Caero by Plant & Electromotive Force [web]
screenshot added by oldaccount on 2002-05-07 19:18:57
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release date : december 1995
release party : The Party 1995
compo : pc demo
ranked : 1st
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popularity : 66%
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  • Dune Dune [Music, code, 3D graphics]
added on the 2001-05-16 15:32:54 by moony moony

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I remember this, watching it over and over again. The party 5 demo competion winner. Superb score by dune. Moody as hell. Great underwater effects, butterflies, underwater lightning. All perfectly designed.
Tp5 had a lot of great demos, everyone at the party place was blown away watching all the good entries.
added on the 2001-05-16 15:38:14 by moony moony
Completely agree. This demo was one of the first "big" 3D shows (which always win TP, you know :), and a really good one. Cool design, athmospheric and moody music by Dune, and great transitions. Worth seeing :)
rulez added on the 2001-07-24 02:12:01 by kb_ kb_
Yeah. It's a big 3d show but has a lot of appeal compared to all those 3d mammoths during the next years. It was also the first time I saw some nice keyframing in a demo.

Hmm, yes it's still prolly my favourite 3d demo. Do a better one if you can. :)
rulez added on the 2001-08-29 14:24:38 by melw melw
I had seen that in my 486,. it's the first nature underwater scene I have ever seen,.. and in a sooo old machine! Really nice...
rulez added on the 2001-11-05 23:38:02 by Optimus Optimus
Bloody awesome. Blew me (and the competition, let's not forget those poor saps) away at tp5 -which was a terrible party if it wasn't for some of the releases, Caero included. Great music, pretty scenes (okay, they were bloody fantastic -especially the fish) and I liked the ending (which was mistaken for a bug by some people)
rulez added on the 2001-11-05 23:52:47 by Shifter Shifter
could someone please make an avi / divx or something out of it? it wouldnt run on my new computer. i remember this production was so cool, i'd like to see it again..
rulez added on the 2001-11-19 18:21:14 by oldaccount oldaccount
one of the best demos ever.

Definately. even that it was almost the first, it proved before the others that 3D-demos don't have to be boring/idiotic/meaningless.
rulez added on the 2001-12-02 23:22:21 by droid droid
A good demo, a bit sucky musics. Some of the textures were really good and some of them were really bad..
Should probably be Plant & EMF, but, whatever. The music is an FSOL-imitation, but I really like it. The scenes were awe-inspiring for the time. It still has much more of an "atmosphere" to it than most 3D shows today.
rulez added on the 2002-01-16 20:52:17 by phoenix phoenix
damn yes, this one was really impressive those days, i remember the polygon filler was a bit buggy and produced white lines on some polygon outlines but hell, this one has a great atmosphere (and this error was common ;P ).
The music rocks as well
rulez added on the 2002-01-16 21:20:34 by PigPen PigPen
I haven't seen this demo since it was new.. but remember I liked it a lot. I remembered this as being by EMF as well (I was a fan of the stuff saracen was doing at the time.. I like the intro "Porno" at the time :)).
rulez added on the 2002-01-20 22:56:04 by bigcheese bigcheese
it sure rocked as hell.
rulez added on the 2002-01-20 23:00:01 by bhead bhead
Try watching it 'under the influence'... :-)
rulez added on the 2002-01-20 23:58:40 by moT moT
Best 3d ever :)
I still watch this every week
rulez added on the 2002-02-17 11:49:07 by dairos dairos
has an awkward vibe. must be the colors
rulez added on the 2002-03-27 23:18:09 by psenough psenough
I would put on my earphones, close my eyes, and enter the waterworld, the virus world, the butterflies, everything. And when it ended, again, and again, and again until I would fall asleep on my chair. Awesome.
rulez added on the 2002-04-07 13:48:11 by tALSit tALSit
just watched this again after few years, still rulez. it has that something that most of the 3d demos lack.
rulez added on the 2002-04-07 17:15:39 by nosfe nosfe
Very nice demo with excellent soundtrack, but since upgrading from p200 it never worked again.
added on the 2002-04-15 23:28:08 by Crest Crest
Surprise, it's running again and so it will be also included in my next demoshow :)
added on the 2002-04-17 05:26:40 by Crest Crest
nice music & ambience.
I emphasize droids comment on this one.
rulez added on the 2002-09-28 14:36:35 by funktion funktion
rulez added on the 2003-03-22 22:34:03 by Scali Scali
Crest, does the beginning work on your config? I've had always problems with the start on faster (even on P133 or so) computers and the demo gives just blank screen until the tunnel part.
added on the 2003-03-23 11:04:58 by melw melw
one of my all time favourites
rulez added on the 2003-03-23 11:25:54 by stonda stonda
Has anyone got the module as xm/s3m or whatever?
Then I want it :)
rulez added on the 2003-06-11 16:36:12 by loaderror loaderror
loaderror: For the caero module (as well as other modules from famous demos) you can check out phoenix' demodulate site :-)

btw, I have to mention once more that this demo rocks my world.
added on the 2003-06-11 17:36:51 by moT moT
oh the memories.. the music is just wonderfull, and such a good mood-setter.
rulez added on the 2003-06-11 18:25:32 by gloom gloom
My face demo from 1995!
rulez added on the 2003-11-23 04:59:22 by tomcat tomcat
face == fave
added on the 2003-11-23 04:59:35 by tomcat tomcat
One those demos that just stuck. This was one of my top 3 demos for a very very long time. It has the atmospheric impression which just stuck on you - and the soundtrack of course is so brilliant that it hurts.

Many 3d demos of today can learn something here...
rulez added on the 2004-01-13 11:18:41 by d3pth d3pth
rulez added on the 2004-01-20 08:18:45 by p01 p01
oi! the atmosphere!
rulez added on the 2004-03-02 12:06:47 by chavez chavez
Great flow/ambience. To bad it wasn't included on Mindcandy.
rulez added on the 2004-05-27 15:40:36 by dr.crackhead dr.crackhead
rulez added on the 2004-09-02 00:24:01 by maali maali
I just got an urge to see this. It wasn't on Mindcandy like I hoped.. and doesn't work with dosbox :(

One of the few pure 3d demos I adore.
rulez added on the 2004-09-21 21:50:20 by Preacher Preacher
i think this one's by plant only..
added on the 2005-08-15 00:00:07 by chavez chavez
thumbs up!
rulez added on the 2005-10-27 09:13:35 by abuze abuze
nope, it's a plant+emf co-op
rulez added on the 2005-12-07 23:08:58 by kallek kallek
so marvellous! didn't we need a new cdc anyway?
rulez added on the 2005-12-07 23:40:45 by sam sam

How much can i LOVE the soundtrack...HOW MUCH!
rulez added on the 2006-08-24 20:42:19 by orb orb
Nice oldie. Shame on me that I didn't know it...
Video available
rulez added on the 2006-09-08 00:01:53 by raer raer
Very good :-)
rulez added on the 2006-09-08 00:29:49 by Quarryman Quarryman
rulez added on the 2006-10-08 01:22:23 by wb wb
rulez added on the 2006-10-11 02:33:17 by [ProToS] [ProToS]
One of the best demos ever. I love the sound-track and the overall mood. It is one of the old pieces one can show to scene interested people even nowadays.
rulez added on the 2007-04-26 10:55:41 by Admiral^Elyssis Admiral^Elyssis
OOOOHH, I had almost forgotten about this one.
I remember getting the chills and getting fukkin blown away watching this at TP5.
The music is so faachin great. Nobody beats the DUNE!!!! 10 POINTS!!! Where are the hearts???
rulez added on the 2007-07-30 21:00:05 by tFt tFt
good one :)
rulez added on the 2007-11-11 10:01:22 by ɧ4ɾɗվ. ɧ4ɾɗվ.
Thumbs up!
rulez added on the 2007-12-10 11:20:26 by zefyros zefyros
Yes! One of my favourites back in those days...
rulez added on the 2008-04-03 22:07:11 by Stebo Stebo
So ambient and soft and nice
rulez added on the 2008-04-26 17:17:53 by Queen_Luna Queen_Luna
rulez added on the 2008-09-03 14:49:37 by ltk_tscc ltk_tscc
Another old classic.
rulez added on the 2008-11-28 22:44:40 by keops keops
Blew me away
rulez added on the 2008-11-28 22:46:11 by Optima Optima
Great classic
rulez added on the 2009-03-30 20:36:28 by bitl bitl
Is everybody in?
rulez added on the 2009-03-30 20:41:02 by xernobyl xernobyl
rulez added on the 2010-01-18 16:35:24 by Manwe Manwe
Probably my favourite ever DOS demo. Truly great. Takes me back!!!
rulez added on the 2010-09-23 00:39:02 by rhino rhino
haaa that demo reminds me so much good thing :)

I watched it at the Party 5 with some good friends :)
rulez added on the 2010-09-24 15:27:36 by rez rez
Great demo with amazing music. HQ YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JvHi3Q7q1P0
rulez added on the 2011-04-16 21:18:11 by tomba tomba
sucks added on the 2011-06-18 06:40:26 by ileaardbei ileaardbei
fhaaakk...already thumbed this up :)
well anyway, fuck future crew and their desert dream remake on the peze....THIS PROD is when I first started to respect the peze scene.....80% is because of the awesome track....

lifetime acheivement scene award...hellooo? Have you totally forgotten Dune/orange?
added on the 2011-07-03 08:09:15 by tFt tFt
rulez added on the 2011-11-10 10:57:40 by Frequent Frequent
Good Demo. Pretty fitting tune.
rulez added on the 2012-03-07 22:26:07 by gentleman gentleman
rulez added on the 2012-10-29 14:37:00 by Ger Ger
for the music especially, i'm not worthy...
rulezcdc added on the 2012-11-12 22:25:22 by noby noby
great show!
rulez added on the 2012-11-12 22:44:23 by sensenstahl sensenstahl
What a music!
rulez added on the 2012-11-12 23:03:16 by jack-3d jack-3d
rulez added on the 2012-11-12 23:31:52 by elend elend
great music!
rulez added on the 2012-11-14 13:26:49 by kimi kardashian kimi kardashian
one of the best 3d shows ever
rulez added on the 2014-01-11 00:33:48 by T$ T$
missing thumb is no longer missing.
Not bad, but did not really like this kind of "pc" style back then, and not now :) not the best tune from Dune either
added on the 2014-05-05 15:26:04 by leGend leGend
rulez added on the 2014-05-05 16:15:40 by g0blinish g0blinish
the music blew me away back then ...
rulez added on the 2014-05-05 16:29:24 by a-move a-move
Massive then, massive still. More important than it's given credit.
rulez added on the 2014-09-06 03:27:30 by Mel Mel
great soundtrack by dune, nice relaxing demo.
rulez added on the 2014-09-24 00:17:01 by keito keito
Great for being 1995!
rulez added on the 2015-01-01 22:40:58 by Emod Emod
One of the few demos that haven't aged at all.
added on the 2015-04-23 15:08:33 by Preacher Preacher
Though many 3D rendered demos got outdated fairly quickly due to the rapid increase of hardware power during the 90s, Caero indeed is one of the special ones that managed to retain its beauty. Partially of course that is also due to the beautiful 2D effect work and graphics, but nevertheless.

The 3D hits the sweet spot of the era; not too many textures, perfect muted color palettes, just enough polygons, no too complex models. There is enough details right where it needs to be, and not too much anywhere else. Even the texture mapping which lacks perspective correction gives an amazing disoriented feeling to some of the camera spins. The cameras and overall direction give quite a similar to certain video tapes put out for an example by Warp Records in the early-mid 90s. Everything within each scene just melds together beautifully.

The theme of the demo is obvious. It's about evolution. We depart from precambrian oceans with a quick gander to the first cell divisions and finally arrive to the first bacteria and other simple organisms. With a swift transition we skip the cambrian explosion, now fish inhabit the oceans. This is probably the only weaker part of the demo for me, since the soundtrack doesn't feel quite so coherent here. A brief look into early life above water is also seen.

I'm not sure if these evolutionary events are taking place on earth though. The whole demo has a very eery otherworldly feeling, largely set by the supreme music by Dune. The scene with the butterflies is perhaps my favorite in the entire demo. I love the grey murky sky that encapsulates the world. It's barren yet feels so alive, perfectly supported by the somber chords of the soundtrack. Then there is of course the the part with the pillars and the lights flying about, which further implies the mystique around this realm.

The end implies the evolution of a human-like creature, featuring probably my all time favorite pixel art piece. The demo ends with all of the earlier lifeforms passing through a portal of some sorts, read into it how you like. Perhaps a metaphor about the balance of nature. This is not a perfect demo, hardly any demo is, but it's so much more than the sum of its parts it might as well be, and deserves and eternal coup de cœur from me.
added on the 2015-04-23 15:57:02 by noby noby
nice chilling demo
Just lovely! Really nice 3d and great music.
rulez added on the 2016-05-19 10:44:04 by StingRay StingRay
Now this is a beauty. What noby set - otherworldly! And the music! THE MUSIC! THE MUSIIIIIIIIIIC!!!!!!!
rulez added on the 2016-05-23 23:55:56 by neoman neoman
what guardian said
rulez added on the 2018-02-28 01:12:04 by Flashira Flashira
rulez added on the 2018-08-08 14:37:42 by nagz nagz
What noby and neoman said.
rulez added on the 2019-02-18 16:14:47 by fizzer fizzer
Great 3D show. Dimmed colors and excellent music won't let it be outdated.
rulez added on the 2019-07-17 21:17:04 by vdr vdr
cool music, but kinda boring
added on the 2021-11-25 10:19:41 by wrighter wrighter
nah, pretty awesome actually
rulez added on the 2022-03-08 15:04:07 by wrighter wrighter
oooh, forgot the thumb on this one. atmospheric and chilling.
rulez added on the 2022-05-04 12:59:19 by Brittle Brittle
Thanks moT!
rulez added on the 2022-05-04 16:32:05 by rloaderro rloaderro
nice one
rulez added on the 2023-05-10 14:51:10 by ferris ferris
rulez added on the 2023-08-01 23:32:36 by grz grz

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