5 faces by Fairlight [web] & Cloudkicker [web]
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release date : march 2013
release party : Revision 2013
compo : pc demo
ranked : 1st
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popularity : 78%
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rulez added on the 2013-04-01 10:37:29 by fluor fluor
great work
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 10:43:56 by psenough psenough
Smashing? ;) Finally a new landmark pc demo. Not sure about the music though.
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 10:49:17 by tomaes tomaes
Fairlight did it again ... epic!
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 10:52:45 by quiller quiller
pretty neat code, although the first scene(s) are incredibly boring..
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 10:54:06 by toxie toxie
I'm with toxie.
But I liked it very much anyways - besides some little flaws.
added on the 2013-04-01 11:06:29 by las las
Awesome! Really! And the music fits perfectly imho!
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 11:12:17 by kt kt
interesting tech, not as interesting art
added on the 2013-04-01 11:19:57 by msqrt msqrt
very nice!
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 11:21:17 by mightypirate mightypirate
respect, and like the glass effects..flt does it again, but maybe a amiga release next year?
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 11:22:03 by -Exit!- -Exit!-
There are the revision PC demos and there is this fairlight demo. My first impression was, this is one league above the others. It is taking one idea and exploring it in a depth that other demos often lack. It builds up, never gets distracted from the main idea and so delivers more than i ever expected it would. Superb work.
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 11:24:16 by CONS CONS
one of the most important / successful indie musicians of all time cooperating with one of the most important / successful demogroups of all time. this is amazing by that merit only.

and then things started exploding.
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 11:25:34 by Gargaj Gargaj
Really awesome release. Great direction, great soundtrack and a really impressive real time raytracer. Smash sure knows his shit!
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 12:13:17 by ekoli ekoli
Smash text messaged Gargaj "I am to hangover can you get on the stage for me?"

Nice acceptance speech for winning the PC demo compo! :) Thumb!
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 12:14:14 by magic magic
I don't upgrade my GPU for games anymore, I do it for FLT demos <3
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 12:21:42 by pigpenpete pigpenpete
Love it!
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 12:27:28 by FL1NE FL1NE
First I was like -_- then I was like o_O
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 12:35:40 by Salinga Salinga
What Salinga said.
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 12:36:56 by trc_wm trc_wm
Wow. Just wow. Runs like a slideshow on my computer, but I still love it!
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 12:49:14 by voz voz
I love realtime raytraciing. Very, very cool :-)!!!
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 12:53:02 by Octoate Octoate
This was absolutely not my cup of tea. The music ruined a lot for me. It felt like re-watching and old fairlight/cncd demo now just put into this raytracer. It really was boring and not that good looking imo. Direction was indde the best thing, but not even superior directing can save this from a piggie.
added on the 2013-04-01 12:54:10 by maytz maytz
I think this was to show how a "fairlight demo" looks like without destop directing. Awesome tech though! :)
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 13:00:43 by mrdoob mrdoob
Well, due to some pouet fuckup... here is my thumb!
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 13:07:55 by las las
Jänistä lattiaan.

(ps. I really feel like the title should be 5 Faces like in the demo)
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 13:41:03 by noby noby
Also this is the most professional looking fairlight demo since agenda for me (for better or worse), and I really appreciate the choice of music genre.
added on the 2013-04-01 13:43:23 by noby noby
Too slow here. YouTube, please!
added on the 2013-04-01 13:43:30 by Manwe Manwe
Diffuclut to judge a demo who can't run in real time on a mid range GPU..
added on the 2013-04-01 13:48:01 by u2 u2
awesome music!
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 13:49:02 by lordnkon lordnkon
bounce those rays! Perfect viewing.
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 13:53:47 by dv$ dv$
completely blew me away!
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 13:54:14 by Virgill Virgill
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 13:55:16 by neptun neptun
too bad i only have a gtx670 :(
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 14:17:27 by mop mop
66.4MB. you gotta be kidding me!
Apart from that: Exploding stuff was really strong, generic mirroring city flyby was rather not. All in all pretty impressive
Here's the thumb
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 14:31:33 by Hopper/SquoQuo Hopper/SquoQuo
Crazy! Awesome music and visuals...
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 15:18:08 by Soya Soya
Blew me away. Fantastic-looking stuff.
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 15:49:48 by Axel Axel
So, this is a fantastic technical achievement from Fairlight again, but unlike all the previous ones, this one just leaves me empty. The fluid stuff and the bokeh and the breaking effects and probably even the raytracing itself is really impressive, but the entire just becomes boring for me very quickly. The music doesn't really help either :-)
added on the 2013-04-01 15:59:09 by Sesse Sesse
Technically awesome of course, but like Sesse said, something is indeed missing this time. The first minutes get boring real fast, and the usual stellar design isn't there. Needs more Destop? That said, the latter half was good fun.
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 16:17:32 by break break
not a fan of the music but the visuals are amazing in all aspects.
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 16:29:59 by prm prm
Very nice. The only nitpick is that I wouldn't have let the camera go so close to the "glass" objects, as the glass refraction+partial reflection rendering kind of seemed lacking in closeups. Or at least it felt so to me, having rendered raytraced scenes with ridiculously high recursion factors in past. But YMMV.
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 16:32:53 by ccr ccr
well i only seen youtube version here; and i quite don't get it. i mean, bite me if you must, but what exactly this prod was supposed to push? it's like ALL the corny rendering artefacts here, leaked edges of post DOF and aliasing and straight reflections and problems because of casual geometry in the city scene and temporal artefacts and all that jazz.
or is it youtube video that was just captured with poor settings, and it is possible to run the demo with some kind of 'dream' setup without downsampled targets or something?
added on the 2013-04-01 16:37:57 by ton ton
Technically interesting. Some pretty scenes (a bit generic though, like looking at a collection of tech. demos) -- and some scenes were plain awful in terms of geometry.
added on the 2013-04-01 16:42:02 by superplek superplek
looks fantastic and sounds fantastic. nothing more to say.
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 16:43:09 by sensenstahl sensenstahl
great music, great design, and just wow...
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 16:47:24 by mantratronic mantratronic
Love it! Which decomposition algorithm was used for the fracturing?
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 16:49:16 by ithaqua ithaqua

Finally, a demoscene prod keeping up with modern motion graphics. Pure awesome.
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 17:12:12 by ferris ferris
Each time I watch this I like it even more
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 17:41:20 by skirk skirk
Boring as hell and horribly slow... still I don't dare to be the first to thumb this down! :p
added on the 2013-04-01 17:53:11 by aLpHa oNe aLpHa oNe
nVidia, DICE, Crytek & Epic demos aren't nearly as cool.
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 18:00:04 by MsK` MsK`
hmm... Looks buggy! Both on my videocard and youtube.
added on the 2013-04-01 18:00:12 by Manwe Manwe
I don't like the music style, I found the intro part extremely longish and uninteresting, gets better after the city part but still will not make it to my list of 'must show everybody'.
added on the 2013-04-01 18:08:51 by Dbug Dbug
I liked the cubicle chaos! Music not that much though.
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 18:12:23 by xylo xylo
MsK`comparison above, highlight EXACTLY what is basically wrong with this whole production, imo.
added on the 2013-04-01 18:16:31 by maytz maytz
Cloudkicker !
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 18:21:01 by Moby Moby
+ visuals
++ soundtrack
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 18:23:45 by yumeji yumeji
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 18:38:10 by Optimus Optimus
Fairly what the other guys said.
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 18:52:16 by w00t! w00t!
Very cool effects and good Music :) Worthy Winner!
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 19:03:58 by Sapphire Sapphire
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 19:36:57 by Darkman007/quite Darkman007/quite
I'm not getting the same impact others are from this and not really seeing what's so special, especially as a follow up to Smash's previous demos (which were genuinely groundbreaking!).

Greyscale demos tend to look unfinished to me and I've always considered it a lazy design option. Personally, I still consider Smash's earlier demos such as Track One in a much higher league.

The breaking glass was excellent though to be fair.
added on the 2013-04-01 19:50:33 by Wade Wade
If only I had a prototype of GTX 890 :(
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 19:51:53 by deadscene deadscene
The falling liquid skull is very convincing.
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 19:53:56 by baah baah
you ain't need no visual with such a STUNNING soundtrack.
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 19:54:33 by sq sq
Music was annoying and disliked the greyish and somewhat dull theme. Not for me, but congrats for the win nevertheless.
added on the 2013-04-01 19:56:53 by tripper tripper
My cup of tea
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 19:57:52 by hugocristo hugocristo
Does it run on my two year old machine? Barely.
Is it a fantastic demo? Absolutely!
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 20:17:12 by Stebo Stebo
Strange mix of some fairly ugly bits and some of the best things I've ever seen in a demo. Instant thumb up though!
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 20:17:18 by parcelshit parcelshit
Holy shit! Skulllz were just mad.
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 20:31:10 by Buckethead Buckethead
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 20:46:04 by aha aha
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 21:02:59 by gorgh gorgh
(_O o) so cool demo.
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 21:31:07 by CeRi CeRi
yes! beauty, reflections, mirros, glass. cool music too
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 21:41:06 by pista pista
(heart) Cloudkicker!
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 22:07:37 by gloom gloom
Mixed feelings... Surely the tech is awesome, but the soundtrack felt so disconnected many times and there were a few boring scenes as well... But as gargaj said... then things started exploding.
Breaking effects are just insane.
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 22:24:09 by BackSpace BackSpace
Breaking glass
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 22:25:53 by SiR SiR
nice tech
really beautiful, and original music as well
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 22:35:46 by wurstgetrank wurstgetrank
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 22:51:41 by madMixx madMixx
fucking cool. loved the music.
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 22:55:53 by l_n l_n
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 23:49:46 by frostpfote frostpfote
wow this was really cool

now i just need a top end gpu
rulez added on the 2013-04-02 00:03:22 by cce cce
It's been a while since my jaw was dropping for a pc demo... Wow...
rulez added on the 2013-04-02 00:20:05 by daison daison
@smash, i was not thinking of it at the time, but massive props for beeing at revision, ant gdc!
awesome prod, respect! keep it up.
(the glass still is a tiny bit to unrealstic for me ... but i might be the only one ;)
rulez added on the 2013-04-02 02:38:05 by abductee abductee
Really impressive. Not sure this style of music fits a demo, to be honest, though I love the genre usually, but it was a good tune in its own right.
rulez added on the 2013-04-02 03:40:37 by jonnyram jonnyram
Oh yes.
rulez added on the 2013-04-02 07:13:35 by Alopex Alopex
what Sesse said
rulez added on the 2013-04-02 09:34:22 by wullon wullon
Good choice for the music and very cool rendering!
rulez added on the 2013-04-02 09:41:54 by Rob Rob
Awesome!! Great music and rendering. Unfortunately, I don't saw it live :/
rulez added on the 2013-04-02 09:56:11 by Micha Micha
some nice tech stuff, but all in all not the best demo by flt for me :-D
a big hug to pal/offence for his flawless pc-demo-compo victory :-D
rulez added on the 2013-04-02 10:10:26 by slator slator
Totally blocked the computer at loading even the Ctrl-Alt-Del comb could not help, had to reset it like a barbarian :(
added on the 2013-04-02 10:41:10 by Hexogen Hexogen
Thumb up after watching it on YouTube (as i said in my previous comment, the demo totally blocked my PC) for the awesome physic effects...

Just a thought...Why not doing video clips instead of coding as most of people have to watch the PC prods on YouTube now ? :)
rulez added on the 2013-04-02 10:51:02 by Hexogen Hexogen
Another flt demo, another big bag of mixed emotions :D

There's some amazing parts in this one, especially the liquids, the skull, and the breaking glass (which is right up there at the top of the "holy fuck" moments in the demoscene for me). And I liked the music.

Then there are the other bits, like the intro which felt a bit empty + unfinished somehow. And the DOF effect, which looked stunning in some parts but cheap + fake in others. And the glass pyramid, which looks somehow wrong (not sure why, either it's the refraction not being quite right or the lack of reflections / fresnel).

But then I have to take a step back, and think about those criticisms in context: I'm criticising it for things like this when no other demo even comes close on the tech side. Looking at the demo as a whole, it's solidly mind blowing.

Really looking forward to the blog post on this one smash, as raytracing is an area of real interest to me lately. I'm very interested to hear how the skull/liquids part was done particularly, and also the diffraction in the broken glass (multiple internal reflection rays or cunning fake? I'd be just as happy to learn there's a big RGB rainbow right behind the camera :D)
rulez added on the 2013-04-02 10:58:21 by psonice psonice
Yeah uh...
rulez added on the 2013-04-02 11:10:54 by xeche xeche
Music was not my deal, but nevertheless this rocks!
rulez added on the 2013-04-02 11:21:56 by Raven^NCE Raven^NCE
Really awesome!
rulez added on the 2013-04-02 11:54:06 by Mystra Mystra
So, I've just realized that even buying myself an Alienware rocket with 2x GTX-555 SLI on board, I can't keep up with Smash. Fuck :) This demo is visually stunning. Music is not my cup of tea, though.
rulez added on the 2013-04-02 12:32:25 by AzzaroMWI AzzaroMWI
rulez added on the 2013-04-02 13:28:12 by Tess Tess
Started very boring, but rocked the world after some minutes... Nice one!
rulez added on the 2013-04-02 13:29:43 by cryer cryer
I have mixed feelings about this one.
I like the opening, the ending is big, but I have a problem with the build up.

Once we see the whole city, it looks a bit cheesy, like Povray shots from the 90s. But more importantly, the pyramid scene is loses the tension: it's long with not much happening, it feels disconnected from the music, and at some point the demo lost my attention and I started focusing on all the aliasing and refraction artifacts instead.

This said, the slowmo crashing glass is eyecandy in all it's glory. :)
rulez added on the 2013-04-02 13:32:31 by Zavie Zavie
Awesome "gay-tracing", no idea what tombstone of a gfx board you need to run this properly... but hey, I'm an Amiga zealot and it sure as hell was an epic show :D
Downside, in a way, was the fact that the soundsystem (or its setup or the venue structure itself) wasn't cut out for the heavy e-guitarr mid-range sound so it got really noisy and messy in my ears. Actually this soundtrack deserved a "Marshall wall" with the amplifiers set to an "english configuration" ;)
rulez added on the 2013-04-02 13:35:40 by d0DgE d0DgE
i dont get the complaints about the soundtrack...
i cant imagine another type of music be more fitting when you break shitloads of glass than a cymbal orgy in a brilliant metal track.

also for some personal reasons this triggers emotions and feelings i rarely have when watching demos, which makes this way more than just a good demo to me.
rulez added on the 2013-04-02 13:38:54 by gopher gopher
Finally no dot particles ;o) Soundtrack is fitting, but not my cup of tea. Technically the best nowdays.
rulez added on the 2013-04-02 13:58:11 by jack-3d jack-3d
A demo out of this world
rulez added on the 2013-04-02 13:59:12 by nytrik nytrik
massive. but didn't touched me.
added on the 2013-04-02 14:02:23 by diver diver
Not exactly my cup of tea but impossible to thumb down. The music,. I don't know. Liked the visauls though.
rulez added on the 2013-04-02 14:23:15 by numtek numtek
Distorted soundtrack, messy look, size bloat, doesn't run on my system at all. Namevoting must die.
sucks added on the 2013-04-02 14:26:12 by Alone_Coder Alone_Coder
Amaaaaziiing soundtrack!
rulez added on the 2013-04-02 14:28:09 by slayer slayer
rulez added on the 2013-04-02 14:38:40 by p01 p01
framerate killer. nice glass
rulez added on the 2013-04-02 14:50:57 by comankh comankh
Ossom things and not so ossom things in it but definitely a thumb up.
rulez added on the 2013-04-02 15:34:51 by Serpent Serpent
Pushing the envelope yet again :). Some really jaw-dropping scenes in there. I can definitely understand that it was hard to maintain full framerate in all of those scenes. Well-deserved winner.
rulez added on the 2013-04-02 15:47:47 by elfan elfan
pls, wtf .. more crap smash, you can do crappier !!!

nah, well done .. the track is awesome..
reminds me abit of alter bridge ;)

rulez added on the 2013-04-02 15:52:36 by tEiS tEiS
Excellent demo! Love the music and the visuals.. especially when everything just breaks and explodes. Amazing stuff! YUUUUMMIE! :)
rulez added on the 2013-04-02 16:02:33 by aricz aricz
rulez added on the 2013-04-02 16:03:24 by cp_ cp_
Smash, you sneaky BASSSTARD, you said you didnt have anyfing when I spoke to you on friday niight ;) Awesome shit as always!
rulez added on the 2013-04-02 16:21:58 by tFt tFt
don't think this thing could run on my PC at home... Have give a try, but getting some .dll errors, I guess my card do not support this insane demo! ;-)
rulez added on the 2013-04-02 16:28:02 by F-Cycles F-Cycles
Lovely graphics, but indeed feels a bit empty.

Also it's just whitted-style raytracing from the looks of it. Global illumination would be much more impressive. :D
added on the 2013-04-02 17:05:57 by zgrg zgrg
Alright, but of course it's still worth a thumb!
rulez added on the 2013-04-02 17:06:32 by zgrg zgrg
crappy usage of raytracing: "we like to break glasses".
added on the 2013-04-02 17:15:52 by rudi rudi
Visually neat, but I miss some more direction and feeling for scenes.
rulez added on the 2013-04-02 17:40:21 by Trauma Zero Trauma Zero
rulez added on the 2013-04-02 17:57:10 by rp rp
64k style )
rulez added on the 2013-04-02 18:57:58 by fyrex fyrex
rulez added on the 2013-04-02 18:58:35 by bitl bitl
The visuals are okay, but the music does not really fit with the visuals and the distortion is kind of annoying.
sucks added on the 2013-04-02 19:34:03 by wej wej
I was a bit meh but then glass started to shatter. :) From then on everything has been great.
rulez added on the 2013-04-02 20:06:48 by ara ara
1st part is boring, 2nd part is cool. A piggie.
added on the 2013-04-02 20:11:16 by Zplex Zplex
Really liked in on biiig screen. The music isnt really my case, but realytime raytracing is <3 for me!

Here's my YT capture for those who want a non-stuttering FullHD one with much less stair effects and better sync :)
rulez added on the 2013-04-02 20:21:09 by anni anni
rulez added on the 2013-04-02 20:25:48 by provod provod
Great atmosphere and tension building! Love it.
rulez added on the 2013-04-02 20:28:04 by djh0ffman djh0ffman
It's been a long time since a demo wow-ed me like this one. Coder pr0n and beautiful music!
rulez added on the 2013-04-02 21:22:50 by Inopia Inopia
Quite some deadly baking here and there, to kick off such a beautiful demo! Outstanding, except for the music which didn't make it for me. FLT got it :)
rulez added on the 2013-04-02 22:12:37 by Xiny6581 Xiny6581
cool effects, also if I'm a bit overstrained by them. music is ok. kind of too indie for me. :D
rulez added on the 2013-04-02 22:17:44 by seppjo seppjo
So, it starts waaay too slow, imho. I was about to mentally give it a piggy only, when the second half of it started to kick in, and how it kicks! Really great stuff visually (and obviously coding wise, I guess) and especially a very nice tune. Well done, dear sirs!
rulez added on the 2013-04-02 22:18:01 by elend elend
Awesome !
rulez added on the 2013-04-02 22:23:49 by guille^cocoon guille^cocoon
I'm in no position to critique, but if i was, I'd pick on the theme. I mean, why a skull? why a heart? If you're trying an heros & tanatos theme it should have been pushed further. Or if it's just for the sake of using loads of polys, why not use abstract shapes ?
I could also be picking on the fact that it doesn't run on my 10yrs old OS. But like the rest, it'd be silly to criticize when it's already so much above the rest.
rulez added on the 2013-04-03 03:28:54 by BarZoule BarZoule
Slideshow as expected.
sucks added on the 2013-04-03 05:53:39 by moredhel moredhel
The reflections and refractions look fake and the rendering has a lot of artefacts (and some temporal shit going on), but all is saved when shit starts breaking :) Also, liquids are very nice
rulez added on the 2013-04-03 07:16:34 by kurli kurli
I didn't even bother trying to melt my gfx card on this one, so straight-to-video for me. I felt the city scenes let things down a little bit (what Zavie said) - but I loved the skull bits and the breaking glass stuff was jaw-dropping. Liked the music - it suited the second half of the demo a bit better than the first...
rulez added on the 2013-04-03 08:06:10 by bloodnok bloodnok
loved it!
rulez added on the 2013-04-03 10:45:30 by teo teo
Very much a technical showoff, but there's a time and place for them, too :)
rulez added on the 2013-04-03 10:48:26 by Marq Marq
awesome technical pr0n (btw i guess it doesn't work on everybody's computer), a little bit boring at the beginning but looking great from the middle to the end of the demo :)

the only one thing I can regret on this prod is the very cheesy "cute but misplaced" heart at the end of the demo :3
rulez added on the 2013-04-03 12:12:04 by rez rez
rulez added on the 2013-04-03 13:57:18 by toms toms
Good show. Realtime raytracing still isn't quite ready for prime-time, but it works very well for a one-shot demo. Or five :)
rulez added on the 2013-04-03 13:58:49 by kusma kusma
Smash + Cloudkicker = <3
rulez added on the 2013-04-03 14:00:04 by okkie okkie
rulez added on the 2013-04-03 14:26:08 by Ized Ized
Solid production with awesome music.
rulez added on the 2013-04-03 16:40:17 by Cj Cj
video is great indeed, but realtime is teh shit !
rulez added on the 2013-04-03 17:31:53 by Bartoshe Bartoshe
Argh... I really want to dig this demo more...

- Exploding stuff looks really really nice
- Fluids look really nice
- "Snaps of doom" skull ;)
- Music is not my taste, but that's probably more a specific taste thing, however the sound didn't seem to play well in the E-Werk
- Somewhat weird/boring geometry (I guess this is due to reduce the polygon count for the RTRT)
- Edges flipping over on camera pans as well as faces being clipped/too close to the camera - that really annoyed me, when watching it the first time

Don't get me wrong. it's a really great demo, however I'm missing the more "artistic" feel that you guys have had in many of the recent years demos.

Worthy winner? Hmm... difficult, those explosions look good and was the best effect in the compo - even with a wall of midrange guitars, which I don't really appreciate (yes, exactly the same way that some people do not like drum'n'bass or other specific sounds and genres :) )
rulez added on the 2013-04-03 19:26:32 by Puryx Puryx
- nice prod & fx
- music is ok
- graphics is a bit to boring
- the first sequence to long & static

at all is not the best fairlight demo and the mood is to cold & clean. raytracing is to perfect and perfection sucks ;)
rulez added on the 2013-04-03 19:37:53 by aTom aTom
Started slowl but in the end it showed its greatness.
rulez added on the 2013-04-03 20:07:18 by 4pLaY 4pLaY
Piggy prod until it started to rule the fucking compo
rulez added on the 2013-04-03 21:33:30 by merlucin merlucin
After a few days I come to the conclusion this is piggy. It just doesn't have enough soul to touch me in any way.
added on the 2013-04-03 21:40:22 by SandLover SandLover
Left me a bit cold until things started breaking :). Technically unmatched though, so a thumb up is definitely in order.
rulez added on the 2013-04-03 21:52:20 by Alpha C Alpha C
great visuals and while some people consider initial slow pace a sign of weakness, I sure like the setup for the big show.

and extra thank you for choice of music, it was so fresh.
rulez added on the 2013-04-03 22:43:50 by randomi randomi
I love when demos or intros look like they could only have been released in the year they were released.
rulez added on the 2013-04-03 23:09:04 by sagacity sagacity
i'm waiting for the GMA950 port!

but i give a thumb in advance as i trust smash's abilities to deliver that :))
rulez added on the 2013-04-03 23:16:58 by blala blala
Pretty awesome once stuff started exploding. The part before that didn't do much for me, somehow.
added on the 2013-04-03 23:19:41 by stijn stijn
I had written a very long message why your demo is shit, but the demon of pouet ate it. Oh well...

Just joking. This is fab! I don't particularly like the music but I think after the tenth time it will grow on me. I'm wondering how much of this can be done with the traditional pipeline - much faster but at 90% of visual accuracy? I'm talking about reflections/isosurfaces (m.cubes? - there are triangles there) and the bounce off the floor "physics". Or is it real rigid bodies? You see, that's the problem I have with this demo. It uses amazing technology but is oh so restrained. A lot of the time you see a big mess (in a good way) of super shiny tetrahedra/other solid bits that, as far as we can tell, could be doing some sort of environmental mapping of a static geometry - and party like it is 1999. Now here is an idea: mix the textures of uncovering static (diffuse) with five faces (reflective) and you have the ultimate winner.
rulez added on the 2013-04-04 13:23:49 by Navis Navis
rulez added on the 2013-04-04 14:10:39 by iks iks
The soundtrack absolutely makes this one, I love it! Just the right blend of melancholy and hopefulness with a grungy, ballsy tone. It takes all the good bits from the "shoegazing" genre and just makes it work with zero bullshit. Thank you for introducing me to Cloudkicker! I need to thoroughly check out his stuff now.

As for the visuals, I really like the subtle use of colour and well thought-out direction. The broken heart coming back together was a bit of a cheesy move but.. ah well. Goes well with the song. Stay classy guys - ignore the haters!
rulez added on the 2013-04-04 18:32:16 by glxblt glxblt
Great soundtrack, great graphics. Maybe a little ahead of it's time, in the sense that the low res and aliasing on some scenes is too distracting in some parts.
rulez added on the 2013-04-04 22:17:29 by xernobyl xernobyl
Fucking amazing!
rulez added on the 2013-04-05 14:35:32 by stfsux stfsux
technically impressive due to the top notch shaders. i love the soundtrack, which is also waaaaay better at home when there's less soundwall/bass as if it's Metallica's Sgt Anger album :) only slight critique is the cameras are so-so.
rulez added on the 2013-04-05 14:38:59 by post malone post malone
beautiful visuals and glad there are other cloudkicker fans!
rulez added on the 2013-04-05 14:55:36 by tyfighter tyfighter
This is a demo. Pushing the boundary in a new direction again. Wonderful. The music may also be great but in no way fits the visuals.

rulez added on the 2013-04-05 18:01:32 by auld auld
Love the music, nice visuals.
rulez added on the 2013-04-06 00:35:33 by access access
Great music, and spectacular visuals! As others have stated, a little slow at the start...
rulez added on the 2013-04-06 10:54:33 by Cosmocat Cosmocat
what navis said.
the music is not my cup of tea.
and some aliasing/flickering was quite annoying in some scenes.
added on the 2013-04-06 12:01:25 by arm1n arm1n
WHOOA! what a blast - like literally! unbelievable code madness and a blasting track which is not the usual dub-wub for once.
rulez added on the 2013-04-06 12:10:38 by v3nom v3nom
I don't even begin to understand how this can possibly work.
rulez added on the 2013-04-06 15:59:29 by ponce ponce
Great glassware, mediocre design and music.
rulez added on the 2013-04-06 16:37:07 by Daddy Freddy Daddy Freddy
Today I know the scene is not dead.
rulez added on the 2013-04-06 20:12:44 by HeLLoWorld HeLLoWorld
This just took my breath away.
Music is half of the demo, and I absolutely love the music. Rock is my primary taste, far before all the usual demostyle music, which I can still appreciate. So this is a awesome surprise for me.
As for the visuals...I now know why it was worth it to buy a 670. Okay, it's somehow leaving people behind. But demos have always been about pushing the envelope. This thing shows me things I have never seen. I thank and salute this.
Thank you. You made my day.
fine demo, and extra bonus for the music being non-mainstream standard demoscene electro crap
someone complained about the music not fitting... maybe that's your initial reaction now, but i think after you've watched this a few times, you'll think it couldn't be any other way
rulez added on the 2013-04-06 20:52:14 by yzi yzi
Wow, it needs DirectX 11. Frak my old Windows XP Pro. SP3 machine. Music OK.
added on the 2013-04-06 22:38:11 by AntDude AntDude
First part -_- second part O_O ,great soundtrack.
rulez added on the 2013-04-06 22:42:59 by emha76 emha76
Technically eminent, which more than earns it a thumbs up, but I felt like this one didn't have the soul of some of the earlier FLT|CNCD works (Frameranger/particle trilogy/spacecut). Maybe it's because the music wasn't my cup of tea, but I felt no real emotional impact from the scenes in this demo.

I. e. Here I'm watching the shattering pyramid and thinking "Oh wow, physics and tranceparency at the same time. I wonder if the glass done with raymarching..." whereas, with something like Uncovering Static, thoughts like that only come after I get over the initial feelings of "Oh my god, this universe is so beautiful and strange."
That's really all I can offer in the way of description.
rulez added on the 2013-04-07 04:24:49 by MidKnight MidKnight
added on the 2013-04-07 04:25:19 by MidKnight MidKnight
Well done progress on realtime raytraced stuff. Smash, in case the reflections and refractions were not fake, how about the physics in the falling pieces?

I agree with kurli that in some places the reflections look fakish. But, fake or not to fake, its anyway one of the best looking demos for a long time. Keep on rocking :).
rulez added on the 2013-04-07 08:55:49 by deepr deepr
finally some guitars (yes, BassGuitar aswell) in a demo again, thanx for that!
else what Salinga said.
rulez added on the 2013-04-07 12:41:39 by ɧ4ɾɗվ. ɧ4ɾɗվ.
impressive visuals, i liked it a lot.
rulez added on the 2013-04-07 13:23:22 by Skate Skate
Technically awesome, but I did like others better.
rulez added on the 2013-04-07 16:08:26 by moqui moqui
nice, but fairlight has definitely released better demos.
rulez added on the 2013-04-07 22:26:06 by a-move a-move
nice but not great, still a thumb up of course
rulez added on the 2013-04-08 00:13:30 by RufUsul RufUsul
Technically impressive and nice "un-demoish" music = Demo <3
rulez added on the 2013-04-08 16:33:18 by raer raer
Looks beautiful, but it's not very exciting. Too slow pace.
added on the 2013-04-10 06:27:39 by nbm nbm
A high quality prod even though I'm not sure if I like some of the design/direction choices.
rulez added on the 2013-04-10 18:09:52 by sm sm
better without "music"
added on the 2013-04-10 18:38:51 by leGend leGend
solid coder pr0n, is it any wonder the cubes-in-the-skull effect looked best in this demo?
rulez added on the 2013-04-11 00:29:07 by T$ T$
my favorite in the compo.Great music!
rulez added on the 2013-04-14 01:21:33 by Rork Rork
Symphony of destruction! That prod is really awesome. Great job!
rulez added on the 2013-04-14 10:53:54 by phaazon phaazon
rulez added on the 2013-04-14 16:40:40 by scg_ scg_
the technical achievement is indeed impressive. the demo on the other hand is quite boring until the fluid/explode-everything part. Still deserve a thumb up.
rulez added on the 2013-04-15 14:08:34 by storm storm
Very lovely. Skullcubes were demoshock to brain. <3 <3
rulez added on the 2013-04-15 17:09:51 by Fell Fell
Impressive coding techniques... quite boring demo though
added on the 2013-04-15 17:28:56 by Jcl Jcl
excellent work!
Now waiting for the blogpost.
rulez added on the 2013-04-17 21:49:22 by efecto efecto
At first, kinda boring with a bunch of reflective surfaces, but then it started doing... stuff. Nice work.
rulez added on the 2013-04-18 03:57:48 by praetor_alpha praetor_alpha
Wow that's really what I call pushing the envelope
rulez added on the 2013-04-19 14:24:48 by cxnull cxnull
Rules! Great Soundtrack, too!!
rulez added on the 2013-04-21 21:59:21 by chromag chromag
an awesome prod with an awesome soundtrack! hope to watch it in realtime by 2020 though
rulez added on the 2013-04-23 11:53:35 by RRROAR RRROAR
Really awesome fx. Future generations may even watch that in constant FullHD 60fps :-)
rulez added on the 2013-04-24 23:52:20 by Tyger Tyger
high level!
rulez added on the 2013-04-28 15:21:06 by sINk sINk
rulez added on the 2013-04-30 02:17:30 by rutra80 rutra80
Writeup here:
added on the 2013-05-07 18:49:54 by smash smash
fantastic demo, fantastic write up, and great music, realtime awesomeness!
rulez added on the 2013-05-07 19:56:23 by keito keito
looking forward to the day when this stuff scales for mid-end game gfx cards and the oculus rift. it could probably already be implemented for particular special game scenes and small objects.
rulez added on the 2013-05-08 15:34:26 by paniq paniq
I especially enjoyed the cubes and the wineglass
rulez added on the 2013-05-10 18:50:21 by cxw cxw
Everything was already said here! Here's my late thumb.
rulez added on the 2013-05-13 17:30:47 by bonzaj bonzaj
Ooh that's shiny :D

Other notes, worth mentioning it doesn't work well with nvidia sli at the moment, got a pair of 680Ms here and one was at 99% while the other was at 2% load. My other comment is that I don't know how you're detecting possible resolutions but it's a bit off, on my 2560x1440 display I can have 2560x720 or 2560x1024 apparently.

Other than that, shiney shiney very well done sir :D
rulez added on the 2013-05-18 19:50:47 by CampGareth CampGareth
I don't feel I can add more to the nice comments so far, the only thing that got me thinking was how it takes me a bit to render such a scene in Blender (for one frame) - and this is running rather smoothly at 1080p on a 7950 - holy shit :)
rulez added on the 2013-06-13 01:34:46 by mog mog
Didn't give this its well-deserved thumb yet. Well, here it is ! Though i'm not convinced that bricks are the final solution to spatial primitive organization on the gpu yet, it seems to work well for certain purposes. This demo was really inspirering and brought something fresh, sth that you haven't seen before ! Thanks for making this, its exactly whats got and keeps me in the demoscene. And please consider going 64k again, using phyre has that i-use-the-code-from-work taste ;) otherwise we might run you over at next rev
rulez added on the 2013-06-16 02:27:38 by Pap Pap
Who needs benchmark software for graphics cards, if you have Fairlight demos? ;)
added on the 2013-06-23 15:40:27 by Salinga Salinga
66 MB ! at now a video could be a better artefact comparing to data needs.
added on the 2013-06-23 17:32:39 by Bartoshe Bartoshe
Pap: using Phyre wtf? I never use any work code in demos. If anything demos feed research into future work stuff. :)
added on the 2013-06-23 20:18:57 by smash smash
oops, sorry, i thought i read that, but i just had a look again and in fact the article says its a showcase for your raytracer (not phyre as i falsely remembered) ... are you aware of that 3-pages revision article in german c't magazine ?
added on the 2013-06-29 22:03:22 by Pap Pap
cloudkicker rules my day.
added on the 2013-07-13 21:19:46 by Bartoshe Bartoshe
Shiny ... although the music is not my kind of taste.
rulez added on the 2013-07-25 14:00:33 by gaspode gaspode
Impressive visuals. Not knowing much about the tech going on here, might actually reduce the joy of watching it. The music isn't mindblowingly cool, but there's definitely an impressive amount of time being put into both the visuals and the audio, nevertheless. So a well deserved thumb up! And I agree with Pap on you guys going 64k again. 64klang seem to be good to go, judging from Virgill's executable entry from Nordlicht. There's practically "just" the last 48 bytes to stuff content into, and you have yourself a nice 64k ;)
rulez added on the 2013-07-26 14:17:52 by Punqtured Punqtured
not fan of the music, but those visuals !!
rulez added on the 2013-07-30 22:16:10 by ok3anos ok3anos
the breaking glass part made me go wow. rest needed some color.
rulez added on the 2013-09-07 11:15:29 by CHEF-KOCH CHEF-KOCH
The first three minutes were hella boring, but man did it take off immediately afterwards! Can't say I was a fan of the music, but it did fit. Visual themes less so, but who cares, they exploded anyway.
rulez added on the 2013-09-24 03:12:59 by moozooh moozooh
wow. Fan of the music, and those visuals !!
rulez added on the 2013-10-25 22:31:35 by neam neam
I apparently didn't thumb this up. I must correct this!
rulez added on the 2014-01-13 01:18:58 by Starchaser Starchaser
soulless and too shiny, music wasn't that bad
Thumb up for the tech, and double thumb up for cherri "troll" kandler's stupid comment.
rulez added on the 2014-01-27 15:33:58 by xTr1m xTr1m
Impressive graphics and cool effects! I really like the style.
I feel like the demo is a bit too long (considering what you have to show), but it's minor complaint.
rulez added on the 2014-03-22 16:48:09 by LLB LLB
I see smash has lived up to his name. :p Nice reflections and excellent soundtrack but I missed some actual colours here. Still a technical and sound thumb, though. :)
rulez added on the 2014-03-24 11:40:14 by freezedream freezedream
Wtf??? No thumbs up for this shit yet? This demo is powerful!
rulez added on the 2014-05-17 10:36:53 by Danguafer Danguafer
rulez added on the 2014-05-18 12:10:31 by stefa stefa
rulez added on the 2014-06-27 01:51:21 by habr100 habr100
Where is my thumb? Awesome demo!
rulez added on the 2014-08-08 14:28:14 by Nitro/Black Sun Nitro/Black Sun
I was convinced that I had already thumbed this up. Crazy. Anyway, for the awesome design+technique.
rulez added on the 2014-08-29 22:22:19 by fizzer fizzer
Mind blown.....
rulez added on the 2014-09-21 14:34:17 by The_Grandmother The_Grandmother
rulez added on the 2015-02-17 02:23:46 by Lacrimael Lacrimael
great stuff
rulez added on the 2015-02-18 23:13:13 by gentleman gentleman
Looks almost true photorealism!! :D

I got min ~35 fps at 1024x768 running Win 8.1 x64 with i5-2500K@4.5GHz and EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti Classified@OC version-stock.
rulez added on the 2015-04-07 20:25:37 by nuninho1980 nuninho1980
it runs fine on my gtx970 :)

All time best demo... never seen better glass material :)
added on the 2015-05-17 16:28:16 by dnp dnp
Belated obvious thumb up.
rulez added on the 2015-06-26 23:51:47 by Kylearan Kylearan
rulez added on the 2016-05-28 04:59:10 by golem golem
I got min ~51 or 52 fps at 1024x768 running Win 10 x64 with i7-4790K@4.4GHz and NEW EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti SC+@OC version-stock. :D

I had i5-2500K and GPU GTX 780 Ti Classified - look my past result at 2015-04-07 20:25:37. ;)
not sure what to make of this
added on the 2017-06-21 16:39:53 by nagz nagz
Great visuals in second part (good in first). Great music. Overall - really good.
rulez added on the 2017-10-25 22:03:54 by baderman_one baderman_one
Striking, with a great live music track.
rulez added on the 2018-12-04 15:45:15 by Dma-Sc Dma-Sc
Demolition FX-Client
Unable to create renderdevice from plugin.


(Windows 10 64Bits, 16GB RAM, NVidia GTX 1660 Super 6GB VRAM, driver 441.08)
added on the 2020-06-30 15:56:11 by MsK` MsK`
Runs fine here, Win10 x64, 16 GB, GTX 2060 (also 6 GB), driver 445.87. Did you try different resolutions and fullscreen on/off?
rulez added on the 2020-06-30 16:33:37 by phoenix phoenix
The resolution selection dialog doesn't even show up :'(
added on the 2020-07-07 12:06:21 by MsK` MsK`
Music is not my cup of tea, but the tech is great :)
rulez added on the 2020-07-22 23:14:22 by mke mke
Finally able to watch this in realtime, full-hd in 60fps! (Titan X)
Rocks for sure.
added on the 2020-08-30 18:46:35 by v3nom v3nom
Visuals still impressive in a post-RTX world. Music still impressive in a post-rock world. ;)
rulez added on the 2020-12-06 07:13:47 by velusip velusip

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