Rowan Berries by Traction [web] & Brainstorm [web]
screenshot added by comankh on 2013-04-01 14:27:22
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release date : march 2013
release party : Revision 2013
compo : pc demo
ranked : 14th
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popularity : 59%
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alltime top: #5686
added on the 2013-04-01 12:01:00 by Preacher Preacher

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Sorry, no. I can't stand any more super-relaxed poem demo stuff. So not my cup of tea
sucks added on the 2013-04-01 14:34:49 by Hopper/SquoQuo Hopper/SquoQuo
I adore the music and the scene on the screenshot. This is "proper" "scenepoetry" since there is a connection between the story and the visuals and not just random disconnected gibberish. Easily in my top-5 of the compo.
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 14:39:09 by noby noby
hooray for non tacky scenepoetry
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 14:56:49 by psenough psenough
I always like to see traction in action.
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 15:15:25 by AMB AMB
Their demos get worse and worse
sucks added on the 2013-04-01 15:20:22 by Zplex Zplex
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 16:03:29 by kimi kandler kimi kandler
i personally liked this very much.

relaxed and ambient.
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 16:15:51 by waffle waffle
Not my personal cup of tea, but I do appreciate the work put in for telling a story with these kind of visuals.
added on the 2013-04-01 16:19:32 by break break
piggy for the soundtrack.
added on the 2013-04-01 16:23:25 by aegis aegis
+++ for the soundtrack, which is great .. but does not fit to this, in my opinion. Also -- for the font. So-so on the visuals.
sucks added on the 2013-04-01 16:28:07 by ccr ccr
As the year are passing you get less and less things on the screen. Give me fairytales back
added on the 2013-04-01 16:36:44 by nytrik nytrik
@Hopper/SquoQuo That's like complaining about Metallica because you can't stand distorted guitars.
But it's true, this isn't his most inspired production
added on the 2013-04-01 17:17:49 by ShOtGaN ShOtGaN
absolutely not my cup of tea :(
sucks added on the 2013-04-01 18:08:04 by sensenstahl sensenstahl
ambience and poetry, relaxing, different, maybe not so awesome but I still liked this..
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 18:57:01 by rage rage
Scene poetry doesn't have to be bad.
Well constructed atmosphere here. And it totally feels complete.
If I'd change one thing it'd be the font. I can't stand Arial. Helvetica Light would be fitting here.
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 19:50:33 by BarZoule BarZoule
not my style
Oh my... another one of those Traction & Brainstorm snoozers...
sucks added on the 2013-04-01 20:20:34 by Stebo Stebo
liked the slow pace (i think it's the very right speed) of this!
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 21:30:38 by mad mad
Pretty much what BarZoule said.
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 22:15:41 by Saga Musix Saga Musix
really didn´t like this at all, sorry
sucks added on the 2013-04-01 23:48:43 by Sir Sir
I really liked it. Had much more story and conveyed more images than a lot of other demos around..
rulez added on the 2013-04-02 12:47:05 by dossi dossi
Not usually my thing, but personally I think this was pulled off rather well. :D
rulez added on the 2013-04-02 16:09:57 by Xanthe Xanthe
sorry, had to skip. that is clearly too less content.
and yes - what nytrik said.
added on the 2013-04-02 17:50:06 by a-move a-move
Scene poetry.
sucks added on the 2013-04-02 17:56:35 by rp rp
The only time scene poetry ever "worked" for me as a concept was in bakkslide7, where it was a visually subdued, but powerful element, where it contrasted and complemented great effects, timing and music.

This looks and feels more like a homage to decade old replay intros, with their hang-out-to-dry style of presenting words and images, just without the usually neat music. You really need some cute tune to go along with this, I think, it's just too empty and bland otherwise.
added on the 2013-04-02 18:10:01 by tomaes tomaes
added on the 2013-04-02 18:23:29 by las las
well i prefer väre but i respect the poem-approach.
added on the 2013-04-02 20:36:31 by wysiwtf wysiwtf
Nah, boring.
added on the 2013-04-02 20:39:44 by Emod Emod
Shame that visuals do not corespond with poetry....
Didn't worked at the party and although the story is kinda nice at home, I dislike the metrum. If you're going to use words to convey a message, make them count. I get the whole snow&mist thing but so much white isn't realy helping. Tried watching the whole thing twice but failed on both accounts sorry. Otherwise keep it up, nothing wrong with the intention or the idea behind it. Imho there is nothing wrong with scene poetry as long as it is making a point or helps in telling a story. Poetry in general is just freakin' awesome when done right.
sucks added on the 2013-04-03 07:08:33 by numtek numtek
Nicely minimalistic, even if it is obvious this won't work on the bigscreen with drunk sceners late at night :) Thumb up for containing 0% of factory flyby.
rulez added on the 2013-04-03 11:10:04 by Marq Marq
I don't usually comment on my own productions, but I'll make an exception in this case since this one is kind of personal to me. It is not really a conventional demo or meant as such, I knew full well that it wouldn't work on the big screen at all (multiple people who saw a preview said so and it's just common sense anyway) and I am the first one to admit that it could really use a lot of polish. However, I still wanted to release it and I've gotten very good feedback on this privately and that's what mostly matters to me.

To everyone who thumbed it down, I agree with you guys. It's slow and very minimal and not really entertaining, but that is not the point here. The point for me is the text itself and to give it more emphasis, the visuals needed to be really downscaled. I only wish I'd had the time to make proper effects and polish for it and I was actually thinking of dropping all the visuals except the second part with the tree thing, but that would have been too harsh. As I wrote on the infofile, I am sorry to have made you drunken party people watch something like this. When I next make an ambient poem demo (because I will), go fetch a beer or take a well-deserved pee break ;)

For me, this was one of the most difficult productions I've ever made, mostly because the poem is a very personal thing. It existed long before any parts of the demo did and it wasn't just simply added on top. The very first thing I coded for this was the text writer and the timing for the text itself. There was also a huge lack of time and motivation. Fixing this thing to a condition that could be shown to others was awfully hard for me and I almost threw it away. However, the awesome party fixed my motivational and metaphysical issues and now it's time to get creative again.

Finally, you will get your fairytales and modern art fireworks next time. That's a promise.
added on the 2013-04-03 11:31:00 by Preacher Preacher
Not a good party piece for sure, but I like it. I'm not 100% convinced that the visuals match the poetry well, but the poem is good and I love the music. Will watch again a few times for a better opinion on the visuals :)
rulez added on the 2013-04-03 11:36:02 by psonice psonice
Yeah this isn't suitable for people with an attention span of a goldfish. Great atmosphere and nice minimalistic effects, i like it.
rulez added on the 2013-04-03 15:28:30 by kurli kurli
really nice soundtrack.
added on the 2013-04-03 20:25:01 by nosfe nosfe
worked for me
rulez added on the 2013-04-03 22:06:33 by Alpha C Alpha C
nice :)
rulez added on the 2013-04-03 23:55:18 by Queen_Luna Queen_Luna
My problem with this is that it puts the bar way too high: ambient minimal is a strictly hit-and-miss. (Especially at a large party, but that's not really the point.)

Some of the stuff in there is great, but it falls a bit flat on its face because the text is disconnected from the effect and they're happening at the same time so you have to split your attention and on the first viewing, you're gonna miss out on one either way.

I've been playing Antichamber recently, and it has a very similar aesthetic to this, but it's different in that there was great care ensured by the creators to keep the player focusing on the "right" things even though the game is meant to be confusing and paradoxical. I feel the same approach would've helped here, perhaps alternating the text and the effects so that they feel like a logical sequence to each other.
rulez added on the 2013-04-06 14:16:30 by Gargaj Gargaj
rulez added on the 2013-04-06 15:31:30 by Frequent Frequent
Fuck yes. Don't listen the ADHD people.
rulez added on the 2013-04-06 15:45:19 by ponce ponce
Meh for me.
added on the 2013-04-06 16:13:10 by BackSpace BackSpace
Nice poem. But demo? Not so much..
added on the 2013-04-06 17:24:12 by JvB JvB
Not my cup of tea. :-/
added on the 2013-04-07 16:11:14 by moqui moqui
the poop... poem ruined it
added on the 2013-04-11 00:10:00 by T$ T$
Nice visuals and sound, but I don't understand poetry, particularly in languages other than my mother tongue. I want demos to be purely about aesthetics and awe. Just like house and jazz music. When the storyline and (shrug) poetry demos appeared in the 90s, I thought it was absolutely horrible, and something that must be stopped. Like some teenage nerd interrupting a hot and sweaty jazz act to read poems about their Weltschmerz or something. Yeah ok the world sucks, that's why we're trying to have a good time here... ;) (Nowadays I tolerate the existence of scene poetry, I don't try to actively mock it)
rulez added on the 2013-04-11 20:55:10 by yzi yzi
the audio is quite nice, the demo itself requires the right mood to 'get it', i guess :)
rulez added on the 2013-04-13 16:27:16 by Pablo Escrollbar Pablo Escrollbar
I loved this. To me this among the top 3 experiences @ Revision democompo.
rulez added on the 2013-04-13 21:46:31 by shrine shrine
Just lovely!
rulez added on the 2013-04-16 22:51:19 by 71M 71M
Sorry Preacher.. I usually do not give any thumb down. But this was way below your or brainstorm's level.

Bring back the only Fairytale times! please! thnx :)
sucks added on the 2013-04-16 23:36:27 by magic magic
Funny, here I was thinking that this is actually one of my productions that I care the most about. It's a big step forward for me in so many ways and a harbinger of things to come. But, as said before, the next ones will be quite different. Maybe then you can grace them with a thumb up or even a piggy.
added on the 2013-04-17 00:11:58 by Preacher Preacher
And that was from my old account that I though I'd lost my password to. Apparently not :P
added on the 2013-04-17 00:15:12 by Preacher Preacher
sorry, but this time it bored me really.
normally i like your (traction-)style a lot.
sucks added on the 2013-04-18 19:33:14 by ɧ4ɾɗվ./Lemon. ɧ4ɾɗվ./Lemon.
Thumb up for this prod and thumb down for another typical Magic comment a la "now make another 1995".
rulez added on the 2013-04-21 22:08:24 by chromag chromag
I really liked the sentiments behind this. Well done!
rulez added on the 2013-04-21 22:19:51 by okkie okkie
too artsy for my taste
added on the 2013-04-26 16:14:10 by toxie toxie
somehow I really liked this one.
rulez added on the 2013-04-28 02:13:19 by xyz xyz
Beautiful demo. These times I rarely see such personality in demoscene artworks, thank you for this.
rulez added on the 2013-04-28 06:41:47 by elfh elfh
i think you have to be in the mood for this kind of stuff.. but now i found it boring as hell - it's a november demo, not a spring demo
added on the 2013-04-28 13:42:10 by v3nom v3nom
What elfh said.
rulez added on the 2013-09-08 15:27:40 by neu / metoikos neu / metoikos
boring show
sucks added on the 2015-10-23 09:55:11 by unity1 unity1
The poem was pretty intriguing even though some parts were somewhat cumbersome and I had a hard time imaging it being read out loud. The visuals were connected to the text, and it was luckily done with good taste.
added on the 2015-11-19 15:53:39 by cce cce
I love its poetry.
I love its pace and looks and ambiance and sound and...
It's a very good one!
rulez added on the 2016-08-31 19:32:42 by alkama alkama
I personally don't care what others think of this demo. As an artisitic piece of work, I think this is fantastic. The ambient sound is of a quality standard, love the subtle heartbeat 2 beat kick that really gives a sense of time, and the atmospheric pads give a great sense of space, connected well with the poetry and visual elements.

Party people won't appreciate it but I do. I believe this is a fantastic composition and a highly expressive piece of art...
rulez added on the 2017-09-30 15:35:35 by DNMDG DNMDG

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