THE AMIGA DEMO by Richard Karsmakers
Elsewhere in this issue of ST NEWS, you have been able to read
an exciting real-time story about the historical visit of "The
Exceptions" (TEX) to Holland, and the finishing of their newest
product: The "Amiga Demo". A review of that new project can be
found here, as that other article became too big to add this
review to it.
Barely had the ST world discovered the "B.I.G. Demo" that was
launched by the end of January, or the fabulous German hacking
group "The Exceptions" decided to make a sequel: The "Amiga
Demo". No world records were involved this time, except maybe the
world record non-stop programming: 20 hours (read all about this
elsewhere in this issue of ST NEWS).
At first sight, the "Amiga Demo" looks quite boring. No fancy
color effects, no scroling in the border, no music.....no music?
Wait a minute. After pumping up the volume, some digitised four-
voice music becomes audible with approximate Amiga quality! About
a quarter of an hour of superb pieces of the aforementioned type
of music is included in seven tunes, featuring e.g. "Rally
Master", "Amegas" and "Crashin' Robb".
The fact that over fifteen minutes of high quality four-voice
music is included in half a megabyte of memory already is
something quite staggering, but the "Amiga Demo" also offers a
so-called "Overscan Screen": A screen with graphics in the lower
AND right border! Together with the "Arkanoid" soundchip music
and a lengthy scrolling text, this completes the demo.
The music is very good - not only of high quality as I before
stated, but also of great melodical brilliance: The drums and
bass-lines are neatly composed. Unfortunately, there IS some
noise in the high, sustained notes. Rob Hubbard: "With some
filtering, it can be lots better!". Selecting the music is done
with cursor keys and the return key, the "Overscan Screen" is
entered by pressing the "O" (any key returns).
Though not visually as attractive as the "B.I.G. Demo" and
featuring only 1/16th of the music time, the "Amiga Demo" is an
outstanding piece of programmer's craftsmanship. Once again,
these TEX guys have manifested themselves in the annals of the
ST. Amiga, eat your heart out!
Of course, the "Amiga Demo" is Public Domain, and will be
available through all PD libraries soon! It needs a color
monitor, and works on single-sided disk drives. Half a megabyte
of memory is required.
The text of the articles is identical to the originals like they appeared in old ST NEWS issues. Please take into consideration that the author(s) was (were) a lot younger and less responsible back then. So bad jokes, bad English, youthful arrogance, insults, bravura, over-crediting and tastelessness should be taken with at least a grain of salt. Any contact and/or payment information, as well as deadlines/release dates of any kind should be regarded as outdated. Due to the fact that these pages are not actually contained in an Atari executable here, references to scroll texts, featured demo screens and hidden articles may also be irrelevant.