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The Void Stared Into Me Waiting To Be Paid Its Dues by Ümlaüt Design [web]
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release date : may 2017
release party : qbparty 2017
compo : pc demo
ranked : 3rd
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popularity : 63%
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alltime top: #1948
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atmospheric, minimalistic, great soundtrack, good duration of the scenes. well done!
rulez added on the 2017-05-14 13:32:22 by sensenstahl sensenstahl
You already know the little things I would've done differently. Those don't matter though. What matters is the the final product, which delivers like a beast. What I love is the surprising amount of subtlety in the storytelling (not going to point out, left as an exercise to the reader). That's what makes this special if nothing else.

I've been wanting to make the brutalism demo for some time now, but luckily I feel the well hasn't ran dry yet. If anything this case study just fuels my interest further. :)
rulez added on the 2017-05-14 13:41:55 by noby noby
very good soundtrack, liked it a lot
I liked the demo - good style, interesting to watch... but I want to see any kind of DOF or more lighting effects(I liked a lot the the scenes inside the buildings coz there are enough of cool shadows).. however it could be author's goal to make it looks how it looks
added on the 2017-05-14 14:48:10 by keen keen
Miskolc a király!
rulez added on the 2017-05-14 14:54:49 by pohar pohar
What sensenstahl said.
rulez added on the 2017-05-14 15:06:27 by StingRay StingRay
I thought it was pretty good!

From a technical point of view, I tried playing around with my driver settings to diminish a bit the little bit of aliasing left, with not much success.
added on the 2017-05-14 15:48:17 by _-_-__ _-_-__
We need more of this.
rulez added on the 2017-05-14 16:15:17 by jimmi jimmi
Nice moody demo and looked awesome on my PC with GTX 760 :)
rulez added on the 2017-05-14 16:31:29 by Queen_Luna Queen_Luna
rulez added on the 2017-05-14 16:50:13 by aha aha
what's the intended narrative? that the demo ends when the demo starts? :)
added on the 2017-05-14 17:19:53 by maali maali
de hol marad az avasi kilátó ?:)
rulez added on the 2017-05-14 18:02:22 by pasy pasy
Noby's insistence on "direction" shines through, but it feels like someone followed a tutorial on where to put the camera and how to copy a default palette of framings. Don't get me wrong, it looks good, but not great, not genuine in a way; too shy and off-a-list the colors and textures, no conviction and suspense in the soundtrack, and ultimately no real point and convincing crescendo to wrap it all up; So it's middling. Better than "ok", but not really something I'd remember in a week. Garg is a great engineer, but needs an artist to put a dent in the right places to make it to the next level.

(sorry if some of this sounds vaguely insulting, I really don't mean to. :)
added on the 2017-05-14 18:16:44 by tomaes tomaes
rulez added on the 2017-05-14 18:23:45 by nagz nagz
oops.. forgot to thumb up
rulez added on the 2017-05-14 18:52:11 by keen keen
I'm not sure if "enjoyable" is the right adjective.
rulez added on the 2017-05-14 19:09:06 by Saga Musix Saga Musix
uhhh, what a gruesomely great demo, the sound creeps me outta...

Love the direction, love the sound. Great atmos, great scenes, great vibe.

CONGRATS Gargaj, this was something very sp[ea]cial.

Just can't say enough... TRULY AWESOME!
rulez added on the 2017-05-14 20:25:16 by sed sed
rulez added on the 2017-05-14 20:42:27 by kimi kardashian kimi kardashian
Good atmosphere, rendering and cameras!

Camera angles of great suspense leading into a bit of an anticlimax though. Like most dark ambient demos (I've made a few too!)

wall! .. booom/fear/darkness... and now...................................wait for iiiit................ WAAALLLLLL! ..

But I'm not looking to find much of a story in demoscene stuff. Then I would watch a movie instead.
rulez added on the 2017-05-15 13:38:01 by rloaderro rloaderro
rulez added on the 2017-05-15 14:03:35 by rp rp
rulez added on the 2017-05-15 14:36:57 by djh0ffman djh0ffman
Good direction and flow, great soundtrack, ending is indeed anticlimactic but I think subverting the audiences anticipation is a nice touch.

However I feel it could've been better if you'd introduced more(read any) contrast in the visual language, imho showcasing brutalism is all about that contrast just like sense of scale is. From a technical point of view, in the beginning scene the lighting feels a bit too plain for my taste overall though its in the okay to good range. Some textures could've needed better alignment, that bars should've had their own material and not be concrete also I feel some slight post proc would've gotten you a long way(slight vignette and DoF + tiny amount of bloom).

To be clear: I still consider this a pretty good demo even though it could've been a 4k ;)
rulez added on the 2017-05-15 14:57:37 by LJ LJ
This is not about tech but about design and making for a dark and special atmosphere.
And as thus it succeeds perfectly, so thumb up!
rulez added on the 2017-05-15 15:17:02 by wysiwtf wysiwtf
Nice buildings!
rulez added on the 2017-05-15 15:19:42 by TomoAlien TomoAlien
I was hypnotized and then the prod suddenly ended.

What the hell?
rulez added on the 2017-05-15 17:28:42 by Trilkk Trilkk
I want to do similar demo, just better ;)
rulez added on the 2017-05-15 21:06:22 by rascy rascy
It's not bad, but I don't know, I have mixed feelings.

At 2:35 textures (on columns) seem to be pretty low-res. In few other places as well ;P

And as Trilkk says, I also thought there will be much more going on after - I must admit - pretty cool scene near the end. Feels like teaser/trailer to an actual non-existing (yet?) demo.
added on the 2017-05-15 21:51:23 by tomkh tomkh

rulez added on the 2017-05-15 22:01:06 by gentleman gentleman
Solid sound design, direction and pacing. I'd wish for slightly faster camera movement, in some places the feeling was more standstill than monumental.
rulez added on the 2017-05-15 22:19:09 by lug00ber lug00ber
geometry doesn't get more static than this
rulez added on the 2017-05-15 22:33:53 by cce cce
rulez added on the 2017-05-16 00:23:21 by teo teo
Should have won.
rulez added on the 2017-05-16 00:31:55 by BoyC BoyC
brutal. love those inceptionesque drone sounds. my dreams will be rendered in concrete tonight.
rulez added on the 2017-05-16 00:50:04 by jco jco
That ending. You provoked me and left me anticipating. :D
rulez added on the 2017-05-17 10:48:43 by xTr1m xTr1m
Plattenbau forever.
rulez added on the 2017-05-17 14:41:16 by Charlie Charlie
Ooooh, the atmosphere. The soundtrack. The way you build up tension and then leave us all hanging :)

Only nitpick are, as others said, some textures that are too low-res or weirdly mapped (the normal map in the beginning looks stretched).
rulez added on the 2017-05-17 18:40:40 by kb_ kb_
:) agree with sensenstahl
rulez added on the 2017-05-18 09:32:40 by natalia natalia
Slow, but decent. :)
added on the 2017-05-19 03:55:29 by AntDude AntDude
rulez added on the 2017-05-19 23:19:45 by SiR SiR
minimal, dense.
rulez added on the 2017-05-20 00:00:22 by comankh comankh
What lug00ber and kb said.
rulez added on the 2017-05-20 01:31:51 by ferris ferris
Never thought I'd enjoy so much grey. :) I love the demo: The atmosphere, the awesome sound, the slow cameras, the story build-up, wonderful! I didn't know the term "brutalism" for something like this; makes further research into this style more easy!

The only nitpick I have is that due to some visual glitches (clipping? aliasing? Sorry, I lack the newschool technical term for that ;)) during the slow zoom at the end, I realized beforehand that the cube in reality consists of several objects and would burst sooner or later. This can be seen in the YT capture as well, and it spoiled the climax for me unfortunately.
rulez added on the 2017-05-21 11:59:13 by Kylearan Kylearan
somehow fascinating!
rulez added on the 2017-05-23 22:41:03 by Bobic Bobic
visually simple but efficient, i really like the soundtrack here, trapped between major and minor, never resolving the tension, and very atmospheric, the overdrive adds a good amount to it. i'm not sure i get the story as intended, but that's not crucial to my overall impression =)
rulez added on the 2017-05-24 09:34:30 by HellMood HellMood
i love it
rulez added on the 2017-05-24 14:34:50 by neuralnet neuralnet
I usually hate flyby demos with a passion but, well you know, #FUCKYEAHBRUTALISM
rulez added on the 2017-05-24 16:01:14 by break break
nice & dark
rulez added on the 2017-05-24 18:39:45 by psenough psenough
thumb for the athmosphere
rulez added on the 2017-05-24 19:23:33 by Triace Triace
want more of this
rulez added on the 2017-05-25 21:48:19 by neoneye neoneye
won, should have
rulez added on the 2017-05-29 11:32:43 by citrus citrus
This is intense, I love it!
rulez added on the 2017-05-29 11:39:17 by moqui moqui

just wow.

that demo catch me by surprise and never released me until the end.

i totally love it, moqui found the right word for it: « intense »
rulez added on the 2017-05-29 16:01:42 by rez rez
fuck'n awesome.
rulez added on the 2017-05-30 14:18:46 by iks iks
end could have been more effective.
added on the 2017-05-30 14:34:02 by 1in10 1in10
the good parts are .pretty good.
rulez added on the 2017-05-30 22:37:36 by fiver2^fB fiver2^fB
-Best demo title of the year
-Most industrial feel demo of the year
rulez added on the 2017-05-31 01:24:45 by ramon ramon
I like that atmospheric mood.
rulez added on the 2017-06-02 08:47:10 by guille^cocoon guille^cocoon
Pretensions, but with zero ambition. If you're gonna stick with the OpenGL Test 2000 quality, can you at least let us set shadow quality?

Who will be the first to understand Brutalism? 77% are duds, so the pretense remains just that.

The crowd-pleasing BASS drawl tapestry speaks to me, but the standard 4K exe gfx visuals and nonexistent camera work proves so dull that even imagination can't create a story where there is none.
sucks added on the 2017-06-02 20:36:59 by Photon Photon
What Loaderror said.
added on the 2017-06-02 21:15:00 by dixan dixan
Good... Work on ambience ect... But can we have more dynamic... It seems to become a tendency in the demos to have semi static scenes... Please make fun stuff !
rulez added on the 2017-06-02 21:41:54 by Hellflip Hellflip
Piggy this time. Atmosphere and ambience are really cool but technically it matches demos from roughly 10 years ago or even better. I'd find this prod impressive as 64k (or even 4k nowadays?)
added on the 2017-06-02 22:11:31 by jammer jammer
Aah! Great
rulez added on the 2017-06-05 10:55:09 by Frequent Frequent
23 MB slideshow. Sorry, no.
sucks added on the 2017-06-06 00:47:34 by JAC! JAC!
Great! Very Good :)
rulez added on the 2017-06-07 01:13:26 by Volantis Volantis
rulez added on the 2017-06-08 10:28:40 by seppjo seppjo
Ranks high in my most-pretentious-and-longest-demo-title category.
Would have worked in size limited form.
Play NaissanceE if you like this.
added on the 2017-06-09 20:24:41 by rutra80 rutra80
Ranks high in my most-pretentious-and-longest-demo-title category.

He he he.
added on the 2017-06-09 21:27:04 by noby noby
Liked it, the events are perfectly timed.
Cross building bridges reminded me of The Sesc Pompéia architecture (in Sau Paulo).
rulez added on the 2017-06-10 15:43:38 by Dma-Sc Dma-Sc
yeah, and what fiver2 said!
rulez added on the 2017-06-12 22:45:50 by RufUsul RufUsul
It's not easy to know what to think about this one. On one side it has a powerful dark feeling about it with a great soundscape and colors - this opens up for some interpretations and makes it fun (but in a dark way).

At times it does however feel like it tries too hard....hard to pinpoint exactly why..

All in all, thumbs up!
rulez added on the 2017-06-13 17:56:27 by quisten quisten
It's like Darkness Lay Your Eyes On Me without size restriction, even the long name! :)
rulez added on the 2017-07-27 18:02:32 by golem golem
Realistic, as for me. Nice ambient, really AMAZING graphics and cool ending.
rulez added on the 2017-08-16 00:36:49 by 100bit 100bit
great experience
nicely done
rulez added on the 2021-10-31 00:00:12 by bsp bsp
Pretty void
sucks added on the 2021-11-01 15:13:23 by raer raer
great brutalist demo!
rulez added on the 2021-11-13 18:49:17 by v3nom v3nom

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