BIRTH OR REBIRTH? by Rad Man
January 26th, 1998
I can't quite put my finger on what inspired me to write this, but it's
Every year I read atleast one article somewhere about how The ANSI Scene
Is Dying, or how it just isn't as fun as it was. Every year! Each time it's
the same article, same pessimistic message. Following it up would be another
regurgitated response about how they have it all wrong. Typically, both would
severely lack any factual content for support, consisting of no more than a
bunch of poorly thought out opinions, all heavily biased towards the group
they were in and who they were friends with at the time. :)
Does this really surprise anyone? I guess it shouldn't.
The ANSI scene has always operated in a sort of "knee-jerk" fashion.
As if there were some sort of an automated mechanism which controlled it all.
It's become almost too predictable. For instance, how many have been shammed
by any of the following...
a) Someone hasn't been heard from in the past five days, rumor goes
out that he died or quit the scene.
b) Group X's release is over a week late. It's dead.
c) Everyone from Group X has left and joined Group Y. You should
Anyone ever help perpetuate such a hoax, without first checking it's validity?
Maybe it's just easier to sit there and and believe it, rather than dig down
for the truth. It's a shame that we can disregard everything these people
may have contributed in the past to US, members of the scene, and base our
decisions solely on what we've heard in the last 24 hours. That's
Alot of people wonder why I'm still here, or what I think about the
current state of the scene. In the past, I could have been the one writing
one of those retorts to the garbage negativity. But here we are in the now.
1998. Now I read those articles about the ANSI scene going downhill and
I think to myself,
" The ANSI scene I once knew is already dead. "
Speaking as a veteran going on ten years, many things in the scene have
changed, both for better and for worse. I really wish that some of my most
memorable and exciting experiences with the ANSI scene could be shared with
you all, but I just can't do them justice in words. I know that alot of my
decisions with my group have been misunderstood, and I accept that. No one
else can see through my eyes, and maybe you're focusing too much on the last
24 hours. But to answer the question at hand, why am I still here if I
believe the ANSI scene is dead?
Simple. It's the same reason -- exactly -- that I joined 10 years ago.
Not to get warez, be elite, make money, talk on the computers, or any of that
bullshit. Given, everyone is here for their own reason, but that's not what
attracted me. The biggest reason you should be here is for the art itself.
Everything else is just a frill. I continue to support the scenes because I
have a deep appreciation for damn good art, and believe there may be an artist
inside of me. People continue to seek good art, in all mediums. If you
restrict yourself to one single artform in this everchanging digital world of
ours, you could be holding yourself back.
There's something about the digital underground... The purity of it all.
In the demo scene, coders were always years ahead of the commercial
programmers. The tracking scene ran circles around mainstream computer
composers. The PD folks could not even touch the raw talent of the ANSI scene.
All of us; art, demo, and tracking people shared something in common. The
ability to take a technical limitation and embrace it's boundaries, producing
something magnificent, even claimed "impossible" in the past.
That is where the magic lies.
So if you've already have came to the same conclusion as I have, then
you already know and understand that factors that have led this scene to
it's downfall. But with every death there is a birth.
I'm not sure if what we're doing with ACiD could be considered a
birth or a rebirth. The rules are very different now. It's art from our
souls, not a comic store. It's free, not for sale. More expressive than
ever, back to the purity that it began with. Original. We still share some
similarities of the ACiD of the past... We're eager to get involved with
other underground scenes, to work together and keep the wheels in motion.
It's only been six months since we've made the switch and it's already
proved worthwhile. Once again the impossible has been made possible. We've
brought ourselves back to the basics. With a new medium and friends who are
eager to learn and exchange ideas, while honing their skills to the
perfection the underground has earned its reputation for. We've taken it
to the next level, while going back to what is real.
The format may die, but the expressions and dreams will not.
This is why I'm still here.
RaD Man // ACiD Productions
firstname.lastname@example.org // http://www.acid.org