I Am by Traction [web]
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release date : august 2004
release party : Assembly 2004
compo : combined demo
ranked : 11th
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  • 4
popularity : 69%
  • 0.79
  • 3
alltime top: #713
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rulez added on the 2004-08-08 16:43:38 by EviL EviL
i am,
you are,
he/she/it is
we are
you are
they are..

I liked the next to last effect the most.. And the best line of scene poetry was undoubtedly "I am fractal, you are nothing" :D
added on the 2004-08-08 16:59:56 by loaderror loaderror
many cool effects, but bad execution. lacks of style.
added on the 2004-08-08 17:07:52 by quisten quisten
Very nice graphics! Everything makes a clean and solid impression and runs smoothly even on my Radeon 7500. Also, the music is pretty cool. Very polished prod.
(Try left and right arrow keys :-)
rulez added on the 2004-08-08 17:24:23 by 0xtob 0xtob
very okay but lengthy prod
added on the 2004-08-08 17:45:25 by gloom gloom
The scenes were put together very nicely, Crisp graphics, With well suited music.
rulez added on the 2004-08-08 17:51:50 by Mike 3D Mike 3D
Good effects, but the demo is designed in such way that it gets very boring...so no thumbs up.
added on the 2004-08-08 17:57:35 by Zplex Zplex
Probably my favorite demo from Asm besides MC's, ranked way too low. The effects are cool and the scenepoetry works extremely well. The scene transition and design are good and I like the simplicity, I'm tired of hundred-layer demos. I don't think it was boring at all.
rulez added on the 2004-08-08 19:25:40 by DiamonDie DiamonDie
All in all rather decent, but not really enjoyable due to many filler parts, uninteresting music and unnecessary scene poe-try. A weak thumb up.
rulez added on the 2004-08-08 19:34:11 by tomaes tomaes
face from baby dancer suxx.

some good fx sometime.
added on the 2004-08-08 19:37:13 by med med
Interesting trip (or is it a manifesto ?)
rulez added on the 2004-08-08 19:40:20 by hitchhikr hitchhikr
Pleasure trip. A tidbit to long maybe. Enjoyed the laidback tune.
rulez added on the 2004-08-08 19:57:21 by sam sam
Yeah, kinda long and did not understand the philosophy (nothing new) but a nice experience. I liked the soundtrack also but as someone said, a weak thumbs up.
rulez added on the 2004-08-08 20:41:33 by Kootal Kootal
Yep, deserved a higher rank imho
rulez added on the 2004-08-09 00:07:49 by beavis77 beavis77
Very nice, should've placed higher. That's what you get for insulting people in your demo ;) - too bad about the ugly env.maps :(
rulez added on the 2004-08-09 01:39:11 by hornet hornet
Even if it was too long it managed to keep me in the screen till the end. Because of the very clean and nice scenes/shapes and weird (a bit funny for me) lyrics..
rulez added on the 2004-08-09 01:51:42 by Optimus Optimus
mellow and enjoyable. Lots of filler as Tomaes mentioned but effects are still interesting
rulez added on the 2004-08-09 07:22:07 by cats cats
lots of very cool effects and quite atmospheric but suffers from a too slow pace and unimaginative design. poetry is naturally almost always a minus too. still a piggie.
added on the 2004-08-09 10:19:28 by uncle-x uncle-x
Hm.. nice text indeed. Nice effects as well, but the overall presentation of both is boring. Thumbs for the experimental value.
rulez added on the 2004-08-09 10:20:45 by Delax Delax
I enjoyed this one a lot. The slow pace doesn't really bother me and the music fits very well. Also the poetry was above average scene poetry.
rulez added on the 2004-08-09 15:14:27 by teel teel
a plethora of effects and scenes. some very good, but i feel that others could've been tossed out to make the demo a little tighter.
rulez added on the 2004-08-09 15:31:37 by skypher skypher
A clear and stylish demo with some very beautiful effects. Not a crowd-pleaser, rather someting for private enjoyment. Could've been a little shorter, though.
rulez added on the 2004-08-09 16:21:37 by N/A N/A
Very underrated prod. Deserve much better place than 11th. !
rulez added on the 2004-08-10 10:27:22 by AbcuG! AbcuG!
best asm04 demo.
rulez added on the 2004-08-10 17:47:29 by sakkeus sakkeus
i'm amazed of the fact that scene poetry is still as wank as 10 years ago.
sucks added on the 2004-08-10 17:50:11 by rp rp
a bit too long and slowpaced, but there's lots of neat stuff in there
added on the 2004-08-11 00:03:16 by samwise samwise
you are not, but your demo is
rulez added on the 2004-08-11 21:43:26 by sokoban sokoban
Very nice effects and atmosphere. Rules :)
rulez added on the 2004-08-11 21:56:17 by ontherun ontherun
scene poetry .. its okay :D
rulez added on the 2004-08-13 14:25:51 by uns3en_ uns3en_
rulez added on the 2004-08-14 19:24:42 by elkmoose elkmoose
too long and crashes in the end. kinda stylish even though there is no overall design
rulez added on the 2004-08-15 12:31:39 by Duckers Duckers
VERY SLOW, but it had some nice parts...
rulez added on the 2004-08-15 21:18:15 by shash shash
The crash in the end has probably something to do with ATI Radeon drivers. We're working on the problem, but so far we've only found one computer in which it happens. If it occurs on your computer, please e-mail me your computer details (version of the display driver, GFX card used, etc) at mnurmika [at] cc.hut.fi.

We'll eventually release a final version, with better sync, a couple of visual/bug fixes and a way to turn off those lyrics for the poetically challenged ;)
added on the 2004-08-16 08:09:51 by Preacher Preacher
for fucks sake, you have near 7 minutes of a demo without a climax - you're CRUEL :D
seriously, you don't have to show every effect for 30 seconds :D
rulez added on the 2004-08-18 14:44:54 by Gargaj Gargaj
A lot of really nice ideas in here. During the party I was a bit bothered by the Yet Anoter Scene Poetry Demo feeling, but for Scene Poetry, it actually made *sense*
rulez added on the 2004-08-19 01:57:36 by Shifter Shifter
Should be much higher! Vote SUCKS!!! Great demo!
rulez added on the 2004-08-19 14:59:18 by zeebr zeebr
Typical case of how cool effects can be wasted with boring music. But deserves a thumb anyway.
rulez added on the 2004-08-21 23:14:51 by zoom zoom
rulez added on the 2004-08-21 23:35:26 by kimi kardashian kimi kardashian
too long and boring... but there are several nice thingies in this demo (but some are bad too)
sucks added on the 2004-08-22 18:29:14 by spengler spengler
sfx are so beautiful !

assembly04 demos are amazing overall but Zeebr is right: the votes suck!
rulez added on the 2004-08-24 11:00:40 by Zest Zest
Weird, strange and refreshing
rulez added on the 2004-08-25 22:24:09 by T$ T$
a demo i wouldn't like to watch twice.. some nice scenes, but on the other hand, some which should've been cut off (like the one in screenshot :)
added on the 2004-09-06 13:56:03 by shadez shadez
When watching this demo, I feel that a lot of work and heart has been put into it. Usually scene poetry is not a big hit for me, but in this case it worked out quite well. Definately should have ranked higher.
rulez added on the 2004-09-11 01:16:53 by obi1 obi1
a bit boring, but there are nice parts in it (and way too much scenepoetry also)
added on the 2004-09-15 16:36:32 by pohar pohar
added on the 2004-09-16 19:11:04 by jimmi jimmi
absolutely rulez! this kicks ass as most other prods. w33d rocks, you guys leads!! i love you!! world release...
rulez added on the 2004-09-24 09:13:48 by NuKem NuKem
Rocks ! Long, but full of good poetry with simple clever scenes.....
rulez added on the 2004-10-06 20:00:37 by Trauma Zero Trauma Zero
Good effects, but there's a grammar error:

My heart are a power plant

should be:

My heart is a power plant
rulez added on the 2004-10-06 20:32:00 by Lord Graga Lord Graga
I like this one!
Full of good ideas
rulez added on the 2004-10-06 20:34:50 by BoyC BoyC
I've watched this a lot over the past few weeks, so why I haven't rated it yet I don't know. I think it's great, stylish, and the pace fits the downbeat music perfectly. The screenshot is probably of the worst scene in the demo btw, why'd you use that one? ;)
rulez added on the 2004-10-20 03:37:56 by SiW SiW
I didnt enjoy this at asm, cause it was too slow and I was sleepy, but now when I watched again, damn this was good.
rulez added on the 2004-10-20 12:00:35 by blueflame blueflame
This is perhaps one of the prettiest demos i've ever seen .. lots of really nice looking effects, and it deserved a vastly higher rating. Extremely artistic, but then again, the masses generally don't like art (which explains the rating). Assembly was not the place to release something like this. Still, damn impressive, even when Preacher showed me the unfinished version in advance! Damn fine demo.
rulez added on the 2004-11-05 17:06:25 by witeshade witeshade
+ Code tricks
+ Some nice visuals
+ Decent music

- Very questionable design and colorscheme
- Bad scenepoetry
- Boring

Weak thumb up.
rulez added on the 2004-11-11 18:33:18 by Frozzy Frozzy
nice visuals indeed, but overlays were crap. however, nice prod
rulez added on the 2004-11-11 20:56:29 by post malone post malone
.. and still this is one of my favourite demos ever!
added on the 2004-12-02 07:36:11 by NuKem NuKem
When I watched this at Assembly 2k4 I knew I had to see this at least once more. Afterwards I regret I didn't vote this demo.

I like especially the scene poetry in this demo. Although the music part might not interest everyone, it fits the demo very well.
rulez added on the 2004-12-07 19:03:29 by nbsinner nbsinner
the thumb goes mainly for the music, which is really good, and for having ideas.
but the realisation is usually not so good.
and next time i see such stupid scenepoetry i swear i will instantly thumb down anything!!!
rulez added on the 2004-12-08 01:17:14 by blala blala
traction is from now on one of my favourite demoscene groups. I watched all your productions one after another and then I realized that every line of code that I'm writing is a standarized product. It's all made from specifications and documentations. I forgot about the scene's main goal... Well I'm happy that this demo got 11'th in the compo. It's not supposed to go into wrong hands - into public and popularity. Keep the good work guys and don't loose your style. You are the tools.
rulez added on the 2005-01-07 03:00:55 by bonzaj bonzaj
nice music + good style, ilike !
rulez added on the 2005-01-12 21:38:47 by bLa bLa
Damn, this is so awesome. Respect!
rulez added on the 2005-01-22 11:48:53 by dairos dairos
It felt a bit long, but I enjoyed it. The visuals are beautiful, the graphical direction is really solid. But the text is inane and lacks the punch of its witty pretentions. Not a big deal though. The music is more soundtrack than music, and not in a bad way as it punctuates more than overwhelms.
added on the 2005-01-23 01:33:58 by _-_-__ _-_-__
pretty decent. missing a few design polishing on a few effects perhaps. but pretty decent regardless.
rulez added on the 2005-01-26 05:14:04 by psenough psenough
The mellow pace suits my weekend mood. Only part I didn't like was the morphing envmapped "oil" sphere, the fractals were really nice though. Obviously a lot of thought went into this demo, the best thing in the demo is the music which really suits it.
rulez added on the 2005-02-05 14:13:06 by Shockwave Shockwave
I'm sooo happy to see this one between the breakthru performance nominations!
Surely deserved it
added on the 2005-02-16 02:05:43 by BoyC BoyC
fucking good.

lots of scenes, lots of effects, goog diversity.

the scene with the grey screen and this blue ...erm, blue star with moving branches, or however u call it, is really bad. and some other parts could have been even better.

is it final?

rulez added on the 2005-02-21 23:08:42 by karnof karnof
impressive... i don't understand how this could be ranked 11th... =/
rulez added on the 2005-04-10 23:58:34 by Lupin Lupin
blup :)
rulez added on the 2005-05-26 22:55:19 by las las
i want to be a traction groupie
rulez added on the 2005-06-13 14:46:11 by skrebbel skrebbel
great visual!!
some glow effect was good.
and cool music.
rulez added on the 2005-06-13 15:48:31 by got got
some great fx. But it's too long
added on the 2005-07-10 15:53:25 by p01 p01
Scene prose/poetism sucks but rest of it is good.
rulez added on the 2005-07-10 16:49:46 by kaukojouko kaukojouko
Yeah! You definately "are"!!
rulez added on the 2005-08-23 18:09:28 by EarlGrey EarlGrey
Fantastic voyage.
rulez added on the 2005-09-29 21:30:41 by ALiEN^bf ALiEN^bf
different demo and cool effects and relaxing music and seeking with the keyboard!
rulez added on the 2005-09-29 22:33:50 by anesthetic anesthetic
the last point was not a new idea, i found out now :)
one of my favourites by traction right next to A Study in Lines and Textures!
rulez added on the 2005-10-11 11:52:19 by zomb zomb
I am fractal, you are nothing.

rulez added on the 2005-10-20 01:51:17 by Buckethead Buckethead
very cool!
Great, great effects and a soundtrack that doesn't overstate but doesn't get boring.. admittedly the text got a little predicable - but still a good concept; and again, great graphics
rulez added on the 2005-11-20 03:31:28 by Gaia Gaia
I don't need to see the same effect two or three times in the demo when it's too booring like that. lot's of nice ones though, but no thumb up because of the boring text and the ugly fonts! mediocre...
rulez added on the 2006-01-29 20:08:41 by rave-n rave-n
Nice Voice in the Beginning, long but not boring. Nice Particles and morphing objects. Flower part with "Crystal Face" was nice :) I am has again good music. Interesting looking "vector floor scene" dunno how this is real called. And again interesting usage of lines/cubsss/"puzzle effects.

Now to the not so good thing: perhaps some parts could have worked better with a little bit more content.
rulez added on the 2006-01-31 16:05:55 by Sapphire Sapphire
nonsense consecutive seem too long this time not qualified worth than other trct prods, strike weekly on the breakthrough performance.
sucks added on the 2006-02-05 06:52:15 by sunnm sunnm
Keep your nonsense for your (censored) google-blog. I salute you as demo-shock idiot of the year.

Rulez ofcourse, as is normal with Traction.
rulez added on the 2006-02-06 01:38:07 by Navis Navis
Smooth. The music is particular.
rulez added on the 2006-03-28 01:52:29 by bdk bdk
hi all, again the soundtrack can be downloaded from http://www.mikseri.net/music/play.php?id=114308&type=d

..and thanks for all the input! :)
added on the 2006-03-29 21:08:52 by griip griip
I don't like the scene with the eye, but other scenes are worth a thumb up
rulez added on the 2006-03-29 22:13:42 by imbusy imbusy
You know what ?
Fantastic design.
Big respect for you guys
rulez added on the 2006-07-02 18:02:27 by wie8 wie8
rulez added on the 2006-07-17 20:02:14 by kurli kurli
rulez added on the 2006-08-17 14:46:45 by hardi hardi
cubes <3
rulez added on the 2006-12-20 14:04:13 by rmeht rmeht
very nice. rather sinister
rulez added on the 2006-12-20 14:28:11 by dila dila
kiitos ja kumarrus
rulezcdc added on the 2007-01-16 21:46:09 by waffle waffle
A bit boring sometimes, but some good looking effects!
rulez added on the 2007-01-16 22:41:04 by [self-ban] [self-ban]
Kinda naive sometimes, but a great demo.
rulez added on the 2007-01-21 19:33:58 by gentleman gentleman
simply gorgeous
rulez added on the 2007-01-30 19:45:59 by prm prm
rulez added on the 2007-04-11 19:32:12 by ferris ferris
Very very nice!
rulez added on the 2007-04-12 22:50:33 by Mystra Mystra
Well, I loved this one. Refreshing as the day as I was born. Fantastic organic models, lines, grids, space and ideas. Well done. 9/10. One of the nicest of 62 demos I went through over the last week.
rulez added on the 2007-05-14 01:18:32 by hamster hamster
legendary, i love it
rulez added on the 2007-07-08 21:41:09 by blackpawn blackpawn
Shit, stunning. And it goes on forever.
rulez added on the 2007-07-11 13:37:19 by psonice psonice
The atmosphere... I cannot believe the atmosphere that you managed to put into this one.
It just blows me away, seriously.
Oh, and the music is amazingly done. It managed to entertain me throughout the demo (which is long) and although it kept the same pace and style, I never got tired of listening to it - damn good job!
rulez added on the 2007-08-21 08:20:42 by Nutman^IRIS Nutman^IRIS
Loved the burning head, music was bit boring.
added on the 2007-12-28 21:25:03 by Maissi Maissi
I just had to revisit this... when this demo was released at Assembly, it was my favourite from that years competition. And it still is, even edging out Planet Risk, We Cell and Come Clean. Fantastic atmosphere, tight and well designed effects and one of the best soundtracks ever.
rulez added on the 2008-03-26 02:40:28 by Stebo Stebo
nice flow!
rulez added on the 2008-07-06 00:58:23 by greent greent
Sorry, but not this time...
sucks added on the 2008-11-12 22:27:54 by #535 #535
A definite classic.
In case I had any CDCs in my pocket this prod would instantly get them all.

I a demo looks this modern after four years from the release, then in my opinion it is a classic.

Also I love all of the effects here, most of them being very innovative and visually attractive. And saying "I am fractal" cannot be responsed in any way other than:
Yes you are, and you're a good one.
rulez added on the 2008-11-15 15:55:44 by deepr deepr
I AM still so amazed of the quality of visuals attached to great direction and music that I start miserably missing some of the keypresses,


I a demo looks this modern after four years

was of course meant to be:
If a demo looks this modern after four years...
added on the 2008-11-15 15:59:03 by deepr deepr
Very nice with great tune.
rulez added on the 2008-11-15 16:18:45 by Serpent Serpent
Cool one
rulez added on the 2008-11-15 16:27:30 by keops keops
i see people are revisiting this one.. a bit lengthy, which makes it nice to chill out to. nice design and flow, still enjoyable. nice music. scene poetry could've used a little work, maybe. :)
rulez added on the 2008-11-15 17:17:56 by phoenix phoenix
I AM liking this demo a lot!
rulez added on the 2008-11-15 18:24:08 by ɧ4ɾɗվ. ɧ4ɾɗվ.
fantastic soundtrack, lots and lots of beautiful effects
rulez added on the 2008-11-15 18:37:56 by hollowman hollowman
very nice :)
rulez added on the 2009-01-28 12:31:44 by src src
rulez added on the 2009-03-06 09:35:40 by SiR SiR
what a mysterious athomsphere, what a beauty of effects, what a unique style, what a fantastic soundtrack.
i absolutely love it.
rulez added on the 2009-03-06 10:18:35 by v3nom v3nom
Great. Long but atmospheric, not boring, and I actually liked the scene poetry this time, and the empty backgrounds work strangely well, too.
rulez added on the 2009-04-27 01:22:00 by fogbank fogbank
Like it. Nice mood, cool music. Could've used a bit of polish.
rulez added on the 2011-01-14 22:16:22 by raer raer
I loathe scene poetry. All of it. Except this one, which I love. It's an integral part of this sublime demo. Hmm, technology/artificiality arguing with nature? :)
My first CDC, shall I have one, belongs here.
rulezcdc added on the 2011-01-25 21:55:06 by rutra80 rutra80
Traction still killing it after 7 years.
rulez added on the 2011-05-15 16:04:15 by johnl johnl
oh my, what an excellent soundtrack, demos as a whole is rather nice, pretty much just scene after scene with no transitions but a really nice show none the less :)
rulez added on the 2011-07-05 23:29:45 by keito keito
i am root
i am stem
i am leaf
i am amazed

Made a Highres Youtube Rip for it:
I Am by Traction (1080p)
rulez added on the 2011-07-06 10:39:21 by anni anni
Well earned!
rulezcdc added on the 2012-01-03 20:05:53 by Frequent Frequent
This could've benefitted a lot from some better design (empty pure black backgrounds, coder colors) and pacing (most scenes are a bit long and don't very enough by their length so they're hard to distinguish by that regard). I actually like the sgeneboedry, but unfortunately the typography is appalling as well. The music is great, as are most of the visuals at their core. Good individual parts, a lackluster whole.
added on the 2013-04-08 11:58:02 by noby noby
Wow, in that year since the last demo something must have clicked - this demo is beautiful - even nine years later. Damn soothing, and somehow still pushing.

Soundtrack in this one rules, and a lot of the scenes do as well. I also disagree with the people who find the scenes oo long, I didn't get that feeling - instead it gave me time to think a bit about the poetry that tried to insult me as a visitor of this beautiful piece of art <3
rulez added on the 2013-05-25 14:34:17 by mog mog
Oh, and I had to start it as admin in Win7/64bit if that helps someone to make it run.
added on the 2013-05-25 14:36:12 by mog mog
Yeah, a lot of things clicked in the year between 2003 and 2004 for me.

The soundtrack was a funny thing... Grip is now a good friend of mine but back then we didn't know at all, and I got the soundtrack through a mutual friend. Two days before the party we were still missing two scenes IIRC, and I asked Grip if he could perhaps shorten the song a bit, because we didn't have enough content. He refused and we had to quickly come up with something. We shuffled the content around a bit and the oil ball scene and the last one were made in the last two days, in a hurry.

Also, a huge amount of the design itself was done at the partyplace in a ~40h marathon session with very little sleep. We submitted a very incomplete version to meet the deadline and then worked our asses off. I am still surprised how well it turned out, as this is still one of my favorite demos out of the ones that I've done.
added on the 2013-05-25 15:18:35 by Preacher Preacher
He is fractal, I am not. :)

The effects just kept coming! The soundtrack is great.
rulez added on the 2013-10-17 08:52:37 by Starchaser Starchaser
i am pleased
rulez added on the 2014-07-16 16:35:19 by provod provod
Well. Some nice effects. But is a effect show from 90's put together in 00's.
Nice tune.
rulez added on the 2015-03-15 17:50:36 by leGend leGend
great visuals, nice tune.
rulez added on the 2015-05-28 13:01:10 by bonefish bonefish
Doesn't work on an up to date system :'( Windows 10 x64, Radeox R7 260X ), any chance for a fix? And more resolution choices? Preacher? : )
added on the 2017-02-03 09:12:57 by rutra80 rutra80
good memories
Doesn't work on an up to date system :'( Windows 10 x64, Radeox R7 260X ), any chance for a fix? And more resolution choices? Preacher? : )

unfortunately the source code is lost, as pointed out by preacher.
added on the 2017-04-23 07:11:29 by Flashira Flashira
Actually I discovered a copy of my old archives a few days ago. I'm not sure if I have the engine source anymore, but the demo source is there. If there's someone willing to update this to modern, let me know and I'll hand out the source :) I don't think I'll have the energy or the motivation to make it myself at this point in time.
added on the 2017-04-25 15:13:30 by Preacher Preacher
really decent stuff here
rulez added on the 2017-06-22 13:02:05 by nagz nagz
i am
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