Binary Alchemy by Northern Dragons [web]
screenshot added by GbND on 2008-08-27 19:22:53
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release date : august 2008
release party : NVScene 2008
compo : pc demo
ranked : 5th
  • rulez 107
  • is ok 13
  • sucks 0
popularity : 1%
  • rulez 0.89
  • cdcs 1
alltime top: #459
added on the 2008-08-27 16:09:36 by [HamsTeR] [HamsTeR]

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the shading was interesting.. and some of the effects.
but it didnt quite hit the spot, probably due to some inconsistency between the sound and the scenes..
added on the 2008-08-27 16:25:14 by psenough psenough
very nice 1 bit NPR rendering. Cool demo.
rulezadded on the 2008-08-27 16:47:22 by scg_ scg_
nice ideas and execution
added on the 2008-08-27 17:28:39 by hollowman hollowman
added on the 2008-08-27 19:11:34 by panic panic
Great effects...lots of style. Kudos for having the courage to do something like this. The rendering technique reminds me a bit of 32 degrees in the shade.
rulezadded on the 2008-08-27 19:11:39 by [HamsTeR] [HamsTeR]
mostly a roadtrip and partyplace prod, hoping to release a final version with tighter cameras and missing scene elements soon.
Greets to NVIDIA for a great party!!! <3
added on the 2008-08-27 19:27:15 by GbND GbND
excellent arty b&w rendering, and 3d modeling!

kudos for doing something different, not the winner demo style ;)

the final babel tower scene is madness :D
rulezadded on the 2008-08-27 19:27:26 by Zest Zest
nice work dragons!
rulezadded on the 2008-08-27 19:52:41 by blackpawn blackpawn
Awesome job guys....really slick
rulezadded on the 2008-08-27 19:54:24 by ryiinn ryiinn
nice renderer!

But was the music really meant to be played with this demo?
rulezadded on the 2008-08-27 23:58:35 by Calexico Calexico
Good demo - respect :)
rulezadded on the 2008-08-28 00:03:11 by Lord Graga Lord Graga
rulezadded on the 2008-08-28 00:21:24 by alienus alienus
good flow. surprised me somehow.
you´r harry potter fans? :D
but u used the right symbols anyway ;)
rulezadded on the 2008-08-28 00:33:58 by ԹHΞΞ ԹHΞΞ
added on the 2008-08-28 01:15:47 by Confused Confused
Very good with a high impact novelty factor. I just found the visuals too harsh on my eyes and the music too harsh on my ears.

I kept wondering how it would have looked over a paper texture with more anti-aliasing, like the loading pic.

Anyway, a thumb for the idea and effort.
rulezadded on the 2008-08-28 02:43:46 by Wade Wade
what zest said
rulezadded on the 2008-08-28 02:48:00 by RufUsul RufUsul
Amazing rendering technique with amazing atmosphere and concept. I think I was drooling while I was watching this one, for some reason...
rulezcdcadded on the 2008-08-28 08:03:04 by LiraNuna LiraNuna
good idea
rulezadded on the 2008-08-28 08:29:36 by aha aha
Awesome idea.
rulezadded on the 2008-08-28 08:38:43 by Optimus Optimus
Nice rendering style!
rulezadded on the 2008-08-28 08:41:13 by ham ham
my favourite in the compo! the music is so great
rulezadded on the 2008-08-28 08:48:55 by bonzaj bonzaj
Interesting, but it didnt grab my attention so much.
added on the 2008-08-28 11:33:09 by Zplex Zplex
Enjoyed it plenty, good work.
rulezadded on the 2008-08-28 12:21:45 by psonice psonice
nice one
rulezadded on the 2008-08-28 14:36:12 by zoom zoom
Nice one.
rulezadded on the 2008-08-28 14:38:05 by xernobyl xernobyl
pleasant to watch and hear
rulezadded on the 2008-08-28 15:19:19 by a-move a-move
I liked it!
rulezadded on the 2008-08-28 16:32:46 by merlucin merlucin
Since I didn't participate in this one I can thumb it up!
Really something else then the mainstream dx10 effects! ND is still in the game lol!
rulezadded on the 2008-08-28 16:42:23 by cerror cerror
i liked the visuals a lot, but the music got so much on my nerves it nearly ruined the experience for me. judging by the other comments, it seems to be kinda polarizing, so i'll stick with the rulez - but i doubt i'll watch it again (or if i do, i'll watch it muted).
rulezadded on the 2008-08-28 18:43:37 by ryg ryg
Really really really really love the rendering
rulezadded on the 2008-08-28 19:21:40 by stijn stijn
what ps said.. reminded me a bit of antimoney
added on the 2008-08-28 19:46:23 by Maali Maali
rulezadded on the 2008-08-28 20:24:34 by Al3x4nd3r Al3x4nd3r
nice surprise, I like the rendering very much ! I like the soundtrack too. Thanks !
rulezadded on the 2008-08-28 21:32:57 by frost242 frost242
Great, also very nice tune
rulezadded on the 2008-08-28 21:47:18 by Buckethead Buckethead
I find this rather original but the greetings were completely out of place
rulezadded on the 2008-08-28 21:54:13 by Optima Optima
Interesting rendering, some original ideas, but it didn't really grab me. Probably a matter of taste though.
added on the 2008-08-28 21:57:37 by Alpha C Alpha C
Really a pleasant surprise! I loved the style and the "Tower of Babel" scene was amazing. Best American demo ever - congrats!
rulezadded on the 2008-08-28 22:00:36 by Stebo Stebo
rulezadded on the 2008-08-29 02:49:46 by Prot-DHS Prot-DHS
A solid production! Although, like Wade said, a paper texture would have looked better than harsh white. I really like the infinite 3d zoomer at the beginning.
added on the 2008-08-29 07:16:37 by s_tec s_tec
Did I mention this rules?
rulezadded on the 2008-08-29 07:17:05 by s_tec s_tec
nice solid prod
rulezadded on the 2008-08-29 13:16:21 by las las
the shading is not easy on the eyes; you could have used some colors, carefully. the tower part is good. the credits part is bad. the rest is not really interesting. contrary to ryg, i liked the music, but it's quite independent from the visuals. borderline rulez...
rulezadded on the 2008-08-29 17:33:22 by blala blala
to s_tec and Wade: the plan WAS to use rice paper texture and maybe some key colors. but we were too tired at 6am to add that. will probably be there in final ;)
..oh andthe title sucks we know. and there's no reference to happy rotter.
added on the 2008-08-29 20:43:40 by BarZoule BarZoule
Nice to see somebody doing a pure NPR demo. But the music didn't fit IMHO.
added on the 2008-08-29 21:13:51 by datsua datsua
rulezadded on the 2008-08-29 21:14:34 by texel texel
Pleasant carbon paper style.
rulezadded on the 2008-08-29 21:41:45 by BackSpace BackSpace
to s_tec and Wade: the plan WAS to use rice paper texture and maybe some key colors. but we were too tired at 6am to add that. will probably be there in final ;)

Great minds think alike. ;)

I look forward to the final!
added on the 2008-08-29 22:00:37 by Wade Wade
Nice flow
rulezadded on the 2008-08-29 22:08:30 by Marq Marq
great idea and style.
rulezadded on the 2008-08-29 22:47:50 by Chainsaw Chainsaw
peculiar, cool style
rulezadded on the 2008-08-30 03:37:47 by praetor_alpha praetor_alpha
nice paper style.
great idea.
rulezadded on the 2008-08-30 10:46:18 by got got
Some of the transitions (in the zooming part) could have been a bit "smoother", but it's otherwise an enjoyable trip, and the music reaches some levels of interesting strangeness without reaching the point where it would start to be annoying :)
rulezadded on the 2008-08-30 11:18:02 by Dbug Dbug
rulezadded on the 2008-08-30 11:34:47 by blz blz
nice ideas (rendering and the tower) but the camera movement was way too choppy, imho. i like the zoom idea but if you zoom into an object the rest of the scene seems quite empty... anyway, here goes my thumb
rulezadded on the 2008-08-30 11:41:37 by src src
My favourite demo from Northern Dragons so far, and one of my personal favourites from the compo.
rulezadded on the 2008-08-30 11:44:21 by Drunken_Poet Drunken_Poet

And: Capped.TV and Video
rulezadded on the 2008-08-30 19:05:37 by micksam7 micksam7
cool and fresh look!
rulezadded on the 2008-08-30 21:06:36 by Bobic Bobic
cool hatching
Interesting rendering (though not my taste), quite good scenes, but I didn't get the story if there's any...
Other than that: what ryg said
rulezadded on the 2008-08-31 12:50:13 by Hopper/SquoQuo Hopper/SquoQuo
I have wanted to make a demo with that kind of rendering and style for years and you did it really nicely so I should hate you for that ;)

Really nice work there.
rulezadded on the 2008-08-31 13:35:59 by keops keops
really nice journey!
rulezadded on the 2008-08-31 21:04:31 by v3nom v3nom
My favourite in the compo, fresh and well directed.
rulezadded on the 2008-08-31 21:07:33 by dixan dixan
really well done! definitely my favourite from the ones i've seen up until now. *love* the pisa tower scene.
rulezadded on the 2008-08-31 21:51:08 by skrebbel skrebbel
Very well done and pretty unique. I like it.
rulezadded on the 2008-08-31 21:57:22 by Paranoid Paranoid
Very interesting concepts, well executed.
rulezadded on the 2008-09-01 07:35:24 by deathyepl deathyepl
Nice trip!!!
rulezadded on the 2008-09-01 07:50:33 by Premium Premium
great one. Great looks! Didn't like the song that much though.
rulezadded on the 2008-09-01 11:36:19 by Axel Axel
rulezadded on the 2008-09-01 19:50:37 by Mystra Mystra
to explain a lil about the song: we were using Shpongle/Hallucinogen as the inspiration, which is weird, weird psychedelic maybe trance/jazz/chilllout with brilliant flute laid over it. I think it fits perfectly, especially during the hilbert curve scene (which will have the wall in the final) : D but I'm weird.
added on the 2008-09-02 09:34:53 by GbND GbND
up up!
rulezadded on the 2008-09-02 10:19:22 by kempy kempy
Yes, this is good stuff. It takes balls to go black'n'white as well. The only thing that bothered me was that the spots and pecks updated at a slower pace than the camera moved, making the neat rendering technique appear distanced from the objects it was rendering. The music didn't bother me at all either. The last scene was killer as well.
rulezadded on the 2008-09-02 10:27:50 by gloom gloom
The message, music, render style - everything joins very well!
rulezadded on the 2008-09-02 22:39:06 by Manwe Manwe
rendering thumb!
rulezadded on the 2008-09-03 20:05:46 by thec thec
rulezadded on the 2008-09-04 18:48:14 by #535 #535
why doesn't it run on my atariiiii?
rulezadded on the 2008-09-05 21:44:35 by Saga Musix Saga Musix
rulezadded on the 2008-09-05 23:16:27 by BiTL BiTL
Nice and well executed idea!
rulezadded on the 2008-09-06 13:23:55 by dairos dairos
not sure about the shader, and the object show behind it left me cold. I dunno, didn't grab me.
Very nice and nice story but took time to load :D
rulezadded on the 2008-09-07 04:15:16 by Princess_Luna Princess_Luna
this just so rocks! ;)
rulezadded on the 2008-09-07 10:01:08 by Ger Ger
That is not the way hatching is supposed to be done.
added on the 2008-09-08 17:36:45 by bruce bruce
this is great to watch, very nice
rulezadded on the 2008-09-09 21:07:22 by fiveofive fiveofive
"Pencil" rendering <3
Music <3
Art direction <3
A pure jewel!
rulezadded on the 2008-09-11 23:34:50 by untel untel
Not bad!
added on the 2008-09-14 00:32:07 by AntDude AntDude
what untel said.
rulezadded on the 2008-09-14 13:37:06 by wullon wullon
very cool and intersting well worth a thumb.
rulezadded on the 2008-09-14 13:59:04 by keito keito
Very good idea. And nice music, of course.
rulezadded on the 2008-09-15 18:30:07 by FenolFtalein FenolFtalein
added on the 2008-09-17 20:59:53 by doomdoom doomdoom
*great* rendering
rulezadded on the 2008-09-17 21:07:31 by Virgill Virgill
thumb! really nice visual style.

the music is okay. i would have liked to hear some different sections perhaps. some of the treble is too harsh for me.
rulezadded on the 2008-09-19 07:28:48 by gd gd
This gets me pumped! Truly WIcKED - Total MAGIcKH
rulezadded on the 2008-09-19 08:07:29 by OneVoltSun OneVoltSun
the filter is maybe a bit too simple to make it really look good, but apart from that this is a pretty fresh demo (although being a 100% fly-by demo :) )
rulezadded on the 2008-09-19 16:42:52 by toxie toxie
toxie: aside from andromeda's nested 3d fractals, I think we're the only one doing nested 3d infinite zooms... and watch for the prt'd architecture ribbons... and the multiple-gravity vector physics engine... and well it's all quite subtle ^_^
added on the 2008-09-20 05:41:02 by GbND GbND
for the refreshing style!
rulezadded on the 2008-09-20 11:15:00 by hunta hunta
I genuinely think this is the best ND prod yet. Very interesting zooms on well modelled 3d with a stylish rendering. It felt 64k due to the lack of variation to me but that didnt stop me enjoying it. I'll watch this again (twice already)
rulezadded on the 2008-09-20 16:59:47 by auld auld
+1 - For sure !
I loved it.
added on the 2008-09-22 13:56:56 by cxnull cxnull
rulezadded on the 2008-09-22 13:57:28 by cxnull cxnull
rulezadded on the 2008-10-24 02:17:53 by orange orange
nice indeed!
rulezadded on the 2008-11-17 12:52:34 by zomb zomb
do i love this shit? yes i do!
fukk thats kewl!
especially the soundtrack!
rulezadded on the 2008-11-18 07:09:55 by ɧคɾɗվ. ɧคɾɗվ.
shading could be improved, nice anyway
rulezadded on the 2009-01-11 00:27:38 by T$ T$
Nothing to complain about :) everything is neat
rulezadded on the 2009-01-27 19:41:17 by noby noby
probably the most underrated demo of 2008. The music is very fitting. Thumbs up !!
rulezadded on the 2009-03-10 15:28:45 by Navis Navis
very cool.
rulezadded on the 2009-03-10 16:07:34 by wb wb
ah, I've been trying all day to find what the music reminds me of (at least the first half minute): the background music to several Giallo films (Argento et al), usually made by Gobllin. Can we get it on a separate mp3/ogg ?
added on the 2009-03-10 20:18:57 by Navis Navis
rulezadded on the 2009-03-19 16:14:06 by Malodix Malodix
rulezadded on the 2009-04-29 00:37:59 by Confused Confused
Fucking love the soundtrack!!!
rulezadded on the 2009-07-31 17:51:05 by sigflup sigflup
Wow, I missed this one! Really nice and original.
rulezadded on the 2009-08-12 01:09:33 by bdk bdk
Nice rendering style.
rulezadded on the 2009-09-06 15:12:11 by Insectecutor Insectecutor
Final: http://www.northerndragons.ca/files/ND-BinaryAlchemy_final.zip

Many little improvements, cleaned up camera paths, better synch, some missing effects inserted, more gratuitous use of architecture ribbons : D
added on the 2009-09-21 23:50:34 by GbND GbND
great improvements in the final, thanks for taking the time for a final!
added on the 2009-09-26 11:12:39 by blackpawn blackpawn
rulezadded on the 2009-11-15 09:53:05 by rmeht rmeht
how come I never thumbed this, lovely rendering style :).
rulezadded on the 2009-11-15 12:16:23 by decipher decipher
Original and cool style... only problem for me was the music, didn't really like it much.

Anyway, big thumbs up.
rulezadded on the 2009-11-17 05:36:13 by laffer35 laffer35
The music is powerful and the visual style adds to its haunting nature.
rulezadded on the 2010-07-12 03:16:22 by jumboj jumboj
The best B&W demo I have already seen ;o)
rulezadded on the 2010-10-15 11:23:29 by jack-3d jack-3d
great rendering and nice music!

refreshing :)
rulezadded on the 2010-11-04 14:43:19 by rez rez
Thumbs up for the final of an interesting demo.
rulezadded on the 2010-11-04 15:27:16 by raer raer
Very nice and consistent vibe here. Reminded me of Infinity by Craw Productions in all the good ways.
rulezadded on the 2011-04-27 17:56:43 by IC IC
I didn't like the music much, but very nice demo!
rulezadded on the 2011-04-30 13:39:50 by LLB LLB
Great direction, nice idea. Sometimes too "dark" but overall strong.
rulezadded on the 2011-06-08 20:21:38 by Ok3anos Ok3anos
Interesting, and the final surprised me
rulezadded on the 2012-03-03 11:58:15 by Frequent Frequent
rulezadded on the 2012-08-19 14:09:09 by dafuq dafuq
B&W Masterpiece :)
rulezadded on the 2013-01-21 01:38:32 by Nitro/Black Sun Nitro/Black Sun
Real (demo) art!
rulezadded on the 2013-11-27 22:52:14 by slayer slayer
In my opinion, it doesn't work all the way through but some parts (the tunnel and staircases for example) I think work really well with this effect. The problems seem to come from flat-shaded areas. Nice idea though.
rulezadded on the 2013-11-28 01:00:35 by fizzer fizzer
rulezadded on the 2013-12-03 13:06:09 by Gadler Gadler
Feels more like ordinary rendering with a hatching layer on top than actual NPR. Decent music and flow.
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