Just realized it's been quite a while since I posted anything demoscene-related. Well here goes: you positively, absolutely must watch Iconoclast
. It is the single most important demo since, well, I have no idea. It's broad, it's beautifully executed, it's glriously original and it's insanely well-programmed (running smooth as silk on my Radeon 9700-equipped laptop) and it has some of the best music
ever written by a scener. I've been following aMUSiC and Leviathan since the 2002 demo Edge of Forever
and they never cease to astound me. Actually, now that I've mentioned ASD, you should definitely watch Edge of Forever
and Planet Risk
Iconoclast by Andromeda Software Development
(All images shamelessly stolen from pouet.net)
Also noteworthy is the Assembly'05 demo from Synesthetics called sts-04: instant zen which, while not altogether very different from their debut demo at Breakpoint 2005 sts-03: aeon flux is very well made and has great music.
The 200mb or so video download for TBL's 2005 comeback Ocean Machine is very well worth it; aside from being an Amiga demo (an achievment in itself over 11 years after the last machine was launched) it has some really stunning effects, such as the dancing ninja (?) in the screenshot below, and a brilliant soundtrack by Crankshaft.
Ocean Machine by The Black Lotus
Portal Process have been prolyfic lately. After winning The Gathering 2005 with the singularly cool meet the biots they got 3rd place at Assembly 2005 with don't stop. Now don't get me wrong, "don't stop" is a great demo - but it's just more of the same. Stick with "meet the biots", it was great.
meet the biots by Portal Process
Finally, plastic's astounding 195/95 and Final Audition are an absolute must-see, particularly the final version of 195/95.
195/95 by Plastic