Oh, the awkward steampunk-esque beauty of ageing German industrial areas. Fire coming out of chimneys, odd old buildings falling apart. Yes, once again Das E-Werk in Saarbrücken was the place to be at for Revision 2018, the undoubtably largest demoscene (and Amiga scene) party, as usual held at Easter. And now, two months later, it is time for one of these updates that I would assume very few people actually read.
However, Revision was visited by your personal Depth heroes The Hardliner and Curt Cool, plans were made and stupid ideas discussed, beers were drunk and niceties were exchanged. So, basically, everything was more or less the usual, but in a good way. Many of the old farts – er … friends – were about, yet a little more youthful madness and drunkenness might have made it even more fun. But what’s one to do at 42?
Curt did however also participate in the Nah-Kolor intro Centaur which came third in the Amiga intro competition. He also released a little music, coming in 6th in the tracked music competition with the 4 channel/8-bit “Tax Haven Dry Hump” (now, how is that for a title?) and 8th in the old skool music competition with “Robot Bar” made with own sounds designed and calculated with Blueberry’s Cinter soft synth.
The Hardliner also released a little tune in the streamed music competition but with limited success, thus we shall not dwell on it here. Now, let’s see if these Depth people can come up with something for their 25th anniversary? Or just celebrate in silence? We will see! You will see, indeed.
ps. Curt did a little party report in Danish.
Or just merry xmas and a massively delayed TRSAC update. Because Mr. Cool and Mr. Presence attended TRSAC again this year. In fact, they went straight to hell. And had fun. And beer. As usual, Curt released some tunes. And wasn’t particularly succesful, regarding achieving golden, silver or even bronze ducks in the competitions. And thus is a victim of racial and musical bias. And is allowed to cry and complain about it on social media.
I mean, competing against all these other white males who does much more modern electronic music. It’s so hard these days, being old and out of fashion. A good kick in the balls would probably suit him.
But of course, you like these tunes. Or maybe you don’t, but depth.org provides you with the opportunity:
Skanxx Loucid (made at TRSAC, disqualified for the acid competition)
Technologueology (actually made for Revision but released at TRSAC streaming music competition – came dead last)
Hell Well Hidden (came 4th in the tracked music competition)
This aside, Curt also managed to contribute to Chiperia 8, with the tune The Sickening. And says merry christmas with this conversion from a mod from 2001.
Same procedure as every year? Could be, though Revision is not quite Groundhog Day as of yet. People even seem to be getting older and nobler, at least judging by looks, though we can’t be quite sure regarding their behaviour and mentality. Anyway, once again, Mr. Cool visited Revision 2017 during Easter (yes, Easter tradition it is) and even brought some releases himself. In the close races of the music competitions, he made 7th place in the 32k Newschool Executable Music Competition with “Quaint Love” (which is really 3k, using Oidos VST by Blueberry/Loonies – and Renoise), 9th in the 32k Oldschool Executable Music Competition with “Cintustrial” (which is really a 2.4k Amiga exe, using Cinter VST by Blueberry/Loonies – and Protracker) and 7th in the Tracked Music Competition with “Firerider” (Protracker module). Not to forget, him & Cytron also contributed to Chiperia #7, the latest issue of the fine and all-Amiga-scene-dominating chippack, you all love. As the sole member attending, some greetings to my Swedish, Dutch, Croatian, German, Norwegian, Danish, Belgian, French, Finnish, British, Hungarian, Swiss and Polish friends. The demoscene is really way less bureaucratic than the EU, you know. And you can have beer and even give away beer there and people might even like it. So who cares about the rest? Ah, wait …
Oh my… It’s been a while, though not a while of total inactivity on our Amiga scene behalf. To take your mind off America going mad (or being haxxored), here’s some impressions of TRSAC 2016, from the dear Mr. Cool who (in the company of Presence and many other friends) attended this very traditional Danish autumn demoscene event as usual held in the beautiful city of Århus. Which he as usual did not see much of, being caught up with a bunch of farting, drunken nerds who seem to be very good at producing children these days – not at the actual party though. He also had the pleasure of being part of the winning oldskool demo, Badabing by Focus Design (Amiga AGA) though with a module (that’s a piece of music in Amiga 4 channel format, ed.) that Corial had dug up from the most deep, dark and faraway basements of a shady past. He also released a module in the tracked music competition, entitled Scared Shitless, which came 4th in the competition. Not too sad, considering his general inability to stand up (caused by heavy vodka inebriation) set in right before the prize ceremony. On another note, he and Cytron had chiptunes in Chiperia #5 and Chiperia #6, working with Amiga scene legends as Dan, Facet and Blueberry. So get watching and take your mind off the orange haired mushroom cloud, some fools have elected. Or alternatively, just have some pepperschnaps.
Ahem, yeah, that headline is a load of b*ll*cks, isn’t it? But the truth remains still. A very small part of it to be revealed here is however that Curt & Cytron was at Revision 2016. For Mr. Cool, this was quite usual, whereas it was splendid to see Cytrons comeback (says Mr. Curt, who benefitted from Cytron keeping fairly sober and being able to escort Mr. Cool to wherever he can’t remember now due to some intake of something). Naturally, we met with our good demoscene friends in Insane, Chiperia, Loonies, Moods Plateau, TRSI, Traktor, BooZombies, Pacific and surely plenty of others – even had one or two beers with them (each person). We also RELEASED something, as this party saw the long awaited release of Coolism 2, featuring code by Skurk, music by Curt Cool, graphics by Corel/Insane (cough, cough, Sprock) and text by various Depth members. As if that wasn’t enough, Cytron decided to release a new celebration of our love for the dear Darkhawk/IRIS, “I Still Love Darkhawk” – it didn’t fare too well in the streaming music competition and neither did Curt’s “Ghost City Street” (in the tracked music competition) or “Back in Space” (in the old school music competition using Blueberrys Cinter VST Softsynth). But we think they’re mostly awesome anyway. Though the authors will be guillotined shortly. Although Curt had a little success as he did the music for “Revolution” by Nah-Kolor which came 2nd in the Amiga intro competition. Anyway, thanks to the organizers and everyone for yet another great party. Stay in Awesome, don’t join Tired.
It has been that time again, as in TRSAC time, which means that Curt Cool & Presence went to TRSAC in Aarhus. This year, the party had grown a bit, which means that about 150 people from all over Europe were present. Curt was awarded silver and bronze ducks for his efforts “Underpants Funk” and “Sail Ho, Spaceship” (executable music with sounds created with Blueberry’s Cinter resulting in a 1972 bytes amiga exe) and was also in the GERP spinoff chippack from The Chiperia Project. Once again a well organized party with a friendly atmosphere, nice meeting you again friends and leek aficionados. Stay off the chili-schnapps, it will burn your brain (if all the other stuff doesn’t).
And check out Mr. Cool’s Youtube where you can find some mods and other stuff from past years – not necessarily put up there by the man himself.
As it did not seem possible to transport our dignified luxury middleeaged bodies to Sweden this time around, we had to participate some other way – so Mr. Curt composed the music (using Cinter, Blueberrys VST softsynth) for the Loonies 20-year slideshow “Painted Memories” which came third in a rather long Amiga demo competition – and participated in chipmusic competition with “Hip Skip’s Hip Chips” (try and say that quickly after 15 beers). Thus, I (Curt) was there in spirit – hopefully next time, Blueberry, Corial and the rest!
Ah yes, there was this demoparty back in april … It was called Revision and was held in Falling… Bing…. ah no, Saarbrücken (prostitution capital of Europe). Curt Cool is a regular at these things, and this time chose to fly to Luxembourg (which is quite close to Saarbrücken) and meet up with a certain Crown/Cryptoburners who he is involved in making AMP with. So, him & Psycho/Loonies went to Luxembourg on a cheap flight with a very small jet with room for 50 people, and later on Crown drove them to Saarbrücken.
At the party place, there was … beer! And women! And thus ends the party report … No, wait:
As such, Curt wasn’t really planning anything, but had brought a 4 channel mod, which came 7th in a very tight competition with some quite awesome people. He also found time to make a shitty oldskool executable module using Blueberrys quite fabulous Amiga OCS/ECS VST synth and another one for this 4k intro by BooZombies – thanks Adellan & Super-Hans for letting me in on it, because, regardless of its position in the compo, it was actually pretty fine. Always a pleasure!
Also, of course, greets to the Amiga table – Bonefish & Psycho, Blueberry, Triace, Novel & the Moods band, Santa, Virgill, DJ Joge, Hoffman and all of those (most) I forgot to mention or was too drunk to remember now.
Aye, Craptain! DEPTH does quantity – or rather, Presence made a challenge for Curt Cool at TRSAC 2013: Make 5 competition entries for the competitions at TRSAC 2014 – but Presence suffered a shameful defeat (what a disgrace), since he only managed to release 0 (zero) productions – whereas the dear Mr. Curt made no less than 5. Most prominently, the demo Spiked & Spiced by Focus Design (3rd) featured music by Mr. Curt. He also released tunes in the executable and oldskool music competitions (2nd and 4th) and really pathetic stuff in the freestyle graphics and photo competitions. He also won the beer and schnaps drinking competition, he had with himself, making this another awesome party. Cheers to EVERYONE there. No less. Travelling compatriots. And the orga-nice-rs. Sweet men in navy uniforms. Mmmm. Wait, there’s a scene.org link.
Ah, some Norwegians visited a Norwegian party. Now there’s something new. Skurk suffered a fit of activity and released something. Now there’s … No, wait, it actually happens sometimes. Maybe some more to come, who knows? Anyway, I (mr. web editor) am told that it was “an awesome party” which I indeed believe it was. However, I was away from the family the week before at some random Danish festival and was thus not able to attend since family also need time sometime(s). To see whatever might have been released (at Solskogen), you could, for instance, go this way. Or if you don’t wanna, just get wasted on something and imagine it.