Over the weekend from April 3rd – 6th the 2015 Revision demoparty took place in Saarbrücken, Germany, and was a great showcase for the latest computer generated art of the demoscene. If you aren’t familiar with it, a demoparty is a party to show off demos, or programs that demonstrate audio and graphic programming skills. There’s a rich history to the demoscene that goes back to the earliest home computers, and it’s amazing to see so many people are still interested in the culture and technology of demos today.
This year looks like it was a great year for the Revision demoparty. The full list of demo competition winners is available here (in awesome ASCII art form!) and some of the highlights you can find on YouTube that caught my eye are:
- PC-10: Panda³ by PandaCube – Shown above, this is the winner of the ‘wild’ category which is a free-for-all category for a demo running on any hardware. This demo shows off an Arduino Mega controlling NeoPixels in a beautiful 3D printed enclosure, oh and a cute stuffed panda bear!
- 8088 MPH by Hornet + CRTC + DESiRE – A well-deserved winner of the oldschool category, this demo shows some amazing color and sound capability from the classic IBM PC. Fantastic work!
- ziphead by cncd vs fairlight – Winner of the PC demo category, this has some amazing visuals and music for a modern PC demo, and overall a great style.
- Offscreen Colonies by Conspiracy – The winner of the PC 64k category, it never fails to impress me what you can do with only 64 kilobytes of code on a modern PC!
- The Stone Pavilion by Collapse – If making a demo in only 64k is too easy, then check out this entry in the PC 4k competition. Only 4 kilobytes for the entire demo!
- REBORN by APPENDIX – The winner of the Amiga intro category, it’s amazing to see what people are doing with 20+ year old computers!
Overall it looks like the Revision demoparty was a huge success. Congratulations to the winners and all who participated!