Numbers [party remix]
screenshot added by psonice on 2008-09-14 03:19:28
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release date : september 2008
release party : Sundown 2008
compo : combined demo
ranked : 5th
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popularity : 60%
  • 0.79
alltime top: #5822
added on the 2008-09-14 03:19:27 by psonice psonice

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This was fast made mostly at the party place. It's a remix of Numbers, which is half done and will probably get released later. (Numbers is a 10 minute long noise demo, I figured it wasn't so party friendly ;)

It's based on the 'numbers broadcasts', which i'll explain the easy by copy + paste from wikipedia:

"Numbers stations are shortwave radio stations of uncertain origin. They generally broadcast artificially generated voices reading streams of numbers, words, letters (sometimes using a spelling alphabet), tunes or Morse code. They are in a wide variety of languages and the voices are usually women's, though sometimes men's or children's voices are used.
Evidence supports popular assumptions that the broadcasts are used to send messages to spies. This usage has not been publicly acknowledged by any government that may operate a numbers station."

This is a post-party version - the compo version had a nasty bug that screwed up some effects and killed the noise effects, so it just looked glitchy :/

It's in .mov format, but it's realtime - i.e. the .mov file contains the demo and data (a dirty hack possible because I made it with quartz composer). Sorry, xcode wouldn't compile anything on this old g4, I'll do proper binaries in a week or two. No idea how it runs on modern hardware, it's slow but just about watchable on this mac.

The .mov will NOT run on windows because it needs the quartz framework. I'll upload a 'proper' video when I get home.

Credits: music - m0d, and edited by beatslaughter, everything else was my fault :)
added on the 2008-09-14 03:27:45 by psonice psonice
haha, just realised, because it's built as a .mov file it'll play in a browser :D Right click -> save as to download it.
added on the 2008-09-14 03:29:31 by psonice psonice
This is the strangest explanation of a demo I've ever read. You get a thumb for that.
rulez added on the 2008-09-14 03:30:14 by Stebo Stebo
only a still image with sound on macbookpro intel :/
added on the 2008-09-14 03:35:16 by psenough psenough
Oh, it's leopard only. I should mention that before people start complaining :) It should work on anything with leopard and a reasonable gpu, i'll test it though.
added on the 2008-09-14 03:37:51 by psonice psonice
Too bad the Lincolnshire Poacher and the Cherry Ripe stations disappeared just a few months ago! ;)
added on the 2008-09-14 03:40:00 by stage7 stage7
btw the womans voice is actually a number station i recorded myself, truncated and cut up of course :) no decipherable code. It was on 5746Khz USB a few months ago. Just want to say thanks to psonice for working so hard on the day to make this, it's my first demo coop (being the musician) and it was an awesome experience.
added on the 2008-09-14 03:45:39 by m0d m0d
That number station thing seems like an awesome mystery. I should read more about it at wikipedia.
rulez added on the 2008-09-14 03:50:04 by Optimus Optimus
i'll have to wait for a tiger executable or real video then :(
added on the 2008-09-14 04:15:21 by psenough psenough
good work :)
rulez added on the 2008-09-14 04:17:15 by spiny spiny
no tiger executable, it'd be a real bitch to get working :( I should get the video up monday though.
added on the 2008-09-14 04:17:49 by psonice psonice
OPTIMUS: IT'S NOT MYSTERY FOR GOD SAKES! IT'S JUST SPY NUMBER STATION, YOU KNOW. god damn. people don't live in series 24, it's much easier for to work as "cab driver" in some non democratic country and being agent and sometimes listen this radio channel and then you have like one time pad and .. yea. anyway
rulez added on the 2008-09-14 08:42:35 by uns3en_ uns3en_
Yeah ok. I have read it's explained. I just say I like it, it looks mysterious, like the numbers in Lost.
added on the 2008-09-14 11:58:15 by Optimus Optimus
Ok, apparently if you run it on tiger, it does actually work but just shows a still picture with sound. Wtf :D
added on the 2008-09-14 13:28:20 by psonice psonice
Cool stuff, this. Extra props for making a Mac production that's actually a Mac production and not easily portable to other platforms :)
rulez added on the 2008-09-14 14:51:02 by Preacher Preacher
It only shows a still picture and sound on the leopard-mac as well.
added on the 2008-09-14 16:54:23 by Proteque Proteque
Proteque: what's the mac config? I figured it could be just intel onboard crap, but I hear it's not playing right on a decent mac pro to :/
added on the 2008-09-14 23:14:05 by psonice psonice
it is a macbook pro with ati X1600 256mb gfx card, 2 gigs of mem and intel core 1 duo cpu.
added on the 2008-09-15 02:13:39 by Proteque Proteque
psonice: GeF 6600LE-class GPU here. Shader model 3.0, G4, very poor performance with this demo.

The Cg example I compiled renders more impressive stuff at a smooth framerate on the same config. Cg FTW! ;b
added on the 2008-09-15 02:59:45 by Hoild Hoild
proteque: thanks, I'll try to test it. Actually I arsed up the .mov container a bit, I'll try and fix it later and re-upload. Downloading the file and running it in quicktime might help.. at home it worked fine in safari, but here at work I get a black screen but it plays in quicktime.

Hoild: the shaders are actually pretty fast, but I have a ton of layers doing different stuff so fillrate could be an issue. A g4 won't be helping though, particularly for the cubes/torus scene.

Also, it's horribly unoptimised (actually getting it finished before the deadline was more of a priority ;) Most of the time, there's effects running which aren't even visible. Perhaps I'll tidy it up and get it running faster when I do a proper .app version, but it'll be at least a week before I have time.
added on the 2008-09-15 11:57:38 by psonice psonice
I like this one, this five, this two!
rulez added on the 2008-09-15 16:16:15 by ham ham
interesting concept for sure, nice realisation aswell, especialy into the audio :)
rulez added on the 2008-09-15 16:21:05 by keito keito
pretty cool, I like the grainy look but some more sync'ing wouldn't hurt
rulez added on the 2008-09-15 19:13:42 by faaret faaret
meh, too unfinished :(
looking forward to the original
added on the 2008-09-15 19:23:52 by psenough psenough
I can distinguish The Buzzer (a Russian station, not a proper numbers station one) in the very beginning and then the Lincolnshire Poacher/Cherry Ripe :)) (and the BBC test card, too).

Thumb up for all of that.
rulez added on the 2008-09-16 01:09:51 by stage7 stage7
stage7: correct on the Russian buzzer, the rest i cannot identify as i didn't catch the beginning of the board cast. the numbers in the demo are not as-is from the radio, they're snipped from here and there...

Was recorded from my Icom 756Pro III on a G5RV Halfsize antenna about 2 months or so ago. The Russian Buzzer is still there, but I have not heard (or really looked) for the numbers station again... it was on 5746Khz, hidden on top of a broadcast carrier of an AM station, had to notch it out to hear the numbers...

but is that known to be that station's frequency?

added on the 2008-09-16 05:12:04 by m0d m0d
Well, Linc. Poach. used to broadcast in several frequencies, several times a day. One of these frequencies was indeed 5746, but there were a lot more (see this link for a comprehensive list). Some time around late July, the Lincolnshire Poacher ceased to broadcast. The message format of both LP and Cherry Ripe was identical, and the only difference was the "interval tune" (with the first notes of those folk songs). I guess CR is still broadcasting, but I have not confirmed it yet (and taking into account that it is believed that it emits from Guam, maybe my equipment won't be enough to listen to it). You have the timetable for Cherry Ripe in the same page above. There is a vast world to discover about these kind of signals if you are interested :)

- Oh, I've just noticed that there is a datalink too at the end of the soundtrack... -
added on the 2008-09-16 15:45:53 by stage7 stage7
Ther is is AMTOR, RTTY and PSK31 in it at various stages... i imagine you could decode the PSK31 as it is robust enough, Ham Radio Deluxe has PSK31 Deluxe built in, and loads WAV/mp3 files :)
added on the 2008-09-16 18:05:00 by m0d m0d
hahaaa!!! I enjoyed every second of this demo :)
very nice effects and transitions!
rulez added on the 2008-09-16 22:15:22 by merlucin merlucin
mac pr0n.!
rulez added on the 2008-09-18 10:20:16 by neoneye neoneye
just rules
rulez added on the 2008-09-18 10:49:41 by jix jix
wierd mac pr0n :P
rulez added on the 2008-09-20 05:13:29 by Queen_Luna Queen_Luna
A demo made in Quartz composer and capsuled in a Quicktime file? Only that approach is mad and gets my thumbs up.

The demo itself is pretty nice as well, but has a very low frame rate (MBP with C2D 2.2/GF8600).
rulez added on the 2008-09-20 09:00:22 by evil evil
Quartz composer... Interesting approach... Although a bit sluggy on my config (MacBook)
added on the 2008-09-29 09:32:52 by thanar thanar
thanar: it's very unoptimised. Then again, the macbook has an intel GPU, and I used a lot of shaders here, so I don't expect it'd ever run very smooth.
added on the 2008-09-29 10:01:00 by psonice psonice
cool!! very nice transitions, too!
rulez added on the 2008-09-29 10:11:03 by skrebbel skrebbel
great stuff. thanks for the greets :D
rulez added on the 2008-10-09 16:20:47 by Saga Musix Saga Musix
even nicer to watch it on my macbook :)
Final version

Now a proper executable, like it should have been. It should, in theory, work on most macs. It will still need some reasonable gpu power + shader support mind. I improved some effects slightly too (mainly the red+black stripy cube/ball thing.. that's replaced with a smooth blobby version with shadows and glitch.

If it doesn't work, let me know: gpu, ppc or intel, OS version, what goes wrong. I'll try to fix...
added on the 2008-11-16 15:44:45 by psonice psonice
werygood !!
rulez added on the 2008-12-09 16:40:13 by 24 24
rulez added on the 2009-03-24 18:33:30 by SiR SiR
Samples Numbers Stations, and for Mac. Excellent!
rulez added on the 2009-04-25 06:45:35 by glacial23 glacial23
Wow my Mac says thank you for such an entertaining and excellent demo!!
rulez added on the 2014-05-17 10:37:25 by applecrypt applecrypt
uploaded a video recorded off an iMac
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The tech this is made with is worth a vote up alone, but it's actually a wonderful demo altogether. Especially the analog video look is probably by far the best of its time. I also like the tension brought by the music
rulez added on the 2020-04-22 00:37:41 by noby noby

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