Eight scenes of human life by Traction [web]
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release date : september 2004
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An old unfinished demo project with ripped music I decided to release. I was supposed to make an intro out of it, but I'll probably never be motivated enough so here you go :)
Of all the things I've ever coded, I think this is my favourite.
added on the 2004-09-29 13:51:53 by Preacher Preacher
It doesn't look bad, with faster music and some more dynamic it can be a nice Demo or intro. The idea is cool :)
added on the 2004-09-29 14:05:54 by wickedz wickedz
beautiful stuff you got there... since it wasn't released at any party, i won't blame about ripped music.
rulez added on the 2004-09-29 14:22:14 by shadez shadez
switches resolution, gives me a blank screen for half a sec, and exits (does return to proper resolution). too bad, i'd like to see this. i've a winxp pro laptop with intel centrino 1.4ghz, intel extreme graphics ii (sucky) adapter. sounds like some incompatibility in the startup code. do you errorcheck? maybe it's my lack of hwvp?
added on the 2004-09-29 14:44:25 by skrebbel skrebbel
Nice rendering and powerfull scenes. Would have give it a thumb without ripped trax for sure. Well done!
added on the 2004-09-29 14:46:53 by daddyvx daddyvx
commercial EBM! \o/
rulez added on the 2004-09-29 14:51:54 by post malone post malone
nice :)
rulez added on the 2004-09-29 15:15:52 by red red
i think it aint't that bad. only think i can't manage to comprehend is why you write in the nfo that you're ashamed of the code and general unfinished stuff, but release it anyway..
added on the 2004-09-29 15:33:14 by madMixx madMixx
This really impressed me. The music suits the scenes perfectly and it al looks great although it's only cubes.
Somehow the CPU usage is kinda high. It runs nice on my notebook with fast CPU and slow GPU, but on my PC with slow CPU and fast GPU it's like a slideshow.
rulez added on the 2004-09-29 15:34:09 by 0xtob 0xtob
Ok stuff, but nothing that cool. Some cubes strangely disappears suddenly in the "light"-scene. Otherwise would be a piggie, but have to thumb down ripping.
sucks added on the 2004-09-29 15:34:35 by teel teel
sweeeeeeeeeeeet stuff :)
rulez added on the 2004-09-29 15:38:17 by kusma kusma
Eyh! I want you to finish this!
rulez added on the 2004-09-29 15:38:24 by Korvkiosken Korvkiosken
Gives a new meaning to cubism. In fact: lovely!
rulez added on the 2004-09-29 15:53:56 by sam sam
i second slemmy, nice work!
rulez added on the 2004-09-29 15:56:17 by okkie okkie
clean and simple, cubez 4 prez
rulez added on the 2004-09-29 15:56:35 by quisten quisten
Looks nice, isn't too artsy. And having watched demos since '89 I sort of a have a soft spot for cubes.. Shame about the ripped music though, especially with such ear-piercingly bad vocals.
added on the 2004-09-29 16:04:53 by break break
i like it - finally some creative usage of very basic opengl
rulez added on the 2004-09-29 16:09:17 by blala blala
such cubic art is eye orgasm!

instant coup de coeur!
rulez added on the 2004-09-29 16:13:17 by Zest Zest
Skrebbel, so far it's worked on all computers I've tried it on. I'd blame the intel extreme graphics adapter.. but of course it could be our code as well, the demoengine used is over a year old and really buggy. But porting it to the new, better one would basically mean rewriting the effects as well, as the API is different nowadays and I really don't feel like doing that any time soon.

0xtob, the reason it's so slow is that it all rotations, lighting etc is done with software. Most of this was coded before I learned proper OpenGL and it shows.. but again, a total rewrite would take time and motivation I don't have.

And yeah, I apologize again for using ripped music. One of the main reasons this wasn't released at a party was the fact that I think the music fits the demo so well.. I know few scene musicians, and none of them could probably produce anything like this. If you're able and willing to work with us in the future, drop me an e-mail :-)
added on the 2004-09-29 16:16:35 by Preacher Preacher
nice effects, music sux.
added on the 2004-09-29 16:34:39 by ninja ninja
nice but :o
What?! A demo with meaning that isn't annoying? Well done :-)
rulez added on the 2004-09-29 17:11:19 by samwise samwise
/me likes it.
rulez added on the 2004-09-29 17:18:45 by tomaes tomaes
nice demo, especially the music is great!

The glow looks cool too and nice idea to build everything with cubes. Perhaps a name like cubemaniac would have fit better :P
rulez added on the 2004-09-29 17:24:45 by ps! ps!
we love traction demos !
rulez added on the 2004-09-29 17:31:14 by Navis Navis
kudos to the top idea and originality! LOVE IT! (but church disapproves of such simplification)
rulez added on the 2004-09-29 17:34:25 by randomi randomi
preacher, okay. i'll try on another box. some day.
added on the 2004-09-29 17:58:29 by skrebbel skrebbel
Great Cubes.

Oh, and ripping music still sucks. On the other hand... can I really give a thumb down to THIS guy:

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... ? No.
rulez added on the 2004-09-29 18:04:59 by kb_ kb_
rulez added on the 2004-09-29 18:17:38 by SiW SiW
very pretty stuff.. the scene poetry didnt make me angry either.. neither did the use of cubes.. well done!
rulez added on the 2004-09-29 18:24:04 by loaderror loaderror
piggie should be enough...
added on the 2004-09-29 18:56:38 by ttl ttl
oh, and btw:
"congratulations, no memory leaks found!".
now where is my price ?
added on the 2004-09-29 19:08:45 by ttl ttl
very nice ;)
rulez added on the 2004-09-29 20:24:30 by -olli- -olli-
Such a nice concept, and now wasted... :/
Now if you only could find a scener making THAT kind of music, would be nice for a change...
rulez added on the 2004-09-30 01:28:32 by xbit xbit
original and moody, like all the traction prods, I like ! show off the new engine then :)
rulez added on the 2004-09-30 02:36:11 by Weyland Yutani Weyland Yutani
nice prod
rulez added on the 2004-09-30 06:35:26 by zeebr zeebr
Well, good prod even if you think it's unfinished =)
rulez added on the 2004-09-30 11:13:53 by pan pan
visuals looks (and are) unfinished, scenes are good, texts and thema sucks, some good ideas and renderings.
btw music have potential and textures are not good for this kind of scenes.
i mean... this is fucking awesome... i'm stunned...
rulez added on the 2004-09-30 13:03:20 by Gargaj Gargaj
Really cool-looking, and great atmosphere, even though the latter is probably more because of the music than anything else.
added on the 2004-09-30 13:11:47 by sagacity sagacity
the music is what creates the atmosphere, no doubt about it. the rest is pretty good actually, but it doesn't really go anywhere after the "light"-part, which is a shame.
added on the 2004-09-30 17:01:02 by gloom gloom
pcx rulez
rulez added on the 2004-09-30 22:44:08 by 1210abee 1210abee
one scene is crazy!!!1 :D
added on the 2004-09-30 22:47:37 by 1210abee 1210abee
Normaly I dont like this kind of slow demos, but this was so nice and pretty and muisic fitted nice to it atmosphere.
rulez added on the 2004-09-30 23:34:06 by blueflame blueflame
cubes and glow! nothing can go wrong.
added on the 2004-10-01 05:15:55 by cp_ cp_
kb: who? i saw atleast 3-4 german guys on that pictures.
added on the 2004-10-01 05:30:37 by Hatikvah Hatikvah
man, this IS awesome.
next time try to finish it properly, with a non-ripped song... but this left me breathless as it is now...
rulez added on the 2004-10-01 07:49:41 by FooLman FooLman
Nicely done! Keep up the good work, and somebody please help him out with the music...
rulez added on the 2004-10-01 08:00:42 by d3pth d3pth
surprised me very pleasantly even though it looked unfinished. The first few scenes were really great!
rulez added on the 2004-10-01 14:21:46 by psonice psonice
potentially good, but unfinished and too much ripping
added on the 2004-10-01 19:43:29 by asasel asasel
Very nice.
rulez added on the 2004-10-01 21:57:53 by Optimus Optimus
gay track, but visuals fits and looks nice.
rulez added on the 2004-10-01 22:07:39 by skypher skypher
really cool atmosphere, but i think the ripped music has a big part to do with it. Still really good though.
rulez added on the 2004-10-02 12:19:23 by pdx pdx
surely this was nice music, but bad for being ripped. im sure jugi / complex would have done a good job for that. i am personally a fan of light, so thumbs up!
rulez added on the 2004-10-02 14:30:36 by oldaccount oldaccount
liked it!
rulez added on the 2004-10-02 18:38:49 by soolta soolta
Nice, I except for the last scene you don't really notice it is unfinished!
rulez added on the 2004-10-04 02:03:03 by beavis77 beavis77
Very clever and sensitive, good abstract scenes, nice abstract design of eight scenes of life.

Ripping music sux, but VNV Nation track fit to the overall feeling of demo...
rulez added on the 2004-10-06 19:53:38 by Trauma Zero Trauma Zero
Good demo. But near plane cutting the cube (omg) and ripped music make it piggy.
added on the 2004-10-09 15:14:05 by jimmi jimmi
so well pulled of, even though i dislike ripping this demo needs the vnv nation tune to become what it is, imo a timeless masterpiece, will be one of my favorite demos for a long long long time.
rulez added on the 2004-10-11 22:04:12 by bzz bzz
Some really great visual ideas!


Ripped music that doesn't fit and kinda sucks. Don't know why everyone's so hyped about MIDI strings that sound like default Windows GM sounds mixed with a guy who can't sing and has a *horrible* voice.

Or maybe I've just visited one too many opera productions in my life.
Wow, this is really great! I can't believe it's unfinished. Traction <3
rulez added on the 2004-11-28 15:04:22 by kaukojouko kaukojouko
sucks added on the 2004-12-07 23:07:19 by Phaser Phaser
it's amazing what can be done with simple cubes
rulez added on the 2004-12-21 02:34:06 by tryfex tryfex
Mhhm, wanted to see it again, but link's br0ken. :(
added on the 2004-12-29 14:30:46 by tomaes tomaes
Hmm.. it's pointing to Preacher's migty homepage. Still, worked now when I tested it :) ...maybe this should be added to the scene.org.
added on the 2004-12-29 14:33:12 by Vulture Vulture
(...odd, now it's working again... %-) )
added on the 2004-12-29 14:35:32 by tomaes tomaes
beautiful! traction rocks
rulez added on the 2005-01-07 03:28:26 by bonzaj bonzaj
Holy dogfuck this rules!
rulez added on the 2005-01-07 03:43:01 by Shanethewolf Shanethewolf
I don't like the mood of the demo. Flat cubes maybe elite but really boooooring. No thumb now (maily of the music ...)
added on the 2005-01-10 14:03:11 by AbcuG! AbcuG!
I can't beleive i haven't review that one.
One of my favorite of 2004.
Very good mood .. nice abstraction with a neat concept behind.
I wish to see more of this ... It rules of course
rulez added on the 2005-01-10 14:12:03 by nytrik nytrik
Nice 1
rulez added on the 2005-01-10 14:33:47 by Mike 3D Mike 3D
finally saw this. preacher, if ever i meet you in person, i'm going to offer you a drink. this is damn wonderful.
rulez added on the 2005-01-24 19:20:42 by skrebbel skrebbel
nice visuals but the ripped track doesn't really suit here - so a piggy it is.
added on the 2005-01-24 20:27:28 by stonda stonda
I didn't mind the track in fact, I think it suits the demo ok.

Some really good parts, great demo :-)
rulez added on the 2005-02-12 13:04:25 by Shockwave Shockwave
Great. I would've liked to see it finished :)
rulez added on the 2005-02-12 14:17:46 by ithaqua ithaqua


it took my breath away.

rulez added on the 2005-04-05 15:41:38 by HeLLoWorld HeLLoWorld
Strikingly beautiful
rulez added on the 2005-04-11 01:02:17 by amv amv
very nice
added on the 2005-04-28 21:03:52 by pohar pohar
How could I miss this one? Fuckings for ripping music, this could have been one of my favs...
added on the 2005-04-28 22:14:23 by dixan dixan
what dixan said.

this might be in need of remixing, with original music and graphics :-)
added on the 2005-04-28 22:40:35 by uncle-x uncle-x
A remix is in the works, inter alia. Anyone willing to supply me with quality music that compliments the theme, feel free to contact me.
added on the 2005-04-28 23:28:48 by Preacher Preacher
i like the concept and most of the scenes. but i can see why you say its unfinished. looking forward to check that remix if it ever comes out.
added on the 2005-06-24 13:08:53 by psenough psenough
great demo. but i'd use the other version of this track, as that's faster, but that's only me. anyway, good one.
rulez added on the 2005-07-20 13:56:52 by kelsey kelsey
nice, CUBES :)
rulez added on the 2005-07-20 14:30:07 by trigger trigger
this could be a nice coup de couer
rulez added on the 2005-07-20 14:37:00 by v3nom v3nom
i loved it. nice ideas expressed with cubes. and music fits very well.
rulez added on the 2005-10-05 22:25:58 by anesthetic anesthetic
rulez added on the 2005-10-11 20:41:31 by wie8 wie8
rulez added on the 2005-10-13 12:45:40 by las las
ripped music is better than shit music.
rulez added on the 2005-11-10 20:19:22 by keith303 keith303
An ÜberMood production in the best of taste.
rulez added on the 2005-12-07 01:12:00 by ALiEN^bf ALiEN^bf
sounds good, looks better
rulez added on the 2005-12-08 19:22:39 by praetor_alpha praetor_alpha
simple & beautiful..
music fits excellent..
rulez added on the 2005-12-10 23:52:16 by 4kum4 4kum4
cubes are life
rulez added on the 2006-01-04 22:46:59 by mizc mizc
dead link :(
added on the 2006-02-17 14:36:31 by kusma kusma
(reminder) excellent demo.
added on the 2006-04-26 15:00:38 by quisten quisten
rulez added on the 2006-08-17 14:51:20 by hardi hardi
yes, good, i like cubes, i like song, i like black hole
rulez added on the 2006-08-27 22:02:49 by sokoban sokoban
wow, very nice work
rulez added on the 2006-10-28 15:43:17 by dairos dairos
The music is awesome, it makes me cry. And the design is just perfect. Lovely piece of demo.
rulez added on the 2007-01-31 17:09:18 by decipher decipher
I really liked this one.
rulez added on the 2007-02-18 10:23:04 by ferris ferris
Congratulations! No memory leaks found!
rulez added on the 2007-02-18 11:44:40 by [self-ban] [self-ban]
Great atmosphere and excellent music!
rulez added on the 2007-03-18 13:41:15 by Corial Corial
Beautiful! Thumbs up for Preacher, Vulture and Mr.Harris. :) Legion \o/
rulez added on the 2007-03-18 14:03:26 by StingRay StingRay
rulez added on the 2007-05-25 01:44:56 by rmeht rmeht
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rulez added on the 2007-05-25 02:10:04 by bdk bdk
rulez added on the 2007-05-25 02:59:00 by xernobyl xernobyl
Feels more like an idea that has not been completed, than it feels like a complete demo. Semi-nice music, though, and the idea with the cubes gaining/losing textures is nice.
rulez added on the 2007-12-28 21:43:25 by Maissi Maissi
where's my thumb?
rulez added on the 2007-12-28 21:50:00 by substrate substrate
Pure beauty. And the best use of a commercial track ever
rulez added on the 2008-03-26 02:10:16 by Stebo Stebo
its nice to see good use of ripped music when its openly confessed to.
rulez added on the 2009-03-11 09:55:42 by auld auld
Great story, visuals and music
rulez added on the 2009-07-25 16:40:40 by Røly Røly
Commercial music, but still a good demo.
added on the 2009-07-26 00:13:01 by raer raer
Love it.
rulez added on the 2011-01-04 23:11:19 by Shatiaf Shatiaf
A very nice demo ruined by music. These whining vocals...
added on the 2011-04-10 01:36:03 by rutra80 rutra80
LOL VNV Nation ;)
Shame this was never finished as there prolly are a bunch of artists that can replicate the feeling of the song ... really liked the "death" scene.
rulez added on the 2011-04-10 03:34:57 by shock__ shock__
Very nice.
rulez added on the 2011-05-01 16:35:30 by Mystra Mystra
rulez added on the 2011-05-24 20:40:39 by BackSpace BackSpace
rulez added on the 2011-05-24 21:07:37 by Bartoshe Bartoshe
rulez added on the 2011-12-27 12:56:29 by Frequent Frequent
Cubes+Glow and ripped music which just run side-by-side at best.
added on the 2013-03-15 04:06:18 by T$ T$
Oh hey, this one is by far the most creative way of using cubes only I've seen so far. Really loved the billboard effect at 'birth', and left a bit puzzled what 'life' tries to show me - my guess is that my finished ideas inspire others?

Soundtrack isn't my cup of tea somehow, but it really sets the mood - as it's a unfinished demo I understand the usage of commercial music, while waiting for the actual musician to deliver something as moody.

Very cool one!
rulez added on the 2013-05-25 14:48:51 by mog mog
It was never meant to be released in this form, I was just toying around with the primitive glow filter that I came up with but then decided to put it up on Pouet on a particularly beautiful and cold autumn day (I still remember it for some reason, I put it up on Pouet and took a long two hour's walk by the seaside after that). The lyrics in the song somehow became relevant during the process and then I just decided to release it as is and not wait for a suitable soundtrack

The 'life' was meant to be a sort of a transformation. I had an idea of a sequel where it would pick up on that, but it never materialized. In retrospect I think the cubes should've turned into wireframes again, to make a loop.
added on the 2013-05-25 15:23:49 by Preacher Preacher
rulez added on the 2013-10-16 17:53:21 by K-man K-man
rulez added on the 2013-10-16 23:21:03 by ok3anos ok3anos
Very nice.
rulez added on the 2013-10-17 00:01:28 by raizor raizor
love it
music carries it, great vocals
rulez added on the 2022-11-15 01:10:47 by noby noby

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