Exactly 30 years ago on this day, me and my friends in the C64 demo group XAKK went to a so called copyparty in Furulund, Sweden. Here we met with other people that was part of the early Commodore 64 and Amiga scene in Sweden. Three demos was released on this party. One of it was the first if a long series of more advanced demos for Commodore 64 from my team in XAKK. This demo was called Another Perfect Demo. My friend Jolly Cracker did the assembler coding and I made music and graphics.
You can read more about it in my story about XAKK that I wrote in the 90s when I still remembered some details about my years hacking the Commodore 64. It’s hard to believe 30 years have passed. My generation of computer geeks are nearing our 50s and some have already passed.
RIP Mr Bacher/CombatManiac who went to the next level a couple of weeks ago.
Back in the mid to late 80’s I was quite active in the Commodore 64 demo scene, as Knatter of XAKK. That ended in 1990 when I got an Amiga and ventured into a period of game development.
I still like to keep track on what goes on with the old C64. There is a quite active demo scene, mostly consisting of men in their 40s and early 50s, hellbent on pushing the 8 bit boundaries even further.
Once in a while something really impressive is released, like this fresh new demo from Bonzai, called the Phoenix Code. Recorded on a real C64. Everything is great with it. The overall design and graphics, the coding and of course the music, oh the music.
Something called the Unepic Stoned High SID Collection has been recording over 50000 tunes made on the Commodore 64. Since I was very much a part of that scene from the mid 80s to early 90s, naturally all my tunes are included. I made a playlist with all of them for your chiptune enjoyment. I put what I consider to be my best tunes from back then at the top of the list.
In my little series featuring Scandinavian hacker parties I visited in the late 80s, we have finally come to the grand finale: Furulund, Skåne, Sweden 25 – 27 of August 1989. This was, to my knowledge the third and last meeting held in Furulund. I belive me and my friends in XAKK visitied all of them. Unfortunately this is the only one where I actually took some pictures. At the time XAKK was about to leave the Commodore 64 scene. Me and Vivace was working on a game that was never finished. We had only one more C64 demo left to do, Bound to be best II which was released in May 1990.
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Lets take a trip down memory lane to the year of our lord 1989. The Commodore 64 and Amiga demo/cracker scene had became quite big among us geeks of northern Europe. My team XAKK had released demos for the C64 for more than two years by now. Truth be told, we were beginning to feel a bit like “was this all there was too it?”. Maybe we were just getting a bit too old for it all.
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I have scanned some ‘evidence’ from my days in the late 80s Commodore 64 scene. First up are some pics I took at the infamous meeting in Tommerup, Denmark 8th to 10th July 1988. This party was held by the groups Jewels (Ikari), Danish Gold, Dominators and Upfront.
I went there together with some of the other guys from XAKK – Vivace, Jolly Cracker/JC and Mr Cross. Somehow the arrangers had miscalculated the total space needed for a couple of hundred or so hackers. Since there was nowhere to place our computers we decided to call it quits and go home early the next morning.
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As some may or may not know I was pretty deeply involved in the so called Commodore 64 scene from around 1986 to 1990. I was the co-founder and musician/graphics guy of a Swedish demo and cracking group called XAKK. Rob Hubbard was one of my major inspirations for my music back then. Here is my personal top ten list of the best pieces of C64 music created by the one true SID-god, Rob Hubbard.
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Last year the demo No Sleep 2 (1987) by my old C64 group XAKK was chosen to be part of the exhibition Typemotion at ZKM at the Center for art and media in Karlsruhe Germany.
If you missed the exhibition you can catch it again and again since it’s a travelling exhibition. Next up will be in Vilnius, Lithuania and the National gallery of art, the branch of the Lithuanian art museum, between Oct 10 and Nov 9, 2014.