Amiga Demos

During our recent house move I discovered my long lost Amiga 1200 in the attic. It had stopped working properly a long time ago but I couldn’t bear to dump at the time. However, I had no room to store a broken relic so it had to go. Along with the Amiga 1200 went my huge collection of public domain demos. These demos came on single or double low density 3.5″ floppy disks and were self contained and self booting programs that, once loaded, would play up-to-the-minute moving graphics along with an 8-bit tune or two. Anyways, I just found a few stray demos and was about to throw them in the bin too when I thought I would quickly Google them…and I’m glad I did. It turns out that there are still communities that are interested in the demos, like the Amiga Demo Archive, and the search quickly pointed towards YouTube (Why hadn’t I thought of that earlier!?). Like I said, I had loads and they varied in quality but there were a few that stood out for various reasons and I managed to find every one I was looking for :-)

While many of them don’t really do it for me now, my all time fave’s still manage to hit the spot –

Mina Omistan

Fairlight – 242

Part of the reasons I loved these demos was because of the 8-bit tunes. I was making my own music with OctaMED at the time so was totally into the whole scene. I was constantly amazed at what people were doing with limited sampling time and limited tracks. Soon after the nostalgic warmth came a horrible realisation…with all the disks that I dumped were all the ones with all my old tunes on! The first electronic music that I wrote :-(

Ho hum! Worse things happen…


6 Replies to “Amiga Demos”

  1. Yeah, loved that one too back in the day. I also really dug Spaceballs’ 9 Fingers as well. I even had those links included in the original post (with some others) but edited them down to those two above as I still love them so much.

    Anyway, it’s nice to see I’m not the only one who loves these demos. Cheers for commenting.

  2. Oh, happy days. An Amiga 1200 with hard drive, 2mb ram and a copy of DPaint 3 and I never went to bed once in 2 years. Almost.

    Thanks for the nostalgia trip Reevo. I didn’t know a coder so couldn’t get into making demos, but I could make your eyes bleed with DPaint using a method I had for making moiré patterns, animating them and then 8 x colour cycling it all.

    A friend of mine was pretty fresh in Octamed. We used to dub it all straight onto video. Who needs hi-res anims when you can make over saturated colours bleed all over VHS :)

    My Amiga 1200 is in the attic. I don’t know if it still works. I hope all my old anims on the hard drive are OK. It’s a real pisser you lost all you old tunes Reevo. I can relate to the pain. I daren’t boot up my Amiga in case it’s knackerd. I would be gutted.

    Just imagine if the Amiga had survived. It would wipe the floor with Macs and PC’s, especially OS wise. Oh well, lost like tears in the rain :(

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