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Contrast by Oxygene [web]
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release date : april 1996
release party : Saturne 1996
compo : pc demo
ranked : 1st
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popularity : 71%
  • 0.94
  • 8
alltime top: #615
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This demo along with Bomb/Impact Studios, changed single-handedly the PC demoscene. It was in France, same year, same party, both prods. None is better than the other, yet they are both very relevand. Constrast is an instant classic. It's worth paying attention to this production.
added on the 2000-08-21 12:33:23 by sin sin
I like Oxygene! I like their Java Site, I like their Atari demos, I like their PC Demos!

Great demo. I like very much the floor bump mapping, I like the 3d fx (Although they are dark..) I like some 2d fx there..

cdc added on the 2001-02-20 15:21:29 by Optimus Optimus
yeah, the demo that started the french 3d-revolution ;)

great bump, great 3d, great music, just great.
rulez added on the 2001-06-18 20:33:06 by fractalgp fractalgp
but where's the contrast today?
"whattheheck, if we can have ambient light let's put some - say 0.7?"
rulez added on the 2001-07-10 01:59:04 by 216 216
My favorite demo for years.. and this comes from the man who reviewed hundreds on Hornet. One of the most atmospheric demo soundtracks ever. Great looking 3d scenes for the time, and very fast code (probably some clever fakes :). Even an oldskool tribute with some beautiful-looking vectorball objects. And long enough to keep me pulled in. I wish Oxygene would return to the PC, maybe Leonard can bring back some of the guys. :)
rulezcdc added on the 2001-07-10 02:44:48 by phoenix phoenix
I liked this one a lot. Really nice music, unusually nicely-chosen colours basically all the way through, etc.
rulez added on the 2001-08-12 17:24:53 by bigcheese bigcheese
Epic demo classic with some nice oldschool flavour, came out at around the same time as inside by cncd. It was really hard choosing between these two when voting the best demo for charts :)
rulez added on the 2001-09-02 11:14:42 by saffron saffron
This one really rules. Until Contrast I only have seen very very few good PC demos. But this one really rules, too bad nowadays most of the old DOS demos don't run anymore (at least not in Win2k).
rulez added on the 2001-09-05 11:02:54 by bartman bartman
It didn't *singlehandedly* change the pc scene (even together with bomb) but it certainly is cool stuff to stare at. =)
rulez added on the 2001-09-07 18:03:50 by Shifter Shifter
try pressing space key during the demo to watch how much CPU time is consumed :)
added on the 2001-09-08 18:27:08 by bartman bartman
Oxygene are my heros!!! (Except Donald Duck ;)
rulez added on the 2001-10-24 13:16:24 by Optimus Optimus
theese days it's boring, but when I first saw it - Aaaaaawwww it ruled!
rulez added on the 2001-12-14 14:59:35 by jar jar
Not really boring, it has more features than most todayish 3d-engines have.
as pro- as you can get.
rulez added on the 2001-12-14 16:19:19 by _-_-__ _-_-__
Another 'must have' classic demo besides 2nd Reality, Dope or Stars. It looks very nice and the soundtrack is awesome!
added on the 2002-01-22 19:19:42 by Crest Crest
my thumb is up :)
rulez added on the 2002-01-22 20:09:21 by asasel asasel
Well, it didn't work quite properly in my comp (it was really slow), but i liked the music, and it has a kind of artistic grip.. :)
added on the 2002-01-22 20:50:09 by asasel asasel
A demo i showed a lot... A bit long, but a nice trip, great ambiance.
rulez added on the 2002-03-22 11:34:02 by willbe willbe
the intro part gave me shivers the first time I saw it, and the demo hasn't lost much since then :) (especially since it's running through in full framerate on newer computers)
rulez added on the 2002-03-22 13:23:26 by ryg ryg
cool demo I somehow missed in the good old days and watched for the first time only about a year ago.. some nice heavy 3d and bump-fx afair, but I found reeeeally too long.. 8]
rulez added on the 2002-03-22 15:08:42 by bhead bhead
back in 96.. ouch, I've consider this one as one of the best demo ever for a long time...
rulez added on the 2002-03-22 17:24:22 by elric elric
lovely deserves ten of those thumbs really
rulez added on the 2002-03-24 02:12:55 by bizken bizken
Awesome, the demo that (for me) proved that 3d engines could be put to good use beyond #polygons contests.

Too bad I can't watch it anymore.
rulez added on the 2002-04-07 14:16:36 by Jare Jare
still a great demo..
rulez added on the 2002-10-06 13:58:52 by warp warp
The links above lead to the version they entered
in the compo. Get the final version at:
added on the 2003-05-07 20:58:42 by none none
oh it's soo good it's soo goood!
rulez added on the 2003-05-07 21:44:01 by gloom gloom
Haven't seen this baby since a long time ago... A classic indeed.
rulez added on the 2003-05-07 22:18:32 by moT moT
this certainly belongs to my personal best-demo-ever top10.
technically average but visually powered to the maximum.
rulez added on the 2003-07-19 23:00:15 by hfr hfr
rulez added on the 2003-07-19 23:27:13 by tomaes tomaes
rulez added on the 2003-11-10 12:39:25 by dairos dairos
Brilliant, excellent, awesome!
rulez added on the 2003-12-12 13:48:59 by vgo vgo
one of my favorites. revolutionnary use of colors on PC at a design design were lacking.
rulez added on the 2004-01-23 11:13:23 by krabob krabob
rulez added on the 2004-01-23 11:45:17 by p01 p01
I'd forgotten what the name of this prod was and I'd been looking for it for years... huuuge nostalgia trip, and still a damn fine demo!
rulez added on the 2004-11-12 15:40:15 by witeshade witeshade
Great music, great effects, great everything.
rulez added on the 2004-11-12 20:53:52 by Preacher Preacher
a must have!
rulez added on the 2004-12-29 01:47:00 by leaderc leaderc
This demo is so slick and polished - I just love it! Probably the best PC-demo ever to be made.
rulezcdc added on the 2005-03-29 13:38:47 by Optima Optima
thsi was very nice!
rulez added on the 2005-07-01 15:15:36 by chavez chavez
this was. and oxbab is probably the coolest nick ever :)
added on the 2005-07-01 15:20:13 by chavez chavez
Atarians do it best ;)
rulez added on the 2005-07-01 19:18:52 by ltk_tscc ltk_tscc
I watched this so many times - especially the music is great, it was one of the first demos to feature "splined camera movements" and it just looked great -- and meant another engine rewrite :-)
rulez added on the 2005-07-01 20:35:02 by d3pth d3pth
rulez added on the 2005-07-19 22:52:10 by blala blala
rulez added on the 2005-07-19 23:29:07 by Buckethead Buckethead
depth: there were earlier spline cameras... have a look at control/oxygene for examplo ;)
rulez added on the 2005-09-23 07:09:22 by winden winden
rulez added on the 2005-11-27 20:28:01 by mrdoob mrdoob
the best demo in 1996. respect.
rulez added on the 2006-03-29 17:23:16 by seppjo seppjo
Utterly brilliant. Still very watchable. Puts some of the modern pc demos to shame with style and grace. Not to mention outrageous coding skills. The music still sounds good.
rulez added on the 2006-05-04 19:47:37 by wroceng wroceng
Wonderful atmosphere, nice music and gfx. One of the very best dos demos out there.
rulez added on the 2006-06-16 13:15:39 by Psychad Psychad
You can't do that on PS3!
rulez added on the 2006-06-21 15:37:54 by xernobyl xernobyl
rulez added on the 2007-04-28 16:27:44 by violator violator
Wow! massive respect!
rulez added on the 2007-05-08 20:55:31 by calimero calimero
Okay, that's brilliant.
rulez added on the 2007-06-11 10:11:10 by Cj Cj
sheer beauty
rulez added on the 2007-06-19 10:43:03 by sam sam
one of my fave pc demos
rulez added on the 2007-06-19 14:16:35 by freddek freddek
mine too!!!
rulez added on the 2007-07-13 16:58:11 by mad mad
Best PC demo ever. Fantastic use of textures to simulate complex lighting. The tunnel scene and the 3d-bobs were simply jawdropping back in 96...
rulezcdc added on the 2007-07-24 23:43:04 by Stebo Stebo
The thumb-hungry gremlin sometimes strikes back...
rulez added on the 2007-07-24 23:55:14 by bdk bdk
Dear Santa, this year I have been a very good and mild mannered boy. Will you bring me a win-conversion of Contrast this christmas?
Puulease? I've got cookies and milk waiting here for you!
added on the 2007-08-03 13:08:48 by Stebo Stebo
who needs a win port? runs beautifully in dosbox. <3
added on the 2007-09-30 00:01:15 by phoenix phoenix
that was truly amazing...
rulez added on the 2007-09-30 00:11:50 by guille^cocoon guille^cocoon
rulez added on the 2007-11-30 12:00:39 by zefyros zefyros
tunnel mapping in spiral
electro music
distortion and stretching of the tunnel mappings
"OXYGEN" name appears by letters, then titel "contrast"
flying over a light mapping, credit names

change of music to some house
3D rings in a ring, flying through them, in a textured crater,
3 concentric rings and a ball in the middle appear, turn a little bit, then disappear

change of music
greeting words, some metaballs, 2D, in the background

jungle music
flying through a cavern, textured mapped walls, water reflex, some 3D objects

music change
lots of 3D balls, forming objects, various colors

music change
3D wireframe objects, turning around, leaving a blue motion blur
again a cavern a 3D object in the middle turning around, then another object, bigger, red metallic reflexing texture
some kind of 3D flower

title, group name, thanks to the viewer
rulez added on the 2007-12-24 00:28:20 by BITS BITS
Goddamnit it's boring as hell nowadays :) But, taken in 96 context, solid thumb up.
rulez added on the 2008-01-14 13:51:41 by psonice psonice
Code feels very solid!
rulez added on the 2008-03-20 03:03:40 by Emod Emod
rulez added on the 2008-05-14 21:17:14 by gentleman gentleman
wanna get high?
rulez added on the 2008-12-25 10:27:20 by rudi rudi
Well directed
rulez added on the 2009-02-08 20:44:58 by T$ T$
One of the very best pc demo imo and a solid production, as always with Oxygene.
rulez added on the 2009-02-21 06:49:17 by micdune micdune
Good stuff back then and fantastic soundtrack.
rulez added on the 2009-02-21 07:00:50 by keops keops
rulez added on the 2009-05-18 09:06:41 by PENETRATOR PENETRATOR
Oh yes, Baby!
rulez added on the 2009-05-18 09:26:50 by raer raer
great music and gfx, but i think their amiga demos are better
added on the 2009-05-18 10:17:23 by v3nom v3nom
rulez added on the 2009-09-20 19:31:55 by Jakim Jakim
rulez added on the 2009-11-06 21:04:01 by sINk sINk
features one of the nicest tunes on pc :)
rulez added on the 2009-12-18 19:31:28 by shock__ shock__
way too lengthy for my taste..
added on the 2010-03-05 12:39:22 by toxie toxie
Maybe that was ok for '96, I dont remember, but surely some nice code there.
added on the 2010-03-30 15:30:30 by leGend leGend
great demo
rulez added on the 2010-03-30 16:35:28 by superplek superplek
A successfull jump from Atari to PC scene :)

Clawz you rocks!
rulez added on the 2010-08-16 09:48:59 by rez rez
together with solex my favourite oxygene demo. oxbab and clawz were a real dream team! killer 3d engine for the time (although the trifiller is a bit low-accuracy). Also like the full-screen images (by mon iirc)
rulez added on the 2010-10-29 10:59:09 by arm1n arm1n
You can't do that on PS3!

well, actually oxbab == Christophe Balestra == main coder of Uncharted PS3. He's still pushing limits as you can see :-)
added on the 2010-10-29 11:02:17 by arm1n arm1n
wonderful soundtrack, better looking visuals than most 3d-demos back then. The whole demo just have that kick-ass feel and (atleast back then) special french quality stamp :)
rulez added on the 2011-04-26 20:33:00 by Mel Mel
rulez added on the 2011-10-14 20:50:18 by jack-3d jack-3d
Ahh.. pure pleasure every time I watch this one.
rulez added on the 2011-11-11 13:57:06 by Frequent Frequent
Indeed, great demo with awesome music
rulez added on the 2011-11-11 14:10:31 by britelite britelite
cool demo, esp nice music
rulez added on the 2012-05-05 14:45:49 by v3nom v3nom
rulez added on the 2012-09-29 13:12:59 by ccr ccr
Really like the colors and music here, some spiffy effects as well of course.
rulez added on the 2013-04-27 20:44:29 by noby noby
what noby said.
rulez added on the 2013-08-28 22:41:16 by kimi kardashian kimi kardashian
But you don't like too strong colors kimi. Make up your mind.

I like them, because they are 1990 colors :)

Very nice and polished for 1996 and obviously inspiring other similar demos ;) - I'd like to say I appreciated the music especially - well composed and interesting, with slow synthesque transitions.

If the demo had faded out after the female face pic, there would have been no wow factor. I was expecting it to be the calm before the storm and didn't quite get a storm or a wow factor but it did indeed continue its enjoyable journey and for 1996, I can absolutely see why it gets CDCs.
rulez added on the 2014-12-15 20:47:34 by Photon Photon
rulez added on the 2014-12-15 21:09:39 by sensenstahl sensenstahl
Jawdropper back then - excellent production, much thanks to Clawz music and the colour schemes :)
rulez added on the 2014-12-17 09:44:18 by prowler prowler
Cool demo
rulez added on the 2015-03-12 09:32:38 by bitl bitl
one of the best DOS demo ever released!
rulez added on the 2015-08-01 13:51:16 by norecess norecess
really nice 2d fxs, tunnel-stuff and 3d scenes (and not so lovely vectorballs :), but the most impressive part is a KILLER SOUNDTRACK by Clawz!!! which just makes this demo soooooooooo cool and nice. especially for 1996 (compare it with typical mid-90s "boring 3d flyby\objshow" stuff and make your choice ;)

P.S. seems that it does not like EMM386 in real dos, but who cares? :)

P.P.S. ahh, I ran out of CDCs :)
rulez added on the 2015-10-09 20:14:20 by wbcbz7 wbcbz7
Back then I listened to the soundtrack till the cows came home. Tasty visuals, and the soundtrack is something special!
rulez added on the 2016-02-19 21:30:56 by dojoe dojoe
An awesome production with a very cool music. I watched it several times with great pleasure.
rulez added on the 2017-05-25 08:47:03 by dissident dissident
really nice demo with a really nice soundtrack
rulez added on the 2017-08-23 10:57:15 by krusty krusty
I love this demo. And the soundtrack is an absolute masterpiece.
rulez added on the 2017-11-10 14:05:05 by venex venex
this one seems to be still the same good as it used to be ages ago!
rulez added on the 2018-06-03 23:09:16 by evills evills
Calm and enjoyable. My favourites are credits, end scene, and tunnel part.
rulez added on the 2019-07-13 23:37:26 by vdr vdr
still one of the best demos ever -> take my long missing THUMB
rulez added on the 2019-08-16 12:15:51 by RufUsul RufUsul
why didnt i thumb this up?!?!?!?!?
rulez added on the 2020-05-10 21:31:46 by Flashira Flashira
One of my alltime favourites! Could listen to the soundtrack forever.
rulez added on the 2020-05-10 21:34:57 by Bobic Bobic
Seriously mind-blowing.
rulezcdc added on the 2020-05-28 14:27:29 by vitalkanev vitalkanev
rulez added on the 2021-04-08 17:22:49 by Blast! Blast!
Nice french PC-demo with plasmas, flybys, 3d-objects and nice music
rulez added on the 2021-06-04 19:46:05 by Queen_Luna Queen_Luna
rulez added on the 2022-11-28 00:15:14 by ferris ferris
rulez added on the 2023-04-13 14:58:35 by zoolmona zoolmona
I did not comment this prod after all this years
I made some dumb public comments back in days (about the code quality)
The fact is i did not see the demoscene evolution and i want to apologies here for that
Thumb up, this was a massive work (gfx, music AND code)
As i read in the last Leonard/OXG production, ox(bab)ygen may be back soon?
It will be great!
rulez added on the 2024-04-29 09:09:22 by roudoudou roudoudou

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