Sometimes the demoscene feels like a bunch of engineers that do crafts rather than arts. Sometimes it doesn’t. The danish/french Amiga group Melon Dezign are usually credited for bringing graphic design into the demoscene. Their demos were called ‘design demos’. I just came up with a third category of demos: ’emo demo’. It is a bit of a joke to use that word, just to make it boringly clear. But anything goes if it rhymes. So here are three emo demos made in Norway.
(EDIT: hm, these images are extremely boring!? the demos are better..)
Creators & The Dreams – Brief Bursts of Happiness (C64, 2004) Short and grey demo with nicely animated graphics, mini-glitches, and a very interesting soundtrack, uncomfy style. It is almost all done by Mermaid, who is one of very few that codes, pixels, and composes for C64, Vic20, Amiga, NES, MSX, and more. What makes it even more rare, is that Mermaid is female.
Panoramic Designs – Mentallic (C64, 1992) Longer and bluer demo from one of my favourite groups because their style is psychedelic but not hippie, dark but not goth, experimental but not farty. It’s emo demos! In this demo there are a lot of scroll texts which was obligatory in 1992. It might not be an instant pleasure for everyone, but do check out more of their stuff (Psykolog and Parapsykolog for example).
Kjell Nordbo – Larger than life (C64, 2005) Already mentioned here before, this is probably the creepiest demoscene production ever. ‘The ultimate freedom you get only when you die!’ It seems a bit tricky to get it to work in some emulators (attaching a cartridge sometimes does the trick). Torrent with MP3s here.