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.deMOSZENE

Outreach

So you’ve heard something about the demoscene. You know that it’s a collection of highly talented digital artists from around the world who produce mind blowing demonstrations on all sorts of computer hardware.

Now you want to know more.. more about the demos and about the people behind them, but you don’t know where to start?

Well you’ve come to the right place!

Us dedicated people here at Demoscene Outreach have all joined up for a mission.. a mission to spread the gospel of the demoscene to the entire world. Whether you’re an artist, a designer, a musician, a programmer or just someone who appreciates the special brand of underground digital art that the demoscene has to offer, we’ll tell you everything you need to know. And once we’ve taught you all that we can, we’ll show you how you can take things to the next level and get involved yourself!

We’ll be bringing you news and in-depth articles as well as pointing you at the very best that the demoscene has to offer. What’s more, all this content will be geared towards you – the newcomer to the demoscene. Take our hand and stick with us, we’ll look after you!

And now that you’ve found us, stay tuned! We’ve got so many exciting things that we’re just dying to tell you about..

[Demoscene Research] Demoscene music thesis

We just added a detailed abstract of Brendan Ratliff’s MA thesis on tracked demoscene music. The author, known to demosceners as “Syphus”, produced an extraordinarily well-written introduction into tracked music, its history and technologies, its specific correlation with demoscene ethics, and its survival in the age of MP3. While originally defended in 2007, it was put online by the author only recently. We highly recommend it as a sound and enjoyable introduction into the subject. You can find the abstract, alongside with a link to the PDF version, in our bibliography at http://www.kameli.net/demoresearch2/?page_id=4
[Submitted by dipswitch]
Posted by ALiEN^bf on Wed 10 Jun 2015 | Hits: 1168 | Read/Post Comment: 0 |

Kultura Gier Komputerowych 3

[ Demoscene Research ] Kultura Gier Komputerowych 3
The Kultura Gier Komputerowych 3 conference was held in Poland on May 23–24 at the University of Łódź. This time the theme of the event was “Behind the Scenes”, which lured also demoscene researchers in. See the full program here. Our representatives Markku and Gleb were there, in addition to which Patryk Wasiak and Paweł Grabarczyk […]
[Submitted by BitBot]
Posted by ALiEN^bf on Sat 30 May 2015 | Hits: 1156 | Read/Post Comment: 0 |

Got papers?

[ Demoscene Research ] Got papers?
“GOT PAPERS?”: a new project launched with the aim to digitise and preserve material artefacts of the cracking- and demoscene – digital subcultures from the early era of home computing whose productive output was/is mostly digital and thus rather well-preserved, yet its substantial non-digital output (magazines, flyers, stickers and such) is largely scattered through private […]
[Submitted by BitBot]
Posted by ALiEN^bf on Mon 04 May 2015 | Hits: 1303 | Read/Post Comment: 0 |

Some PETSCII Art

[ Demoscene Research ] Some PETSCII Art
Added Text-Mode and the Live PETSCII Animations of Raquel Meyers – Finding New Meaning through Live Interaction by Leonard J. Paul. The article was published on Leonardo Electronic Almanac in 2013 and it discusses the live character-based performances by Raquel Meyers, also known as AcidT*.
[Submitted by BitBot]
Posted by ALiEN^bf on Wed 15 Apr 2015 | Hits: 1336 | Read/Post Comment: 0 |

More piracy-related papers on IJoC

[ Demoscene Research ] More piracy-related papers on IJoC
International Journal of Communication has just published another “special section” on piracy. One of the articles, Crack Intros: Piracy, Creativity, and Communication, written by me, Patryk Wasiak and Daniel Botz deals with the origins and characteristics of crack intros.
[Submitted by BitBot]
Posted by ALiEN^bf on Sat 28 Mar 2015 | Hits: 1141 | Read/Post Comment: 0 |

Textual Demoscene

[ Demoscene Research ] Textual Demoscene
Added Textual Demoscene (2015) by Piotr Marecki, an online report published by The Trope Tank. The paper focuses on various kinds of text found in Polish demoscene productions.
[Submitted by BitBot]
Posted by ALiEN^bf on Sun 01 Mar 2015 | Hits: 1252 | Read/Post Comment: 0 |

Forgotten pioneers of demoscene research?

[ Demoscene Research ] Forgotten pioneers of demoscene research?
Usually, George Borzykowski’s 1996 study “The Hacker Demo Scene and Its Cultural Artifacts” is considered the first scholarly treatment of the demoscene as a phenomenon in its own right. However, without questioning the pioneering character of Borzykowski’s work, it appears now that demoscene research is older than assumed. The German sociologists Roland Eckert, Waldemar Vogelsang, Thomas A. Wetzstein, and Rainer Winter conducted a study of “computer freaks” in 1990, and published their results in a collective monograph, “Auf digitalen Pfaden. Die Kulturen von Hackern, Programmierern, Crackern und Spielern”, the following year. In the chapter on the cracking scene, they dedicate several pages on the back-then new phenomenon of intro coders, graphics artists and musicians within pirate groups beginning to care less about the cracked games and more about producing standalone intros and demos. The authors see in this development a potential for a new form of digital art, and they introduce the term “demoscene” as a self-description by the scene’s participants. Read a detailed summary of this forgotten pioneer work in our bibliography.

[Submitted by BitBot]
Posted by ALiEN^bf on Thu 19 Feb 2015 | Hits: 1833 | Read/Post Comment: 0 |

Piracy issues

[ Demoscene Research ] Piracy issues
We’re not going to try and include all piracy-related publications here, because it’s a different sandbox after all. Having said that, the topic is surely interesting to many of our readers, so here’s a link to the brand new issue of Popular Communication (1/2015) with the topic Piracy and Social Change. In addition, just came across a similar “special section” on the International Journal on Communication: Piracy Cultures (find it under “more special sections”).

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Posted by ALiEN^bf on Sun 15 Feb 2015 | Hits: 834 | Read/Post Comment: 0 |

Scene-related conference in Poland

[ Demoscene Research ] Scene-related conference in Poland
The School of Media and Audiovisual Culture at University of Lodz will organize a conference with the theme “Behind the Scenes” on 23–24.5.2015. More details and the CfP can be found on their website. This could be a nice opportunity to meet your demo researcher peers in person.
[Submitted by BitBot]
Posted by ALiEN^bf on Mon 02 Feb 2015 | Hits: 1094 | Read/Post Comment: 0 |

Demoscene Research - News

[ Demoscene Research ] Europe in 8 Bits
A recent documentary movie on the chipscene: Europe in 8 Bits. Available for purchase as DVD/BD or through a streaming service.
http://europein8bits.com/

[ Demoscene Research ] Four new titles
We’ve added a few new (and old) titles/abstracts to our ever-growing bibliography: Two German books on the 1980s cracking scene by Christian Stöcker (2011) and Matthias Horx (1984), a brand new paper on a C64 cracking/importing group from Peru (!) by Eduardo Marisca (2013), and a recent book chapter on games circulation in late-socialist Czechoslovakia […]

[ Demoscene Research ] Um Papel
Quite an extraordinary discovery this time: a Brazilian paper on demos by Emmanoel Ferreira and Abel Duarte, published at the VIII Simpósio Nacional da ABCiber (2014). The first ever demo article I’ve seen in Portuguese.

[ Demoscene Research ] New Blood Joins This Earth…
We’re happy to announce that we have a new editor who will help us speed up the updates – Antti hasn’t had much time lately and Markku has been quite burdened, too. Now Gleb has joined the crew. He’s currently doing his postdoc at the University of Zurich with a focus on software piracy. Expect […]

[ Demoscene Research ] Broken links fixed
Thanks to Brian Qiu who pointed out some broken links. Now most of them should be ok again. There are some changes looming ahead in the near future, but more on that later.

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More information about the exhibition "SCRIPT FILMS"

The exhibition SCRIPT FILMS - Type as Image in Movement is currently running in Karlsruhe, Germany, and will go on tour to Liverpool in 2014.

- Here's the full list of demos which are shown at the exhibition.
- Here are video stills of all shown demos.
- Here is the official exhibition teaser at YouTube.
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Posted by ALiEN^bf on Thu 21 Nov 2013 | Hits: 2076 | Read/Post Comment: 0 |

Exhibition: SCRIPT FILMS - Type as Image in Movement

SCRIPT FILMS - Type as Image in Movement: http://on1.zkm.de/zkm/stories/storyReader$8527 (or "SCHRIFTFILME - Schrift als Bild in Bewegung" in German) is an exhibition currently running at the ZKM | Museum of Contemporary Art, Karlsruhe, Germany, where demos from the following groups will be shown: Black Maiden, Bypass, Chorus, Cryptoburners, Equinox, Fairlight, Neuro, Northstar, Phenomena, Sanity, Scoopex, Super Swap Sweden, Triumph and Vision.

Through multiple digital possibilities, script can go beyond its function in the mediation of information and is increasingly gaining an autonomous, aesthetic status. Analog or digitally based films or film fragments are referred to as script films, whereby moving, animated, graphically designed and, above all, script set to sound play the main role.

The exhibition "SCRIPT FILMS" leads to places in which we encounter moving script: artistic productions, but also feature films, advertising, music videos or media facades in cities. The project "SCRIPT FILMS" represents an attempt to compile, typologize and publically present classical popular as well as lesser noticed and frequently difficult to access script films from twenty countries dating from 1895 to the present.

The exhibition enables visitors interactive access to script films: they can select the films and the kind of performance themselves. The exhibition is arranged as a mobile archive. The presentation at the ZKM provides insights into cultural and media developments, offers retrospectives and diagnosis of the present, but also outlooks into the media future, not least in the interactive media.

The project "SCRIPT FILMS" is collaborative project between the ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe and the Experimental Media Lab (xm:lab) at the Saar Academy of Fine Arts, FACT Foundation for Art and Creative Technology Liverpool and Goethe Institutes worldwide.
[Submitted by Bobic]
Posted by ALiEN^bf on Sun 17 Nov 2013 | Hits: 2140 | Read/Post Comment: 0 |

Kunst, Code & Maschine - new demoscene book & interview

Daniel Botz, a researcher at the Institute for Arts and Education at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, has written a book about the demo scene. In his book, entitled as "Kunst, Code und Maschine" he looks from a scientific point of view at the scene, their productions, different art styles and everything else, which makes this one the most comprehensive study ever about the demoscene. 428 pages are filled with tons of background information, exciting stories and tech stuff and even people who are familiar with the demoscene will find lots of interesting stuff in there.

"Kunst, Code und Maschine" is a book in German language covering an international phenomenon with a likewise international discourse, predominantly led in English. Writing in a different, native language or a technical terminology with local tradition often enables more precise statements, but not without inavoidably building a language barrier. To give the international reader an outline of the book's content, here is a commented table of contents in - roughly translated - English.

BitFellas .deMOSZENE spoke to Daniel Botz, author of this book. You can read the interview here.
[Submitted by Bobic]
Posted by ALiEN^bf on Sun 04 Sep 2011 | Hits: 7884 | Read/Post Comment: 0 |

Join us at the Metalab in Vienna. Again!

Speckdrumm invites you to another demo scene outreach event at Vienna's hacker space of choice, the metalab! The event will be held on June 18th, cover coding, gfx and music topics as well as scener-compatible partying afterwards. For more information check out the official event site.
[Submitted by paralax]
Posted by ALiEN^bf on Mon 09 May 2011 | Hits: 3779 | Read/Post Comment: 2 |

A demo-related thesis published

A demo-related licentiate thesis called "Computer Demos - What Makes Them Tick?" was published on June 14th. It deals with the various practices and artifacts of the community and connects them to other historical developments. Downloadable here: http://www.kameli.net/demoresearch2/reunanen-licthesis.pdf
[Submitted by Marq]
Posted by ALiEN^bf on Wed 16 Jun 2010 | Hits: 7858 | Read/Post Comment: 2 |

SIGGRAPH wants your demos!

SIGGRAPH has a new program (since 2009) where real-time graphics are shown before the SIGGRAPH Electronic Theater, on the big screen in the biggest room in the convention center. The intent is to become the showcase for the best real-time graphics, just as the Electronic Theater is the showcase for the best prerendered graphics.

If you're interested in submitting your demo, visit http://www.siggraph.org/s2010/for_submitters/live_real-time_demos. The deadline is April 28th, so there's just about a week left.
[Submitted by ryg]
Posted by ALiEN^bf on Tue 20 Apr 2010 | Hits: 3584 | Read/Post Comment: 0 |

Demoscene @ 22nd Filmfest Dresden

The Filmfest Dresden focuses mainly on short fiction and animated films but recently opens up for new media as well ... and so for the gems of the Demoscene ...

Here are the details: Demoscene @ 22nd Filmfest Dresden - Tue. 2010-04-20 - Sun. 2010-04-25

Innovations: Demoscene
Thu. 2010-04-22, 8.00 PM, Kleines Haus 3 - Fri. 2010-04-23, 3.00 PM, Kleines Haus 3

The programme is featuring:
- Elements / Haujobb
- Doomsday / Complex
- Nine / Reflex
- IX / Moppi Productions
- Memories from the MCP / Brain Control
- FR-055: 828 / Farbrausch
- Lifeforce / Andromeda Software Development
- Chromosphere / SQNY
- Youscope / TVT
- Stargazer / Orb & Andromeda
- Elevated / TBC & RGBA
- Blunderbuss / Fairlight

Address:
Kleines Haus (Staatsschauspiel Dresden)
Glacisstraße 28
01099 Dresden
Germany

More Info: Filmfest Dresden: http://www.filmfest-dresden.de/
Stefan Pautze a.k.a. Felidae / Reflex
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Posted by ALiEN^bf on Mon 12 Apr 2010 | Hits: 3392 | Read/Post Comment: 0 |

Outreach Seminar Videos available now!

The seminar videos and all the additional stuff resulting from our Outreach event in November can now be downloaded here!
[Submitted by paralax]
Posted by ALiEN^bf on Sat 12 Dec 2009 | Hits: 2139 | Read/Post Comment: 0 |

Join us at the Metalab in Vienna!

As part of a group gathering in Vienna, Speckdrumm are organizing a scene outreach party on November 14th 2009 at the metalab hackerspace. We'll be starting at around 2pm with an open demoshow, have some scene related talks by fellow sceners and a party at night. Mind that the wiki site linked here is only in German but I've set up an English thread for the event on the Bitfellas forum for you!
[Submitted by paralax]
Posted by ALiEN^bf on Thu 08 Oct 2009 | Hits: 3095 | Read/Post Comment: 0 |

Assembly 2009 Viewing Recommendations

Once again Helsinki has played host to the mighty Assembly demoparty. Held between August 6th and 9th, Assembly is the largest combined demo and LAN party of the year. This year the entries were both impressive and plentiful, but we've managed to narrow things down by choosing just 15 of our favourites to show to you

Click here to see our recommendations
Posted by evilpaul on Mon 24 Aug 2009 | Hits: 3171 | Read/Post Comment: 0 |
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