Content of Atariscene 1985 - 1988The Atariscene 1985 - 1988 release is divided into two DVD discs, and have a total of 178 minutes playtime.
We have made our best to collect demos, intros, cracktros and anything doing realtime graphics movement as far back as 1985. Please be aware that we have probably missed several cracktros and demos.
For 1985, we were hard pressed to find anything. For a long time we thought the "random lines" screen from Uwe Braun was the only thing we could find, and this is quite far from a real demo. However, we later got a recording of a TV program showing two technicans comparing the Atari ST and Amiga, where the Atari Boink demo was shown, and this program was broadcasted in 1985! So at least something demo-alike from 1985.
In 1986 the scene hadn't yet formed, only a couple of cracktros of rather low quality. One of the high-lights is the funny "Musik und sound demo" from Eckard Kruse, which has gained more or less cult status. Perhaps the first raster-effect on the ST can be seen in the Fuji Boink demo by Xanath Fx.
Over to 1987, this is when things kicked off. Many cracktros and the first demoscene productions could be spotted, with The Exceptions doing the heavy lifting. In September 1987 The Exceptions released the Super Neo Demo Show, containing what we belive to be the first lower-border removing screen, with a trick invented by Alyssa. Super Neo Demo Show also features a digidrum version of Rob Hubbards Auf Wideresehen Monty, which might very well be the first digidrum track on the Atari ST. Anohter notable coding technique in 1987 was the Spectrum 512 graphics program, a real breakthru in ST graphics coded by a russian engineer that had emigrated to the United States. Some Spectrum 512 graphics can be seen in The Exceptions slideshows from 1987 featured on the DVD.
For 1988, the scene was established with several crews competing for doing the best demos and cracktros. Notable releases are for example The Exceptions Amiga demo in March which removed the right border for the first time, and also played Amiga soundtracker tunes by Karsten Obarski. The Exceptions also released the B.I.G. (Best In Galaxy) demo which had a huge impact with tons of music (digi and chip), several screens, reset screen and an endless scrolline that just kept going without wrapping.
We are less certain who removed the top border for the first time, it could have been the XXX International Demo featured on the DVD, released in July 1987, but we are not sure. Later in the year, TNT Crew broke the left border by using the 71Hz screenmode for a few cycles each scanline in the demo "Death of the Left Border".
At the very end of 1988 a milestone that is forgotten nearly everywhere is that the first ST fullscreen (no borders at all) was made by Omega in the Omega demo. It is commonly known that the Level 16 screen in the Union demo (1989) was the first fullscreen, but not so.
Below you can read the content of each disk. The cracktros are recorded for 90 seconds each. Multi-screen demos have chapters so you can easily navigate around the screens.
Some demos have visual glitches that we were unable to come around. A few border-removing screens simply did not work 100% on our seven STs that has been used to record the DVD. Please be aware of that before ordering. It should be less than five of the demos/cracktros with visual bugs though. On top of that, a couple of NTSC 60Hz screens will wrap the graphics a bit in the bottom border.
The content of Atariscene 1985-1988 disc one