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Square by Still [web]
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screenshot added by pixtur on 2012-09-28 23:09:16
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release date : september 2012
release party : Geeks can dance 2012
compo : pc demo
ranked : 1st
  • rulez 245
  • is ok 13
  • sucks 2
popularity : 3%
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  • rulez 0.93
  • cdcs 7
alltime top: #107
added on the 2012-09-28 23:07:59 by pixtur pixtur

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Video: https://vimeo.com/50338717
added on the 2012-09-28 23:11:11 by pixtur pixtur
wow. jawdrop.
rulez added on the 2012-09-28 23:17:57 by leGend leGend
Very, very different to pretty much everything else around at the moment. Nice take on using sphere tracing for something that looks very new and fresh. Reminded me of some scenes in Inception in places. Good stuff indeed!
rulez added on the 2012-09-28 23:19:21 by raizor raizor
Holy crap... this is massive. And beautiful.
rulez added on the 2012-09-28 23:27:22 by Saga Musix Saga Musix
Sublime beauty. Things like this make me believe in the demoscene once again.
rulez added on the 2012-09-28 23:38:41 by Preacher Preacher
my cup of tea!
rulez added on the 2012-09-28 23:39:10 by unc unc
Rather different indeed. I don't like all of it (in particular I don't think the music works all too well with the visuals), and it's sort of artifactiy in places, but certainly worth a thumb.
rulez added on the 2012-09-28 23:39:18 by Sesse Sesse
gorgeous visuals, music not my cup of tea, but definitely one of the best demos of the year so far
rulez added on the 2012-09-28 23:42:28 by Alpha C Alpha C
HOLY SHIT! THIS IS MASSIVE.
rulez added on the 2012-09-28 23:44:21 by p01 p01
just... Wow!!!! Beautiful colors.
rulez added on the 2012-09-28 23:47:16 by Ok3anos Ok3anos
I still don't get in my head what I've just seen... this was inbetween pixelgetöse and massive beauty. Me likes, even the music that doesn't fit to my playlist ;) THUMB.. IMMEDIATE!
rulez added on the 2012-09-28 23:51:54 by Danzig Danzig
sick shit :)
rulez added on the 2012-09-29 00:00:46 by psenough psenough
Really beautiful. Framerate was a bit slow but my pc is old.
rulez added on the 2012-09-29 00:00:53 by front243 front243
excellent work, the pacing is adjusted to suit the fantasic music perfectly, the colour scheme matches the grimey ruined city aptly, and the graphics and camera work are superb also, really a very coherent demo with an impecable aesthetic. and what Preacher said :)
rulez added on the 2012-09-29 00:01:22 by keito keito
Wow, I'll never understand these pouet people. I expected a different reaction :-)
Anyways: YouTube
added on the 2012-09-29 00:01:41 by pixtur pixtur
Not entirely blown away but damn good anyway, loved the dissolve effect and the title/credits at the end(!!!).
rulez added on the 2012-09-29 00:05:50 by noby noby
I. Just. Came.
rulez added on the 2012-09-29 00:07:03 by Gmitts Gmitts
haha i was thinking "man they ripped a popsong i know this tune inside out" when i finally realized it was dq :)
yes! yes!
rulez added on the 2012-09-29 00:17:28 by wysiwtf wysiwtf
i just came again.
this is the best thing ever since youshould =)
added on the 2012-09-29 00:23:13 by wysiwtf wysiwtf
awesome visuals
rulez added on the 2012-09-29 00:23:34 by pandur pandur
Pure art. Nice choice of musical style.
rulez added on the 2012-09-29 00:29:52 by gaspode gaspode
Wow! This is awesome!
rulez added on the 2012-09-29 00:30:44 by LLB LLB
Epic?

Epic.
rulez added on the 2012-09-29 00:37:19 by Salinga Salinga
Favourite demo of the year? Quite possible.
rulezcdc added on the 2012-09-29 00:47:41 by gloom gloom
Yep.
rulez added on the 2012-09-29 00:51:28 by mrdoob mrdoob
Awesome
rulez added on the 2012-09-29 00:52:05 by Buckethead Buckethead
yes. awesome.
rulez added on the 2012-09-29 01:03:50 by xyz xyz
(loved the high-rise atmosphere and the music!)
added on the 2012-09-29 01:06:46 by xyz xyz
I started to believe in PC Demos again. Thank you still, that's art how it should be!
rulez added on the 2012-09-29 01:16:11 by xTr1m xTr1m
I can't believe this won at the party. Don't demos this good always come second? Crazy good shit, some really stunning effects, massive atmosphere, and I also happen to love that tune :D
rulez added on the 2012-09-29 01:16:16 by psonice psonice
You really should watch this realtime, but for those who want it, here's a HQ MP4 to complament the youtube video.
added on the 2012-09-29 01:51:29 by keito keito
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rulez added on the 2012-09-29 01:52:15 by rez rez
Still is still at the top of there game.. where are the results.txt of this party by the way ? :)

This production is just awesome! Whats next? keep em coming!
rulez added on the 2012-09-29 01:52:52 by magic magic
hell yeah!
rulez added on the 2012-09-29 01:56:14 by spiny spiny
Wow! Nice graphics, music, atmosphere and direction. All thumbs go up!
rulez added on the 2012-09-29 02:14:01 by raer raer
this is my new reference as modern PC demo
rulez added on the 2012-09-29 02:14:54 by norecess norecess
Very impressive. Good job... "Great" should I say.
rulez added on the 2012-09-29 02:30:45 by LovCAPONE LovCAPONE
Well.
rulez added on the 2012-09-29 02:41:59 by xernobyl xernobyl
very nice gfx, music and direction.
I already think that the prod is good.
rulez added on the 2012-09-29 02:51:18 by got got
Not what imagined when I first listened to the song, but holly molly what a trip!
added on the 2012-09-29 03:15:11 by T21 T21
amazing!
rulez added on the 2012-09-29 03:35:44 by skirk skirk
great
rulez added on the 2012-09-29 05:30:24 by provod provod
Apart from the soundtrack (never been much into reggae-style stuff), I am all thumbs-up for this.
rulez added on the 2012-09-29 06:31:38 by ccr ccr
Holy crap. Exquisite in every way. Amazing direction and camera work. Can I give TWO thumbs up?
rulez added on the 2012-09-29 08:02:51 by menace menace
I'm usually not into downtempo demos, but this is one of the few exceptions, love the atmosphere from the music combined with the visuals!
rulez added on the 2012-09-29 08:26:37 by dwarf dwarf
No doubt that this rules big time! But, the usual fractal-bulb-kaleidoscope-chaos-scenes sucks big time and ruins an otherwise fantastic fractal world which is shaded so beautifully!!!

Side note: some of the particles has a visual transparent white box around them? Overexposed alpha which was close to zero?
rulez added on the 2012-09-29 08:28:54 by maytz maytz
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rulez added on the 2012-09-29 08:33:47 by dafuq dafuq
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But, the usual fractal-bulb-kaleidoscope-chaos-scenes sucks big time and ruins an otherwise fantastic fractal world which is shaded so beautifully!!!


My thoughts exactly.
Other than that, damn awesome.
rulez added on the 2012-09-29 08:41:36 by Tomoya Tomoya
amazing composition, camerawork and visuals. but im especially in love with the soundtrack.
deserved winner ;)
rulez added on the 2012-09-29 08:48:12 by gopher gopher
Fantastic!
rulez added on the 2012-09-29 08:57:31 by Mystra Mystra
Super-rules!
rulez added on the 2012-09-29 09:07:12 by loaderror loaderror
FUCKING ACE!
rulezcdc added on the 2012-09-29 09:11:45 by kbi kbi
This was massive or just awesome. For me one the best demos of the last years.
rulezcdc added on the 2012-09-29 09:32:38 by Cj Cj
Good.
rulez added on the 2012-09-29 09:34:44 by zefyros zefyros
Massive prod
rulez added on the 2012-09-29 09:37:19 by nytrik nytrik
No scroller, no greets, no rasterbars = thumb down. ;P
rulez added on the 2012-09-29 09:42:22 by bracket bracket
Great stuff, finally some proper design with raymarching :D
rulez added on the 2012-09-29 09:55:50 by hornet hornet
Best demo of 2012.
rulez added on the 2012-09-29 09:57:17 by Corial Corial
Very good.
rulez added on the 2012-09-29 09:58:05 by ulrick ulrick
Welp, looks like everything's been said already.
rulez added on the 2012-09-29 10:00:36 by Tarmil Tarmil
coool.
rulez added on the 2012-09-29 10:03:29 by Bartoshe Bartoshe
Great visuals. But the lyrics in the music runis it for me so pigge.
added on the 2012-09-29 10:07:56 by emoon emoon
This prod is really massive! Best prod this year no doubt. Awesome soundtrack and great visuals that perform very well considering the complexity of marchers/whatever. Thank you :)
rulez added on the 2012-09-29 10:10:18 by pommak pommak
yeah!
rulez added on the 2012-09-29 10:33:53 by ubik ubik
sweet jesus!
rulez added on the 2012-09-29 10:41:29 by substrate substrate
Easily one of the most interesting things from the last few years. And I don't get the hate on the music, it's a p decent track!
rulez added on the 2012-09-29 10:48:32 by okkie okkie
Nice
rulez added on the 2012-09-29 10:52:49 by BiTL BiTL
Except for the music which I really didn't like this is an awesome demo!
rulez added on the 2012-09-29 10:53:04 by StingRay StingRay
urban fractal magic.
rulez added on the 2012-09-29 10:53:20 by v3nom v3nom
Love it, visually astounding and crisp. Concept is great and music flows with the visuals with perfect sync. I feel it required more style or punchy element(s) although I fully understand the ambient asthetic the artists involved were looking for.
rulez added on the 2012-09-29 10:58:12 by dv$ dv$
okkie: no chip sounds? The lyrics are beautiful, anyone got a translation though? :)
added on the 2012-09-29 11:01:45 by dv$ dv$
Brilliant, and i knew as soon as i saw Rrrola's name it was shader based work :D top stuff.
rulez added on the 2012-09-29 11:11:03 by Intrinsic Intrinsic
Super nice effects. I was a bit sad about the use of a soundtrack which had already been released, because I've heard that song 50 times before, making the demo as a whole feel really detached.
rulez added on the 2012-09-29 11:20:12 by Lord Graga Lord Graga
What everybody else said.
rulez added on the 2012-09-29 11:28:37 by friol friol
the size is less then 64mb, wow! :)
rulez added on the 2012-09-29 11:35:06 by Manwe Manwe
Most polished Still demo I've seen. The choice of tones is sublime.

It was worth waiting.
rulez added on the 2012-09-29 12:03:07 by Zavie Zavie
Really nice demo with a massive soundtrack. Finally a good demo to see this year :)

I noticed that the youtube video is quite out of sync (around 200ms) compared to the realtime version. Therefore I made a capture with better synchro :)

Youtube(1080p)
rulez added on the 2012-09-29 12:03:49 by anni anni
So fantastic :)
rulez added on the 2012-09-29 12:16:12 by ferris ferris
Well polished, nice soundtrack, tasteful choices of colours. Fabulous.
rulez added on the 2012-09-29 12:34:15 by Tjoppen Tjoppen
Nice nice!
rulez added on the 2012-09-29 13:46:05 by Frequent Frequent
awesome, finally a pc demo i like to watch :)
rulez added on the 2012-09-29 13:46:19 by lordnkon lordnkon
the exe did not run here but still a very nice demo :)
rulez added on the 2012-09-29 14:02:56 by ltk_tscc ltk_tscc
Unique
rulez added on the 2012-09-29 14:05:34 by FreeFull FreeFull
wow - massive demo ! good sound track - fits perfect.

good colors and colorsheme. i get the feeling as if the colors were "screaming" - amazing.

the "clipping" / morphing effect combined with the vector blur (?) is really clever.
rulez added on the 2012-09-29 15:10:43 by cosmicollie cosmicollie
Thank you for putting life back into the demo scene. Great inspiration. Nice to see a pleasant demo for a change. Great sound track and effects. Huge thumbs up for the amount of time spent on the polishing that is lacking in this years demos in the scene..Well done. It's made my week end.
rulez added on the 2012-09-29 15:12:30 by reload reload
stunning demo. Applause!
rulez added on the 2012-09-29 15:24:07 by CONS CONS
a kind of art ! really ! not any dismatch about computing and thinking during about it. really rocks ! applause !!!!
rulez added on the 2012-09-29 15:42:45 by yogibeer yogibeer
Too sad that it didnt have an audience like with Breakp... Revision. ;o)
added on the 2012-09-29 16:08:45 by Salinga Salinga
holy cow, batman
rulez added on the 2012-09-29 16:19:29 by aegis aegis
dont like the soundtrack. fractals arent always equally pretty but i like the overall look and feel of this thing.
rulez added on the 2012-09-29 16:25:59 by Pablo Escrollbar Pablo Escrollbar
just wow.
rulez added on the 2012-09-29 16:36:26 by Fell Fell
really nice & great!!
rulez added on the 2012-09-29 16:55:16 by sINk sINk
Amazing. Brilliant. Beautiful!
rulez added on the 2012-09-29 17:27:09 by closed closed
great prod. Bravo !
rulez added on the 2012-09-29 17:30:51 by u2 u2
.fat
rulez added on the 2012-09-29 18:02:23 by kempy kempy
What Sesse said.

I think I get what you wanted to do with the soundtrack... but I (sadly) don't feel the symbiosis.

The last scene if amazing.
rulez added on the 2012-09-29 18:07:14 by wullon wullon
is*
added on the 2012-09-29 18:07:31 by wullon wullon
According to amount of "massive" comments I expected something like Finally Inside demo, but I dont consider this as massive one. It is very good demo with nice gfx and different music.
rulez added on the 2012-09-29 18:35:04 by jack-3d jack-3d
pixtur is the best director of all times!
rulez added on the 2012-09-29 18:35:44 by sq sq
Excellent overall. Didn't particularly like the soundtrack, but the visuals were great.
rulez added on the 2012-09-29 18:36:36 by Alopex Alopex
WOW! this is the best I have seen from the demoscene in years! wow! :D did I mention WOW? Actually I thought the days for such demos was over! Still: you proved me wrong!
rulez added on the 2012-09-29 18:37:56 by Prot-DHS Prot-DHS
This.
rulez added on the 2012-09-29 18:41:47 by moqui moqui
excellent
rulez added on the 2012-09-29 18:57:07 by tyfighter tyfighter
Someday in future in my late night demoplaying sessions I will clearly remember:

"Square by Stiill, hmmm, that was demo from 2012, visually outstanding, with focus to perfectly ballanced secenes and with obnoxious and annoying music with some rasta voice , that I can't stand anymore."

In other words : I want give a big thumb down for used music score, but rest is top class prod.
rulez added on the 2012-09-29 19:10:31 by Trauma Zero Trauma Zero
very very good demo, caught me instantly.
rulez added on the 2012-09-29 19:30:01 by Sir Sir
I jizzed over my keyboard.
rulez added on the 2012-09-29 19:34:48 by chromag chromag
out of my eyes and ears that is...
added on the 2012-09-29 19:35:28 by chromag chromag
no
sucks added on the 2012-09-29 19:57:03 by marsel84 marsel84
The good stuff.
rulez added on the 2012-09-29 19:59:01 by SandLover SandLover
Awesome, one of the best demos EVER
rulez added on the 2012-09-29 20:03:12 by Rork Rork
Always awesome work from still.
rulez added on the 2012-09-29 20:18:57 by CHEF-KOCH CHEF-KOCH
most impressive demo i've seen this year
rulez added on the 2012-09-29 20:49:04 by mueslee mueslee
Great in every aspect.
rulez added on the 2012-09-29 20:51:21 by Daddy Freddy Daddy Freddy
depressing.
sucks added on the 2012-09-29 20:58:51 by kimi kandler kimi kandler
wow. that was one of the best demos ive seen in ages.

it leans heavily on an amazing soundtrack, one of the best tracks ive ever heard in a demo, but the visuals work with it so well. great direction and some remarkable shots particularly of the skyscrapers.

ok, i dont really like the pure 4k-like mandel scenes and some of the ray marches looked a bit toud. but i absolutely love stuff like the end with the still logo - now thats polish. and the blurred particles, the flares all over the place. great touches.

the best thing is the mood, the atmosphere it creates - the soundtrack, pacing, colours, camera movements, transitions, details all add up to this unique thing that makes you want to turn up the sound and switch off all the lights before watching. not many demos do that.
rulez added on the 2012-09-29 21:01:06 by smash smash
I couldn't run it since I am still on old Windows XP Pro. SP3 with its DirectX 9.0c. Video capture looked decent. :)
added on the 2012-09-29 22:03:07 by AntDude AntDude
Not really technically impressive, but that doesn't really matter with a demo like this.

You guys took a new direction with the medium, and it's tasty and refreshing. This doesn't look like anything I've seen before, and that's excellent.

I agree with basically everything smash said. I'm not really entirely sold on the soundtrack, and I was kind of hoping for a sick drop+tempo change the whole time, but what I got instead was novel and maybe even better!
rulez added on the 2012-09-29 22:04:06 by MidKnight MidKnight
massive... and what smash said ;-)
rulez added on the 2012-09-29 23:00:34 by Premium Premium
amazing demo!
rulez added on the 2012-09-29 23:19:36 by scg_ scg_
yes!
rulez added on the 2012-09-30 01:16:48 by mantratronic mantratronic
Fawk. I kind of hate you for attempting to title-shadow the REAL Square, though.
rulez added on the 2012-09-30 01:20:05 by kusma kusma
Relaxing and lovely, sweet.
rulez added on the 2012-09-30 01:20:38 by zao zao
Possibly best soundtrack ever ^ what everyone else said. Congratulations!
rulez added on the 2012-09-30 01:40:33 by revival revival
holy fucking shit
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rulez added on the 2012-09-30 02:48:03 by sigflup sigflup
huge
rulez added on the 2012-09-30 03:41:02 by madMixx madMixx
jawdropper
rulezcdc added on the 2012-09-30 03:50:18 by MurphyEXD MurphyEXD
That was awsom.
rulez added on the 2012-09-30 07:21:46 by Lovely Hanibal Lovely Hanibal
Hell yeah!!!
rulez added on the 2012-09-30 07:35:04 by Jerware Jerware
as far as i'm concerned, first time any demo has ever done anything interesting with 3d fractals.
rulez added on the 2012-09-30 07:43:07 by ryg ryg
GREAT!!!! best demo in 2012!
rulez added on the 2012-09-30 09:41:27 by irwin irwin
Though there are a few really good parts and it's produced very well, there's also way too much 4k aesthetics and the singing just doesn't fit. For me, at least.

This based on the vimeo version, the .exe hard crashes ~10s into the demo.
added on the 2012-09-30 10:11:40 by msqrt msqrt
@msqrt: can you send your demo log file and dxdiag info file to info@still-scene.org?
added on the 2012-09-30 12:30:37 by pirx pirx
simply amazing demo! Also brave choice for the soundtrack but it worked perfectly.
rulez added on the 2012-09-30 13:26:22 by Paralax Paralax
Really nice visuals. Which would have deserved a better track than a ragga voice + dubstep'ish mood. Pity.
rulez added on the 2012-09-30 13:34:37 by iks iks
YAY! SO MASSIVE!
rulez added on the 2012-09-30 15:26:04 by trisch trisch
holy
rulez added on the 2012-09-30 17:34:23 by pera pera
This is for me taking the raymarcher mandelbox algorithm and giving it soul.
rulez added on the 2012-09-30 18:02:08 by Optimus Optimus
now this was pretty damn awesome!
rulez added on the 2012-09-30 18:20:33 by uncle-x uncle-x
Best demo in quite some time!
Finally someone that manages to taker proper raymarching beyond the 4k, although some of the fractal scenes are a bit to 4k'ish. And the whole works really great, even though what Graga said.
rulez added on the 2012-09-30 18:25:55 by Psycho Psycho
i'm curious how the demo would feel without the vocals..
added on the 2012-09-30 18:32:53 by v3nom v3nom
Fantastic graphic and sound.
rulez added on the 2012-09-30 18:35:40 by SCRIMERS SCRIMERS
awesome
rulez added on the 2012-09-30 18:36:25 by jac jac
Yes yes.
rulez added on the 2012-09-30 18:36:44 by Marq Marq
Well done guys!
rulez added on the 2012-09-30 19:01:26 by voz voz
fantastic! although the visuals and the soundtrack don't create one well-tuned unit all the way, it's among the best demos in 2012.
rulez added on the 2012-09-30 19:08:43 by a-move a-move
Rules of course. The music fits the massive visuals perfectly.
rulez added on the 2012-09-30 19:26:48 by break break
fak je.
demo of the year. i'm totally amazed.
rulez added on the 2012-09-30 23:22:02 by pista pista
A
rulez added on the 2012-09-30 23:26:17 by dossi dossi
Could've closed my eyes and still thumb this up, best soundtrack since numb res.
Visuals vary between ok and great, but fits the mood I get from the music well throughout the demo.
rulez added on the 2012-10-01 06:27:51 by lug00ber lug00ber
WAHNSINN.
added on the 2012-10-01 06:46:41 by Gadler Gadler
My 8 month old daughter is laying on the floor watching this on youtube on the tv completely fascinated. Good job considering her attention span ;)
rulez added on the 2012-10-01 11:12:58 by cg_ cg_
I just need to say that I can't stop watching this. I think it's truely flawless. Technically interesting enough and brilliant in all artistic aspects. God damn, Pixtur, what I'd give for your sense of color :)
added on the 2012-10-01 12:21:11 by ferris ferris
*truly (oh the irony)
added on the 2012-10-01 12:21:44 by ferris ferris
yes. we are not worthy.
rulez added on the 2012-10-01 12:23:50 by mudlord mudlord
This demo is what happens when you apply style and ideas to an effect, instead of just simply focusing on the math behind it.
added on the 2012-10-01 12:28:35 by gloom gloom
Lovely.
rulez added on the 2012-10-01 12:34:24 by Subi Subi
Graphically it's extremely beautiful, but the pace of it all does bore me to death though.
rulez added on the 2012-10-01 12:57:58 by superplek superplek
besides some heavy glitches...
rulez added on the 2012-10-01 12:58:30 by las las
las:

Quote:
This demo is what happens when you apply style and ideas to an effect, instead of just simply focusing on the math behind it.
added on the 2012-10-01 13:20:27 by gloom gloom
Better than fr-041 ?
rulez added on the 2012-10-01 14:14:38 by mikedafunk mikedafunk
cool!!!
rulez added on the 2012-10-01 15:03:50 by FL1NE FL1NE
Early Saturday I was running a little demoshow at Function when I accidentally saw this on pouet. Downloaded, put it on the bigscreen and instantly fell in love. The music combined with the visuals creates a really unique atmosphere. Didn't realize these building looking thingies were pure fractals until I read the nfo, incredible stuff.
rulez added on the 2012-10-01 15:09:47 by zoom zoom
Quote:
This demo is what happens when you apply style and ideas to an effect, instead of just simply focusing on the math behind it.

Well I don't disagree - I was just mentioning that doing that is more awesome if you don't do it with glitches ;)
added on the 2012-10-01 15:18:57 by las las
Hm. Dunno. Obviously a high quality demo, but somehow doesn't do much for me. Maybe just not my kind of show...
added on the 2012-10-01 16:01:20 by stijn stijn
(music is amazing, at least)
added on the 2012-10-01 16:01:56 by stijn stijn
sehr schön!
rulez added on the 2012-10-01 16:21:57 by bartman bartman
Quote:
Well I don't disagree - I was just mentioning that doing that is more awesome if you don't do it with glitches ;)
I disagree - I think they really worked here stylistically :)
added on the 2012-10-01 17:42:15 by ferris ferris
Great!
rulez added on the 2012-10-01 19:41:10 by slack slack
Instant love.
rulez added on the 2012-10-01 20:17:29 by dixan dixan
Not a big fan of the music, to be honest - but great visuals, colours and polish!
rulez added on the 2012-10-01 20:31:02 by Noobody Noobody
Best demo of the month.
rulez added on the 2012-10-01 21:35:39 by nnorm nnorm
great visuals. music sucks. still ossom!
rulez added on the 2012-10-01 21:39:53 by sensenstahl sensenstahl
Wow. What a stunning feedback. I'm completely puzzled, given that "Uncovering Static" does actually a better job in almost any aspect in a fraction of the size. So, Smash, next time just add more lens flares.

But seriously, thanks for all the positive feedback!

Regarding the music: Obviously this is a completely subjective matter of taste. We had many discussions about it and W&B suggested countless other (awesome) tracks. For me however, when I heard it for the first time it just made *click* and I never could let got. Completely irrational. But the whole demo is build around that soundtrack. If you don't raggae, that's just fine with me. But you, for the same reason, just state "the track sucks", go f**k yourself.

Regarding the colors: Some credits should go to nero as well.

@preacher, unc,pandr,gloom,mrdoob,rez and all the others: Thanks. This means a lot to me :-)
@psonice: ROFL. Luckily there wasn't a second entry in the demo competition.
@magic: Since there was only one entry each, no voting was necessary.
@front243: The framerate is slow on my machine as well. And it's new.
@norecess: I hope not.
@maytz: What I hate about the whole fractal stuff are the artifacts. But on the other hand, what I love are the artifacts. For me that later won :-)
@devistator: Actually I spent a couple hours transcribing (or guessing) it: Here is an "official" version http://www.jah-lyrics.com/index.php?songid=3942
@lord graga: Sorry for using already released stuff. I mean it.
@anni: Actually, I like the off-sync of the youtube upload. Would it be be too much of artificial freedom to ask for the pouet-youtube link to be changed back to the one I posted?
@salinga: The people at GCD actually seemed to like it a lot. And then again, we had to get rid off this debt for the crate of beer.
@sq: Thanks. But no.
@marsel84, cherri kandler: Actually, I like constructive negative critique more than "fucking great!" thumb ups. But frankly, I'm almost tempted to talk people into deleting your account. I guess I can handle bad feedback pretty well. But you're actually hurting people that contribute more to the scene, than you cause damage. In other words: a lot. (Sorry mom, I fed the trolls.)
@smash: Wow! What an honor. (Are you drunk again?)
@kuzma: Completely agree: The original Square is one of my all time favorites. We went into a title crisis and I didn't thought it through.
@ryg: Hey, that was the whole point...
@irwin: True, some scenes could need some polish and details.
@v3nom: It would be a different demo. But I might make a remix to give it a try.
@ferris: cute. I though spelling mistakes are my job.
@uncle-x: wow, I feel honored.
@las: More precise please! I want to hear more.
@mikedafunk: hahaha. But I wonder what Fiver2 and Chaos are doing nowadays.
@zoom: thanks. Really sorry to miss Function. Would have been a great location to release it. Lesson learned: don't drink and make promisses.
@stijn: nice to hear it the other way around.
added on the 2012-10-02 00:55:26 by pixtur pixtur
pixtur: thanks for the link on the lyrics, makes them more powerful :) Stunning track indeed.. <3
added on the 2012-10-02 01:32:20 by dv$ dv$
Very impressive!
rulez added on the 2012-10-02 02:39:17 by jonnyram jonnyram
Absolutely fucking YES and CORRECT!
rulezcdc added on the 2012-10-02 17:26:32 by djh0ffman djh0ffman
FUCKING HELL, WHAT AN EFFORT!!!
rulez added on the 2012-10-02 17:33:57 by randomi randomi
ein augenschmaus!
rulez added on the 2012-10-02 19:52:38 by Virgill Virgill
Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa aaaat?!
rulez added on the 2012-10-02 20:25:55 by elend elend
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rulez added on the 2012-10-02 22:40:35 by martin martin
cant stop watching it, this is just too good.
added on the 2012-10-03 03:31:55 by wysiwtf wysiwtf
"Actually, I like the off-sync of the youtube upload. Would it be be too much of artificial freedom to ask for the pouet-youtube link to be changed back to the one I posted?"

Just post your request in the fix-me-beautiful thread and it will be done. Youre the creator so you have first say what video you want of it here.
added on the 2012-10-03 10:57:54 by Salinga Salinga
a great demo in all aspects but i dont hit it off with it just now. i'm pretty sure i'll love it in a few months.
rulez added on the 2012-10-03 15:02:13 by Gargaj Gargaj
amazing visuals and sountrack!
rulez added on the 2012-10-03 15:21:06 by dipswitch dipswitch
Quote:
given that "Uncovering Static" does actually a better job in almost any aspect in a fraction of the size
that was my thoughts exactly too. amazing how just a dash of colors and better camera work seem to help such a lot ;)
the soundtrack is nearly as (or even just as) good as my favourite interpretation of the vocals. and that means a lot.
added on the 2012-10-03 15:27:49 by dipswitch dipswitch
Great!
Right technology usage.
rulez added on the 2012-10-03 15:33:18 by frag frag
Great scenes at the beginning and the end. Middle part was quite boring though. Music was cool but I fear that the vocals will get annoying after a couple of viewings.

Still, one of the most interesting/best demos this year.
added on the 2012-10-03 16:25:35 by D.Fox D.Fox
The music is really not my cup of tea, but apart from that, it's technologically perfect. The visuals are amazing, and I really dig the end credits part :)
rulez added on the 2012-10-03 17:56:23 by -SP- -SP-
Wow the style gods of Still strike again...
What an amazing demo this is, everything works so well together, amazing atmosphere!
Only point of critique would be the part that starts at 1:35, the orange blobs are amazing, but then it disintegrates into typical fractal stuff.
But other than that, mindblowing stuff. :)
rulez added on the 2012-10-03 20:42:36 by izard izard
what i said
rulez added on the 2012-10-03 22:25:55 by yzi yzi
i mean, more of this! more of the same kind of music, the same kind of effects! more!!!
added on the 2012-10-03 22:26:50 by yzi yzi
Lovely
rulez added on the 2012-10-03 23:51:48 by Mtl Mtl
Very, very cool.
rulez added on the 2012-10-04 05:54:59 by chock chock
extremely coolsome , with the moving city parts i got a halflife2'ish city 17 feeling. lovely.
rulez added on the 2012-10-04 08:46:02 by alien^PDX alien^PDX
oh wow. perfect.
rulez added on the 2012-10-04 17:34:23 by cxnull cxnull
absolutely brilliant!
rulez added on the 2012-10-04 19:04:17 by nhi nhi
well done, pixtur and cynic et al!
rulez added on the 2012-10-04 21:51:32 by sagacity sagacity
fresh.pr0n.
rulez added on the 2012-10-05 03:29:46 by comankh comankh
Fuck. Yes.
rulez added on the 2012-10-05 05:18:42 by Frost Frost
love it.
rulez added on the 2012-10-05 12:10:00 by bonefish bonefish
This is amazing, proves why Still is one of my favourite groups.
rulez added on the 2012-10-05 12:28:25 by phobium phobium
There are a few minor nitpicks I have to mention just so that my comment is longer than "what everyone else said":
- The visuals are a bit on the dark side sometimes and could use more contrast (the demo definitely looked best on my LED TV with the backlight set to "fry everyone"). Should be possible without sacrificing any artistic message IMHO. :)
- The mix of the soundtrack is... weird. The voice doesn't really find its place in it, probably because of the irritating chorus effect and its loudness.

Apart from that: What everyone else said. Polished to perfection, and the stark contrast between the cold visuals and the warmth of the vocals creates an atmosphere that I've rarely had the pleasure to experience in the scene so far. Best of 2012 for sure.
rulez added on the 2012-10-05 13:00:23 by kb_ kb_
Congratulations! It's super good.
rulez added on the 2012-10-05 13:07:44 by Radiant Radiant
wow
rulez added on the 2012-10-05 15:52:51 by toxie toxie
why the soundtrack sucks
1. i composed the tune
2. it's not a soundtrack. the tune was taken from my mini-album „augmented mind“ without a special edit for the demo (such as the youShould edit of symbol)
3. it's a very simple remix - or rather a bootleg (you all can do this better than me)
4. i told "pixtur and the others" (c) (tm) more than one times that the visuals don't show the content of the lyrics, but he didn't accept my pulpy assessment as a bad musician.
5. there are only a few sync-highlights... every other tune would also fit. so download the demo and change the mp3 to a 80s heavy metal, or a cherri kendler (c) (tm) prooved tune of your choice.

why the soundtrack rules (for me)
1. i composed the tune
2. it's not a soundtrack and not a 0815-demoish-out-of-the-box-chiptune-techno
3. it's a stylish bootleg with a very different mood to the original
4. it's very interesting to watch this visual interpretation
5. i've learned something...

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added on the 2012-10-05 15:55:29 by dq dq
Well said Johnny.
added on the 2012-10-05 16:33:46 by dv$ dv$
Amazing visuals and a great tune! OSX port by any chance? :)
rulez added on the 2012-10-05 16:57:29 by Sir_Lucas Sir_Lucas
Great everything! Perfect imho.
rulez added on the 2012-10-05 21:22:34 by Cosmocat Cosmocat
D: wow. Way to make it look easy.
rulez added on the 2012-10-05 21:34:29 by velusip velusip
Very interesting demo. Certainly sets itself apart and has a lot of artistic ambition mixed with cutting-edge visuals, much like in Spacecut. Even if I didn't like either one much, it's good and refreshing to see these kind of demos appear, as they don't let stylistic movements in the scene stagnate. That being said, as pixtur seems to love constructive negative critique (tm), and this body of work certainly deserves discussion, I'll write up some more layman observations.

The demo didn't work for me as well as it could. The visuals and music alone are both pretty powerful on their own, but their connection feels very weak and there's no sense of pressure build-up that somehow resolves at the end of the demo. Progression-wise the whole thing is rather flat (which probably saved it from failing to fulfill its own promises—I'm looking at you, Uncovering Static and Linger in Shadows)—there is little difference between the first 1/3 and the pre-outro part, and the part in the middle isn't very interesting at all outside the remarkably good sense of color as noted by Ferris earlier. In general, visual complexity of shapes is inconsistent with purported imagery; for instance, things that look like they're representing buildings fall into the uncanny valley of not looking enough like buildings, and the same applies to transformation effects—it's hard to say what are they—and everything else, for that matter—a metaphor for (if they even are in the first place). In other words, there is a certain promise that the visuals represent some heavily stylized world rather than being abstract blobs, but at the same time they remain too abstract and distractingly simple for no good reason, like something out of a we-ran-out-of-space raymarching 4k. Finally, the blur effect and camera movement at the rather abrupt end of the "silver bullet" scene (which is my favorite one) kind of didn't work well.

To summarize, I feel you're looking in the right direction with this prod, and I'd like to see more experiments with this and similar effects, probably in some kind of a mix, and with more careful approach to storytelling and direction in general. To stop here would be unfair. Thumbs up for keeping things fresh.
rulez added on the 2012-10-05 23:17:00 by moozooh moozooh
lol - what you call the "silver bullet", I would call "the space dildo" ;)
added on the 2012-10-06 01:50:16 by Salinga Salinga
some (well a very few actually...) demos I just need to comment again... and again... This gets better and better every time I see it. seen it 20 times or so now. The music as well. just wow. Sorry I can't give another thumb though.
added on the 2012-10-06 10:04:43 by Prot-DHS Prot-DHS
Spacecut was great but this one is top notch. The athmosphere is great and everything fits together. For me the best demo of the year. Congrats!

rulezcdc added on the 2012-10-06 13:07:07 by s7ing^ATZ s7ing^ATZ
moozooh: Very nice comment. I totally agree to some of them. It's really interesting to hear how people respond to the different parts of the production: My favorite parts are actually the calm organic ones in the middle. They're boring for most people, but for some reason I see something in them. That's also the reason why I didn't dare to touch them for final tweaks. Sadly, however, building up a destructive energy that the music demands at the end was harder than I thought.

I really like you comment of the city looking like an uncanny valley. It probably sounds like a cheap excuse, but this was actually what I was trying to achieve: A dream-like scenario were things just don't work out if you look closely. Obviously, making the city much more realistic would have been beyond my current abilities, but I'm a big fan of using a limitation as an opportunity. For me, making demos is not necessarily thriving for the best technical or realistic solution, but stopping at the right moment:

Designer: "Hey, that looks cool!"
Coder: "But it's a bug!"
Designer: "I don't care. Let's tweak the colors."
Coder: "Aaaaahh".
added on the 2012-10-06 14:55:47 by pixtur pixtur
I think the soundtrack would've worked better (for me) without the vocals, but holy shit were the visuals awesome. Really great atmosphere, wish I could pull off something like this :)
rulez added on the 2012-10-06 15:18:18 by britelite britelite
Awesome!
rulez added on the 2012-10-06 18:48:18 by ɧคɾɗվ. ɧคɾɗվ.
Truely outstanding, the scene awards opener was top notch already, but this is over the top (spinned it 12 times now according to log count and it gets better not boring)

Since you're asking for feedback, here's some thoughts:

In the 4th scene the vocals warn you about a vampire sneaking up from behind and some rather big "blood" blob approaches from behind, this is just brilliant.
This kind of connection could have been made when the vocals warn you to watch where you go and what you say there, too. That could mean some misplaced anagram name/logo that is then placed somewhere else and reorders it's letters to make a different sense.

Another thing that was mentioned before: the visuals of the skyscraper scene after the "silver bullet" is a bit too calm, the way the music builds up I was somehow expecting more action.
Have you considered the particles to rain down instead of floating?
rulez added on the 2012-10-07 19:18:53 by Inertia Inertia
HOT!
rulez added on the 2012-10-07 20:53:30 by bodo^rab bodo^rab
This is brilliant! Pure magic, except for a few scenes, which was also mentioned above.
The soundtrack has not really grown on me yet though.
rulez added on the 2012-10-07 21:00:18 by Puryx Puryx
wow, i am impressed. how can somebody thumb this down?
rulez added on the 2012-10-07 23:54:51 by peach peach
Good parameter-picks, great tune. Watched this several times.
rulez added on the 2012-10-08 15:02:59 by degauss degauss
dq: lol
rulez added on the 2012-10-08 19:06:16 by dirtie dirtie
...and great production!
added on the 2012-10-08 19:35:38 by dirtie dirtie
very good prod!
rulez added on the 2012-10-08 20:27:49 by storm storm
solid production
rulez added on the 2012-10-08 20:31:43 by blala blala
Beautiful demo. I don't know whether I should love or hate the glitchy rendering, though.
rulez added on the 2012-10-08 20:33:06 by algorias algorias
This is just... beautiful...
rulez added on the 2012-10-08 23:32:42 by ara ara
good flow
rulez added on the 2012-10-09 23:30:10 by GΞN7LΞM4N GΞN7LΞM4N
Impressive!
rulez added on the 2012-10-10 09:58:00 by Clarence Clarence
Just superb!
rulez added on the 2012-10-10 22:13:02 by ruairi [rc55] ruairi [rc55]
An orgasm for the soul. Exquisite. Just... every second is full of pleasure. So much style. Everything just comes together. It just feels so good watching this one.
rulez added on the 2012-10-11 04:05:10 by elfan elfan
wow.. THAT was great!
added on the 2012-10-11 08:06:28 by farfar farfar
and a thumb up, too! :)
rulez added on the 2012-10-11 08:06:46 by farfar farfar
it doesnt not work on my DELL but wow! Still...
added on the 2012-10-11 15:59:56 by Bartoshe Bartoshe
Didn't really like the music, but the visuals make it up for it, great demo!
rulez added on the 2012-10-11 22:07:46 by rbq rbq
This is hot.
rulez added on the 2012-10-11 23:43:19 by Insectecutor Insectecutor
Vocals don't fit (yes, explained by dq already earlier) but otherwise very nice sound. Great atmosphere and visuals, top notch!
rulez added on the 2012-10-12 06:29:20 by Serpent Serpent
Really nice!
rulez added on the 2012-10-12 14:13:42 by Happy-H Happy-H
glitchy rendering? where?
rulez added on the 2012-10-12 23:52:11 by hooverphonique hooverphonique
very nice but (for me) it lacked "something"....i dunno...some kind of kick; a contrasting memorable moment within the whole. overall it felt flat. not as memorable as Finally Inside but a very nice demo all the same.
rulez added on the 2012-10-13 05:34:00 by button button
Strong demo for sure but it leave me strangely cold.
added on the 2012-10-14 23:49:45 by BackSpace BackSpace
Relly Nice! Love the soundtrack.
rulez added on the 2012-10-14 23:58:48 by [Signal] [Signal]
really really nice, though the soundtrack is not my cup of tea :P
super awesome visuals
rulez added on the 2012-10-15 00:22:41 by nekomono nekomono
I thought for a long time, where I heard that song before...
Augmented Mind...

very nice!
added on the 2012-10-15 10:15:36 by FeN FeN
That was WOW!
rulez added on the 2012-10-15 23:54:58 by Emod Emod
Magnificient :)
rulez added on the 2012-10-16 08:58:17 by Hexogen Hexogen
Top notch! The city morphing reminded me of the "tuning" in Dark City.
rulez added on the 2012-10-16 23:51:04 by noname noname
Awesome, fresh & massive at the same time !
rulez added on the 2012-10-18 11:48:34 by Cyg_BLaBla Cyg_BLaBla
Abstract style!
rulez added on the 2012-10-20 02:49:44 by Zhent Zhent
What TRC said.
rulez added on the 2012-10-20 22:20:50 by trc_wm trc_wm

It's a great journey but the music soooo doesn't fit the visuals this screams blood

rulez added on the 2012-10-21 22:16:04 by raver raver
Whoops, almost missed this due to taking a break from the scene... While the music isn't my cup of tea, the attention to direction and colors is fantastic. It makes me feel a simple code monkey who can maybe make stuff smaller or faster but without any artistic skills... And I feel out of place in the credits, for what was basically my raymarching seminar :) But after watching this, I really feel inspired to start coding again, so thanks for a very inspirational production!
rulez added on the 2012-10-24 22:10:18 by Seven Seven
great job!
rulez added on the 2012-10-25 09:57:01 by CeRi CeRi
i dont understand the "music doesnt fit the visuals" comments at all.. for me the music *makes* the visuals.. makes the pacing and everything make sense and work :)
added on the 2012-10-25 11:04:23 by smash smash
great
rulez added on the 2012-10-26 20:25:10 by seppjo seppjo
Awesome
rulezcdc added on the 2012-10-28 07:15:03 by Ized Ized
rulez added on the 2012-11-11 13:25:19 by Eldrik Eldrik
beautiful, stirring, pulsating, energizing, thought-provoking, inspiring... thank you for this journey!
rulez added on the 2012-11-26 21:35:57 by melw melw
great
rulez added on the 2012-11-30 23:50:29 by sokoban sokoban
Marvellous visuals with a really awkward soundtrack.

I especially like how smooth those various parts work together and create a consistent flow.

About the youtube offset issue: If the preferred one is the one with the delay - shouldn´t the demo reflect that as well?
(Anyway, next time I watch this demo I better replace the track anyway - basically everything between noise, ambient and chants with about the same speed should work equally well. Recommendations/remix anyone? ;)
rulez added on the 2012-12-29 23:16:02 by T$ T$
music and dissolving buildings were cool and built the whole atmosphere
rulez added on the 2013-01-21 11:49:41 by elfh elfh
well deserved klubi 2012 award, looks the finns have demotaste after all =)
added on the 2013-01-21 13:57:20 by wysiwtf wysiwtf
What a fantastic demo !
Man, you rulez big times !
rulez added on the 2013-04-05 21:25:06 by alkama alkama
There are some really nice illusions in this one.
rulez added on the 2013-07-18 14:52:50 by Hyde Hyde
how did I miss this one ? O_o
rulez added on the 2013-07-18 15:55:31 by MsK` MsK`
I somehow got around never voting for this masterpiece. Love the fractals, the music and the general design. I journey in demo excellence. Great work!
rulez added on the 2013-07-25 09:47:19 by Punqtured Punqtured
You know it is a good demo when each time you watch it, you have to watch it twice!
added on the 2013-08-09 16:22:42 by loaderror loaderror
Stop panning the soundtrack. It's perfect. Just as the visuals. Everything's perfect.
rulez added on the 2013-08-13 20:12:44 by vibrator vibrator
nice :)
rulez added on the 2013-10-15 00:11:58 by mke mke
I really dig this demo. I like the soundtrack as well and it fits for me. Great low end in there, I used it for testing the subs at @party. It shook the room real good ;)
rulez added on the 2013-11-08 13:13:51 by DrClaw DrClaw
As I live in Shanghai this imagery of dissolving and melting buildings really resonates with me. This city is changing so fast. One rich guy with a mall makes room for the next.
added on the 2013-11-08 18:18:10 by loaderror loaderror
love it
great
rulez added on the 2014-03-29 11:23:08 by Calexico Calexico
Watched this about 2 months ago on youtube, and it was actually a contributing factor to me refreshing my PC spec. After doing that, just watched it in realtime and it really does have a unique style. Great choice to avoid the usual polygon route and try something completely diffrerent. The track works really well with the visuals and pace.
rulez added on the 2014-03-29 16:48:15 by Vaipon Vaipon
This is one of my favourite demos ever! :) Everything is simply awesome in this demo: music, design, effects etc. !
rulez added on the 2014-04-23 20:31:24 by mayday mayday
ohh..wow... dude!! thanks for this.
rulez added on the 2014-05-11 00:20:52 by panoramix panoramix
Watched it a lot over the past 1,5 years, and still love it. Basically, what smash said.

The combination of the tune and the visuals really touch me, absorb me - which few demos do. Those are the best.
rulez added on the 2014-07-14 20:52:58 by Kylearan Kylearan
This is actually one of my favourite demos of all time. I was going to write some paragraphs explaining how I feel about each aspect of this demo but nobody really wants to read all that. Instead I just leave my thumb and my respect for the people who created this.
rulez added on the 2014-07-21 01:11:30 by drift drift
Great!
rulez added on the 2015-01-18 20:28:30 by pickmasterB pickmasterB
5 seconds in and you already know it's gonna be gold. Has a lot of character in it.
rulez added on the 2015-02-24 19:18:34 by kaoD kaoD
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rulez added on the 2015-03-26 01:09:23 by Gʀɪʍʍy Gʀɪʍʍy
Watched this again. Music is still (ehe ehe) not for me, but the decaying cityscape is beyond understanding.
rulez added on the 2015-04-01 11:08:15 by Trilkk Trilkk
Hoy. This is really good. Took my brain to an interesting place.
rulez added on the 2015-04-02 09:30:01 by andr00 andr00
Why haven't I seen this before? :o Well I'm glad that I found it now.

The visuals and soundtrack as well as the idea are good and I really like the atmosphere. Definitely one of my favourite demos ever.
rulez added on the 2015-04-26 22:10:10 by rimina rimina
rewatch. rewatch.
rulez added on the 2015-09-14 17:19:13 by etd etd
Quote:
i told "pixtur and the others" (c) (tm) more than one times that the visuals don't show the content of the lyrics, but he didn't accept my pulpy assessment as a bad musician.


piggy for that.
if you have talent helping you. why not accept the help..
added on the 2015-09-14 17:39:22 by 1in10 1in10
Simply unforgettable: masterpiece, period.
rulez added on the 2015-11-21 22:32:51 by animehaus animehaus
Different a bit; me likes
rulez added on the 2015-12-11 21:43:04 by Jakim Jakim
Good demo indeed
rulez added on the 2016-05-28 09:51:45 by Omid Omid
The music is fucking impressive. Not sure if these quite cyberpunkish visuals are fitting the theme really. I would have preferred some coolio-orange-like-style here. Still a thumb up for sure.
rulez added on the 2017-05-21 11:35:05 by neoman neoman
mature as fuck
rulez added on the 2017-06-06 20:22:28 by nagz nagz
master.piece
rulez added on the 2017-07-06 23:13:04 by neoneye neoneye
So unreal
rulez added on the 2017-09-28 20:26:05 by roudoudou roudoudou

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