Event planning is still in progress, and this page will be updated as events are scheduled.
This year, chiptune musician Inverse Phase will be joining us for a live concert! Join us for a performance of original music written on the Sega Genesis (and maybe some surprise bonus material), as well as a "Chiptune 101" presentation, geared for both beginners and seasoned scene veterans alike. He'll also have music and stickers with him, should you like to take some home, and an in-progress custom chiptune synthesizer he is building from scratch will be on display.
Come to hear engaging discussions on topics across the demoscene.
How is bitty formed? How computer get chiptune? The answers to these questions and more await you at Demosplash's exciting chiptune presentation by Inverse Phase, intended for both beginners and seasoned scene veterans alike! The presentation will cover what a chiptune is, the history of music in computers and consoles, and examples of (old/new/easy/hard) tools used to write them.
ShaderToy is an online platform by iq/BeautyPi that pumps bits of your choice to the screen and speaker. ShaderToy takes all the grunt work out of real-time graphics and sound, but translating your creative vision into a running, awesome demo is up to you. Plus, there's a catch: your toolbox includes only basic mathematical operations. No OOP, no malloc, not even any print! With that kind of foundation, how will you ever build the monument that is your latest and greatest prod? cxw/Incline will get you started up the ladder toward ShaderToy mastery. He will introduce techniques he used in the second-place PC demo from @party 2016. It's his first ShaderToy demo, so he is well-placed to answer questions about his experience starting from square zero. Topics will include "what on earth is a shader?", constructing and organizing multiple scenes, shader coding in the GLSL language, and basic chiptune synthesis. cxw will give a live demonstration of some oldschool effects and at least one poly! Time permitting, he will also introduce lighting, texturing, and using Python to expand your artistic scope.
The tracker is a music composition tool used by chiptune and demoscene composers alike. Inverse Phase will briefly introduce the tracker and its components, and then write a chiptune live! Feel free to bring a laptop and follow along! You can install the freely available Milkytracker and Deflemask which are available for all modern operating systems.
We'll also have several special exhibits throughout the weekend!
2015 marks 30 years of Amiga! Join us and many others around the world in celebrating the 30th anniversary of the release of the first Commodore Amiga computer, the first "multimedia PC," that revolutionized home computing. To mark the occasion, we've put together a tribute to the Amiga's legacy, complete with historical artifacts, special demo screenings, classic Amiga music, interactive exhibits, and more. Come check it out!
Second Reality is a famous demo released by the group Future Crew that runs on PCs in DOS. Though rarely regarded as the greatest demo ever released, it has reached a highly influential cult status and is a must-watch for anyone. Since its release in 1993, many demo groups have paid tribute to this seminal work with a variety of remakes and homages for all sorts of machines. We'll have some of the best of them running as a playlist for your enjoyment.
Our yearly retro gaming room returns! Play from hundreds of the games you fondly remember on authentic hardware, including:
We'll be running a tournament in our gaming room. Do you have what it takes to be the best?
Come celebrate the spirit of the Demoscene with live screenings and competitions.
No demo party is complete without the chance to write your own demos and submit them to be screened and voted on by the audience! We have several categories - check the compos page for more info.
Throughout the weekend, we'll be offering live showings of demos running on real machines, old and new, from the CMU Computer Club's large collection -- Amiga, Atari, Commodore, PC, you name it! We'll be showing both eternal classics and recent releases. Check the schedule for more details and times!
Loud, flashy, and generally seizure-inducing, rave demos are the demoscene's link to the techno/rave culture it grew up within. These might not be for everyone, but they definitely have devoted fans. We'll be giving these their own room for your enjoyment!