why the demoscene has inspired me

As someone who works in an almost completely digital environment, I can’t help but feel fascinated when watching a demo. The idea of people trying to constantly push the graphical abilities of computers to their limits is inspiring to say the least. In this digital age, the computer has become a part of everyone’s life and, for the illustrator, it is nothing more than a tool. Digital imaging has pretty much reached its limits in its current form.

Digital animation, however, is still developing and, while a demo doesn’t share that much with a clip of mainstream motion graphics, there are certain common elements. The most important one is, I believe, the fact that the digital provides for animation that would be impossible if it were to be hand-rendered.

This concept has inspired me to try and explore the potential of After Effects as a program as much as possible, taking advantage of the fact that the limitations that would apply to my work if it were to be hand-rendered do not exist in the digital realm.

But enough talk. Here are some of my favorite demos:

Keep in mind that if some of them look very low-fi, it is either because a) they are a few years old or b) they have been limited to work with certain fairly old engines (Amiga for example) and as a consequence are not allowed to exceed a specific byte size.

ASD – HAPPINESS IS AROUND THE BEND

Definitely my favorite as, apart from simply demonstrating beautiful visuals, it also includes a narrative that a wider audience can relate to.

CONSPIRACY – CHAOS THEORY

This masterpiece consists of only 64 kbytes worth of information.

Some other interesting ones:

KEWLERS – DEVOLUTION

UNITED FORCE VS DIGITAL DYNAMITE – BEHIND THE CURTAIN


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