How to become an "artistic" demogroup.
or the bloody "why did we do it?" explanation (after this little
fictional and educational story bit)
Empowered by MFX media labs. This was included in the Booth 2 demo
First of all, you need at least some vaguely talented people, e.g. a
coder, a musician and a gfx artist( this one is optional, just get a
Getting members is the hardest part. I mean, if you are a
quake lamer and can't basically do a shit (except configure your ATI
at-2000pnp network adapter and a name server) you probably don't have a
chance, but weird things are known to have
Have members? Proceed...
Second, after you have your team ready go and get inspiration.
This inspiration probably does not come from watching 2nd
Reality from Future Crew over and over again.
Inspiration comes from the fact that life sucks big time,
that you're better off dead, what's the point, that others are better at
everything, heavy industry rules, quake lamers are just..., why all the 3d
in demos, c.s.i.p.d, c.s.i.p.d...
An idea not tested yet:trying to watch the blue
bits of "Dope" by Komplex through red sunglasses and the red/orange parts
through blue sunglasses. Might be worth a try.
An advice: watching se7en (Brad & Morgan) or any
other "dark" movie and trying to imitate the "feel" _doesn't_ work, we've
tried! And don't ever rip H.R. Giger's imagery/paintings to your demo.
(we've tried that too, it doesn't help either).
Also, get drunk and/or use drugs if you want. Or you can
just read religious scriptures and science fiction books, it's known to
Watch only the demos which have fucked up gfx on your
Vary the brightness and contrast of your monitor fast
enough to make a demo pulsate and
Now, you got a vision? no?
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Just get your coder to code some shitty fx, go through his/her
(unlikely) source code and change numbers at random. Make sure that the
thing compiles though.
Get the musician to do a song and then change some of the samples,
use the alt-m command a lot (if you are using FT2, stop doing so) and
convert some samples to Amiga format.(if your platform is PC, that
is).Finally, swap the order sequence and delete lines from single tracks
Great, now you have your fx and music. The only thing thatís missing is
If you have a gfx artist, use PhotoShop on his/her pictures a lot.
Mainly use the brightness/contrast adjustments and change the colors to
really ugly brown/green/yellow type thingies.
You could also try to add more sharpness to the images to make them
look more evil.
Now if you don't have a gfx artist:
If you have a scanner, good.
If you don't, surf the web(tm).
Got some weird pics now?
Ok, go on with the show...
Now this is the important part. Gather all your
participating members to one location (preferably the home of your main
coder) and get really wasted. Use whatever substance you like, but
remember that you really can't get good kicks out of milk and cookies
(unless they're funny cookies).
Get your ideas rolling, put something on paper, code a
And fall asleep/pass
Now, when you wake up and can't remember shit from the
previous night, go and run your partially finished "artistic"
If you've done everything in right way, your demo should kick ass. Or