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The Secret Life of Mr. Black by orange
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release date : august 1997
release party : Assembly 1997
compo : pc demo
ranked : 2nd
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popularity : 73%
  • 0.83
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alltime top: #401
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I am a woman, my wife is a man! It's orange, it can't be bad... they got a different approach to demomaking, that's what makes them unique, you either like them or loathe them. I like them I can't help it. And this demo is one of their most representative works. So you better watch it.
added on the 2000-08-21 15:45:35 by sin sin
one of my favourite demos.. i love it.. dune rulezZ! orange rulezz!
added on the 2000-08-22 02:09:56 by mrdoob mrdoob
This is a kind of demo you love or hate. I must be a strange man, since I hate the music :)
added on the 2000-08-28 14:37:10 by utopian utopian
The lyrics,the music... i don't know what's better.. one of my favourite demos.
added on the 2000-09-01 12:51:58 by bp bp
great !!!!
all in this demo are good
added on the 2000-11-03 00:39:47 by med med
Great (and original) effects, kewl wicked music...and weird gfx!
Can't get any better ;^)
added on the 2000-12-11 22:30:11 by skypher skypher
For sure it's the most original music i've ever heard in a demo (out of 'Different Engine, which i like almost as much)
added on the 2001-02-17 01:07:46 by ThaNerd ThaNerd
My favoritest demo from Orange. Funny!!!
added on the 2001-03-08 16:19:09 by Optimus Optimus
really great stuff and one of the first PC demos i liked! havn't seen it for a couple of years... so checking this page means i will check it again this evening. as far as i remember - i loved it!
added on the 2001-05-11 19:09:12 by raver raver
Tis demo has got quite funny storyline , but at the same time it's full of nice effects and some pretty pictures. A very good demo from Orange.
added on the 2001-05-13 23:55:13 by bakmaita bakmaita
Ahh, I remember that assembly .. and the compo was not too bad. One of orange best demos
added on the 2001-05-16 13:44:41 by moony moony
rulez added on the 2001-06-08 05:25:38 by psenough psenough
Hm, I actually own the Linguaphone vinyl from which the whole "I am a woman" stuff came. I don't recall that man being ambivalent about his sex on the original records, though.
rulez added on the 2001-08-14 19:37:03 by sagacity sagacity
This might not be Orange's best demo technically, but it's has loads of atmosphere and a striking soundtrack. Recommended.
rulez added on the 2001-08-27 20:02:41 by fractalgp fractalgp
I must put a vote on it.
rulez added on the 2001-09-01 13:03:17 by skypher skypher
cool music.
rulez added on the 2001-09-01 14:00:07 by robotriot robotriot
I am a woman, my wife is a man


Optima :)
rulez added on the 2001-10-24 15:01:07 by Optimus Optimus
Two children, a boy and a girl.
rulez added on the 2001-11-07 17:44:40 by Gargaj Gargaj
Ugly and irritating.
sucks added on the 2001-11-28 21:57:00 by Wade^Hjb Wade^Hjb
rulez added on the 2002-01-09 17:26:54 by sang-soo sang-soo
rulez added on the 2002-01-09 18:00:36 by uncle-x uncle-x
one of the true classics.
rulez added on the 2002-01-10 17:36:31 by gloom gloom
no vote from me? uhh..
rulez added on the 2002-01-10 17:44:10 by bhead bhead
rulez added on the 2002-01-10 18:04:18 by lai lai
rulez added on the 2002-01-10 18:41:33 by dodke dodke
Very nice.
If you absolutely must come up with something negative about it then it would be the lack of consistency in the design.
rulez added on the 2002-01-10 21:36:22 by noid noid
this rocks!
rulez added on the 2002-01-11 09:01:12 by teel teel
this baby kicks ass!
rulez added on the 2002-01-11 09:09:41 by p01 p01
this is very, very good
rulez added on the 2002-01-11 10:03:50 by superplek superplek
rulez added on the 2002-02-22 23:01:59 by heman heman
yeeep, anyway I 'feel' it lacks of anything... but I don't really know 'what' x')
rulez added on the 2002-02-24 04:40:14 by Zafio Zafio
I found the sound samples interesting, but not the demo.
Hmmm, this demo is truly, imho, one of the most over adored demos. I wonder what the comments would have been, if it had been made by some other "lesser" group. The only thing this has going for it is the cool sound track. Except for that, the visuals are not great, the demo is empty, and overall it bites.
added on the 2002-03-04 07:43:24 by Nezbie Nezbie
Finally someone had the balls to say it. Thank you, Nezbie. :)
added on the 2002-03-04 10:17:30 by tomaes tomaes
oh shut up tomaes :)
this is special in its own way
And personally
I would marry mr.black anytime
And be mrs. black
rulez added on the 2002-03-24 02:24:26 by bizken bizken
Mista Blak owns!
rulez added on the 2002-03-24 12:33:51 by funktion funktion
NeZbiE == Correct.

Name recognition has a lot to do with this... I've seen some much better demos from 1997 and earlier. The only thing I can really appreciate are the particle effects, as I hate the music. Sorry.

No vote from me.
nezbie & laserbeams : MAy i send you some new spectacles
added on the 2002-03-26 12:06:51 by bizken bizken
rulez added on the 2002-05-21 21:40:39 by Jcl Jcl
I can't believe I havent commented this incredible stylish demo yet..
ok, this is the most amazing dos demo i've ever seen, with good humor and stylish effects!
Real cool soundtrack that fits the demo very well. nice use of colours also.
this is just a demo that you can't miss!!
rulez added on the 2002-05-21 22:58:05 by oldaccount oldaccount
Not their finest hour, but I loved the vocals :)
rulez added on the 2002-07-03 03:55:41 by Shifter Shifter
i can only agree with Wade:
"Ugly and irritating."

best description i heard!

rulez added on the 2002-07-17 07:50:12 by raver raver
how anyone can vote thumbs down for
this... classic in my opinion
rulez added on the 2002-09-14 21:29:28 by uns3en_ uns3en_
rulez added on the 2002-09-15 15:19:43 by whizzter whizzter
can anyone make a divx so that us with win2k can watch this again... without setting up the old machine again..
added on the 2002-09-15 16:56:42 by nelius nelius
The name of the group has nothing to do with it. This demo rocks. The music rocks. The feeling rocks.

Nelius: I second that.
rulez added on the 2002-09-16 17:51:59 by irvin irvin
rulez added on the 2002-09-18 21:56:51 by kusma kusma
Oh man! Great! =)
rulez added on the 2002-11-06 12:40:53 by sprocket sprocket
great demo. good graphics, music and
added on the 2002-11-08 07:51:42 by uns3en_ uns3en_
isn't this made with pretty much the same code as "nonstop ibiza experience"..? hoplite - port NOW! :)
added on the 2002-11-08 08:26:26 by gloom gloom
sorry guys, the orange policy is: code a demo, release it, destroy all sourcecode. so no port then ;)
rulez added on the 2002-11-09 19:14:48 by hoplite hoplite
Love it, awesome track and nice effects.
rulez added on the 2002-11-11 01:14:27 by shash shash
me likes
rulez added on the 2002-11-11 01:50:10 by ileaardbei ileaardbei
rulez added on the 2002-11-11 18:32:00 by distance distance
give us a divx or kusma gets it!
added on the 2002-11-18 13:14:43 by nelius nelius
Ugly and irritating.
rulez added on the 2002-11-18 13:20:41 by pan pan
me loves
rulez added on the 2002-12-07 03:15:36 by abuze abuze
I love this. Perfect design.
rulez added on the 2002-12-17 18:12:54 by dairos dairos
orange !
this is great, marvellous soundtrack + effects + amazing graphics.

probably imho the best demo of orange, or is it megablast ?
rulez added on the 2002-12-31 18:35:18 by florent florent
it's x14. :)
but this sure does rule.
rulez added on the 2002-12-31 22:34:26 by nosfe nosfe
what the visuals leave void, the music fills it.
vocals add something marvellous above it :)
rulez added on the 2003-01-06 13:56:29 by stil stil
rules :)
rulez added on the 2003-02-04 22:55:44 by gg|rhg gg|rhg
Just say yeeeaaaahhhh!
rulez added on the 2004-03-11 14:47:03 by d3pth d3pth
great avantgarde-demo.
rulez added on the 2004-03-22 20:23:48 by Ally Ally
this is a BIG demo!!
you can watch it 1000 times and you never get bored. good!
rulez added on the 2004-03-22 21:39:25 by Grover Watrous Grover Watrous
we want more orange
rulez added on the 2004-04-27 20:17:22 by Kootal Kootal
coup de coeur
rulezcdc added on the 2004-08-30 16:18:57 by prook prook
rulez added on the 2004-08-30 16:19:38 by Vulture Vulture
sucks added on the 2004-11-06 01:28:55 by Shanethewolf Shanethewolf
Hell yeah
rulez added on the 2004-11-06 13:56:38 by Preacher Preacher
Still kicks ass BIG time!! I'm lovin' it =)
rulez added on the 2004-11-22 01:27:45 by etak etak
rulez added on the 2004-11-22 07:50:54 by hollowman hollowman
what? no vote despite it being ugly and irritating.
rulez added on the 2004-12-09 14:34:19 by stonda stonda
god bless dosbox 8-)
rulez added on the 2005-02-02 21:52:31 by friol friol
Good although the big O have done much better.
rulez added on the 2005-04-05 19:14:06 by PinZa PinZa
i am mr black.
rulez added on the 2005-05-09 22:22:45 by chavez chavez
hoch die tassen!
rulez added on the 2005-05-31 19:52:41 by las las
rulez added on the 2005-05-31 20:20:38 by lester_chaykin lester_chaykin
really rocks.
rulez added on the 2005-10-06 23:11:07 by hunta hunta
nasty and cool!
Loved the music
rulez added on the 2005-12-03 21:11:25 by JaK JaK
Nice surreal theme. The effects may not be much on paper but they're used to great effect and everything here is pure orange style. My orange favourite is megablast but this is fighting for the second with some others...
rulez added on the 2006-01-29 00:03:00 by slux slux
rulez added on the 2006-03-21 12:36:13 by zomb zomb
added on the 2006-04-07 00:33:46 by raina raina
rulez added on the 2006-04-13 16:51:00 by willbe willbe
Cool concept
rulez added on the 2006-06-16 13:17:23 by Psychad Psychad
rulez added on the 2006-07-17 19:44:35 by kurli kurli
Thumbs up! Really great Orange-style demo!
rulez added on the 2006-09-08 10:16:25 by raer raer
I remember watching this demo so much on my old box! Very, very cool piece of electronic art!
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rulez added on the 2006-09-08 10:34:51 by Jailbird Jailbird
a classic
rulez added on the 2006-09-08 22:29:23 by loveboulderdash loveboulderdash
I fucking hate it!!!!!!!!!!!
sucks added on the 2006-09-09 00:00:49 by Shanethewolf Shanethewolf
The music is very good, but the sync is not so good (at least not in the video version), still a thumb up.
rulez added on the 2006-09-09 00:24:55 by [self-ban] [self-ban]
"I am a woman, my wife is a man!"

Do I remember it? Yes! Is it top quality? No!
But the first part is the achievement here.
rulez added on the 2006-09-09 00:54:22 by Stelthzje Stelthzje
classic demo.
but, music, fx was good.
and, interesting design.
rulez added on the 2006-09-09 02:38:05 by got got
Weird oldtimer. Very smoking. Absolutely rulez.
rulez added on the 2006-10-13 22:34:42 by Trauma Zero Trauma Zero
rulez added on the 2007-02-25 11:56:52 by TrX TrX
Great demo
rulez added on the 2007-06-22 12:16:02 by faraday faraday
Loved some of the colours - the rest not so much...
i love especially the colours.
rulez added on the 2007-08-16 19:20:36 by v3nom v3nom
OMG Love it!!!!! LOVE!!!!!!!!111!!one one one!!!!
rulez added on the 2007-09-27 13:37:26 by Gaia Gaia
She's still quite young!
rulez added on the 2007-10-07 09:40:29 by decipher decipher
^ indeed.
rulez added on the 2007-11-28 19:58:31 by zefyros zefyros
rulez added on the 2008-03-08 17:13:24 by Claw Claw
i remember hearing the music for this and then having to wait several years before i could actually see the demo - it just wouldn't run on any pc i had at the time. still.. worth the wait :)
rulez added on the 2008-08-08 13:57:27 by evilpaul evilpaul
Quite good.
rulez added on the 2008-08-08 14:37:13 by mic mic
Oh thats great. The effects just rule. Plus, gaiasword exploded.
rulez added on the 2008-08-20 23:17:48 by auld auld
Should have won.
rulez added on the 2008-09-29 10:24:53 by leGend leGend
rulez added on the 2008-09-29 10:32:49 by nystep nystep
Someone told me your mother was a hamster while I thought we was a giraffe...
fuck.. typo... "while i thought she was a giraffe"
My family. This is my family. My wife, my son, my daughter and I. I am Mrs. Black. My wife is Mr. Black. I am Mr. Black's husband. We have two children, a boy and a girl. The boy's name is John, he's twelve years old. The girl's name is Mary, she's still quite young.

I am a woman, my wife is a man, she's twelve years old.
(repeat three times)
(repeat five more times)

I am my daughter and I, my wife, two children, a boy and a girl.
rulez added on the 2008-12-29 04:01:01 by stage7 stage7
the lyrics are great
rulez added on the 2009-02-12 21:58:54 by Movi Movi
Great ! One of the first demo I watched !
rulez added on the 2009-02-12 22:29:04 by frost242 frost242
My wife is a man
rulez added on the 2009-02-13 19:33:07 by Joghurt Joghurt
sucks added on the 2009-03-12 01:53:41 by viznut/pwp viznut/pwp
two years late. i could thumb up for pure nostalgia, but i guess some evenhandedness is due...
added on the 2009-03-12 02:54:29 by blala blala
added on the 2009-03-14 00:37:12 by T$ T$
This is a a proper mindfuck :)
rulez added on the 2009-07-28 19:59:01 by datsua datsua
### Orange, thumbs pointing upwards ###
rulez added on the 2009-07-29 00:15:36 by 4mat 4mat
really cool
rulez added on the 2009-08-17 06:26:44 by src src
Orange <3 :D.
rulez added on the 2009-08-17 06:50:35 by elfan elfan
Dune <3 :D :D.
added on the 2009-08-17 06:50:51 by elfan elfan
rulez added on the 2009-08-23 22:01:26 by noby noby
I am a woman, my wife is a man!
rulez added on the 2009-09-24 06:03:06 by wullon wullon
She's 12 years old?
rulez added on the 2009-09-24 08:55:10 by untel untel
yes !
rulez added on the 2009-09-27 22:03:31 by relias abardon relias abardon
rulez added on the 2009-10-29 20:37:58 by aha aha
3D figure of wires, with a light in its center, shadows
face rotating, distorted, photographies of movies overlayed
circles and sine curves interferences
swarm of light sprites with bar code to the right
red/yellow light sprites like glass
spirals rotating, interfering, PI number scrolling by
light sprites with blur, colorful
inside 3D wireframe cube rotating
mapping distorting
ball of rays of light, rotating, torsioning
rulez added on the 2009-10-29 20:56:44 by BITS BITS
rulez added on the 2009-11-11 17:44:15 by absadhkjsaduoiw1 absadhkjsaduoiw1
i am a woman, my wife is a man!
this was a mantra in my head for some time )
rulez added on the 2009-11-11 18:39:49 by elfh elfh
rulez added on the 2010-01-10 13:43:38 by earx earx
rulez added on the 2010-01-10 14:24:05 by zeebr zeebr
genius at work!
rulez added on the 2010-08-13 14:27:26 by rez rez
rulez added on the 2010-09-26 12:33:23 by preston preston
I am..... smiling!
rulez added on the 2011-11-17 23:48:12 by Frequent Frequent
this is one of my very first watched demos that made me love demoscene.
rulez added on the 2012-06-29 13:08:42 by randomi randomi
I am a woman, my wife is a man
rulez added on the 2012-06-29 13:44:10 by Saga Musix Saga Musix
rulez added on the 2012-07-03 04:30:20 by Queen_Luna Queen_Luna
definitely wont rewatch, i liked nothing about it!
sucks added on the 2013-05-13 21:13:57 by ɧ4ɾɗվ. ɧ4ɾɗվ.
Btw. here's a better youtube-video, but the first scene seems to be broken.
added on the 2013-06-03 13:09:04 by v3nom v3nom
This would be awesome if the drums weren't weird enough to make you think there was some weird skips going on. Played the IT in various players on different to make sure it just wasn't some classic Gravis Ultraclicks(tm).

Otherwise, would have been amazing :(
added on the 2013-06-24 08:29:09 by Maraakate Maraakate
golden age.
rulez added on the 2013-06-24 08:50:42 by kimi kardashian kimi kardashian
Not love at first sight for me, but I came around liking it. Very clever use of samples and that one particle effect is just too damn pretty. ;)
rulez added on the 2014-01-21 22:50:53 by tomaes tomaes
Moody and edgy.
rulez added on the 2014-05-24 11:33:27 by cce cce
Okay, I have to take away piggy because of the dads on boat drinking brew. But still, what's up with the goofy drums?
rulez added on the 2014-07-13 05:05:25 by Maraakate Maraakate
I love the effect at 1min27
Haven't seen this in a long time. It hasn't lost its fascination. A timeless masterpiece!
rulez added on the 2015-02-11 08:26:32 by Bobic Bobic
What psenough said! :D
rulez added on the 2015-02-11 20:36:20 by baah baah
rulez added on the 2015-08-29 00:08:47 by RufUsul RufUsul
I am a woman, my wife is a man (she's twelve years old)
rulez added on the 2015-08-29 02:13:21 by Fell Fell
rulez added on the 2015-08-29 13:01:35 by gentleman gentleman
Long overdue thumb.
rulez added on the 2015-09-11 23:04:31 by Alpha C Alpha C
she's twelve years old
rulez added on the 2017-01-23 14:30:21 by nagz nagz
I am my daughter
rulez added on the 2019-05-07 02:01:20 by moozooh moozooh
My wife's name is John. He's 12 years old.
rulez added on the 2020-01-18 13:14:30 by vitalkanev vitalkanev
Love this, so trippy and amazing music. seems like a nod to Boards of Canada
rulez added on the 2021-02-26 12:18:23 by wrighter wrighter
rulez added on the 2021-11-16 10:26:28 by Blast! Blast!
Yes, orange still has the best particles. At this point they had two years of incredible releases behind them -- and this one book-ends that period nicely, bringing together orange's more moody and their more playful sides.
rulez added on the 2022-11-29 19:44:02 by mardön mardön
Cool effects and music. Funny lyrics.
rulez added on the 2022-11-30 01:01:44 by ham ham

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