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REVIEW: Amiga Demo’s Volume 1 (DVD-5)

With a thumping menu track, Amiga Demo's Vol1 is a more appealing way to watch some classics of yesteryear!

Here is one DVD you can share and distribute without fear of a threatening letter coming through your door about copyright infringement.  Before reading the rest of this article, if you have no idea what the Demoscene is, then you should read this first.

Those of you old enough to remember the Commodore Amiga range of computers will hopefully look back at those times with happy memories of “Guru Meditation“, games on 3.5″ floppy disk and most importantly the demoscene.

At the time when the Amiga was emerging in the marketplace as THE computer to own, many a shop had titles from the demoscene proudly displayed in order to show off the machines amazing graphical abilities.  At the time PC’s were still struggling to produce respectable looking titles and if they did it requried a rather expensive piece of kit.  This is where the Amiga sold.  For a reasonably low price you were getting GFX which would require a second mortgage’s worth of PC equipment if you wanted to make them even near to playable.

Whilst it was true that the Amiga’s eventual failing was its 3d performance (and cheaper PC hardware giving way to far more advanced titles, 2d wise the Amiga could not be matched and the fact that the custom chipset also included a rather advanced sound (for the time) you had no worries about drivers, sound cards, speakers or CGA,EGA,VGA….

So that was the niche in which the A500 (in the main) and other models of the Amiga range found themselves.  True, along the way, we delved into a Spectrum revival (of sorts) with the smaller A600, but the “one stop shop” computing experience of the machines made them desirable and popular.  We even touched on a little Windowseque type incompatibility with some versions of the Kickstart having compatability issues with some software.

I digress (as is often my way) the public domain scene and in particular demo’s were always popular and some people made a very good living from selling disks containing this material, sending it out in shiny new jiffy bags via snailmail.  Oh, the “good old days” before the Internet boom!

So now we look at this DVD-5 release which clocks in at around 110 minutes and showcases some very good titles from the past.  The author J.Tramiel has put everything together very well in order to make this disk a simple case of “push in and play”

There are many demo’s on show here with my personal favourites being the work of the Polka Brothers. Picture quality is good however don’t expect a HD experience since there is a lot crammed into 4.4gb.

You can get a copy of this DVD from The Pirate Bay, but let me assure you, these demo’s are made to be distributed for free, they were released years ago and I expect the creators will be very pleased to see this revival in them.

The demo’s featured on this disk (all via a traditional DVD menu) are as follows, with the running time being approximately 110mins for the entire disk, presented in 4:3:

9 Fingers – Spaceballs

Aphrodisae – Haujobb

Arte – Sanity

Authentik – Skarla

Braincell – Union

Cyberlogik – Sector 7

Explorer – Delight

Friday at 8 – Polka Brothers

Jesus on Cheese – SHITTS

Man on the Moon – Faculty

Mindabuse – Limited Edition

Mindflow – Stellar

Napalm – Floppy

Nexus 7 – Andromeda

Paradisio – Drifters

Radiation – Vertical Syndicate

Reflexity – Sector 7

Rise – TRSI

Roots 2 – Sanity

Symbolia -Access

Synergy – Sector 7

The Breath of the Muse – Chrysis & Poseidon

The Prey – Polka Brothers

Wit Premium – Freezers

http://thepiratebay.org/torrent/3500025/Amiga_Demos_DVD_-_Volume_1

or you can find it on Usenet (alt.binaries.demo-scene.ibm-pc) here

Please seed this disk when its finished if you choose the Bittorrent option.  Help revive (or keep alive) the Amiga demo scene and just as importantly, this great release from J.Tramiel.

Links of interest

If this disk (or review) has you interested in the demoscene, there are plenty of great resources for more material.  Almost every platform has a demoscene (in various sizes) and you could do far worse than getting yourself over DTV to see a host of old demo’s from yesteryear and the modern ones as they are released, without having to worry about some of the demanding high specs that some of the modern demo’s require.

SLAYradio – Home some great scene music! http://www.slayradio.org/home.php

DemosceneTV – The Youtube of the Demoscene! http://www.demoscene.tv/

Scene.org – News and archive of scene releases: http://www.scene.org/

Pouet.net – More news and scene releases: http://www.pouet.net/

I hope these get you interested in a very creative and entertaining aspect of computing.

Goblin – bytes4free@googlemail.com

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8 thoughts on “REVIEW: Amiga Demo’s Volume 1 (DVD-5)

  1. This left the Amiga world in a state of flux where users had to rely upon each other to keep their machines running.

    Posted by Computer Speakers | May 31, 2010, 11:54 am
  2. What I really liked was the C64 Demoscene, did you ever see Hal’s Demo? It was totally awesome. I should check, it’s probably on The Pirate Bay too.

    Posted by The Mad Hatter | May 31, 2010, 5:16 pm
  3. Havent seen the Hal demo, but at the time of the C64 I was of the Spectrum 48k ilk…..I didn’t jump on board with Commodore until the Amiga.

    I’ll check it out and have a look!

    Posted by openbytes | May 31, 2010, 5:41 pm
  4. I started leeching this torrent as soon as Goblin named it on Twitter, yet I gave up because only one person is seeding it. Before one is able to seed it, one needs to leech it. Which will take days.

    My advice to the author of this interesting DVD is: please set up a gratis Google page, where you provide the ISO9660 image as a download.

    In the meantime I can provide an extended version of Red Sector / Data-Becker DEMOMAKER. A Commodore-Amiga 68k application to create your very own DEMO’s and Intro’s yourself. The package consists of the following disk images:

    DMART.ADF : Additional artwork by Michellin ZX Radical
    DMBOB.ADF : The BOB editor
    DMLOGOS.ADF: Additional Logo’s by Michellin ZX Radical
    DMSYS.ADF : The System (Workbench) disk including the main program
    DMKVEC.ADF : The Vector editor

    The size of the entire package is only 1.3 MB (tar.bz2) and is carefully tested under UAE (Unix/X11)

    To create your own Logo’s I recommend DPAINT IV and for your own music ProTracker. Unfortunately I can’t provide disk images of these (corrupted), but I bet they are available on the Amiga Forever distribution.

    If you want Demomaker, just drop me an e-mail and I will send it as a attachment:

    ml2mst AT gmail DOT com

    BTW, at the time of C64 I was using MSX

    Cheers ;-)

    Posted by ml2mst | June 1, 2010, 12:23 am
    • HI Marty!

      It’s a pleasure to have you visit again. It has been very remiss of me not to visit you on your site.

      Re: RSI demo maker – Great recommendation for those who want to create demo’s for the A500 but have no coding experience.

      For me I booted up Devpac2 assenbler to get back into 68k asm…..its surprising how simple it was…

      Dpaint 4….I was a 3 user at the time (and am now, although UAE affords me a harddisk file which allows me to have a wealth of paint packages……

      At the time of the C64 I was a Spectrum user!

      Kindest regards

      Goblin.

      Posted by openbytes | June 1, 2010, 5:53 pm
      • Yo Goblin,

        You wrote:

        “It’s a pleasure to have you visit again. It has been very remiss of me not to visit you on your site.”

        Oh well, I read most of your postings via e-mail, yet frequently visit your site (to read the responds to your articles).

        My own blog has become very boring. I hardly write any new articles.

        You wrote:

        “RSI demo maker – Great recommendation for those who want to create demo’s for the A500 but have no coding experience. “

        It most certainly is. I made some pretty cool intros for my Landline BBS and later ML2MST CB Packet Radio BBS with DemoMaker.

        You wrote:

        “For me I booted up Devpac2 assenbler to get back into 68k asm…..its surprising how simple it was…”

        Indeed I spotted that on Twitter IIRC. Freaking cool mate ;-)

        You wrote:

        Dpaint 4….I was a 3 user at the time (and am now, although UAE affords me a harddisk file which allows me to have a wealth of paint packages……

        Dpaint 3 is fine too. I only wanted to guide artist how to make their own logo’s. Any version of Dpaint will do just fine ;-)

        I’ve also seen you wondering where the DEMO scene is inside the GNU/Linux community. Unfortunately I can’t give you the answer. All I can say is that I produce ALL my songs using Tracker Editors, which is a sub-scene of the DEMOSCENE, that started on the Commodore-Amiga decades ago.

        With kind regards,

        Marti

        Posted by ml2mst | June 1, 2010, 7:27 pm
  5. Quote “My own blog has become very boring”

    It hasn’t but if ever you wanted to write here, you’d always be welcome!

    Ah the days of the BBS…….remember them well! Happier times….things were so much simpler. I understand that the Amiga was as popular in your country as it was in mine….shame Commodore never managed to sustain that momentum, otherwise today we would be talking to each other on Amiga’s!

    Posted by openbytes | June 1, 2010, 7:40 pm

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