Sleepless by Smash Designs [web]
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release date : april 2000
release party : Mekka & Symposium 2000
compo : pc demo
ranked : 1st
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popularity : 68%
  • 0.79
alltime top: #691
added on the 2000-10-07 21:45:32 by ParaKnowYa ParaKnowYa

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The group was/ is listed as smash, I added their new name and some demos.

This one is a nice story type of demo. Nice graphics, good music and very enjoyable. Get it and enjoy!
mixed smash and smash designs together, thanks
added on the 2000-10-07 22:05:42 by analogue analogue
flod arrete t lourd là :)
added on the 2000-11-03 01:27:20 by med med
hm, i don't like the music, the design and the models. not a good production imho.
added on the 2000-11-07 22:46:52 by robotriot robotriot
I like this demo, it's not impressive, but is ok. And the music rocks!
added on the 2000-11-19 00:51:35 by epsilum epsilum
if you really want to see a demo from smash designs, don't waste your time with sleepless, and watch event horizon instead ...
sleepless is simply boring, technically correct, but boring ...
added on the 2000-12-05 12:17:11 by flure flure
It is a reaaly nice demo, with a good story.
And the music is very good.
added on the 2000-12-06 14:27:38 by jb jb
MASTERPIECE !!!! This demo is masterpiece. That is all. Very cool story, smooth design super music. Smash designs hits the Mekka Symposium again. More demo-brilliants like this, please....
I liked this demo very much! I know that perhaps some of the gfx are ugly, but I enjoyed it very much and I runned it again and again!

The thing that perhaps rocked me the most to like this demo was the atmospheric music!

But I also liked very much some parts, like the tree with the rays, the voxels, the boat, the models and especially their animations.

Personally I prefered this demo than the two Haujobb demos which were good, but it's boring for me to see 1 of the same sucking demotrends (Lot's of transparency layers again and again..) and I found more interesting to watch the Sleepless demo..

Ohh,. btw.. I will go and check if the other favorite of mine on Mekka&Symbosium is already added in this list, or not.. the Nature Suxx Demo by FAN(TTS/Oxyron(C64) is in FAN, and I wan't to see more demos from you guy!!! Please =)
added on the 2001-02-16 10:41:06 by Optimus Optimus
I LOVE this demo :)
the music is fantastic (especially the stereo version), the code is awesome, the textures could be better but wtf :)
and also great designwise, i love the transition from space to voxels in the final version ...
definitely one of my favorite demos ever ...
added on the 2001-02-27 02:05:08 by Nuclear Nuclear
good music by a good musician ;) but i think, i must go and get some sleep ;)
added on the 2001-03-31 00:45:23 by syntiq syntiq
eeeeeeiiiyyesss!! kickking-asss piece of ass i had watching this demo. this one has made really big impression on me, gave me courage and enthusiaorgasm that nonaccelerated demos still rule. And the musik.. Well done, keep a mice work guys! Good fuck! (luck)
added on the 2001-04-02 04:04:33 by crs crs
for the vote ...
rulez added on the 2001-06-02 16:00:36 by Nuclear Nuclear
A very cool demo with a neat 3d-engine and a kickass soundtrack. Kb has done his miracle again with the sound part.!!!
rulez added on the 2001-06-29 21:52:52 by zafos zafos
Nice demo. But does the story have a meaning? Anyway, cool 3dengine! and great music!
rulez added on the 2001-07-10 00:16:15 by oldaccount oldaccount
i don't like that, it's just a stupid 3d story demo with badly implemented scene-effects and techno music on a mainstream level.
sucks added on the 2001-07-10 00:19:05 by robotriot robotriot
Thamps ap, fur da storie demo..
rulez added on the 2001-10-22 16:39:55 by Optimus Optimus
The music ROCKS!!!!
added on the 2001-11-14 23:24:03 by zafos zafos
how could you say that, robotriot? it's so much easier to say 'this is badly implemented' that to tell why or show the way it is and could be. yes, the demo is not downtright twice pragmatic as considered its meaning, but hey, didn't you catch that the sence of it all is that soft rendering still can kick ass narowmind accelerated slush? sleepless is full of enthusiasm and other strong feelings and poor is one who does not feel it.
added on the 2001-11-20 15:26:35 by crs crs
what's the problem ? o.k, this demo lacks some design but telling it's technically not impressive is lame. just look at the volumetric light effect with the tree. and the music kicks, too.
a nice demo.
rulez added on the 2001-11-22 21:34:34 by styx^hcr styx^hcr
Erm, I finally have to admit that this demo rocks. :) My first reaction after seeing this was quite similar to robotroit's; Not-that-great models, typical euro-dance soundtrack, plus a more or less pointless (and kitschy ;)) story.

BUT, after seeing it for a second time, I noticed that everything fits together very well, the music makes your body move (erm) and the transitions are great.

Still, the loading breaks are annoying (they break the flow of the demo) and the models look a little bit crappy, but hey... simply put: Cool. :)
rulez added on the 2001-11-24 15:14:08 by tomaes tomaes
Yeah, this one roxx! 'bout the story however, is there a point I'm not getting?, 'cos seems quite pointless to me. Oh, and the music is quite good.
rulez added on the 2001-11-24 22:25:41 by Nezbie Nezbie
Intro music is average, the rest is quite good. I liked the whole feel of this demo. Some parts show very good design, like the girl walking by a bouncing ball, opening the shades and then touching the mirror... It is impressive that the software renderer runs quite well even in 640x480x32. There are a little design flaws imho like, why a tux guy and a swim suit girl? :-) The part where the girl rows in the sea is stopped rather suddenly. Also, the guy's head and the girl's body could use some more modeling work...

Anyway, it's rather long but I couldn'y say boring because I saw it twice in a row without problem... So I guess you should see this... :-)
rulez added on the 2001-11-25 01:25:48 by moT moT
Cool prods.
A code's being quick and the considered design were impressive.
I liked the story of this demo.
rulez added on the 2001-11-26 04:28:32 by got got
I just downloaded the stereo plugin and there seems to be an error in the zip file. Any other link than http://www.smash-designs.de/ guys???
added on the 2001-11-28 11:56:38 by zafos zafos
this demo is phat :) software-rendering is nice, and running smooth on a PII450 in 640x480x32 is also very nice, when you think about the fact both the softsynth and the gfx-renderer are battling for cpu-time :)
And about the whole "design"-thingy: 5 layers of transparent effects doesn't necesserily mean anything else than annoyance. but if mess is to define design, ok with me.
rulez added on the 2001-12-06 03:40:40 by lug00ber lug00ber
lugOOber: There is no (realtime)-softsynth. This would actually make no sense at all in a demo.
added on the 2001-12-06 08:27:47 by tomaes tomaes
nope, this is ofcourse a realtime MP3 softsynth! :)
added on the 2001-12-06 09:37:53 by ryg ryg
I like it. I don't normally see demos like this, with a story to follow... reminds me of around the time when Genocide (or however they spelled it) came out.

About the software rendering.. To me personally, low-res and pixelation has never bothered me much.. but low bit-depth and bad antialiasing has somewhat...
The norm sometimes begins to sway me into preferring the higher-res stuff, until I realize that it isn't actually any more visually appealing to me personally. So yeah, software rendering can do just fine for me :) It might have trouble for lots of objects though..
rulez added on the 2002-02-18 18:33:26 by bigcheese bigcheese
Oh yeah. I had a lot of fun playing around with the display modes in the non-final version (dos only). I particularly enjoyed the CGA version. Why don't I see it in the final?
added on the 2002-02-18 18:37:03 by bigcheese bigcheese
Great engine, cool modelling + animation, music by KB (read: fscking awesome! :)...

However, I wonder why this isn't called "Senseless" instead :) Sorry, guys, storyline could be better :)
rulez added on the 2002-02-25 10:23:53 by Gargaj Gargaj
A really well coded and modeled software-rendered demo. Quite nice, and it has a bit of a storyline, albeit a *weak* storyline... I found the music to be the weakest element by far.
rulez added on the 2002-03-07 02:01:27 by sea_monkey sea_monkey
Yeah, this was a nice demo, the storry was cool too!

And I realy like that sort of music.
rulez added on the 2002-03-24 18:13:46 by SirKew SirKew

no idea why I like this :)
rulez added on the 2002-04-04 01:08:10 by golrien golrien
After having watched this several times more, I have to say that the music actually rocks :-)

As before, the concept is great and the only drawback is imho the models which could be better.
added on the 2002-05-26 02:44:18 by moT moT
software-rendering still rocks!
rulez added on the 2002-06-11 13:18:51 by jazzman jazzman
Nice prod, "software rendering still rocks" :-)
rulez added on the 2002-07-29 04:26:30 by argasek argasek
This demo rulez, great 3d engine, and wonderful music ;)
rulez added on the 2002-10-31 18:18:59 by Orion_ Orion_
Great demo, great sound, great atmosphere!
added on the 2002-11-01 00:43:20 by Crest Crest
I don't give a crap about the softrender, but this demo rocked with ambition and nice design. Two years later, it DOES show its age, but definitely a thumbs up one!!
rulez added on the 2002-11-01 01:12:12 by Jare Jare
This is how demos should look like.
awsome music, nice storyline, fast paced graphics...
rulez added on the 2003-01-25 15:13:34 by Wcf Wcf
thumbs up for software rendering

thumbs down for really SHITTY MUSIC (no offence)
...energetic but shitty
very good music, i love this water effect in the sea
the rest is a little bit slow in rythm, and textures are not fanstastic
but all stay coherent, it will be a classic in few years i think
rulez added on the 2003-03-25 15:01:18 by Zone (leZone) Zone (leZone)
too much 3d story demo for me ..
the theme is really awfull and the tale rather empty..

makes me feel like puking a currywurst.
added on the 2003-03-25 16:36:08 by florent florent
Found at kb's music site
This is like reading a 3D story that comes alive right on the pages.
Awsummmmmmm !!
rulez added on the 2003-03-30 03:21:45 by Mike 3D Mike 3D
guess its about time I pay my respects to this demo
rulez added on the 2003-05-04 02:16:07 by obi1 obi1
Quite nice.
rulez added on the 2003-07-26 23:53:06 by dairos dairos
It's not bad for a 3D production.
Check the envelopes on the bones though, I don't think they were adjusted quite right, especially on the guy character's legs :)
Worth the DL, IMHO the music is the best part.
added on the 2003-08-28 01:11:17 by DW DW
Yeah! Now I finally got a new ghz/geforce PC it it's still slow in 1024*768.
Software rendering really rocks :)
Great anyway.
rulez added on the 2003-10-25 02:29:18 by mizc mizc
Two thumbs waaaaay up for Smash - oldschool coding with a state-of-the-art face (and voice!).
rulez added on the 2003-11-26 21:33:47 by dojoe dojoe
like this very much, great story, great music, anything just rocks!
rulez added on the 2004-01-07 14:30:54 by NuKem NuKem
Slow beggining, but nice after a while
rulez added on the 2004-01-07 15:08:21 by shash shash
nice track
rulez added on the 2004-01-07 15:40:35 by myco myco
great music - bravo kb
...much better than 'weltenkonstrukt' which is sensless as 'adrenalin'!
rulez added on the 2004-03-04 00:24:56 by calimero calimero
Desch emmoh a smeschhit, wie denn 'n hamm wuist!
Hurray for softwarerendering, soundtrack and "demos for dummies". :)
rulez added on the 2004-03-19 01:27:17 by René Madenmann René Madenmann
rulez added on the 2004-05-20 16:02:43 by eye eye
Great Work!
Storydemos rock!!!
rulez added on the 2004-07-16 16:18:26 by imYemeth imYemeth
What can I say? Haven't seen this for a while... software rendering still rocks! :)
rulez added on the 2004-07-16 17:15:59 by Vulture Vulture
Just try this gem. <3
rulez added on the 2004-09-08 19:14:24 by Buckethead Buckethead
A little bit long but features excellent things.
rulez added on the 2004-10-02 01:26:25 by keops keops
for some reason (and i really dont know which it is) i really like this demo.. maybe its the soundtrack making it feel so nice
rulez added on the 2004-10-04 00:56:35 by fiveofive fiveofive
The only Smash Designs windows demo I've ever seen, due to the fact that it's the only one I've ever gotten running. Mediocre plot, nice engine, great music and a cool freedir voxel. I especially liked the transition to the voxelscape.. thumbs up for that :)
rulez added on the 2004-10-04 10:37:06 by Preacher Preacher
I usually dislike prods with this kind of emotional plot, but I remember I clapped my hands off at the partyplace.
The music makes the whole atmosphere, and some of the effects are simply awesome. Plus, it runs on my machine at insane resolution in 2004 :D
rulez added on the 2005-01-03 22:07:44 by dixan dixan
"Softwarerendering still rocks!"
rulez added on the 2005-01-10 22:41:53 by Frozzy Frozzy
Very nice feats, even for today!
rulez added on the 2005-03-04 10:42:44 by Paralax Paralax
Love that prod. ( except for the strings at the beginning :\ )
rulez added on the 2005-06-01 13:45:11 by bdk bdk
I think this one is great. Sure, theres plenty wrong with it, but theres sooo much right with it, and some of the transitions are just great
rulez added on the 2005-06-01 15:02:08 by psonice psonice
Smash Designs still rocks !!! :)
rulez added on the 2005-06-01 15:42:00 by AbcuG! AbcuG!
Forgot to vote for it.
rulez added on the 2005-09-25 10:17:46 by Cj Cj
rulez added on the 2005-09-25 11:08:05 by las las
very different. Very effective. Very awesome.
Honourable KB soundtrack again (espec. loved the alarmclock).
Great Idea, very interesting and easy to want to watch.
Some cool graphics but too much of the chick's ass...
still. Software rendering does still rock, and this rocks.
rulez added on the 2005-12-08 11:28:23 by Gaia Gaia
....Yes , it does!
rulez added on the 2006-01-08 23:56:02 by Skyrunner Skyrunner
A trip like a poem!
Awesome soundtrack and atmosphere.
rulez added on the 2006-01-30 11:01:41 by ALiEN^bf ALiEN^bf
Thumb for the Software-Rendering, but Piggy for the Rest..
added on the 2006-01-30 13:28:13 by toxie toxie
Real niiiiice demo! Great work! Softwarerendering real rocks!!!
rulez added on the 2006-02-04 13:16:21 by Weretiger Weretiger
I really love it!
rulez added on the 2006-02-17 23:14:05 by ghandy ghandy
I like it very much! ... and mr. coke did the 3d stuff ;)
rulez added on the 2006-02-17 23:18:28 by ltk_tscc ltk_tscc
I like parts of kb's soundtrack and can see a lot of work went into this (some appreciable technical feats as well) but I'm not big on storydemos and I don't see anything special to make me like this one more than the others either. Most storydemos really fall short in that they lack any interesting story and this one's no exception.
added on the 2006-04-05 21:08:56 by slux slux
thats a nice demo!
rulez added on the 2006-04-20 00:19:31 by nobbi nobbi
rulez added on the 2006-04-28 18:46:57 by spritus spritus
Interesting concept and flow in this demo and it is executed brilliantly.

The intro felt heavily "inspired" by Second Reality though.
rulez added on the 2006-07-10 21:19:40 by Joop Joop
One of my all-time favourites, especially the music!
rulez added on the 2006-08-18 01:09:42 by beavis77 beavis77
Luv that demo!
rulez added on the 2006-09-01 20:42:19 by gentleman gentleman
Man, this certainly didn't age very well. =)
added on the 2006-09-01 21:17:19 by tomaes tomaes
I remember having seen it on the MS2k bigscreen - I´m still impressed by it since it is an almost perfect combination of demo fx and telling a store. Especially the hand playing with shadow is a killer (a pitty that the hand is way too shiny, though).
rulez added on the 2006-09-01 21:30:45 by T$ T$

KB you're a genius!

rulez added on the 2006-09-23 14:27:36 by rez rez
really nice demo
rulez added on the 2006-09-23 14:59:39 by Sverker Sverker
rulez added on the 2006-09-23 15:07:44 by apricot apricot
oooh, didnt thumb this one yet... audio<3
rulez added on the 2006-09-23 15:29:00 by maali maali
what toxie said.
Whoa, I almost forgot about this prod until now; thumb up of course for doing everything in software (this brings me old memories ;)! And the music is somehow uplifting, good work KB!
rulez added on the 2006-09-23 16:04:17 by Lazarus Lazarus
i still like it, the music rulez and the graphics are ok...
rulez added on the 2007-03-12 23:05:10 by Saga Musix Saga Musix
by the way... you can get the stereo addon here
Very nice - The Soundtrack from KB Rules as usual :)
rulez added on the 2007-06-02 18:34:21 by Sapphire Sapphire
Aged badly. It's the problem with that kind of 99% 3D flyby stuff these guys keep on doing through the years.
Sure, software rendering rules, so do some of the effects featured in this kinda long prod, but tis one is definitely not my taste. And I must say I found the soundtrack pretty terrible here, sorry ;)
So piggy for being from 2000.
i like this demo and i still rewatch it sometimes.
rulez added on the 2008-04-09 11:47:38 by scicco scicco
wtf, I thought i thumbed this one up already. apparently I didn't. so now I do. liked it back when it was released and still like it nowadays. great music.
rulez added on the 2008-04-09 12:05:38 by StingRay StingRay
i still have to watch this again and again. imagine a second thumb here.
Yeah, its 2008 and softwarerendering still rocks (in high res by now, realizing that smash designs demos still look the same - its just the resolution which has changed =D)
added on the 2008-05-31 23:07:33 by T$ T$
Great for geeting sleepy :)
rulez added on the 2008-07-24 05:46:01 by Queen_Luna Queen_Luna
rulez added on the 2008-08-11 21:47:36 by Alpha C Alpha C
rulez added on the 2008-08-12 21:24:18 by Anat Anat
was a real killer at its time, for me some of the very best demos sd ever did.
rulez added on the 2008-08-12 21:28:34 by mad mad
I'd thumb up a black screen with this music
rulez added on the 2008-08-23 22:47:52 by EviL EviL
ARRGH!!! Thanks for the winXP port, guys !!! Here comes my fat thumb. Still great story direction demo and ultimate music score by KB. After all these years it is the same great show. SD never beaten this.

Respect and thanks !
rulez added on the 2008-09-19 22:53:17 by Trauma Zero Trauma Zero
[I have nothing to say about it but I still want to thumb up, the old "space"]
rulez added on the 2008-11-21 21:01:16 by xernobyl xernobyl
WoW! Never saw this before. Love the rythm in it. Great soundtrack aswell.
rulez added on the 2008-11-21 21:08:22 by Icon Icon
really nice .
rulez added on the 2008-11-24 23:53:58 by relias abardon relias abardon
Softwarerendering still rocks in 1920x1200! (Although the voxel landscape is still rather slow here :P)
vote! great music. Runs smoothly at 1680x1050 :)
rulez added on the 2010-01-23 11:44:20 by xTr1m xTr1m
Thumb up for the music and the technical skill.
The design is ugly though...
rulez added on the 2010-01-23 16:14:35 by untel untel
thanks for the stereoaddon!
rulez added on the 2010-05-16 10:16:56 by ton ton
that 3d acceleration joke in the launcher dialogue is SO STOLEN from monkey island 3 :p
rulez added on the 2010-12-14 23:42:21 by wysiwtf wysiwtf
Really like the music - the visuals are ok too and as I love demos done with pure software rendering -> thumb up!

Here's a Youtube Rip I made:
rulez added on the 2011-10-30 18:46:53 by anni anni
great music. the demo has charm. i especially liked the boat scene (=
rulez added on the 2011-10-30 19:26:31 by sensenstahl sensenstahl
Wow, it must have involved a lot of work!
rulez added on the 2011-11-08 18:34:23 by baah baah
rulez added on the 2011-11-08 23:47:10 by SiR SiR
...and they found love under a certain star.....
rulez added on the 2011-11-26 23:41:25 by Frequent Frequent
added on the 2012-03-17 11:39:24 by pommak pommak
8:08, now I get it! :D
added on the 2012-11-15 23:08:34 by bdk bdk
Quite impressive use of ressources given that this is software rendering, and the atmosphere and direction is great. Didn't like the textlines (i prefer scenes to speak for themselves), and the framerate varies a lot on a per scene basis.

Overally, thumbs up.
rulez added on the 2012-12-29 11:41:56 by myka myka
Hmmm .. not sure what to think about this one. It's "just" rather low-poly 3D scenes that look like something out of a N64 game, and the parts seem a bit disparate. Not my cup of a tea, really, though software rendering is kinda cool, but then again does it matter so much. Hmm.
added on the 2013-06-25 10:54:34 by ccr ccr
yes :)
rulez added on the 2014-09-23 16:16:13 by anvil's earwax anvil's earwax
Wierd story, but still an epic demo - which perhaps says more about storylines in demos in general than this particular story ;-)
rulez added on the 2015-01-22 12:21:57 by prowler prowler
A bit disconnected and random, plus weird camera paths - but boy does that look like a LOT of effort! They don't do this kind of mega-demo anymore...

Funny how the guy wears a suit and the woman underwear. %-)
rulez added on the 2015-04-29 08:56:31 by Kylearan Kylearan
Just yes. In so many ways. And I learned today it (partially) works with HW 3D accel on a Riva TNT under DOS, which is a "WTF here comes a free thumb" alone.
rulez added on the 2015-09-01 02:39:21 by Charlie Charlie
For the awesome amount of rendering modes
rulez added on the 2015-09-06 10:39:14 by Harekiet Harekiet
Just terrible. Having human characters was pretty ambitious though.
added on the 2016-03-11 22:02:46 by cce cce
What cce said. Utterly boring and inane, with a couple enjoyable parts in the soundtrack.
sucks added on the 2017-08-25 21:57:03 by noby noby
very original. Never saw it before, especially back in the time it was released in the first place.
rulez added on the 2018-09-26 19:07:03 by hollowone hollowone
Da stimmt einfach alles.
rulez added on the 2018-09-26 19:30:50 by lsl lsl
End of first part is great, but the rest does not look that good.
added on the 2019-08-16 21:00:38 by vdr vdr
Well, this didn't age well at all.
added on the 2020-04-19 21:50:01 by moozooh moozooh
Great stuff and love the soundtrack!
rulez added on the 2020-06-16 20:02:28 by Shinobi Shinobi
Great engine, cool modelling + animation, music by KB (read: fscking awesome! :)
rulez added on the 2021-01-08 11:19:41 by w00t! w00t!
it's really funny watching this in 2022 :D
i liked the godrays
rulez added on the 2022-04-03 16:58:31 by wrighter wrighter
Last Mohicans of the ms-dos demo era.
rulez added on the 2023-02-17 11:12:01 by tjahzi(aka Jimi) tjahzi(aka Jimi)

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