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the irish demoscene rules!

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As am I, except for the pipe. Generally I suck on a potato instead.
added on the 2009-02-23 01:59:47 by Baz Baz
Interesting that someone noticed my talk, how on earth did that happen?
I think it's the first time anyone's really talked about the demoscene in Ireland, in a long time at the least.

I wasn't sure whether to post about here or not, because I felt a bit under-qualified even giving it. Some people here might be offended that someone who is barely in the demoscene dares to give a talk about it! Well fuck them :)

I tried to give a general introduction and overview of the demoscene. A few people in the audience had experience of demos, and one guy had once been slightly associated with the C64 scene (in the US, I think). Quite a mixed crowd, some techy, some people who just came to the conference to see what was happening. There was a speaker from Microsoft, Havok, a few industry people and some open-source folk and I think Randall Munroe from XKCD!

I talked about cracktros leading to intros and demos, demoparties, groups, compos, all the things we take for granted. As I went through I showed a number of demos, alas not in full (except for the last).

I showed Fiat Homo by Traction, since I thought it was a good representative demo, with good music, interesting graphics and some sort of narrative. Also, it's one of my favourites.
I showed a few snippets from Second Reality by Future Crew, due to its seminal nature and the fact that it shows some of the classic effects.
Next up was Robot Warrior by PWP, as an example of a more tongue-in-cheek demo, and of amazing use of retro hardware. The crowd really liked this one.
Finally, I showed Debris by Farbrausch, to really drive home the message that demos are something special. People were very impressed by this one, as usual, and asked lots of questions about how it could be done, what it was programmed in and so on.

I also mentioned what seems to have been a small C64-based demoscene in Cork, Ireland in the 1980s. A few demos came out with Irish-related texts and so on. One of the authors is now a well-known Irish blogger, so I am going to contact him about it.

Finally, I asked whether there would be any interest in an Irish demoscene event, and the questions and comments afterwards seemed to suggest that there would be. What we came up with was incorporating a demo aspect into the next of these conferences, a demo competition at the minimum and possibly much more. Through this and other means (online community, IRC, web, pub-meets) a community could be built and grown to the point where an Irish demoparty could be a reality.

I think my friend Dave, who organised the conference, plans to put the slides up online soon enough, so they will be available. More worryingly, the talks were all filmed, so you may be able to see me speaking! We'll see what happens.

Skrebbel: No worries man, I'm not angry at you or anything! It takes a lot to offend me, probably on the scale of losing a finger.
I look forward to meeting you some time. Will you be at Breakpoint/Sundown/AltParty this year?

As for Breakpoint, I am not sure if I am coming... I still haven't been paid for a job I've been working at for 6 weeks now. If the money comes through soon, and the flights haven't got too expensive by then, I will. I'm also hoping to go to Sundown and AltParty this year.
I'm telling myself that I'll bring a demo this year to at least one of those parties, but I don't think it'll be Breakpoint...

Apologies for the gigantic message.
added on the 2009-02-23 02:03:27 by johnl johnl
Wow, is the guy behind xkcd irish?
added on the 2009-02-23 02:09:09 by Optimonk Optimonk
Nah, but he was the keynote speaker for the conference :)
And we brought him out drinking after, of course...
added on the 2009-02-23 02:10:31 by johnl johnl
I've recently being of the opinion a pub with a projector could make for a nice mini event. Be sure to post it on Pouet if anything does happen :)
added on the 2009-02-23 02:35:01 by Baz Baz
It takes a lot to offend me

Considering you're Irish, I should've known that :-)

BP I will be. Also consider the ryanair Dublin->Outline Airport, if nonshannon is at all an option :-)

Sounds like a nice talk! It looks like it wasn't recorded, right? :-) Looks like it was a nice audience to give a demoscene talk to.
added on the 2009-02-23 06:47:15 by skrebbel skrebbel
I live in Dublin, so I have the best choice of flights in the country.

The talk was hopefully recorded. I think they're editing the videos a bit at the moment, we'll see if they get them online soon!
added on the 2009-02-23 08:55:12 by johnl johnl
You don't have to apologize for pissing me off. You have to apologize for being right.
It takes a lot to offend me

so i've noticed indeed, in the tradition of the "fighting irish" you don't get offended but hit back twice as hard it seems..:
There was a speaker from Microsoft, Havok


in other news, i seem to recall i have some evidence of a small atari st scene exisiting in ireland somewhere at home (an irish scene news diskmag article)... will try to look it up tonight :)
added on the 2009-02-23 12:44:09 by havoc havoc
you mean outside of the Finnish-Irish connection? (:
What other Irish or Irish-related demoscene people are there?

There's rc55, as mentioned earlier in this thread.

There's also setok, who I first met at the second Altparty, and I couldn't believe there was someone from not too far from my mother's homeplace.

Anyone else?
added on the 2009-02-23 18:11:35 by johnl johnl
there's paradox, tho he is too busy with university stuff most of the time that he doesnt really peak into the scene that much.
Has anyone ever heard of Xeer?

He was in a C64 group called Ozone, which seemed to have an Irish branch.

The one demo that he's noted as having worked on is Awareness of Reality:

It's not bad :)
added on the 2009-02-23 18:17:22 by johnl johnl
I am half Irish, but that is the larger part of me, i'm only 1/4 English and 1/4 Egyptian.

My mother was born and raised in the beautiful place Galway Bay, I on the other hand was born and raised in the ghetto ;)
added on the 2009-02-23 18:33:47 by keito keito
Which ghetto would that be? :D
added on the 2009-02-23 18:50:32 by johnl johnl
keito is a slumdog allstar!
According to CSDB...

You searched for:
Sceners matching:
Country: Ireland

Found: 12 matches.

Showing 1 - 12

Edward Carroll
Green Beret
The Joker
The Punisher!!!
added on the 2009-02-23 19:39:06 by cruzer cruzer
Exocet is from Ireland now? :-)
added on the 2009-02-23 21:14:28 by skrebbel skrebbel
Damn, I used to swap jungle tapes with tummo! and yes keito, you are a ghetto blastin whore!
added on the 2009-02-23 21:24:00 by dv$ dv$
Suddenly seems like everyone's from Ireland :D
added on the 2009-02-23 22:29:35 by johnl johnl
I'm not, but 2 sets of great-grandparents were (:
there were some amiga meetings in ireland at some point. early nineties, mostly focused around the quadriga group. read their intros scrollers and their diskmags for more info, or ask dad1916.

other than that i remember talking with mosh / fsk on irc, who was irish living in finland but then moved back afaik. and also rc55 ofcourse.
added on the 2009-02-24 02:43:23 by psenough psenough
pouet bbcode is crap.
forsaken design
added on the 2009-02-24 02:45:41 by psenough psenough
ps \o/

you're alive!! \o/

added on the 2009-02-24 09:26:00 by skrebbel skrebbel


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