Atom by Sorcerers
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release date : october 1990
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added on the 2001-11-02 19:07:13 by DW DW

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The first demo I ever saw (on my 286 12MHz beast) :)
Text mode colour cycling, but what was really cool, was the digitised music that come from the PC's internal speaker.
It played a sample loop of a person singing (about 5sec looped).
Also, while the demo ran, all of the lights on yuor computer would flash in paterns (caps, scroll, num, HDD).
Impressed me at the time :)
rulez added on the 2001-11-02 19:10:39 by DW DW
ooh yes, i really remember that one.
it was the first demo for me, too and it knocked me off that days :)
rulez added on the 2001-11-03 14:07:54 by PigPen PigPen
good old Sorcerers... I watched this demo quite a few times on my old XT (and later 286)
rulez added on the 2001-11-06 10:20:49 by britelite britelite
Funny stuff and runs still without any problem :)
added on the 2002-10-05 03:10:38 by Crest Crest
rulez added on the 2003-01-10 11:32:38 by Optimus Optimus
Funny. I believe this is the first demo I ever saw, on the PC anyway. Even though I think the UltraForce demo I saw next, was much more in the demo category than this. But it's fun to think back on.
rulez added on the 2003-03-26 10:44:23 by d3pth d3pth
I think this was from 1989, according to hornet (where I found it) in any case, color cycling selectable effects and PC speaker digital tunes on PC in that era is a rules... and the hardware flashing even works on my Pentium III vendor-specific-hardware laptop! And with Windows ME in fakeDOS (though reeeally slow)! And 23kb isn't that shabby either, though that was a lot in that time
rulez added on the 2003-06-01 00:20:18 by crusader crusader
loved it those days :)
it sounded much better on the speakers than anything else (and also was much more louder :)
rulez added on the 2004-02-06 01:09:13 by blala blala
oops, speaker. just one. :)
added on the 2004-02-06 01:09:36 by blala blala
hihihi.. this one :)
rulez added on the 2005-05-11 08:36:02 by chavez chavez
oh yeah :)
rulez added on the 2005-09-14 03:03:27 by mizc mizc
ooooooooooooooooooh, i remember this one, prolly one of my first.. :)
rulez added on the 2007-02-16 02:06:40 by Maali Maali
Oh, a real gem covered by dust of time... I'll have to look for my old 486 to see & hear that in all it's glory (dosbox is not enough!)
rulez added on the 2008-04-08 15:05:16 by wrthlss wrthlss
you mean, your old 286, do you? :)
added on the 2008-04-08 15:30:37 by blala blala
Hmmm, maybe it will be better ;) gotta go and buy a 12mhz monster for circa 5$... ;) (the 486 which I've got is 25mhz babe!)
added on the 2008-04-08 15:39:26 by wrthlss wrthlss
rulez added on the 2009-06-03 22:28:14 by Pirx Pirx
was cool for 1990 / 286 :)
rulez added on the 2015-06-06 18:17:58 by T$ T$
nice not even close to 32k!
rulez added on the 2017-03-04 09:03:19 by sensenstahl sensenstahl
Author here. This is the only demo I ever finished and published.

@hd: You're right, the digitized music was my main point. I hacked together a 1-bit sampling device connected to the parallel port. I remember doing a lot of digitizing experiments until I found a clip which sounded reasonable in 1-bit. The digitizer and playback code was done in assembler and it sped up the clock interrupt to match the sample rate. As a result, the computer's clock would fast forward while recording or running the demo. If I recall correctly, I calculated and compensated for that by writing the correct time back into the when the demo quit.
rulez added on the 2017-10-25 07:29:41 by fox_of_sorcerers fox_of_sorcerers
BTW, the song is "I Say a Little Prayer". Hard to tell from that noise which version, but Dionne Warwick would be a good first guess.
added on the 2019-12-28 17:24:04 by Marq Marq

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