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Roots 2.0 by Sanity
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release date : april 1995
release party : Black Box Symposium 1995
compo : amiga demo
ranked : 2nd
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popularity : 72%
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alltime top: #408
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fucking great demo!!! maybe the best from sanity. very long and intensive rythm and some really kicking ass effects. music and gfx rocks too!
rulez added on the 2001-08-03 01:36:15 by x x
From http://www.pouet.net/prod.php?which=4363 :
"although [...] you really should not put pictures of yourself into your demo, this demo is really beautiful."

Seriously: This demo rocks through its "nearly-impossible-to-do"-effects. Probably best code on Amiga.
rulez added on the 2002-01-17 21:35:24 by Spin Spin
The first 68020 non AGA demo I have ever seen. Preety cool! I remembered I have heard the music somewhere else (Spectrum?) Some parts are crazy, like the one with 1 color wireframe or something landscape..
rulez added on the 2002-04-09 12:31:11 by Optimus Optimus
cool! my last big amiga demo!
this demo has an aga and a non-aga part. if you have no aga, the aga part will be skipped.
the 3d-rotator in the aga-part is my favorite effect. maybe the best i ever coded on amiga.
added on the 2002-04-11 20:28:14 by chaos chaos
fårking fast
rulez added on the 2002-05-12 01:36:48 by jar jar
this one rules because of the frantic rythm, lots of great effects, good gfx and finally a good tune
rulez added on the 2002-07-13 01:27:48 by exocet exocet
awesome! which you cant really tell from that screenshot
rulez added on the 2002-11-08 23:00:52 by hollowman hollowman
This one just never ages. Fantastic music, awesome code, cool graphics, creepy atmosphere, and fucking HUGE!
rulez added on the 2002-11-09 11:02:45 by Jare Jare
rulez added on the 2002-11-09 12:31:13 by nufan nufan
One amazing technical feat! Not just a typical coder demo either; this actually rules in all areas - like most Sanity demos.
rulez added on the 2002-11-09 13:25:03 by Wade Wade
ohh yes.
gotta download a new uae - maybe now all effects work :)
rulez added on the 2002-11-09 16:17:36 by ryg ryg
I recognized Chaos / FR full coder quality. Nasty effects for an Amiga. Excellent fast´n´furious techno music. Excellent pixel works.
rulez added on the 2003-05-10 14:21:15 by Trauma Zero Trauma Zero
kickass demo.
rulez added on the 2003-05-10 23:51:49 by nosfe nosfe
Amazing and classic demo with some of the best pacing I've ever seen. Jester's kicking soundtrack keeps things moving (one of his best, certainly), while the demo lets you breathe for a second during the slower and lower-key maze sequence. Otherwise, beautiful Amiga effects one after the other with cool art throughout.
rulez added on the 2003-08-21 04:59:05 by VindicatioN VindicatioN
"fuck reputation" :)
rulez added on the 2003-12-02 15:53:19 by dairos dairos
Probably on of the greatest demo on amiga !!!
rulez added on the 2003-12-02 20:44:37 by Over.Flow Over.Flow
Working link:
Roots Final
rulez added on the 2004-01-28 13:41:57 by Intrinsic Intrinsic
This one is a true masterpiece of coderporn! I remember being amazed by the tilting rotzoom in the first version at the party 94 and thinking "Ah, it had to be Chaos who finally killed this effect!" :)
rulez added on the 2004-01-28 14:31:45 by Korvkiosken Korvkiosken
Good final. <3
rulez added on the 2004-10-05 19:53:13 by René Madenmann René Madenmann
Tremendous soundtrack.
Some nice code here and there ;)
rulez added on the 2004-10-21 02:09:52 by keops keops
I remember trying very hard to make this run on my A500, but I think I had too little memory and 1.3 and a bad disk image and who knows (: Have seen it recently on real hardware, and of course it rules.
at that time everybody wondered who cthulu is
rulez added on the 2004-10-21 09:04:53 by jazz jazz
rulez added on the 2004-12-05 11:56:28 by erpherman erpherman
So..fine *sob*
rulez added on the 2004-12-05 12:19:07 by NoahR NoahR
Not ahead of its time when released in 1995
like Arte demo in 1993 but a GREAT demo anyway!!
rulez added on the 2004-12-05 12:46:45 by magic magic
A GREAT demo, no doubt. :)
rulez added on the 2005-01-06 15:58:20 by punisher^gods punisher^gods
rulez added on the 2005-02-27 14:31:36 by p01 p01
rulez added on the 2005-02-27 18:16:10 by madMixx madMixx
worse than roots 1.0, but good
cdc added on the 2005-08-16 10:20:48 by Spewk Spewk
Worse than 1.0? You must be kidding... Totally awesome demo, best Sanity demo ever! Beats Arte!!!!
rulezcdc added on the 2005-10-11 01:23:18 by StingRay StingRay
Nice oldschool trip.
Great effects.
I like the M.C. Escher inspired "Symmetry Drawings".
rulez added on the 2005-10-11 02:07:44 by ALiEN^bf ALiEN^bf
didn't comment on this one yet???? well this demo sums up so many kicking effects that it hurts: just think of the tilting rotator (triple trouble tribute), morphing dot objects, dot voxel (a rescue on fractalus tribute), a big and fast texture rotator in second part and as a "finish him" the face morpher at the end. Lots of nice pics and textures and good music provided the topping... I would dare to say that this is a really good way to test wether an amiga has all it's chipset in fully working condition ;)
rulez added on the 2005-11-10 22:54:13 by winden winden
rulez added on the 2005-11-18 13:15:28 by Cj Cj
Probably my favourite "oldschool" demo. Wtf are those blue/cyan mountains?? theyre a bit too fast for what they do. I wonder what kind of algorithm that is.
rulez added on the 2005-11-18 18:30:59 by loaderror loaderror
rulez added on the 2005-11-18 19:21:54 by Buckethead Buckethead
I wasn't kidding
some effects are the same of arte! and elysium
i prefer original demos, not superbrilliant demos with copyied effects :\
btw, there are also some really well done effects in the no aga part
sanity kicked asses :)
rulez added on the 2005-11-25 22:37:10 by Spewk Spewk
Nice :)

but the divx quality sucks like hell!
rulez added on the 2006-02-23 21:58:06 by ltk_tscc ltk_tscc
rulez added on the 2006-02-23 22:21:29 by _10b0 _10b0
Simply rules! This is sublime coding of the Amiga, very impressive. I am curious as well: what is the algorithm behind those blue/cyan mountains?
rulez added on the 2006-04-28 10:02:01 by Corial Corial
One of the bes Amigademos ever!!!

(jeg skriver det på engelsk, da andre måske også kunne få gavn..;) )
When I made a similar effect, I did this:
First simulate the line-grid and put each y values per x pos into a sorted buffer and make then a vertical filling.
Then plot the line dots on another bitplane using the line-dot-buffer to decide which points are visible or covered. (simple y-pos compare)
Thats how I did. I guess Sanity did something similar...
added on the 2006-05-01 08:13:51 by gfbtm gfbtm
How could I forget a thumb up???
rulez added on the 2006-05-01 08:14:57 by gfbtm gfbtm
a bit slow classic demo.
But amazing.
rulez added on the 2006-05-01 08:43:50 by got got
great thing!
i wondered a bit about the kthulu gfx ..
very good stuff - for that time ;))
rulez added on the 2006-08-30 23:09:46 by gentleman gentleman
awful demo with impressive effects
added on the 2006-09-03 14:26:48 by tempest tempest
groundbreakingly huge with some of the best music around
rulez added on the 2006-10-02 04:39:43 by Gaia Gaia
This is the reason the Scene is dead!
You can't do this with the lame hardware you have today.
It's one of the most colorfull demos I've seen. Maybe not, but it's very colorfull and happy, with some great effects.
rulez added on the 2006-10-21 05:21:39 by xernobyl xernobyl
rulez added on the 2006-10-31 23:18:25 by faaret faaret
rulez added on the 2006-11-12 21:13:53 by chavez chavez
I bet if the crew behind this got active again they would kick all pc lamers ass!

Magic of Nah Kolor
rulez added on the 2006-11-13 01:10:31 by Hatikvah Hatikvah
Hell yeah.
And xernobyl, what are you smoking?
rulez added on the 2006-12-31 13:36:49 by Preacher Preacher
well done
rulez added on the 2007-03-10 18:41:48 by BITS BITS
One of the best demos ever made!
I like the unforgettable music by Jester a lot.
The graphics by Ctulhu are fantastics.
And the routines by Chaos are among his best works on Amiga.
The general atmosphere is great! Rules!
rulezcdc added on the 2007-03-10 18:57:54 by ham ham
What a splendid demo!

In case the person who uploaded the new video capture to scene.org reads this: I did not replace the old version in the amidemos mirror because I'd rather not touch the mirrors. Instead I moved it into the scene.org archive, it's now linked by the "video hires" link above. If you really want to get it in the amidemos mirror, just contact me.
rulez added on the 2007-03-29 22:17:16 by sparcus sparcus
insane rotzoom!
rulez added on the 2007-03-29 22:55:20 by Virgill Virgill
rulez added on the 2007-06-20 14:12:08 by freddek freddek
rulez added on the 2007-07-17 21:05:55 by toxie toxie
rulez added on the 2007-07-17 21:28:47 by Stelthzje Stelthzje
Some truly cool moments here
rulez added on the 2007-07-18 09:32:21 by evil evil
rulez added on the 2007-09-25 14:15:02 by las las
rulez added on the 2007-10-04 10:52:03 by seppjo seppjo
great in every way - especially colors in Cthulhu gfx.
rulez added on the 2007-10-04 11:09:44 by bonzaj bonzaj
Somehow I've managed to miss this, but now it's already a new favorite of mine!
rulez added on the 2007-10-14 22:54:59 by visy visy
rulez added on the 2007-11-16 23:57:10 by prm prm
It is one of the best OCS Amiga demos. Simply rules.
rulez added on the 2007-11-18 18:39:43 by Alain Alain
Great graphics
rulez added on the 2008-01-27 17:52:29 by chromag chromag
awesome! All that runs on a ECS Amigar500?
Anyway, great to see a smooth Rescue Of Fractalus effect in a demo :)

rulez added on the 2008-02-04 23:58:59 by twh twh
rulez added on the 2008-05-04 12:37:37 by v3nom v3nom
twh: no, the first part is aga - it'll be skipped if you run it on an ECS/OCS amiga. and the second part (starting from "sanity, roots, no aga") also needs a 68020, i think.
added on the 2008-05-04 13:42:26 by ryg ryg
hell yeah, awesome!
rulez added on the 2008-05-04 17:20:50 by Alpha C Alpha C
rulez added on the 2008-05-14 00:55:13 by Queen_Luna Queen_Luna
great demo!
rulez added on the 2008-05-22 04:48:31 by dimouse dimouse
a great one... yep asaf this demo needs a 68020 but was the last ?!? ECS Demo.

rulez added on the 2008-10-20 17:47:08 by AMItac_TSA AMItac_TSA
Much better than the compo winner.
rulez added on the 2008-12-09 13:36:54 by zefyros zefyros
rulez added on the 2008-12-09 13:44:40 by Premium Premium
Bit of class
rulez added on the 2009-01-12 19:43:58 by pigpenpete pigpenpete
rulez added on the 2009-01-23 05:15:26 by ɧ4ɾɗվ. ɧ4ɾɗվ.
This is simply the shit!
"so better remember your ROOTS before you reach the END."
rulez added on the 2009-01-28 14:42:18 by prowler prowler
Lovely paintings!
rulez added on the 2009-02-17 09:31:02 by Mystra Mystra
rulez added on the 2009-04-21 08:58:42 by hoplite hoplite
the effects are simply jaw-dropping
rulez added on the 2009-04-21 09:13:14 by dodke dodke
rulez added on the 2009-07-23 22:19:46 by Quarryman Quarryman
Needs more thumbs.
rulez added on the 2009-09-03 13:31:57 by tomaes tomaes
Fuck reputation!
rulez added on the 2009-09-08 02:55:35 by Maissi Maissi
Anoher thumb for my favourite(and the best;) group in the first half of the 90's
rulez added on the 2009-09-08 10:38:30 by wayne wayne
What wayne said ;).
rulez added on the 2009-09-20 19:15:25 by Jakim Jakim
Terrific work.
rulez added on the 2010-01-05 21:23:27 by vestige vestige
Just watched this one on the original hardware and liked it despite the impression that the first part was more or less only one effect - only altering some textures and LUT's
rulez added on the 2010-03-07 19:59:46 by Admiral^Elyssis Admiral^Elyssis
Love the graphics from Cthulhu...
rulez added on the 2010-03-27 09:16:50 by Raven^NCE Raven^NCE
Better than Roots
rulez added on the 2010-03-27 13:05:21 by Hicks Hicks
Woo, finally found a disk with the second part working. Particularly like the cherry dister.
rulez added on the 2010-07-01 08:39:47 by 4mat 4mat
classic in your face branded effects with great art and music. Should have thumbed a long time ago.
rulez added on the 2010-09-13 00:56:03 by Claw Claw
The final version of the demo that introduce a 1x1 fullframe rate rotozoom !
When I first watch it (Roots 1.0), and saw the rotozoomer I was thinking: oh yeah Chaos is the one that has made it !! (At that time a big competition was to do the best rotozoomer).
Worst when the rotozoomer start to rotate on a second axis I remember loosing my mind !

Chaos, pushing the wall of impossibility far far away :-)
rulez added on the 2010-12-07 20:44:03 by skp skp
A worthy last production from Sanity. Rules!
rulez added on the 2011-01-05 21:19:07 by Frequent Frequent
rulez added on the 2012-02-05 09:08:06 by SiR SiR
nice code, nice gfx & nice mods = Sanity
new video here:
rulez added on the 2012-02-16 20:39:20 by sINk sINk
Wow, this one is so catchy and fast-paced it doesn't let you go until the very end!
rulez added on the 2012-02-18 00:22:28 by moozooh moozooh
rulez added on the 2012-03-02 14:21:27 by grip grip
it doesnt get better on the amiga, really.
rulez added on the 2012-03-21 13:30:58 by wysiwtf wysiwtf
One of my favourites for Amiga!
rulez added on the 2012-05-23 23:43:53 by revival revival
rulez added on the 2012-07-08 05:53:13 by Gʀɪʍʍy Gʀɪʍʍy
Any chance of a working download link?
added on the 2012-07-23 13:38:25 by Nativ Nativ
rulez added on the 2012-07-24 18:36:41 by ___ ___
Working link: http://ftp.amigascne.org/pub/amiga/Groups/S/Sanity/SANITY-RootsV2.0.dms

What a classic! Pumping 4-channel soundtrack.
rulez added on the 2012-08-26 03:43:15 by phoenix phoenix
grosse shit !
sucks added on the 2012-08-26 09:34:17 by Bartoshe Bartoshe
Amazing. Especially love the AGA part.
rulez added on the 2012-08-26 10:22:37 by Saga Musix Saga Musix
rulez added on the 2013-07-25 18:05:40 by rez rez
Nice ride :)
rulez added on the 2013-08-04 08:11:14 by Sir_Lucas Sir_Lucas
Woah! Well... Great effects, code, graphics and music all tied together into a fireball that just comes straight at your face!

IMO the Non-AGA (second) part has better effects and music than the first part. Still, overall it's an awesome demo!
rulez added on the 2013-09-04 19:02:46 by TomoAlien TomoAlien
One of those demos you can watch again and again... forever.
rulez added on the 2013-10-31 08:49:56 by maytz maytz
True classic and a well rounded masterpiece.
rulez added on the 2013-10-31 10:05:45 by elend elend
I N S A N I T Y !
rulez added on the 2013-11-28 22:15:31 by mccnex mccnex
Cool! :)
rulez added on the 2013-11-29 12:21:12 by kjb kjb
Great demo!
rulez added on the 2013-11-29 13:12:16 by at0m at0m
Epic demo. An absurd amount of good effects + graphics in here :D
rulez added on the 2013-12-03 11:50:54 by psonice psonice
Cool routines in this one. I'm not a great fan of the paintings and some parts in the music are overrepetitive, but it's quibbling over details. A great demo, and as TomoAlien said i like the 2nd part best.
rulez added on the 2013-12-03 12:49:05 by baah baah
Great demo, I didn't know that this demo can be played on OCS.
rulez added on the 2013-12-05 15:11:54 by Flops Flops
Demo or die ;)
rulez added on the 2014-03-13 21:09:54 by sp^ctz sp^ctz
Unbelievable good demo. Perhaps the best Amiga demo ever. Top-notch code, I have never seen such creative ways of misuing hardware to create something great before and after. Together with a perfect Demotune and action from the beginning to the end coming at high pace. What a ride...
Deepest respect to everyone involved.

So guys, remember your roots. Remove the dust from your old Amigas, and do it again!
rulezcdc added on the 2014-04-06 11:13:52 by axis^oxy axis^oxy
Demo or die :)
rulez added on the 2014-04-27 14:58:04 by Black Dragon Black Dragon
Nice effect-trackmo with good graphics and kickass music :)

The non-AGA part (last half of the disk) requires full ECS A500+ or A600 (1MB Chipmem) and the 68020 accelerator with Fastmem to run.

Youtube clip, high quality (ECS)
rulez added on the 2014-08-07 20:43:24 by Photon Photon
Sound was stripped, this is OK.
added on the 2014-08-07 23:09:51 by Photon Photon
No comment needed!
rulez added on the 2014-08-14 10:51:15 by Daniel Daniel
just so fucking good.
rulez added on the 2014-12-15 17:08:31 by keito keito
Absolute rules. I guess, 3d plane scroll is made of perpendicular stripes and every texel equals to single palette entry, total 16x16 256 texels?
rulez added on the 2015-08-01 00:39:05 by lvd lvd
I never liked this. Some quite alright effects but drenched in awful looking coder design and some of the worst demotechno music ever made.
sucks added on the 2015-09-20 16:38:50 by noby noby
Some ugly colors alright, but apart from that: What a great ride! Love it.
rulez added on the 2015-10-17 21:14:31 by Kylearan Kylearan
metapouet brought me here. damn what a nice tune. i like the gfx.
rulez added on the 2015-11-27 17:09:12 by sensenstahl sensenstahl
rulez added on the 2016-06-17 00:38:48 by xeron xeron
And here we go !
rulez added on the 2016-09-09 09:17:49 by ok3anos ok3anos
Good old times )
rulez added on the 2017-03-18 14:19:19 by pLayersct pLayersct
I like the still face graphics
It's ok... code is good, but design and colour choices are terrible!
added on the 2018-04-12 22:38:25 by DanLemon DanLemon
One of my most popular demos back in time... I am Amiga (1200) user since 1994...
rulez added on the 2018-08-28 10:08:37 by DJM/DTA DJM/DTA
anniversary thumb! love all the effects inside and those scanned paintings
rulez added on the 2019-04-24 19:38:56 by rloaderro rloaderro
Works great on my ECS Amiga 2000 (w/ A2620 14MHz 68020 accelerator w/ 2MB 32-bit FAST RAM on board)! Glass smooth.
added on the 2019-10-14 15:52:26 by blakespot blakespot
rulez added on the 2019-10-14 17:37:55 by Soundy Soundy
This is the purest demo-coding from the first to the last second. For me, this demo is the peak of "old-school" style with no need for acceleration cards. People still discuss how some effects are done even 20+ years later. Chaos's last work on Amiga -- what a testament!
rulez added on the 2020-11-03 19:22:22 by Defor Defor
An excellent demo by my favourite Sanity members (Chaos, Jester, Cougar). The music is very mid nineties. The gfx by Cthulhu had to grow in me, but 17 years later I really dig his fullscreen pictures in this demo. Al in all, a fantastic and entertaining demo.
rulez added on the 2022-03-05 10:26:35 by sAne sAne
rulez added on the 2024-01-05 16:26:03 by leGend leGend

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