MindCandy Volume 1: PC Demos
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(Jan 14, 2003)
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MindCandy offers a 230 minute feast for the eyes and the ears. -- c't, German Computer magazine, 6/2003
The music video-like productions which combine graphics, musics and programmed effects could be classified as media art. -- MikroBitti, Finnish magazine, 3/2003
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As good as these demos are, and they varied immensely since every IBM PC-compatible had different speed, graphics, and even sound abilities.
You are cheating yourself if you don't also order Mindcandy Volume 2 to see the Amiga demos. Volume 2 is far and away the definitive high-quality demoscene archive, rendered on the machines that did what PC's still cannot do.
If you're a fan of the demo scene, then you need this disc - unless you want to keep a bunch of 286, 386, and 486 machines around and running, this is your best bet for seeing oldschool demos from now on, since they often won't work with modern hardware. If you're not familiar with demos, well, they're basically a demonstration of (visual and audio) things you never knew your computer could do. If you're a fan of computer graphics, "The Mind's Eye" videos, electronic music, neat screensavers, or music videos, you'll probably dig this.
The disc is double-sided, with side one being "transcendental vistas", containing 22 demos from 1999-2001. Very advanced visuals here. The second disc is "kickin' it oldschool", which has 20 demos dating from 1990-1998. Here you can see the evolution of the art form from the beginning (on the PC, at least).
Side One contains: Wonder, 604, Kosmiset Avaruus Sienet, Further, Chrome, Volatile, Tesla, Broadband, Mikrostrange, Moral Hard Candy, TE-2RB, Le Petit Prince, Engergia, Gerbera, Lapsus, Enlight the Surreal, Experimental, Live Evil, The Nonstop Ibiza Experience, Codename Chinadoll, Art, and Kasparov.
Side Two contains: Second Reality, Megademo, Cronologia, Unreal, Amnesia, Panic, Crystal Dream 2, Show, Verses, Dope, X14, Stars: Wonders of the World, Reve, Paimen, Inside, Megablast, 303, Saint, Square, and Riprap.
I was a bit concerned about how well the visuals would be preserved, since moving the old-school DOS-based graphics to DVD is harder than you might expect. Once I got the disc, I was pleasantly surprised and impressed. The audio and visual fidelity is stunning. This was clearly a labor of love by very talented people who care about the art form. Now I just have to wait for them to make the next volume...
They were driven and self-taught. They had unprecedented knowledge of computer technology and they created computer art on equipment which was not supposed to meet the requirements. Spread across the world in relatively small numbers they met each other at computer clubs, exchanged their demonstrations of art through sending floppies by regular mail and they called themselves 'the demo scene'.
This DVD is a historical archive of the development of computer art in the 1990s. Produced by the very same people that were part of that development it features ultra-high quality of original productions from the era and a 20 minute documentary on the scene.
This is a MUST HAVE for each and everyone that was part of the scene and a recommendation to everyone interested to know how computer multimedia all began.
Watching this DVD allows me to bring back my past any time I wanted and relive those moments. Hornet did a phenomenal job capturing the demos to DVD and providing insightful commentary tracks.