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The Ballet Dancer by mfx [web]
screenshot added by uncle-x on 2005-09-18 16:56:57
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release date : september 2005
release party : Stream 2005
compo : combined demo
ranked : 1st
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popularity : 76%
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  • 4
alltime top: #203
added on the 2005-09-18 16:50:18 by uncle-x uncle-x

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now this is some awesome shit
rulez added on the 2005-09-18 16:53:16 by astu astu
rulez added on the 2005-09-18 16:55:34 by fragment fragment
Worthy winner.
rulez added on the 2005-09-18 17:04:45 by Preacher Preacher
this is atmospheric and creepy for about two minutes, but after that the words 'pretentious' and 'tedious' spring to mind...
i love you guys for that one.
rulez added on the 2005-09-18 17:20:26 by dalezr dalezr
rulez added on the 2005-09-18 17:31:54 by smash smash
i still dont know if i am supposed to love or hate this so i give it a pigface because mfx is a kewlers spinoff and everyone in kewlers likes bacon (and fuckings to the sceen mag for thinking mfx is kewlers' alter ego)
added on the 2005-09-18 17:33:53 by leijaa leijaa
twisted :)
rulez added on the 2005-09-18 17:40:41 by nytrik nytrik
rulez added on the 2005-09-18 17:45:45 by iks iks
interesting re-interpretation of the ather hit effect. goes on perhaps a bit too far (and was missing the ultimate death of the ballet dancer :), so i won't give up any thumbs for it this time. still a pleasure (or should i say, convenient torture) to watch.
added on the 2005-09-18 17:57:15 by melw melw
my retina is destroyed now :P
rulez added on the 2005-09-18 17:58:08 by las las
Attack of the 5 legged killer tree in a vulcanic world??

Music got irriated after a while though.

Thumps up anyway..

How could some1 think of creating a demo like this? :-)
rulez added on the 2005-09-18 17:59:44 by magic magic
Everytime when I think I finally identified the head on that thing, it gets smashed to the ground (which might explain all the blood though :-)

Anyhow, it's very atmospheric and a bit scary, but I definately love this...
rulez added on the 2005-09-18 18:12:53 by sparcus sparcus
exactly what parapete says. but i think this is the first mfx demo i really like
rulez added on the 2005-09-18 18:19:47 by post malone post malone
Wow! Grotesque! I love it! And yes that's a first one for me too, generally I don't really like MFX demos.
But this one is awsome! It's twisted and nightmarish... I love it!
rulez added on the 2005-09-18 18:27:10 by Nuclear Nuclear
awesome indeed
rulez added on the 2005-09-18 18:50:22 by zoom zoom
THE most disturbing (freaky) demo i've ever seen!
rulez added on the 2005-09-18 18:58:40 by cerror cerror
heavy SHIT!
rulez added on the 2005-09-18 19:21:50 by bigpimpin bigpimpin
rulez added on the 2005-09-18 19:22:42 by unlock unlock
a supernatural being vomiting blood all over the place in a manner that is as stunning as watching the execution of the last judgement by god himself.
mind penetrating on a 24" Widescreen TFT.
music is not what i'd regard as such, but knows to convince in the given context.
rulez added on the 2005-09-18 19:31:32 by keith303 keith303
By the comments we can assume that a cocoon comeback would reach top10 fast ;)

However, i thought this was just booring, and we have seen the thing before.. Both in the Addams Family and in aether (where it rocked).
added on the 2005-09-18 19:46:06 by Hatikvah Hatikvah
rulez added on the 2005-09-18 19:49:05 by k0mpo k0mpo
very good stuff.
rulez added on the 2005-09-18 19:57:51 by saida saida
next time get a "sober" musician... sorry, the effect is really good, but with that music, this effect is wasted...
sucks added on the 2005-09-18 19:59:01 by Stv Stv
Perfect feelgood material for your hangover-viewing pleasure!
added on the 2005-09-18 19:59:41 by break break
props for trying something cunningham-esque but i seriously think this was prolly the production you spent the shortest time with EVER. (not counting the Aether development phase.)

and no it didnt freak me out. blood is a plus, but i might have a too extreme freak-threshold. i'd say it was predictable after the first ~20 seconds.

still, it has blood.
rulez added on the 2005-09-18 20:04:09 by Gargaj Gargaj
Bad childhood? Boring recycled stuff from ADNC but still great coding so I keep the thumb horizonal...
added on the 2005-09-18 21:04:56 by vscd vscd
wtf is ADNC?
added on the 2005-09-18 21:26:59 by uncle-x uncle-x
This prod consists of 50% breathtaking scenes 25% breathtaking graphics and 25% breathtaking terror audio.
Alltogether this demo raised my heartfrequency by 100%. This is audiovisual terror. (ment in a positive way) Needed a while to calm down again. Not many demos manage to do that.

The music fulfills its purpose. And it does a good job in a technical way. Is this dramaturgical techno?
Surely a matter of taste but looking at (listening to) the music style it is not my thing.
I think classic music with e.g. some tremolos and kettle drums would have been better.
THen I would have given a double thump if possible.

But so I give a thump to the visuals and a piggy to the music and that results in a weak thump.

still respect!

rulez added on the 2005-09-18 21:32:24 by Skyrunner Skyrunner
VERY interesting
nice direction
imho it should end at the middle
rulez added on the 2005-09-18 21:41:06 by pohar pohar
i've seen that effect already. piggy
added on the 2005-09-18 21:47:21 by mrdoob mrdoob
OK, it looks a bit familiar, but still that doesn't change the fact that this is impressive. Some heavy atmosphere there.
rulez added on the 2005-09-18 22:00:40 by jobe jobe
Actually that didn't freak me while watching. But I like both, visuals and sound. Great demo!
rulez added on the 2005-09-18 22:31:14 by chock chock
reminds me to aether (??). in any case... disturbs me completely, congrats for that! not all demos manage to induce something into people's mind....
although it gets to be too long for my taste i think... can't stand that terror sensation during so many time...
ah and props for showing uncensored blood!!
uncle-x: a deepness near the cranium? :P
looks great but lacks some syncs on the stomping imho.. the camera changes were cool, but foot down on _atleast some_ bassdrum hits would make it nicer.

fuckings to stv for his comment.
rulez added on the 2005-09-18 23:51:11 by psenough psenough
I failed to enjoy this. And I wasn't scared either.
sucks added on the 2005-09-18 23:59:12 by beavis77 beavis77
Looked great and had a haunting visual atmosphere, but the music was pathetic. Maybe if the stupid erratic drums were taken out it would leave a suitable incidental soundtrack.Otherwise it ruins the atmosphere and makes the demo seem a little bit like a silly "fun production".
sucks added on the 2005-09-19 01:38:58 by Shanethewolf Shanethewolf
By the comments we can assume that a cocoon comeback would reach top10 fast ;)

HELL YEAH! I miss those guys!
sucks added on the 2005-09-19 01:47:34 by XP^TRS XP^TRS
very amazing! the effect rocks even tho it was already used in another winning demo ;). music is ok too. kisses <3
rulez added on the 2005-09-19 01:48:22 by trigger trigger
I usually, really, really like mfx prods, but this one left me wanting something more.

still, thumbup for the overall feeling and quality.
added on the 2005-09-19 02:51:58 by Reboot Reboot
IT came from Uranus to paint the town red !!!

dang ! baaaadass 909 bombing suspiria music too
rulez added on the 2005-09-19 02:57:47 by Weyland Yutani Weyland Yutani
An interesting demo, difficult to classify, thought-provoking.
I sure thumb up what's out of the mainstream in this way.
All 12 ALiENthumbs up!
rulez added on the 2005-09-19 03:34:33 by ALiEN^bf ALiEN^bf
First I tought that one scene couldnt keep me interested almost 5 minutes, but it did. Good job uncle-x. And this scene is way better than in aether.
rulez added on the 2005-09-19 07:09:12 by blueflame blueflame
Fucking awesome.
rulez added on the 2005-09-19 07:52:45 by j9 j9
best demo ever v2.0
rulez added on the 2005-09-19 08:34:49 by kusma kusma
Show me blood, show me love
rulez added on the 2005-09-19 08:49:47 by quisten quisten
Visually perfectly 'choreographed', but slightly too progressive musically ...
added on the 2005-09-19 09:33:26 by kohai kohai
By the comments we can assume that a cocoon comeback would reach top10 fast ;)

HELL YEAH! I miss those guys!

added on the 2005-09-19 09:50:24 by Gargaj Gargaj
Pure madness. Pure nightmare.
So special, so amazing, so scary, so bad trip...

Everything fit like hell >;)
Thumbs up guyz!
mfx rulez

Dangerous siht!!
rulez added on the 2005-09-19 10:03:45 by Buckethead Buckethead
also, excellent cameras.
rulez added on the 2005-09-19 11:32:52 by skrebbel skrebbel
thanks ....pray for us and will probably finish our next shit in time for a famous french party :)
added on the 2005-09-19 12:10:29 by nytrik nytrik
bloody frightening
rulez added on the 2005-09-19 12:35:56 by ricky martin ricky martin
ballet is always about doing the same shit with your arms and legs... there may be an modern industrial setting and the ballet dancer will dance using the same moves as if he was by a swan lake... SO ITS ABOUT TIME MFX TOOK US TO ZLARG AND SHOWED US SOME REAL BALLET MOVES FROM THE LAST INHABITANT DANCING IN GRIEF TO ITS OWN DOOM ON FIVE LEGS IN A POOL OF BLOOD!!!! what a great show this was! monster atmosphere. Shame I haven't seen it on a bigscreen yet.
rulez added on the 2005-09-19 12:54:16 by loaderror loaderror
Damn excellent. Although for me it kinda seemed to miss a proper climax. Really nice setup and then it just ended :/
rulez added on the 2005-09-19 13:41:53 by teel teel
rulez added on the 2005-09-19 16:11:20 by can can
really scarry thing. Rulez
rulez added on the 2005-09-19 16:14:20 by zeebr zeebr
aether gone evil or something like that... "enjoyable" prolly isnt the right word for this demo, but yea, its nice!
added on the 2005-09-19 16:20:31 by red red
I wonder how it would dance if it were dancing on bile.
superb! teel, you missed the climax. it really is there.
rulez added on the 2005-09-19 18:45:51 by annieeee annieeee
lets just ignore this comment, shall we :)
rulez added on the 2005-09-19 19:03:40 by red red
inimitable style. respect.
rulez added on the 2005-09-19 19:15:32 by 301 301
rulez added on the 2005-09-19 19:20:35 by [self-ban] [self-ban]
so different. so freaky. so fucking great!
rulez added on the 2005-09-19 21:05:16 by gloom gloom
rulez added on the 2005-09-20 09:11:55 by NeARAZ NeARAZ
sounds ugly, looks ugly, boring as fuck.

besides it the fact that it ranked 1st - i classify this for me as crap. sry.
sucks added on the 2005-09-20 09:19:43 by 4kum4 4kum4
weird and disturbing nightmare. perfect choreography and athmosphere.
rulez added on the 2005-09-20 10:28:33 by Spin Spin
short, repetitive, looks like a small gore remake of aether. well, great
rulez added on the 2005-09-20 10:38:02 by rmeht rmeht
very nicely directed. Good atmosphere.
rulez added on the 2005-09-20 13:24:00 by psonice psonice
thank you so so much, for creating one for the ages.
rulez added on the 2005-09-20 17:06:47 by Gaia Gaia
hmm, no. close but no cigar.

am i the only one who thinks there's too much cliche and too little substance?

blood fountains... please.
added on the 2005-09-20 18:45:31 by ryg ryg
Huh, the dancing squiddie, i knew it would ave been back :)
Anyway i prefer the one in Aether, with fire.
Weird zik indeed! :]
added on the 2005-09-20 19:31:36 by bdk bdk
A weird creature dancing on blood, creepy visuals, creepy music. Boring after a while, but thumbs up for the atmosphere!
rulez added on the 2005-09-20 19:36:53 by Optimus Optimus
rulez added on the 2005-09-20 20:47:33 by p01 p01
hm. ok, that was pretty cheesy.
added on the 2005-09-20 22:55:21 by sofokles sofokles
big fuckings to mfx an alter ego of Kewlers - and seriously I think It's better than ADNC - but fuckings again for the knowledge that making demos could be more fun that I have - thinking 6 months before doing anything just kills the art of improvisation and taking pleasure of things that are small and really important. And couple of words in my native language: "Towarzysze broni nie dotykajcie sloni!". End.
rulez added on the 2005-09-20 22:59:43 by bonzaj bonzaj
- I hate the soundtrack, or maybe should I say the noisetrack ;)
- It smells strongly of aether
- It gets somewhat boring in the end

but it's original, somehow hypnotic and as usual with uncle-x, it has style.

By the way uncle-x, see a shrink please ;)
rulez added on the 2005-09-20 23:07:24 by keops keops
rulez added on the 2005-09-20 23:09:10 by NuKem NuKem
quite ok.
good colours and music.
fugly typo/font and not really enough variation.
added on the 2005-09-20 23:26:14 by xeNusion xeNusion
What a courageously, abstract, disturbing and somehow anvantgardistic experiment! This one is not made for satisfying the masses, but people who know something about art will like it. The noisy soundtrack penetrates my nerves a lot, but it perfectly catches that scary atmosphere. Good job MFX, but not as good as Aether, which is still my number one this year.
rulez added on the 2005-09-21 00:48:34 by Bobic Bobic
rulez added on the 2005-09-22 09:14:33 by Lord Graga Lord Graga

By the way, is the movement preanimated or calculated?
Lord Graga: its calculated.

broderick: judging by your comment regarding aether (fire etc), it seems that that particular demo bugs on your HW :-)
added on the 2005-09-22 10:03:22 by uncle-x uncle-x
we want an osx port!
added on the 2005-09-22 10:25:28 by nosfe nosfe
added on the 2005-09-22 10:32:11 by Shifter Shifter
shifter: I'm sure there exists atleast one more guy who watches osx demos...

and the demo itself rocks ofcourse!
rulez added on the 2005-09-22 10:42:43 by Korvkiosken Korvkiosken
"we" want a video too.
added on the 2005-09-22 10:46:38 by tomaes tomaes
nothing new and horrible music...
adapting a single effect to a new demo just isn't enough to entertain.

sucks added on the 2005-09-22 11:45:29 by hfr hfr
Hellfire, but then, let's pretend you didn't see aether, would you like the ballet dancer? Anyway this was powerful on the big screen and quite nice to watch. I especially like the details of the dancer's pulsating limbs. The not-so-synchronised dancing is sort of a bonus to me, a change from the usual totally synched stuff.
rulez added on the 2005-09-22 12:25:43 by _-_-__ _-_-__
shit i forgot the thumb!

hmm watched it again and enjoyed it, but I noticed there's too much grain everywhere :)
rulez added on the 2005-09-22 12:37:25 by Reboot Reboot
it's really awesome.
unfortunately a total reuse of the effect from aether, but still a thumb up.
rulez added on the 2005-09-22 19:34:17 by styx^hcr styx^hcr
It's not a demo, it's pure art.Same shock than seeing Desert Dream in early 90's.Splendid
rulez added on the 2005-09-22 21:50:48 by lonestar lonestar
wtf ? Desert Dream comparing to this demo ?? No way!
added on the 2005-09-22 21:55:35 by magic magic
Desert Dream on the big screen is definitely a must and nothing to do with this.

However, I am really fascinated by the sound ambiance in this one... But not thumbing up because it's too much oh la la.
added on the 2005-09-22 22:15:33 by oxb oxb
It looks very unusual which is good, but it is boring. Perhaps I'm not in the right mood just now.
added on the 2005-09-23 00:43:44 by pdx pdx
sucks added on the 2005-09-23 01:04:36 by Zplex Zplex

BB Image

(if the img link works...)

Fire, isn't it? :)

Anyway before installing the last ati Catalysts (mobility radeon 9700) the dancing squiddie in Aether was simply cloudy, and not bright yellow...

More dancing squiddies!
added on the 2005-09-23 01:43:28 by bdk bdk
broderick: the squiddie is supposed to be cloudy (with sometimes bright edges). If its all bright yellow, then it bugs. We should probably at some point do a fix for this bug :-)
added on the 2005-09-23 11:08:34 by uncle-x uncle-x
uncle-x: broderick said that it was just before installing the last ati Catalysts. I was showing this demo to my friend on his R9200 and before we've installed newest drivers, there was visible artifacts like wireframe of a hemisphere for the background and funny wireframe that was forming a postcard in the foreground (like You were using couple of postprocessing stages, which were drawn using triangle strips and first stage used four vertices drawn in one order, and another used the same vertices but drawn in reverse order - blah - I don't think that what I've just written is readable). BUT I think that such errors are on the side of drivers - so don't bother check it on latest drivers on all configs You can get and that's it - coders don't need to walk with sticks in their asses.
added on the 2005-09-23 12:29:01 by bonzaj bonzaj
must leave out with a piggy, coz
colorsheme lokks like aether,
the effect appears in aether
(although done brilliant)
the music is ...erm not suitable for my taste
and afterall there is only _one_ thing showed in the demo.
but it's far away from beeing crap
added on the 2005-09-23 12:33:53 by d0DgE d0DgE
Shifter: WE.
uncle-x, u're fucking acidhead ninja
rulez added on the 2005-09-23 16:58:39 by t1_ t1_
rulez added on the 2005-09-24 03:26:14 by got got

this sucks!
sucks added on the 2005-09-24 17:51:02 by jazz jazz
Looks good but music sucks and there's not much to see here.
added on the 2005-09-24 23:40:34 by asasel asasel
argh! so close to being perfect. the concept, music, visuals, atmosphere... everything just great. but why thef didn't you take the time to get the synching of the steps right???????
strangely, even though the synch is more ore less non existant it is so obvious how it should have felt that you nearly see the right synching anyway.
rulez added on the 2005-09-25 02:26:07 by fiver fiver
just say it suck will you?

wrong thumb btw.. i'll try compensate!
sucks added on the 2005-09-25 02:28:37 by Hatikvah Hatikvah
Interesting, but it got repetitive!
added on the 2005-09-25 04:06:06 by AntDude AntDude
As already said,it's almost perfect,well, from some point of view. I wouldn't care it looks like Aether, or that it's too repetitive, with only one scene etc., but why,WHY is it so dark/depressive? Aether was nothing compared to this, like the world itself wasn't full of suffering, pain and depression. Is there any demo from MFX which feels more positive?

That's why thumb down :-(
sucks added on the 2005-09-26 19:32:48 by F-T-L F-T-L
LOL!! FTL for fakeuser moron of the year. :)
added on the 2005-09-26 20:37:02 by psenough psenough
As a coder, it's the first time I don't care how much time spent on this demo. It's too ugly. :(
sucks added on the 2005-09-26 21:59:02 by Skate Skate
It's awesome, very few demos manage to create such a dark atmosphere.
And I love the title by the way.
rulez added on the 2005-09-26 22:49:35 by ithaqua ithaqua
-> ps
I may be a moron, but I can't help myself, there are just two resons why u HAVE to be one of them :-)

1) I've only written my opinion, not mentioning to insult anyone, but yours " LOL!! FTL for fakeuser moron of the year. :)" is not opinion, but just a proof of your very limited mind.

2) just seeing your avatar confirms 1)

U see, I'm not insulting u even now, just my opinion again. (just get rid of that piece of shit u have in your head which is having it's own brain and u'll be fine)
added on the 2005-09-27 01:08:32 by F-T-L F-T-L
FTL: i'll try, thank you for enlightning me towards the true path.
added on the 2005-09-27 07:12:59 by psenough psenough
F-L-T: how about the fact that someone can have an insulting opinion. I think you are gay.
added on the 2005-09-27 08:55:54 by quisten quisten
Sure ps, you're welcome :-)

And Quisten, sorry to disappoint you, I've always wanted to, gays seem to be so happy you know, but unfortunately, I'm not, but what can I do.
added on the 2005-09-27 14:18:50 by F-T-L F-T-L
rulez added on the 2005-09-27 16:56:53 by alkama alkama
rulez added on the 2005-09-27 20:31:23 by yoda yoda
U sick sons of...
I won't be able to sleep for weeks.
added on the 2005-09-28 16:56:05 by kelsey kelsey
blew my mind.
rulez added on the 2005-09-28 17:09:55 by aser aser
Pretty strange...

The camera angles really kept the whole thing interesting. Thumbs up, although I would have liked a better ending. ;)
rulez added on the 2005-09-28 17:19:16 by Rubicante Rubicante
Sux bigtime! Typical wannabe art demo without any sense.
sucks added on the 2005-09-29 11:38:32 by Fzool Fzool
rulez added on the 2005-09-29 21:59:08 by Grover Watrous Grover Watrous
rrrrr aye! we're getting CLOSER. this is an excellent piece of demo featuring the classic "beauty meets horror" theme. very very nicely done. the music fits the visuals perfectly well. ;)
rulez added on the 2005-10-01 21:19:52 by xyz xyz
The Billy Elliot remix :P
sorry, not for me.
sucks added on the 2005-10-01 22:01:44 by bartman bartman
cmon guys, this one has an unreal quality.
rulez added on the 2005-10-01 22:13:54 by Navis Navis
ahhhhhh - not synchronized, sometimes flickering, totally ugly, horrible music - how the hell could you need about 10 MB to make this shit?! Sorry, but there is nothing good to say...
rulez added on the 2005-10-03 14:03:14 by RA RA
oh noooo, thump down, thump down!!!
added on the 2005-10-03 14:05:00 by RA RA
This is a bit scary! But I liked it. It has a completely different feeling than most other ("normal") demos...
rulez added on the 2005-10-03 16:12:15 by prodigy prodigy
idea=great.. but one idea isn't enough for a whole demo..
added on the 2005-10-04 13:06:13 by toxie toxie
This is definitely one of my favourites. I fell in love with the dancer already in aether, and it's nice to see a full demo dedicated to this beauty. How can a synthetic dancer be so massive, so agressive, so painful and soooooo totally beautiful at the same time?
rulez added on the 2005-10-04 22:11:06 by violet violet
Bah... looks like my hardware is too old :(
added on the 2005-10-04 23:17:50 by alchemist alchemist
big thumb up!
just one effect - but what a killer (although recycled) music is clearly not mainstream but it fits perfectly.
creepy shit, maybe should've been a little shorter
rulez added on the 2005-10-05 09:16:34 by Hopper/SquoQuo Hopper/SquoQuo
Piggy for me. I like it because it's unique, but I'm not a fan of the kind of "music" in it, and it would be nice if the main...thingy, did something other than stomp around aimlessley. I'm not sure exactly what else it could do, though...
added on the 2005-10-05 22:34:05 by RAY16 RAY16
truly beatiful.

I also instantly recognized the lovely effect from aether, but after seeing it again it's clear how much more simple it was there compared to this, there is so much more detail in the ballet dancer.
rulez added on the 2005-10-06 23:05:34 by px px
Application error.
The expection illegan instruction
An attempt was made to execute an illegal instruction (0xc000001d) occured in the application at location 0x00432dbf

When trying to run this one with 9600 pro and win2k. Cat 5.8 installed.
sucks added on the 2005-10-08 10:37:24 by moredhel moredhel
I actually like it and the flowness of that thing 8)
rulez added on the 2005-10-08 18:22:59 by reality3D reality3D
i was warned, but watched it anyway.
i expected something worse - but i couldnt imagine that i would see something so crappy.

This bullshit is not even worth beeing mentioned as a demo...its just sick shit.
It is far away from beeing called a demo.

Its just one lame scene, with a lame object and lame textures.

The soundtrack....sorry guys, a fart sounds more musical.
sucks added on the 2005-10-10 17:51:23 by _docd _docd
this is serious. did almost squeeze the shit out of me. freaky. really.
rulez added on the 2005-10-10 21:23:08 by tsw tsw
docd is seriously stuck in the nineties...
added on the 2005-10-10 21:28:44 by psenough psenough
@DocD: 100% Agree!
added on the 2005-10-10 21:40:32 by Fzool Fzool
rulez added on the 2005-10-10 21:59:41 by wie8 wie8
added on the 2005-10-11 02:06:16 by BoyC BoyC
you got me scared! thanks for sparing my life by not including some scream at the end that would have stopped my pulse! you rule!
rulez added on the 2005-10-11 02:45:34 by ph0x ph0x
a different taste doesnt mean that someones stuck.
the discussion newskool/oldskool is in the same age than the scene is.

when amiga came out ppl said "you are stuck on your c64".

when aga came out ppl said "damn newskool aga scene - blasphemy!!"

same when pc scene growed, console etc...

so.....this is still crap.
if i could i would thumb down twice.
letting an ugly drug addicted seastar dance on blood hasnt much to do with design.
added on the 2005-10-11 12:17:42 by _docd _docd
the biggest shit i saw in 23 years of scene productions...
sucks added on the 2005-10-11 12:21:31 by elkmoose elkmoose
Fucking cool!!! I love it!
rulez added on the 2005-10-11 20:03:01 by StingRay StingRay
rulez added on the 2005-10-11 23:52:14 by mermaid mermaid
if it was a matter of taste you could still see the work involved in making it.
dismissing it as pure shit imho just proves that you lack open minded vision.

but i guess thats just the whinning bitch experimental portuguese artyfaggot ps speaking.
added on the 2005-10-12 00:10:55 by psenough psenough
naeh... final judgement.
sucks added on the 2005-10-12 01:44:18 by melw melw
i don't care how good it is or not... (technically or designwise) but it left really bad feelings in me. i don't like it, i am sad. sorry guys!
sucks added on the 2005-10-12 14:58:45 by AbcuG! AbcuG!
a video version maybe?!
added on the 2005-10-12 21:40:24 by d3pth d3pth
Very disturbing...
rulez added on the 2005-10-13 13:14:53 by Tolle Tolle
video or osx version NOW!
added on the 2005-10-13 14:19:24 by nosfe nosfe
\o/ RULEZ \o/
rulez added on the 2005-10-13 16:37:26 by jimmi jimmi
interesting concept which creates a very intense atmosphere. too bad i already knew that object, so the surprise effect was a bit weak. also the soundtrack is a bit too nasty in the end and the whole thing is way too long...nevertheless thumbs up for creating something different.
rulez added on the 2005-10-13 17:30:47 by a-move a-move
Someone mentionned the music being "recycled" ... Where was it used before?
added on the 2005-10-13 20:48:16 by _-_-__ _-_-__
the music isn't recycled.
added on the 2005-10-13 20:53:37 by uncle-x uncle-x
i fucking like that style and atmosphere mfx creates almost everytime
rulez added on the 2005-10-13 23:37:26 by PigPen PigPen
I really really whould like a video :)
cdc added on the 2005-10-14 15:28:47 by Proteque Proteque
It's boring, the sound drives me crazy. Have seen a lot better from them
sucks added on the 2005-10-14 20:20:01 by mSW mSW
well, it IS:
. boring
. tasteless
and i dont like the soundtrack, and it is offsync
the idea is good, the work was wasted
that could have been something, but its just... sad!
added on the 2005-10-14 22:59:49 by elkmoose elkmoose
what a load of shit.
sucks added on the 2005-10-15 14:32:10 by kaukojouko kaukojouko
impressive in its very own way.
rulez added on the 2005-10-16 01:51:51 by cp_ cp_
Sick... and in that category it rules...
rulez added on the 2005-10-17 13:49:12 by titus^rab titus^rab
music sux :(
added on the 2005-10-17 13:57:54 by mrdoob mrdoob
technically impressive (even with the bad sync, well...)
but all it made me want was pressing ESC
it was boring and the music was not good
I've seen loads of prods from you that are 10x better
sucks added on the 2005-10-17 15:57:30 by EviL EviL
not my taste
not my cup of tea..
added on the 2005-10-18 15:30:26 by v3nom v3nom
one of the most atmospheric and reminding-of-badtrip demos i have ever seen
rulez added on the 2005-10-18 16:36:57 by apricot apricot
Very unusual and I L-O-V-E the music! <3 <3 <3
rulez added on the 2005-10-25 21:46:48 by El Topo El Topo
I can't believe how many people are leaving negative comments for this demo. Despite the fact that it's basically one long effect, this is one of my favorites. It does something that very few do - cross over the boundaries of the "demo aesthetic". In an ocean of cheesy productions this stands out as something very hardcore. I wish there was a website devoted to "badass" demos so I could save time by weeding out all of the ones with jazz fusion and poor taste. Thank you MFX once again!
rulez added on the 2005-11-12 11:06:28 by in_tenssi in_tenssi
pouring blood morpheme of genesis
rulez added on the 2005-11-13 07:11:53 by sunnm sunnm
Not my cup of tea!
added on the 2005-11-13 08:46:55 by Premium Premium
its great
so provoking and moody
yes, its disturbing a bit, but hence its strength
true art, no bs
rulez added on the 2005-11-18 15:03:08 by Speed Speed
Damn, I didn't vote so far?

From the first viewing on this demo has become one my absolute favourites of 2005. It manages to improve upon an already innovative effect and fill it with meaning. It manages to make a rather abstract object show and induce emotions (and this is where most other demos sadly fail). And above all it's even looking great.

"Now that everything is lost...". This says it all. The viewer gets dragged through loneliness, despair and rage until it all culminates in an orgy of furious self destruction and pain. And I can't remember any single demo so far that was able to convey such a range and intensity of emotions without resorting to cheesy cliches (female models and such ;).

Speaking of cheesy tho: The music somewhat let me down. Judging from the comments above I seem to be accustomed to "harsher" kinds of music than most of the others, but for me the music was a bit too "artsy" with all those choir samples. And the bass drum seriously sucked. This could have been MUCH more.

But, apart from this minor nuisance, as many thumbs up from me as I can possibly afford. Which is, sadly, one.
rulez added on the 2005-11-20 18:37:05 by kb_ kb_
any chance for a video version for poor gf4mx owners?
added on the 2005-11-20 18:49:22 by dipswitch dipswitch
comfort zone killer
rulez added on the 2005-11-20 19:18:01 by monroe monroe
the best demo of 2005. The final part is too good, amazinnnnng prod
rulez added on the 2005-11-20 20:08:41 by u2 u2
death of a great effect
sucks added on the 2005-12-04 12:11:38 by EarlGrey EarlGrey
v i d e o - 5 letter word, w h e n - 4 letter word. Never is never the answer :-).
added on the 2005-12-09 23:59:29 by d3pth d3pth
this one is too identical to Aether. I loved Aether. Had i not seen that one before, I might like Balletdancer more because they really optimized the effect, but Balletdancer is waaaaaaay too long in my opinion. Rehashing the same stuff all over again doesn't convince me enough...
added on the 2005-12-13 12:46:52 by Axel Axel
yes! how to burn a great effect,by bleeding it on anxiety

rulez added on the 2005-12-18 21:00:14 by JaK JaK
i love that demo.

definitely the best one of the few demos i've seen in 2005.
rulezcdc added on the 2006-01-14 20:04:18 by florent florent
(from myself above :)



(if the img link works...)

Fire, isn't it? :)

Anyway before installing the last ati Catalysts (mobility radeon 9700) the dancing squiddie in Aether was simply cloudy, and not bright yellow...

More dancing squiddies!

K, in my last post the webhost f*cked the linked img, so for the sake of completeness I (re)post the nice fire-dancing squiddie I get in Aether:

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added on the 2006-01-14 20:42:58 by bdk bdk
better than aether imo
rulez added on the 2006-01-14 20:49:30 by Sverker Sverker
Ok, that's a good example of how a music can fuck up a show. That tune is nasty.

But turning the volume down, the demo looks great, but it's repetitive then ;)

It's really a shame, Piggie.
added on the 2006-01-14 21:30:57 by mrdoob mrdoob
broderick: ok that firey squiddie is definitely a bug. as stated earlier it should look more cloudy with glowing edges, in aether that is.

fuckings to new drivers.
added on the 2006-01-15 00:23:34 by uncle-x uncle-x
i love this demo. now, go and vote for the best demo of 2005.
rulez added on the 2006-01-15 01:36:25 by substrate substrate
twisted! i love it!
rulez added on the 2006-01-24 08:27:37 by blackpawn blackpawn
Trying to do something new, props for that - but the execution wasn't up to par - and maybe more effects would've helped.
sucks added on the 2006-01-24 21:16:17 by d3pth d3pth
i hate it
sucks added on the 2006-01-24 21:20:20 by RaS RaS
Yes! Difficultly that that to tell. I think, at everyone the impressions. Terribly, but and that else it was possible to wait from MFX. It is far not " back to italy ". Avant guarde, beauty, experement. Perfectly! CPU LOVEZ U!
rulez added on the 2006-01-25 08:44:12 by Simon^CPU Simon^CPU
2 kb_ & All people! .

By the way really about music... I have been surprised by such track. Similar ýêñïåðåìåíòîâ
From MFX with a sound I did not hear with " mother, mother my ears bleed ". I can and I am mistaken. Though they have precisely got in my mood. I was to tell the truth in a shock as to last time intensively I listen IDM, BreakCore, HardStep and similar. Also it is a pity that greater fingers so a little!
added on the 2006-01-25 08:53:58 by Simon^CPU Simon^CPU
What should i say about this one... Experimental... Strange... Somewhat Shocking...

It is.. Different, but not bad
rulez added on the 2006-01-28 00:02:13 by Sapphire Sapphire
you guys will never come close to Chris Cunningham or even Blue Spoon/Statix, but it was a nice attempt by a bunch of airy-fairy Finns.

Props for trying to emulate the masters of electro-psycho horror.
rulez added on the 2006-02-25 19:28:33 by draft draft
berbat, igrenc....bu ne be.........
sucks added on the 2006-02-25 19:43:33 by chenmy! chenmy!
the one in aether was better of course but has its mood anyway
rulez added on the 2006-02-25 21:47:25 by anesthetic anesthetic
A bit boring and looks too fastmade, but creepy theme rules.
added on the 2006-03-07 12:58:55 by sauli sauli
I can't get enough of that effect!
rulez added on the 2006-03-09 20:55:04 by neon_prannock neon_prannock
one of the few demos that don't look like demoscene demos. wonderful.
rulez added on the 2006-04-05 18:43:00 by jugi jugi
this is seriously good!! (albeit a bit long)
rulez added on the 2006-04-11 22:53:35 by blala blala
[by the way, we really need a video! to be more precise, a _highquality_ video!]
added on the 2006-04-11 23:04:38 by blala blala
Man, I loved this! Very disturbing with the music and the bloody goo-stuff and all of it, love it!
rulez added on the 2006-04-17 18:33:50 by Kaktusen Kaktusen
absolutely great stuff =)
rulez added on the 2006-04-20 16:50:45 by gg|rhg gg|rhg
Maybe technically good but pretty boring, sorry. Much too long if you ask me.
sucks added on the 2006-04-21 08:14:15 by ghandy ghandy
rulez added on the 2006-05-05 15:09:12 by stonda stonda
...'just' a lazy aether spin-off. =)
added on the 2006-05-07 17:04:49 by tomaes tomaes
i adore this demo,

the soundtrack is wonderfully inspired and evokes a lot of things (at least to me)
it is contrasted, very changing, located at an undefined spot between idm, glitch, breakcore and contemporary music.
i find it contrasted, to me it's stressing and relaxing at the same time.

and i'm very happy to see it totally leading the visuals.
while the visuals are pleasantly cinematographic as your visual style has evolved in the last two years, it's a pleasure to see this effect from "aether" following such a synchro-unfriendly soundtrack (synchro-unfriendly i found it, since it has at the same time way too much and way too few audible synchro points).

i would love to have it as a video i could play on my mac. for now i'm just looping the soundtrack in itunes.
i got to see the demo only a few times, most memorable one was at breakpoint during the awards ceremony with the huge speakers, a total pleasure.
added on the 2006-05-08 01:36:32 by florent florent
weird, original and provoking. makes me feel uneasy
rulez added on the 2006-06-16 12:42:15 by Psychad Psychad
"art". bleeeah. :)

but really, what they manage to do is take a simple, five-armed starfish thingie and viciously trounce it through a lake of blood, to a once-beautiful choir mangled in violent drum beats. that is what mfx is all about. i only wish it were more than a one-trick pony, since visually, the screenshot is about all you get. thumbs up go to the timing work which serves as a model for future productions.
rulez added on the 2006-07-10 01:58:09 by phoenix phoenix
it's great. very emotional and hypnotizing.
rulez added on the 2006-07-10 03:34:22 by dipswitch dipswitch
fucking impressive. tho it gets long toward the end. some kind of evolution would be good.
rulez added on the 2006-08-11 02:59:59 by BarZoule BarZoule
My taste is said to be peculiar. By some said to be dark and weird even.

I don't consider myself easily scared by such things as might appear strange compared to the normal life experience.

Never in my entire life have so many conflicting feelings passed through me watching a demo. Nor watching or listening to any piece of art.

It repulsed me to an extent of actually raising hairs. Yet the beauty of the production and the beauty of this vision. This otherworldy creature going through whatever motions are natural to it.

All the emotions evident in the negative comments (some camouflaged more than others) point to only one thing: this production touches something people rather leave untouched.

This piece needs to have a place in a museum. It deserves it more than many pieces now in such locations.
rulez added on the 2006-08-15 21:32:50 by Joop Joop
Haven't give a thumb yet? Blasphemy! The mood in this demo is creepy in a nice way and the music just rocks. One of the best demos ever.
rulezcdc added on the 2006-08-15 23:16:26 by waffle waffle
rulez added on the 2006-08-17 14:01:09 by hardi hardi
Someone should indeed see a shrink.
sucks added on the 2006-08-24 13:52:52 by eye eye
I like it!
rulez added on the 2006-08-24 13:57:34 by ltk_tscc ltk_tscc
disturbingly awesome.
rulez added on the 2006-09-03 12:59:35 by Osmic Osmic
aphex twin style, great omnious atmosphere!!!
rulez added on the 2006-09-07 14:06:15 by Majak Majak
rulez added on the 2006-09-17 21:54:49 by decipher decipher
rulez added on the 2006-09-18 15:27:46 by MGzzY MGzzY
i havent commented it yet ??????
added on the 2006-09-18 22:48:33 by gentleman gentleman
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added on the 2006-10-03 21:33:00 by waffle waffle
rulez added on the 2006-10-03 21:40:40 by mind mind
rulez added on the 2006-10-14 13:13:18 by frohikey frohikey
rulez added on the 2006-12-08 00:58:27 by genox genox
second cdc is for you dear mfx <3
added on the 2007-01-03 11:33:25 by waffle waffle
veeeeeery excellent :)
rulez added on the 2007-01-06 22:45:04 by besh besh
rulez added on the 2007-01-31 13:00:52 by rale rale
hmmmm not my cup of tea!!
added on the 2007-01-31 13:08:29 by Premium Premium
rulez added on the 2007-03-30 22:15:27 by sokoban sokoban
could be more interesting
added on the 2007-04-16 20:41:14 by prophet prophet
rulez added on the 2007-04-26 19:29:24 by puNky puNky
On the one hand I really hate this one. It is some kind torture that causes me pain. It must be one of the things they use for extraordinary rendition in combination with sleep deprivation! On the other hand it’s great that a demo can transport this kind of emotion, it is perfectly synced to a music supporting the overall mood and story, is a fresh new innovative idea and has a consistent stylish look. Thumb Up!
rulez added on the 2007-04-27 11:44:38 by Admiral^Elyssis Admiral^Elyssis
rulez added on the 2007-04-27 12:40:49 by aha aha
wow! like a nightmare scene from a david lynch movie. really cool! the soundtrack rules.
rulez added on the 2007-05-24 22:52:07 by marek marek
I want the dancer to go away and die. And I do mean die. Like, really die. Like, never to be seen on the scene anymore - unless somebody makes a 4K remake of this. Which could be done, I suppose.
feels evil & nice to me.
rulez added on the 2007-09-12 15:30:25 by comankh comankh
worst mfx demo ever
sucks added on the 2007-09-20 23:21:21 by #535 #535
space but i like this :)
rulez added on the 2007-11-04 23:32:21 by Anat Anat
one of my favourite, if not my favourite PC demo. Not for the effects or technical reasons, of course.

awesome prod! mfx <3
rulezcdc added on the 2007-11-14 00:14:23 by button button
~10.5MB unpacked with 8.9MB mp3-musicfile and just 1.6MB for the "rest" is ultra-sucking.
sucks added on the 2007-11-16 13:33:16 by marsulpi marsulpi
I am now mentally disturbed. Thank you.
rulez added on the 2007-11-17 12:14:47 by s_tec s_tec
die lamers... die. this ... is ... pwnage
rulez added on the 2007-11-17 12:30:38 by uns3en_ uns3en_
Beautifully disturbing. Or disturbingly beautiful. A well-deserved thumb up, that's for sure.
rulez added on the 2007-12-16 20:50:37 by stijn stijn
rulez added on the 2007-12-16 21:06:58 by nitro2k01 nitro2k01
OK concept, but the music makes this painful to watch.
added on the 2007-12-30 09:50:04 by Mystra Mystra
I like the concept. Both visual and music is very good, but... i don't known... i had the feeling that something's missing.
added on the 2008-04-25 18:49:30 by untel untel
rulez added on the 2008-04-25 18:56:27 by src src
watched it again and finally changed my mind...
btw: both visual and music are excellent! :)
rulez added on the 2008-04-26 00:42:48 by untel untel
Can't stand the visuals or music. Only positive is attempt to go outside the box.
sucks added on the 2008-04-26 04:46:07 by [HamsTeR] [HamsTeR]
i didn't even see this... fantastic!
rulez added on the 2008-04-28 21:50:44 by orange orange
Uncomfortable and creepy. Totally my thing! I fucking love it!
rulez added on the 2008-05-06 09:39:21 by Wade Wade
rulez added on the 2008-05-18 18:09:10 by Queen_Luna Queen_Luna
Its interesting, its ugly, its basicly one effect, its disturbing, its disgusting.

I don't like it.
sucks added on the 2008-07-05 22:26:11 by Zweckform Zweckform
rulez added on the 2008-07-05 23:02:34 by dq dq
what Zweckform said. and the music sucks.
sucks added on the 2008-08-18 23:25:09 by SiR SiR
I love it <333
rulez added on the 2008-09-05 22:00:46 by pera pera
Tip: watch this while suffering from lovesickness or any other kind of depression. You will find it a very adequate representation of life.
rulez added on the 2008-10-02 18:30:50 by maw maw
aphex twin style

definitely... love \o/
rulez added on the 2008-10-03 03:34:11 by kolaks kolaks
I prefer it as a part from aether.
sucks added on the 2008-10-03 03:54:12 by xernobyl xernobyl
definitly not aphex twin style but fucking great anyway!
rulez added on the 2008-10-16 19:42:56 by Baz Baz
Very good.
The motion of the dancer is great.
rulez added on the 2008-11-01 15:09:11 by johnl johnl
rulez added on the 2008-12-05 07:02:48 by Gʀɪʍʍy Gʀɪʍʍy
kinda depressive and scary... mmmh
added on the 2008-12-05 07:34:17 by Dano Dano
What Zweckform said.
sucks added on the 2009-01-06 16:10:28 by Joghurt Joghurt
I don't know why I haven't thumbed it yet...
rulez added on the 2009-01-06 16:52:14 by texel texel
damn great
rulez added on the 2009-01-06 17:02:39 by relias abardon relias abardon
not that interesting
added on the 2009-01-06 17:12:34 by zefyros zefyros
Too few demos manage to induce feelings of horror. This manages that to some degree. Although it gets boring after a while. You could've have changed the pacing somewhat and had something in the middle to break the monotony. All in all an interesting and inspiring prod.
rulez added on the 2009-02-02 10:01:40 by elfan elfan
rulez added on the 2009-02-02 11:30:39 by RRROAR RRROAR
rulez added on the 2009-02-16 23:46:38 by Blueberry Blueberry
break our brains!
rulez added on the 2009-03-07 22:59:17 by T$ T$
a classic. I've never been convinced by all the emotions peolpe read into this. However its a great demo nontheless.
rulez added on the 2009-03-11 10:05:07 by auld auld
rulez added on the 2009-03-12 01:20:27 by viznut/pwp viznut/pwp
I like to watch this one over and over again... soundtrack owns.
rulez added on the 2009-04-18 01:49:52 by -SP- -SP-
rulez added on the 2009-04-30 19:08:35 by unc unc
rulez added on the 2009-06-28 02:10:33 by martin martin
It's fucking creepy and has nice graphics, but it's the same thing for almost 4 minutes. wtf?
sucks added on the 2009-07-31 23:39:08 by vestige vestige
rulez added on the 2010-01-16 16:39:58 by Scooter Scooter
Piece of art.
rulez added on the 2010-08-08 18:05:46 by stfsux stfsux
rulez added on the 2010-09-25 03:23:18 by dominator dominator
fuck, i forgot how much this demo dominates!! uncle-x, please do 16:9 ratio update for the fans...it only runs in 4:3 here (ati)...unless iime doing something wrong.
added on the 2010-11-13 20:26:25 by button button
agreed! we want the HD WIDE version! this is the TRUE PIECE OF ART!
added on the 2010-11-13 20:35:57 by zeebr zeebr
+1 for the hd 16:9 version of this PIECE OF ART!
added on the 2010-11-13 21:03:08 by substrate substrate
Lightheaded stuff.
rulez added on the 2011-01-15 02:23:01 by Melkor Melkor
MFX ossomness as usual :)

Video MP4 1280x720
rulez added on the 2011-06-25 00:01:03 by keito keito

Made a Highres Youtube Rip for it on my HD channel:
The Ballet Dancer by mfx (1080p)
rulez added on the 2011-07-13 12:13:24 by anni anni
The first time I watched this I got a strange, uneasy, feeling. Not unlike the feelings that some of Chris Cunninghams videos induce.
A strange feeling that something is wrong but you can't pinpoint the exact processes in the mind that makes the feeling uneasy.
The concept is brilliant and I think that the demo manages to go where it was intended to go.
I don't really know if I would like this kind of stuff on a party, but at home in the dark with volyme pumped all the way up to 11... yes.
rulez added on the 2011-07-13 12:23:24 by Frost Frost
Ball it dancer!
rulez added on the 2011-09-22 22:13:00 by leGend leGend
rulez added on the 2011-09-22 22:20:29 by sensenstahl sensenstahl
madness !
rulez added on the 2011-09-23 21:45:32 by ok3anos ok3anos
dance until death
rulez added on the 2012-01-14 12:52:04 by Frequent Frequent
the evolutionary consequence to that dancing object in aether. the music sucks! piggy
added on the 2012-03-16 19:18:39 by seppjo seppjo
rulez added on the 2012-05-24 08:03:07 by dafuq dafuq
i remember this
rulez added on the 2012-05-24 08:18:40 by provod provod
i actually don't like the music that much even though i really feel like i should :) (it has to do with the "kick drum" sound, too plain and cheap...), but the concept and visuals, oh man...
rulez added on the 2012-12-13 02:08:08 by noby noby
overrated like all mfx prods.
sucks added on the 2012-12-14 00:27:56 by kimi kardashian kimi kardashian
rulez added on the 2013-08-03 06:20:26 by ɧ4ɾɗվ. ɧ4ɾɗվ.
Was blown away when I first saw this. Just re-watched it for the first time in quite a while and it still packs a punch. A classic and probably my favorite PC demo.
rulez added on the 2013-08-31 03:57:05 by pear pear
I love this.
rulez added on the 2014-05-04 01:48:25 by irvin irvin
so good!!
rulez added on the 2014-05-04 01:50:43 by ferris ferris
video: if you go here and click download, you can get this small video in a .zip
added on the 2014-07-21 17:58:18 by e2020 e2020
Can't believe I never thumbed this glorious rendition of nightmarerish horror madness and chaos.
rulez added on the 2014-08-02 01:58:22 by ramon ramon
I'm nearly 30, and this shit never fails to creep me the fuck out, even when I'm 100% sober. mfx guys were on to something here.
rulez added on the 2015-10-07 20:04:39 by moozooh moozooh
True demo art. I have almost forgot how good it was over the years. Much better than all this recent supposed to be 'motion/infographics' bland/pastel thingies without real concept behind. Only one complaint: more of this, please!
rulez added on the 2016-02-19 15:12:30 by tomkh tomkh
i actually love it
rulez added on the 2017-01-30 15:17:59 by nagz nagz
Forgot to thumb that one.
rulez added on the 2017-01-30 15:31:52 by hitchhikr hitchhikr
Deliciously creepy. Maybe a bit too long.
rulez added on the 2017-01-30 16:07:13 by Zavie Zavie
I lack words.
sucks added on the 2017-01-30 18:51:05 by Corial Corial
creepy but awesome
rulez added on the 2017-05-22 22:44:00 by cslag cslag
this is so awesome and weird and all the other things we don't have words for. Great stuff
rulez added on the 2018-02-17 20:12:49 by enix enix
rulez added on the 2018-04-14 22:30:24 by LLB LLB
I think I would have "enjoyed" this one a lot more without the drums.
rulez added on the 2021-04-25 18:52:15 by wullon wullon
Disturbing, but nice!
rulez added on the 2023-02-23 15:42:30 by NinjaKoala NinjaKoala
funny to see the evolution of MFX during the years, i first discover them with transgression II on my 486 which was even more experimental than this one, more content, in 64K
added on the 2024-04-28 13:08:00 by roudoudou roudoudou

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