tao by Satori [web]
screenshot added by exocet on 2001-12-12 21:11:40
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release date : december 1998
release party : The Party 1998
compo : pc demo
ranked : 5th
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popularity : 61%
  • 0.94
alltime top: #2421
  • zden zden [Code, Design]
added on the 2000-09-05 10:50:20 by mrdoob mrdoob

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what a strange demo ! it's a kind of psychedelic-trip, all the effects are weird but really good, and the music (by Loonie) fit perfectly with the demo.
added on the 2000-09-09 16:20:46 by rez rez
stare at the centrum and focus on the music. do not look at anything else but the center of the screen. do not think about what is going on. just stare. maybe you will realize what it means by the 5th time you play it.
added on the 2000-09-09 23:29:48 by psenough psenough
Does the title Tao has to do somethinng with Taoism, Budhism, some other Eastern Religion?

From the gfx, the atmosphere or the music that's how I understand it..

I liked it! I liked this atmosphere. And the lot'sa bitmap effects with this psychedelic colours too!

I may watch this demo again..
added on the 2001-03-08 15:36:47 by Optimus Optimus
Very trippy, excellent psychedelic effects ... so 70s but as always with zden, it's all tightly packed in a coherent way. Just let your mind expand the abbreviations this demos displays in front of you..
added on the 2001-05-09 09:12:41 by _-_-__ _-_-__
I will check it agian
rulez added on the 2001-10-24 14:53:51 by Optimus Optimus
great music!
rulez added on the 2001-12-18 11:55:48 by mrdoob mrdoob
Fucking AWESOME. Blew my mind at TP98, I recall it didn't get as high a rating in the results it actually deserved. Recommended for people who have a neat sofa to realx on while it's running. Do not hesitiate to loop it.
rulez added on the 2001-12-19 02:50:21 by Shifter Shifter
Full of colours, esoteric, mystic, flashy flows and hypnotic music. Cool stuff. Btw, the voice sample also appears in a rammstein track, I believe.
rulez added on the 2002-02-04 15:53:28 by tomaes tomaes
huge tarrific demo
rulez added on the 2002-04-11 13:43:07 by crs crs
I really love this one
rulez added on the 2003-08-24 12:59:28 by Ped Ped
Great demo which creates a nice atmosphere.
added on the 2003-10-19 19:42:30 by Crest Crest
Absolutely amazing. Not only is the music interesting enough to make a pure flyby engaging, the effects are cool, and there were even some I've never seen before! (but it doesn't work on XP... :-( Any suggestions?)
rulez added on the 2003-10-23 21:13:18 by crusader crusader
rulez added on the 2004-02-05 02:18:25 by psenough psenough
definitely underrated
rulez added on the 2005-02-16 00:51:04 by Preacher Preacher
Used to watch this a lot with my stoner friends ;)
rulez added on the 2005-02-28 08:17:50 by odex odex
One of the best demos ever, with killer soundtrack!
rulez added on the 2005-02-28 09:37:52 by dixan dixan
beauty in motion!!!
rulez added on the 2005-11-21 00:35:10 by dipswitch dipswitch
rulez added on the 2006-09-23 10:40:08 by hhhhhhh hhhhhhh
excellent visuals, splendid soundtrack and great experience :D
rulez added on the 2006-12-10 17:11:55 by maali maali
excellent effects brutally synced to an excellent soundtrack == highly underrated masterpiece!
rulez added on the 2007-05-21 23:33:28 by v3nom v3nom
rulez added on the 2007-05-21 23:47:27 by p01 p01
This is so fucking great. Great code + synching! Really underrated.
rulez added on the 2007-07-28 16:35:50 by raer raer
rulez added on the 2007-07-28 16:48:42 by parcelshit parcelshit
Nice one! That last effect is marvelous
rulez added on the 2007-07-28 20:55:52 by evil evil
Download my "32 bits fixed version" people and enjoy this beauty in full color depth if your card doesn't support 24bpp. Just start tao32.exe.
added on the 2007-08-04 14:13:03 by raer raer
wow! a large amount of beautiful effects
rulez added on the 2007-08-04 14:26:55 by hollowman hollowman
clearly ahead of it's time.
added on the 2007-09-13 23:43:59 by v3nom v3nom
rulez added on the 2007-09-14 00:11:58 by Buckethead Buckethead
wow, had never seen this one before. really nice for 98.
rulez added on the 2007-09-16 21:46:51 by glow glow
nice effects-blendshow! good use of synching.
rulez added on the 2007-09-16 22:09:45 by oldaccount oldaccount
rulez added on the 2007-10-25 00:21:41 by texel texel
Cool, a good 1998 style demo :D
rulez added on the 2007-10-25 00:54:52 by xernobyl xernobyl
so sweet.
rulez added on the 2007-10-25 02:05:08 by bdk bdk
rulez added on the 2007-10-25 10:06:50 by Nezbie Nezbie
The intro is fantastic - really setting a good atmosphere.
Sadly, the what comes next lets it down heavily. Loads of recycling effects and the music doesn't seem to progress - it's all like a record that keeps playing the same groove over and over again.
great effects, tunnels and kaleidoskopes, heightfields, spirals, breakbeat trance music
rulez added on the 2008-01-09 15:04:05 by BITS BITS
truly a great demo
rulez added on the 2008-02-28 09:49:31 by waffle waffle
feels very dated.
added on the 2008-02-28 10:06:27 by sofokles sofokles
nice trip
rulez added on the 2008-04-19 22:40:03 by zefyros zefyros
a masterpiece of building up the atmosphere...
rulez added on the 2008-05-02 22:21:09 by Ger Ger
rulez added on the 2009-04-06 11:13:37 by nula nula
rulez added on the 2009-04-06 12:19:30 by Raven^NCE Raven^NCE
awesome trip :)
rulez added on the 2009-04-24 18:12:28 by grz grz
seems I like the early Satori stuff more. this is great.
rulez added on the 2010-02-02 10:31:09 by SiR SiR
A classic and like some people already said, ahead of its time. One of the effects still make me wonder how it might be done. :D
rulez added on the 2010-04-05 02:23:12 by ccr ccr
My thumb!
rulez added on the 2010-08-02 16:35:08 by rez rez
Didn't I?
rulez added on the 2010-12-11 09:14:36 by Mystra Mystra
this . was . great !!

arrived home, completely drunk, connected to pouet (yeah), and wow, this was the best demo-experience in a long time. how the hell did i miss this one all this time? wonderfully wonderful!
rulez added on the 2010-12-11 11:36:42 by iq iq
trip! :)
rulez added on the 2010-12-11 12:08:57 by baah baah
awesome, and didgeridoo <3
rulez added on the 2010-12-11 12:16:13 by MsK` MsK`
how did i miss this one? very nice. love some of the effects to an extent where i'd consider ripping them for use 12 years later :)
rulez added on the 2010-12-11 12:46:42 by superplek superplek
nice one
rulez added on the 2011-11-21 16:06:33 by Frequent Frequent
Absolutely _LOVE_ the effects. The track fits suprisingly well to them.
rulez added on the 2012-08-08 18:46:55 by noby noby
Oh my! No cheesy 3D objects, just plain awesome 2D wizardry - this needs a Glöp O_o;
rulez added on the 2013-04-13 17:13:22 by mog mog
Hellish eyecandy!
rulez added on the 2013-08-28 09:51:41 by zbyndek zbyndek
This demo doesn't show mercy: the watcher is in Satori's world of mystic orientalism, and it's better just deal with it. Excellent soundtrack.
rulez added on the 2014-05-25 11:54:42 by cce cce

and that music!!!
rulez added on the 2015-09-15 23:26:24 by nagz nagz
Still love this one. Pretty much perfect, if you ask me...
added on the 2015-09-21 22:49:43 by raer raer
great psycheelic trip with good music. impressed me a lot (as other satori prods ;)
rulez added on the 2016-01-20 12:03:49 by wbcbz7 wbcbz7
As was said, quite ahead of its time. Still very enjoyable.
rulez added on the 2016-04-02 23:30:58 by phoenix phoenix
Nice stuff
rulez added on the 2017-09-16 04:17:40 by bitl bitl
very hypnotic in any way.
rulez added on the 2017-09-16 09:13:03 by Flashira Flashira
wow.. low-res, SW rendered, but looks like many current shadertoy masterpieces connected together in great style. I love it.
rulez added on the 2018-10-03 09:51:00 by hollowone hollowone
Great Soundtrack, effects and sync inbetween. No words suffice. <3
rulez added on the 2018-10-25 18:15:56 by r1g8 r1g8
I still played with Barbies when you already did such amazing trips :D

one of the best, you should use these colors more :)
rulez added on the 2018-10-25 18:54:35 by natalia natalia
I'm impressed by the concept, beauty and harmony. It's excellent.
rulez added on the 2019-07-29 20:57:57 by vdr vdr
Exceptional in every way. Great music, good colors and creative effects that blend together nicely.
rulez added on the 2020-03-06 21:29:50 by wabe wabe
I was sure i thumbed this one already. Obviously i didn't.
rulez added on the 2022-07-16 21:53:29 by hitchhikr hitchhikr
I think I thumbed this in a dream. Now I thumb up this again fully awake.
rulez added on the 2022-12-30 15:52:38 by ham ham

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