know to it just for reference!
many who actually play them unless they
are really good games. The intros by One more thing to mention is that some
the cracking groups are the only thing people say that it is the amount of
that I look at when I receive the game. diskmags on the scene that is going to
I will have got rid of the game after kill it. From my point of view this
one week of obtaining it as it is then certainly is not going to happen. Its
counted as old! true that there are a lot of diskmags
going around but its only the good ones
I do like other products especially that will get spread and the bad ones
demos but it is when I get diskmags will hardly make it therefore not
that I have the most enjoyment. They affecting the scene in any way.
give you lots of information you might
not know about other groups and it People should stop talking about
gives you views of other people you diskmags killing the scene but focus
might know or not know as the case peoples attention on the real problems

of the amiga world. A few of them HOW TO WRITE ARTICLES
being the police, fights and wars ---------------------------------------
between groups and some other things The best thing is to write the article
like the amount of shit democomps going as an ASC-II textfile using 2 columns
around and crap productions. and 38 characters in each column. Each
page is 25 lines down and 80 chars
Diskmags will not kill the scene off across. If you follow this format, you
but maybe improve upon what has not will save us a lot of work. Of course,
always been good.... you can write the articles on a letter
as well, everything is possible. If you
Even after this article you still don't have any graphics you want us to print,
like diskmags then the only thing for use the following format:
you to do is not to read them!!!
MED. RES, 16 COLOURS, 640x225 Pixels.
Turmoil of Abakus.
If you want to contribute with music,
you can use any musicprogram, but then
you must remember to include the replay
Some well chosen words there from routine along with the song. Because of
Turmoil of Abakus. Are there anyone out memory restrictions, the song must NOT
there with views that differ from these be longer than 100KB!!! Otherwise we
in any way? If so, why don't you tell cannot use it! If we receive many songs
us about them? After all, if no-one are we will chose the one we think fits the
interested in diskmags, our work will mag best.
be of no use, right??? Blackstar, managing editor!


¹Are you a member of the perhaps best ºQUALIFICATIONS:
¹group in your country? Would you like ---------------------------------------
¹to give the world a fair view on your -ð You must be member of a good group,
¹country, concerning news, rumours, ð preferably the best in your country.
¹facts, etc? Then we have a job for you - You must have access to news and
¹in Fourth Dimension. We would like you ð rumours from your home country.
¹to do the following things for each -ð You must be willing to write a few
¹issue: ð pages every second month. (Not much!)
³1. Some country news! º "SALARY":
³2. Some scene reprots from your home ---------------------------------------
³ country. Changes in the scene etc. ð- You will get every issue of Fourth
³3. Other essential things about your Dimension BEFORE release date!!
³ country.
¹ Sorry, we can't pay you hard cash, we
¹We are searching for people who would are not making any money on the mag.
¹like to do a good job. We need a fair
¹and objective view on every country. We are especially seeking editors from:
¹If you are the right person for this ---------------------------------------
¹job, contact us NOW!!!! ªNorway, ²Sweden, ªDenmark, ²Finland, ªItaly
¹ ²Germany, ªHolland, ²France, ªBelgium, ²USA,
¹Note to other diskmags: ºWe think you ªAustralia, ²Austria, ªSwitzerland. ²Others
ºwill copy this idea. Please, ³DON'T!!!! ² are welcome too!

Interview with Jetaza of Vision!¹

¹What is your name and what are your ªHolland, Canada and Germany.
¹functions in Vision?
¹Do you prefer mail or modem swapping?
ªI'm JETAZA of VISION and Im a modem-
ªtrader, Spreader, Swapper and ªModem trading is the best and fastest
ªOrganizer. ªway, but I like them both. That's why I
ªswap too!
¹How old is your group?
¹Name your favourite:
ªI'm not sure how long, but Vision ¹Cracking group: ªParadox
ªstarted on the C-64, and we started ¹Demo Group: ªScoopex
ªall the things over in June last year ¹Trainergroup: ªAdept
ª(After mega-demo I ofcourse on Amiga). ¹Coder: ªTsm & Cj/Vision
ªI joined Vision together with Stingray ¹Musician: ªB10/Vision, Prime Time,Jochen
ªand many others, but we (Stingray & I) ª Hippel, Romeo Knight.
ªare the only ones left in Vision of ¹Graphician: ªFacet/Vision
ªthose guys who joined in June 1989. I ¹Magazine: ªZine, Disc, 4th. Dimension.
ªthink we've been about 15 months in
ªthe scene. Vision are: Jetaza, Tsm, ¹What is your opinion about "wars" and
ªTdb, Facet, B10, Stingray, Spread, ¹has your group ever been in one?
ªCapt'n Crunch, Crackerjack, Psycho,
ªMissile Man, The Running Man and ªBurp! Urgh! That's the answer! Ha!Ha!
ªMeridian. That's all! We live in USA, ªNo, I don't like them and I really hate
it when it's between friends and I can I'm not gonna write the best groups,coz
tell you that there are enough wars in some will be pissed and others'll start
the scene and I'll keep it like it was crying. There are enough cool guys here
We have never been at war with anyone! so visit some parties here too!

¹What's your opinion about copyparties? Do you like trainers?

ªI like them only when they're cool and Yep, I like them, but I never play any
great, so you can expect me when I can games at all.
find some time! I'll try to come to
Scandinavian parties next time, but it ¹Do you have any boards? Name them...
ªis too hard for you when you work etc.
Panic Zone (Vision WHQ) 617-444-4338
¹What is the most important thing for ª Turk 51 Zone(Vision EHQ) +31-10-4296515
¹you, cracking or demos? ª Twins BBS (Vision CHQ) 514-766-3533
Defcon 5 (Vision HQ) 206-427-5849
Both, but cracking is not a problem.
Originals are the problem.If we really ¹Who are your best friends in the scene?
ªwant, we can buy them from the fastest
suppliers around, but NO WAY! We just Pff... I can say Vision-members are the
cracked Zeppelin's World Soccer! best friends you can have and I won't
(There's no intro, but we cracked it!) make a list of my friends but everybody
knows he's a friend and I can say that
¹Name the top groups in your country.ª there are a lot of them!
What do you think about the Swedish Any last words?
group ADEPT?
ª Yup,thanx to Aggressor for interviewing
They can make nice trainers and learn me! And a message to you all DO NOT
from their mistakes! No comments about believe those fake addresses of Vision.
this! The addresses are mentioned below where
the only mail-contact-address of Vision
¹How do you feel about software selling ª is. There are ofcourse more addresses,
but they are private! The addresses are
Selling software (Legal or illegal) is
not what we want, but it's useful when Vision HQ Vision
you can buy originals for the money. P.o. Box 61280 P.o. Box 358
Some guys only want to become rich but 3002 HG Rotterdam 5460 Veghel
I don't care about that, so let's go Holland Holland
to the next question....
Ofcourse I wish Cryptoburners good luck
¹Have you had any problems with police? ª with their great magazine (Thanx - Ed),
we're also working on one but I dunno
Nope, but please everybody. Write my when it'll come. And remember:
address like It'll be mentioned later
and write the p.o. box READABLE. This VISION -Born To Be Cool!
gives me a lot of problems, so if you -Often imitated - Never equalled
haven't heard from me, write the add- -Discover The Difference
ress better, especially the p.o. box
number! Thanks! Also remember: "U Can't Stop Up!"


During my holiday I spent some time in ªEditors comment to this letter!¹
Oslo, and there I spotted one of the -------------------------------
traitors from the Police-raid in I am very sorry to disappoint you, NEF!
Drammen this easter. Previously it has The computer store behind the city hall
been known that slime from BJ in Oslo is actually Tanum Data (Or, as
Electronics participated, but this it says on the sign, Tanum Computer
creep works for a shop called City Center!) The guy you're talking about
Computer Center. (The Commodore store is also an emplyee at Tanum! CCC is
behind the town hall in Oslo!) In your located 2-3 kilometres away from this
2nd. issue you called upon people to place! In addition, CCC has closed down
boycott BJ and Tanum, and buy your all business for now! Rumours say they
stuff at CCC instead. The boycott MUST are planning to open the largest
from now on also include CCC!!!! If software store in Scandinavia. Whether
you don't believe me, then look or not this is true shall remain a
through Crusaders slideshow from the secret. So, dear readers, there is
incident, and find the guy with the absolutely NO reason for boicotting CCC
SS-mark on his shoulder. That's the as they do not (at the moment!) exist!
one! Feel free to check this out. (And Anyway, thank you for having tried to
then throw a bomb through CCC's follow up on this matter, we shall not
window!!!!) stop you from throwing bombs into the
ðNef/ESA ¹ windows of Tanum Data.

Look at next column for comments.... ðBlackstar/Cryptoburners


HOW many times have you looked into is removed, you will soon look like
the mirror and asked yourself : "why Tom Cruuse, jASSon Donnowann and Me.
am I so ugly?" According to statistics PLEASE note that in the first Amiga
released recently, you do this 5 times 500's that were prodused, this chip
every single day!!!! was not installed, that's why I am so
THE reason why you are so ugly is, pretty. The name of the chip to pull
ofcourse, the Amiga. Hours and hours out is "Golf GTI"
every day with computing does not PLEASE note that users of Amiga 1000
actually make you look nice, but most mutate a bit when they boot kickstart!
of you can accept this, since people (Jackmix has had one for 4 years, that
with a computer habbit really aren't should explain everything)
the most popular people at parties and
BUT you may ask, "why does the
computer make me ugly?", and I have
the answer!! At the meeting we had two
days ago, I discovered that I was the
was the only good looking person in
our group. And after opening up some
Amigas, I knew why; inside the Amiga
there is a little chip that destroys
your face and the ozon-layer. If this


Are you interested in making a diskmag better. There won't be any obligations
but you think it's too much work in to your group, except that you give
starting one? Are you planning to make good contributions to each issue. We're
a diskmag, but you're not quite sure especially searching for groups from
whether the scene really needs more of Germany, Holland, Switzerland, Austria,
them? Would you like to work for one France, England, Australia, Denmark or
of the already established diskmags? from USA, but others are free to send
If the answer to some of the questions their applications as well. Of course
above is yes, then here's what we want your group will be equalled to CRB when
you to do: credits are concerned. The co-operation
is only bound to this mag, you have no
We in Fourth Dimension are searching other obligations towards Cryptoburners
for groups to join our diskmag. We are or any other group whatsoever. So, if
searching for one or two groups who this sounds interesting, send your
would like to do their part of the job application including the following
in making this diskmag even better. We points to the Fourth Dimension HQ:
¹want people to help us not only with ð - Your groups name, members, and how
¹articles, but also by making graphics, ð many are interested in working.
¹music and so on. We don't want Fourth ð - Your home country (HQ).
¹Dimension to be a Cryptoburners only ð - How many musicians/graphicians/Coders
¹production, because when more people ð - Earlier experience from diskmags?
¹work on something, one gets a broader ð - Status in the scene and homecountry.
¹view of the scene, thus covering it ð - Other things worth mentioning.


Bei ungefähr Paaschenzeit in 1989 hatten Cryptoburners bestimmt, daß wir
wollten reißen zum der Kopie-Partei in Arendal. Es hat ein morsames Tradition
gebliebt, zu photografieren shwartz-weißes Bilden von jeder Member, befür wir
steigen in in dem Zug, die geht vom Bergen zum Oslo jeder Tag. Daß tun wir
jeder Mal wir reißen beim Zug zusammen sein. Wenn wir reißten ZUM Arendal
schedden das nicht viel. Wir mußten warten für den koresporrendirendes Zug
in Drammen in ungefähr zwei Stunden, und natürlichweiß war es früh um den
Morgen am ein Sonntag, so wir müßten an dem Boden in der Bahnhof schlafen,
weil wir hatten gemacht viel Brach in den Zug um den Nacht, und hatten dafür
nicht shläfen so viel. Wir hatten es gemütlich mit dem Kortschtokk, die wir
spielten 'DAS IDIOT' mit. Seiten wir hatten genommen den Zug, müssten wir
gehen vom die Järnbahnstation. Wir hatten geglaubt daß es war in Arendal das
Partei sollte gehalten geworden. Aber die Platz war an einem Öy nicht fahr
vom Arendal. Aber wir müßten bähren die Computern vom das Zug und zu Arendal
Zentrum. Dann müssten wir nehmen ein Fährge über zu dem Öy gekallt 'Hisöy'.
Dann müssten wir noch ein mahl bähren die Bagasche ein stücke weitere. (So,
wasimmer du tust, nicht nehm dem ZUG zu Arendal dieses Jahr! Es gibt ein
Brücke, wie du kannst fahren mit Automobil über.) Nach dem Partei sollten wir
natürlich reißen zurück zu unseres Heimstadt Bergen. (Das hier war in dem
gülnen Tagen, wenn CRB nur war ein kleines Gruppe mit nur acht Mitlemmen. Und
nur die evigen nummer Zwei, immer geschlagen bei des grösses Gruppes IT. (Wir
sagen nicht daß wir jetzt sind best, daß tut ein Norwegishen Zeitung für uns.
Ohne Bezählungen fon uns!!!)) Daß gebleibte nöyachtich die sammen Wäg zurück
wie wir hatten gekommen an. Selbstgesagt müßten wir noch einmal warten für den
korresporrendierendes Zug. Dieses mal war es ein wenig vieler Leute an dem
Bahnhof in Drammen, und das gab uns ein lachterwechendes Episode. Eine kleine
Mann kam bort zu uns. Er hatte ein grösses rotes Nase, und omgeträntlich
keine Zähner. Wir sah das er unmöglich konnte während sauber. Er singte für
uns, und hatte ein vernögliches Zeit, sah es auß wie. Wohl, wenn wir nehmten
der Zug weiter zu Bergen, waren wir so trötten, das wir absoluttlich schlafen
müssten. Aber in der Front des Wagens, gestandete daß ein Kasse. Und in daß
Kasse gab es sich eine grausames Katze. Es miaute und miaute, so wir nicht
Schlafen gekommten. Wir bekommten nicht (jedenfalls ich) Schlafen bevor es
war 45 minutten Zurück von dem 8 Stunden lange Reiße.
Dafür sage ich euch: Eine Reise beim Zug kan üble Folgen nach sich
ziehen. Wenn es beider Autos und Flugzeuge gibt, sollt man lieber diese
Reiseangebote wählen.

Geschreibt auf ein CRB-Mitlemm,
der einmal war erst genevnten
in der Mitlemmslißte.

Wir wollten nur sagen, daß dieses Artikkel NICHT geschrieben ist, um die
Deutschen Leute zu beleidigen. Es ist nur noch ein Beispiel von dem un-
glaublichen Humor der 4th Dimension...ÿÿe


Does something more helpless than a wide-eyed on a demo flimmering over the
complete beginner in a computer- screen, and he has totally forgotten
store exist? He (or sometimes she) the Oric, which he was so enthusiastic
nods to kilobytes and RS232, serial over six years ago. But he remebers
and modem, as he understands every one thing. The prices when the bottom
word, while his eyes are widely fell out of the market, and the sales-
open of freight and he dries away men stumbled in each other in the
the perspiration from his forehead. desperate try to sell out the products
The smart one tries with "I before they went bankrupt. While he
want a computer for my son," and gladly spends big money on "indispensa-
that he has heard about something bilities" to the car, boat and home,
called "Commandore" and "Spekktrum". his Adam's apple acts like an elevator
By the last word he unveils that the in his throat when he hears the price
little knowledge he has, not is very for an Amiga plus monitor plus-plus,
updated, and the salesman manages to let out the Archimedes he just dribbled
hide his grin behind his hands. If a pool onto.
the customer also says "Oric" or Back to basic, to the Commodore 64
"MSX", the poor salesman has to go and to the "son", which he forgot for
to the backroom for at least five a moment, in the middle of super-
minutes to let out the laughter. graphics, RISC, multitasking and VDU.
When he returns, the potential cus- in the perplexity he perhaps returns
tomer stands by an Atari looking to the Oric, so that the salesman
for the second time he has to ex- genuine sample of the brand. A Snotty
plain that that kind of computers he whelp rushing through the store, while
has to go to the junkyard to find. the smiles are turning to deadly hor-
Of course, he could be of the ror grimaces on the lips of the sales-
easy-to-persuade kind, which now is men, and the father turns his normally
in a state of being receptive to any blind eye to Hulk Jr.
suggestion from the salesman of - I want a '64, coz' Neil and John
which computer to buy. Something have got!
which may result in the customer Well, OK. Since that is what he
leaving the store overloaded with wants, that is what he'll get. After
equipment, while the salesman hums the Father with son has left, the
a little to the beautiful sound of salesmen wonder whether it was worth
the cash register, and glimpses to- it, as they wipe of snot from Joy-
wards the decreasing pile of PC's sticks, Atari-keyboards and game-
no longer in demand, then gives him- covers. And they are dreading the
self a slap on the shoulder. But next day (2 days after if they're lu-
the result can as well be that the cky) when the creature with his father
customer leaves witout buying any- hangling on, returns to claim that
thing at all. Maybe he'll return nothing works.
in another six or seven years to And the worst ones are NOT those
ask for the Amiga that fell last who only had forgotten to turn on the
year. power. The worst is the father who
If you think that the customer managed to get a blue screen, and then
with an imaginary son is bad, just free and easy wrote to his all-knowing
wait until you meet the one with a computer: WHAT IS MY NAME?
The answer, ?SYNTAX ERROR, does he neighbour, his sister-in-law or his
claim is not his name, and even dog - well, maybe this last one pays
though the salesman is struggling a visit, but then definitively not
not to say what he wants to say to buy software, hardware, or, just
(That he thinks the answer is per- to mention it, a stereo, but to leave
fect), this is the start of a pat- a "visit-card" with the greetings from
ient explanation, which, at best, the owner. Just so that he can claim
makes the customer sense a very that he was right about this being a
small stream of light in the end "shit-store".
of the large and frightening dark Then thanks for the patient one,
tunnel. At worst he returns in two who don't make any problems, but nods
hours, even angrier, and demands a and thanks to everything you say. And
"new computer". who pays without hesitation like
Here comes a difficult choice. good customers are supposed to. And
Should one take the extra efforts with whom you can have a bit fun if
delivering a new computer demands, you want to.
or should one insist on the com- -Huh? That one shouldn't have re-
puter being perfectly all right venge on these for other's being im-
(if it is). possible? Well. Perhaps. But who
In case one does the first, said that anything is easy? We don't
one have no guarantee for the live in a perfect world!
seance not repeating itself, but
if the customer rejects the de- Author: Ingar Knudtsen
mand, this customer may not ever Publisher: NDM
return to that store. Nor his Translation: Bimbex/CRB

clear, because it is obvious that i
ç²Ask dr.Heatseeker¹ç can't answer a quesion like «My
scroller is flickering, what do i
Are you one of those who have a do ?», so i write it again, ³MAKE SURE¹
demo to code, and you can't get any ³THAT THE PROBLEM IS UNDERSTANDABLE!¹
futher because there is something Well since this is the first time
that is absolutely correct coded, this article is present in 4D, there
but dosen't seem to work ? Or you has not been sent in any questions,
have just started you career as a and therefore i will now write a tip
coder, and have trouble with how to of how to make some games/demos, that
make a certain routine ? Or if you dosen't work with a standard 512kb
have any trouble at all with coding, Amiga, to work without having fastmem.
just send a letter to me (Heatseeker) This is in most cases not possible,
telling me about your problem, and i but in some cases, the makers of the
will do my best to answer you, and program dosen't check if it works
publish the question and the answer in without fastmem, but just suppose it
the next issue of 4D. Ofcourse i will does so, but it dosen't. There is two
not answer any silly question, like : or three main reasons whow such a
«How do i make a demo» or «What is thing can happend. The first is the
copper» or any other silly question problem with the stack. If you have
that is too stupid to be answered.And fastmem, the stack is automaticly put
i will not answer any question that into fastmem, along with Exec and some
may lead to criminal actions.(Like how other stuff like the disk buffer and
to crack a game, or rip something from programs that doen't require chipmem.
a game!) Please make your question Now if there is no fastmem, all this
have to be in chipmem. If a demo/game WO, and write it as en object file.
is crunched. It will use more memory This is very easy to do, and if it
than the crunched file that is loaded does not work, try to do it once more
in. If it uses memory as low as $10000 with these lines added before the
or lower if may overlap the stack. first line :
This will ofcource have serious move.w #$7fff,$dff09a
consequences for the program, which move.w #$7fff,$dff09c
uses the stack all the time. Now the
you fix this is to either set the
stack at a lower or a higher address Now this is not necessarily the way
then the demo/game uses, and this must to fix this. And now I will use an
be done before it starts decrunching. example. The game Damocles was brought
Many cruncher has the ability to set to me as an onepart version.And it was
the stack, but if this is not the case crunched with the Tetra cruncher(mega-
here is how to do this (only with a crunch), and used all memory from $800
crunched file) : to $7ffff. And most crunchers starts
the decrunching with the highest
lea $7fff8,a7 address. In this case from $7ffff to
Buffer: blk.b $20000,0 $800 (In other words, descending).This
way, a program loaded into a lower
Now we put the stack pointer to address then the decrunching address,
$7fff8, and the program length is will not overlap the uncrunched file
$20000 bytes. Now assemble this (using while decrunching. Now the problem is
seka), and use the option RI ri read that an object file is normaly loaded
the demo/game into 'Buffer'. Now type into round about $18000 when no
fastmem is present, in other words, a move.w d0,$dff09a
file that is to be decrunched at a move.w d0,$dff09e
lower address than round about $18000 lea CopyPrg(pc),a0
will not work, because the crunched lea MoveAdr,a1
part will be overlapped by the lea Buffer(pc),a2
decrunched part while decrunching MovLoop:move.l (a0)+,(a1)+
before it has finished decrunching. cmp.l a2,a0
This is no problem if you have fast- bmi.s MovLoop
mem, because the decrunched part will move.l a2,a0
be loaded into fastmem and decrunched add.l #$20,a0
into chipmem. The way to make such add.l #PrgLen,a2
programs work with 512kb Amigas is to lea CopyTo,a1
move the decrunched part to a lower jmp MoveAdr
address then the decrunching address CopyPrg:move.w (a0),$dff180
(plus the length of the decruncher) move.l (a0)+,(a1)+
before it starts decrunching. Now here cmp.l a2,a0
is a source of how to do this with bmi.s CopyPrg
the game Damocles (one part version) : jmp CopyTo
Buffer: blk.b PrgLen,0
CopyTo=$810 Now all you have to do (if you have
MoveAdr=$7fc00 the one part version of damocles) is
>extern 'df1:damoc.exe',Buffer,PrgLen to assemble this source,and type Y and
move.w #$7fff,d0 return, and the damocles file will be
move.w d0,$dff096 loaded into 'Buffer'.
Now you write it as an object file. Please note that a program that
If you wish to use this source in returns with error code 103(not enough
another program, all you have to do is free mem) can not be fixed the way I
to change the name and 'PrgLen' have use in this article, these ways
(program length) Well, this is very will only work on some of those who
simple to do, but it is better to do show a software failure, or a total
this than to have a program that system crash. But I can give you a
dosen't work on 512kb Amigas. And few tips in how to fix the error 103.
you don't have to be a coder to do (even though most of you know these
this (That's why i've tried to explain ways) You can use Add21K (or Add44K)
it as simple as possible).The Damocles and try to have as few files on the
source can be found on this disk in disk as possible. And try to start it
'Sources' directory. from workbench with as few icons as
In the beginning of this article, I possible (or use the runback command
mentioned a third reason why a program followed by endcli) All the files
that dosen't necessarily need 512kb Add21K, Add44K, RunBack and EndCli is
but dosen't work with 512kb Amigas. present on this disk.
And that is if the program uses The reason why i write all this is
libraries and is located at such a low that many people give up trying when
address, that it overlaps the pointers they get a program that dosen't work.
to all the ROM libraries (If you have There can ofcource be many other
fastmem, all these pointers lies in reasons, but here I eliminated some of
fastmem, and then there is no problem) them. And a program the really needs
Well, there is not much you can do,but more that 512kb can ofcourse not be
this is a rare problem. fixed for 512kb machines.
If you wish to have your problem
published in the next Fourth Dimension ¢ ?????????? ¹
just write to the address below. ¢ ??????????????
¢ ????? ?????
ð HeatSeeker/Cryptoburners ¢ ???? ????
ð Ivar Just Olsen ¢ ??????
ð Mobergslien ¢ ???????
ð 5200 OZ ¢ ?????
ð NORWAY ¢ ????? ¹

And I will not answer a letter ¢ ????? ¹
saying «Do you want to swap ?» ¢ ?????


1990 seems to be the filled vectors- program and started to study the
year. Everybody wants to make filled lines. Then I saw that the lines
vectors. Therefore, I have got a lot didn't always hit the ending point of
of phonecalls the last months from the line (X2,Y2), and this happend if
people making filled vectors. All of the angle of the line was between
them ask the same question: How do I -22.5° - +22.5° or between 157.5° -
fix the corners of the surface after 202.5° (2*DeltaY < DeltaX). To fix
filling it? I got this question three the corners, I tested if 2*DeltaY
times the last week, so I decided to was less than DeltaX. If it was, I
write about it here in Coders subracted Y2 (or DeltaY) by one.
Corner. That may be done by adding only four
Also I got this problem while coding lines to your linedraw-routine.
my first filled vectors routine. This is only one of the many methods
First of all, as most has found out, to fix this, but this is one of the
all lines must be drawn in only one easiest. The absolutly easiest
direction, e.g. down (Y1 < Y2), and method I know of, is to always set
with LF-code $4a. After filling the the SIGN bit and set both BLTAMOD
surface, horizontal lines normally and BLTAPTL to 2(2Y - 2X). But this
appear to the left of some corners. gives rather ugly lines, so I prefer
The reason is that the corners are the former method.
made of three points instead of two In case you didn't understood a word
points. I removed the filling from my of what I tried to explain, I've
written a linedraw routine on the
next page. If you have a better
method to fix the corners, or you
have a better linedraw routine,
please send it to this address:

ðSteinar Midtskogen
Svenskerud 127
Preload: d0=X1 d1=Y1 d2=X2 d3=Y2 d5=Screenwidth a0=address a6=$dff000
$dff060=Screenwidth (word) $dff072=-$8000 (longword) $dff044=-1 (longword)¹
draw: cmp.w d1,d3 cmp.w d2,d1
bgt.s line1 dbhi d3,line3
exg d0,d2 line3: move.w d3,d1
exg d1,d3 sub.w d2,d1
beq.s out bpl.s line4
line1: move.w d1,d4 exg d2,d3
muls d5,d4 line4: addx.w d5,d5
move.w d0,d5 add.w d2,d2
add.l a0,d4 move.w d2,d1
asr.w #3,d5 sub.w d3,d2
add.w d5,d4 addx.w d5,d5
moveq #0,d5 and.w #15,d0
sub.w d1,d3 ror.w #4,d0
sub.w d0,d2 or.w #$a4a,d0
bpl.s line2 waitblt:btst #6,2(a6)
moveq #1,d5 bne.s waitblt
neg.w d2 move.w d2,$52(a6)
line2: move.w d3,d1 sub.w d3,d2
add.w d1,d1 lsl.w #6,d3
addq.w #2,d3
move.w d0,$40(a6)
move.b oct(PC,d5.w),$43(a6)
move.l d4,$48(a6)
move.l d4,$54(a6)
movem.w d1/d2,$62(a6)
move.w d3,$58(a6)
out: rts
oct: dc.l $3431353,$b4b1757

ðJust finished typing in the program? Well, for your information, this source
is to be found in the 'Sources' directory!...
¢ Optimizing tips & hints¹
ð Article written by Panther of Active.¹

In this article I'll try to give you some useful hints on how to make your
routines run faster. I think the Amigapeople at SEGA should read this
article! (I've always wondered how they manage to get four bobs in 4 planes
32*32 to run every 2nd frame!! And the black outlines... Too little sleep?)
Let's start... The blitter is, as you all know, the fastest datamanipulator
to be found in the Amiga. But ONLY using the blitter isn't always the
quickest method. Let's say you've made a bobdemo and you need to clear the
screen each frame. Don't use the blitter only! Use both blitter and the
processor, like this:
(a6 points at $DFF000, waitblt waits for the blitter finish signal)

move.l #$01000000,$40(a6)
move.l #clear_area,$54(a6)
clr.w $66(a6)
move.w #64*y+20,$58(a6)

OK, now the blitter is working. In X amount of cycles you'll have no access
to the blitter. During that time, clear the last part of the screen with
the processor:
Clear all dataregs with MOVEQ #0,Dx
and all addressregs with MOVE.L D0,Ax. except A7, point it to the clear
destination. Remember to save A7 before since it contains the stackpointer.
Now use MOVEM.L D0-D7/A0-A6,(A7)+ to clear. And don't use loops to repeat
this MOVEM! Have as many MOVEM's as you need to clear the last part of
the screen in memory! To get the best result using this method, see to that
the blitter doesn't finish before the processor and vice versa!

When optimizing loops it's good to have in mind that using as many internal
68000 regs as possible gives faster code. Also, not all blitter regs
has to be set each time. Look here:

move.l #-1,$44(a6)
move.l #$09f00000,$40(a6)
move.l #blitsrc,$50(a6)
move.l #blitdest,$54(a6)
clr.l $64(a6)
move.w #64*2+20,$58(a6)
dbf d7,loop

Let's say you have regs D0-D3 and A0-A2 free. The above routine could look
like this instead:
move.w #64*2+20,d1
move.l #blitsrc,d2
move.l #blitdest,d3
lea $50(a6),a0
lea $54(a6),a1
lea $58(a6),a2
move.l #-1,$44(a6)
move.l #$09f00000,$40(a6)
clr.l $64(a6)
move.l d2,(a0)
move.l d3,(a1)
move.w d1,(a2)
dbf d7,loop

Always avoid having the source and/or the destination as immediate data.
The next best way is to use an addressreg pointing at $dff000, and then by
offsets addressing all DFF-regs. But still,this means the processor has to
read a displacement word to get the offset. The fastest way is by addressing
indirect without offsets! When blitting big objects this kind of optimizing
isn't always required. But when making i.e sinusscrollers it's a good way
of saving cycles. (Also, when making sinusscrollers, remember to set
blitternasty and skip the blitterwaits! And NO loops!)
Also avoid the usage of the MUL/DIV instruction inside loops (and outside
them!). If possible, fix a table instead! NEVER use MULU/DIVU when you can
shift instead (all sums with the potency of 2, that is; 2,4,8,16 etc).

Well, now a list over some MC68000 optimizingtips in general;
(Thanks to Merriman/Active for the following tips!!)

------------------- ------------------
lsl.w #1,Dx add.w Dx,Dx

lsl.w #2,Dx add.w Dx,Dx
add.w Dx,Dx

add.l #1000,Ax lea 1000(Ax),Ax

and.l #$0000ffff,Dx swap Dx
clr.w Dx
swap Dx

bsr routine bra routine

bsr routine pea loop
bra loop bra routine
move.l #0,Ax sub.l Ax,Ax

D0=16+y D0=16-y
rol.l D0,Dx ror.l D0,Dx

clr.l Dx moveq #0,Dx

Well, that was all I had to offer you this time!
Hope you've found some parts of this article interesting (the end, eh?)!!
If you have any questions, remarks, or if you just want to exchange
experiences feel free to write me some lines!!

Write to: ²Karl Brostrom ¹ Or call: Sweden / (0)90 / 191710
² Kopparvagen 45 C ¹ ask for Karl!
² S-902 43 Umea

³PS: Jackmix makes the best sausages (and the cheapest)! Long live Jackmix!¹


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