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Exactly 30 years ago, a huge demoparty took place for the first time in Aars, Denmark:
The Party!

And... it became legendary in the history. (thread)

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The Party was organized by local demo groups: Anarchy, Crystal and The Silents. It was a 99% Amiga party and all major Amiga groups turned up.

During 3 days 1200 sceners gathered (1000 were expected). Most came with their computer & CRT screens!

As you can guess, there was a lot of demos released, and while there was an incredible amount of release each year back then, 3 demos are landmarks in the whole .

If you were an Amiga user, you know at least two of them...

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Global Trash II by The Silents is 30 years old today.

This is the first "video-demo" ever, built with broadcast tools (Quantel Paintbox, video mixers, broadcast VCRs and SGI, I guess). It was released on VHS.

It's the "sequel" to Global Trash, released 8 months before on Amiga.

Later, a category was created for videos and anything that don't fit in regular demo competitions: the Wild competition!

So this is actually the first "Wild"...

youtube.com/watch?v=k7KxZfu0Nc

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Hardwired by Crionics & The Silents is 30 years old today.

It took the best of the existing Amiga and stream-loaded 20 effects from floppy disk, packaged with perfect transitions, video/audio sync, amazing graphics and music.

Hardwired is a major turning point of the demoscene. Any big demo released after this one couldn't do without good design, transitions and music/effects sync.

peertube.fenarinarsa.com/w/37j

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Odyssey by Alcatraz is 30 years old today.

This is a HUGE demo: 5 floppy disks and a running time of 34 minutes for the "main part", which is actually a full story taking place in space. So it's more like a movie!

It was considered by many Amiga users as the best demo ever back then. It also showed that the Amiga could tell long stories in 3D.

1991 is also the year Another World was released, so telling stories was all the rage!

youtube.com/watch?v=4MgScvu0-E

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Here's two more demos released at The Party so that you can see a bit more what the Amiga demoscene looked like in 1991.

Voyage by Razor 1911 is 30 years old today.

youtube.com/watch?v=YMFBAOjuMW

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Odyssey placed 1st and Hardwired 2nd at the demo compo, that month of December 1991.

Now, 30 years later, which one do you prefer?

Vote!

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There's actually videos of The Party available on the net.

It's in 3 parts, here's the first one. It ends with Global Trash II in live! Enjoy.

youtube.com/watch?v=v6WtWYmz3i

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Btw if you ever have videos of parties or demos on tape, I can capture them.

Most video captures of old tapes are of bad quality or improperly done (even the Global Trash II's master was captured improperly, it seems).

See my peertube for VHS/DV/Betacam captures:

peertube.fenarinarsa.com/c/vid

Here's The Party poll reposted because it seems people discovered it a bit late and I can't extend the previous one :)

Which of these demos released at The Party 1991, 30 years ago, do you like most?

@fenarinarsa I am following you from Mastodon, will try and follow from diode.zone too.

@zwangseinweisung @fenarinarsa Beams is from 2002?

(At least, TSSC's Beams. Which is a great demo, just, not from 1992.)

@fenarinarsa The correct outcome, but perhaps you should extend the poll to allow the folks outside Europe to see it? (:

@fenarinarsa WHAT THE FSCK IT HAS NOT BEEN 30 YEARS

FSCK

also hi I wish I'd been there

@Truck @fenarinarsa one of the first ones I went to was the NoCrew party over newyear 1990. I still have the t shirt from that party in the my drawer.

@loke @fenarinarsa I actually didn't get a shirt from my first party (Breakpoint, 2003.)

Why 2003? Because travel to parties in Europe was not something I could really do earlier. And the US or Canadian parties were... far away. Chicago->Quebec = distance, Chicago->San Diego = distance, and there were, you know. Very few people in the local area who could have done a party. Save Pyromaniac, who did them, but PC parties and ... yeah by the time we were talking he was in college and not local (: We finally met a week before I left for C attle. Just like how I saw Hardwired a week before I moved to Chicago, and all my friends in Akron said "OH. Now we get it. Yes. Let's make a demo!" (after YEARS of trying to get folks to work with me on a demo.)

Ah, such is my history with the scene (:

@Truck @loke We are a lot that couldn't afford travelling far back then :) My first party was the Crystal Summer Convention in 1992 (near Paris).

Then I went to CSC2 and all The Place to Be that took place in the South of France in the 1990s.

Then I went on hiatus of the scene and came back at Breakpoint 2008.

Actually my English was so bad before 2000 that I didn't even consider going to foreign parties ĀÆ\_(惄)_/ĀÆ

@Truck @fenarinarsa I did hear that the US scene has much less parties. I was lucky enough to be living in Sweden where a lot of the good ones were, with other big ones nearby, mostly in Finland and Germany. It was pretty easy to get to them, so we ended up going to several every year.

I'd like to argue that it was the golden age of parties. These days I live in Asia, so there is only one party I try to go to and that's our old group's meetup every year (although it's been cancelled for 2 years due to covid of course). It's a small one with a few tens of people only.

Stupid Joke about Aars 

@fenarinarsa hehe "Aars" - yeah a lot of fun things happen there ;)

thanks for sharing though

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