Have you ever wondered about the name of such and such demo ? Why should one
demo be called 'Suretrip' ? or 'Madness' ? Why 'Grimey' or 'Illusion' ? I have
been watching these demos and many others a HUGE number of times, always being
aware of the amount of work put into every of these jewels and I finally came
to ask myself : why this name ? What's the meaning or story hiding behind it ?
Well here are some answers for you to enjoy ! As I start to collect clues, I
still have to harass lots of shy guys who haven't mailed me yet but I hope the
final result will be satisfying enough :)
Grey of MYSTIC BYTES explains :
* "Firestarter" (Shadows, 1996)
Firestarter of polish flames! 1st life-sign from Falcon scene in western
Europe. Erm... I won't soap up Your eyes telling twisted stories about the
title... ;) Yup, most of us were die-hard Prodigy fans! "Firestarter" clip was
rockin'... and that's why Cedyn choosed this title for the demo AFAIK ;)
* "Teardrop" (Mystic Bytes, 1998)
This one was inspired by Massive Attack song... I was fascinated with this band
for a while :) No story as well, the only proposal accepted by other MSB
* "Upside down" (Mystic Bytes, 2000)
Oh man... this demo was put together in a real hurry! Except this project we
were working on the Falcon SV2k invitro, official www-site and other things
concerning this party! Everything around just turned "Upside Down"! And that's
why we choosed that name...
* "Chosneck" (-hard) disk-magazine (Mystic Bytes)
Did You ever wonder "wot da fuk it meanz?!"? Heh, that was our goal! This name
is silly but... it was intended ;) Many times when we met some of our scene
friends abroad we did our best to teach them some words in polish... (yO wInIo
uNd mAcGyvEr!) It was always so funny to see someone breaking his tongue trying
to spell it rightly... "Chosneck" means nothing else than "garlic"... yeah,
hehe. And original form of that word is "Czosnek".
Spiny of TORMENT explains :
* "comeback" - fairly straight forward this one, we had been 'undead' for
years and this little intro was our 'comeback' :)
* "chrimbo" - this confused a few people, it was part of the dhs christmas
intro competition, and here in the UK 'chrimbo' is a nickname for
* "twitching flannels" - this was the screen we did at the pre-millenium
party in utrecht, it's an in joke play on words. Many years ago we started
development on a sample-demo called 'switching channels' which we never
finished (though now that we are all back in the same city we might (i.e. I
have been hassling the coder) try and finish it) so when it came to choose a
name for the screen 'twitching flannels' poped into my head, a quick pic was
knocked up and that was that :)
Damo of RESERVOIR GODS explains :
* "GRIMEY" : I've been trying to rack my brains as to how I got the name for
'grimey', and if I remember correctly, its a fucking boring story ;) Basically
development started with some really really nasty digidrum/ym routs, and this
was saved off as 'ghettotrak'. When development went a little bit further, I
was looking for a name that was similar in vibe, ie. dirty and nasty, and it
just so happened that at that time, the word 'grimey' was featuring alot in
music, and in slang, so I thought that'll do. I sampled the Capone and Norega
track 'grimey', sped it up for comic effeCt, and the rest is forgotten
history!! I told you it was dull, but you asked for it ;-p
PeyloW of TOYS explains :
* "WAIT" is simply a pun at what preceded it. I think I first mentioned a
full blown Falcon demo in -96, and since then people has been nagging my lazy
ass. So you had to wait for it. Born from that, the name for the next demo is
already set ; also as a pun. Fortunately it has only been spoken about within
T.O.Y.S. so far as we did not want to give any false expectations, but now it
is too late for that I guess :). But considering the pace we have released
demos so far nothing is to be expected within the next years anyway. At the end
of the day I code for my own pleasure only, a release now and then is only a
Evil of DEAD HACKERS SOCIETY explains :
* Tyranny : Inspired from Front 242's "Tyranny for you", Loke came up with the
* Demolition : Inspired from the Sly Stallone film called "Demolition man".
Loke's idea again.
* Chippin' For Air! series : Me and Toodeloo came up with the idea. As it's a
chiptune collection, it should have the "chip"-word in it.
* 4ever : Well clearly made to illustrate that it's a 4k demo. Back in those
days multipart 4k's wasn't as common as now. It would seem our other 4k demos
also got "4"-names, and later not just ours.. Some guy at the Maggie team got
nearly upset of all the "4"-names after a while.
* Dream Dimension : Toodeloo had composed a track that we would use for the
demo, and it contained a sample saying "Dream Dimension", and what the hell,
not such a bad name for a demo..
* 128krawl : Again to illustrate the size of the demo. The "krawl" part means
"crawling" and should illustrate the slowness of the effect.
* Massacre : I was looking for an 8-char name for a demo (to fit a nice name
to the filename without cropping). Setok / Aggression suggested Massacre. And
that was it.
* X-MiX series : There was a show called Chillout Zone on late nights on MTV
in the past (perhaps still?). They often showed alternative music from
something called the X-MiX. Inspired by those weird videos, the X-MiX on the
Falcon got it's name.
* A.T.S. : This one is a bit weird. Childrens films in Sweden are sometimes
dubbed (I forgive them, kids of 6-7 years have a hard time with english and
reading fast enough for subtitles). And quite often they have a printing of
the cover telling "All Talk Swedish" (or "Alla Talar Svenska" in swedish).
Also in TV-ads for these movies they ofter say the same words. And that's what
A.T.S. is short for.. Alla Talar Svenska - All Talk Swedish!
* Sweety : Edo/Sector One painted that cute rabbit picture, and I told him it
was a real sweety. Edo thought that would be a nice name and that was it.
* 2in1 : Trying to combine some oldschool stuff (lines, dots, sprites) and
some newschool (ofstables, bump) into one small demo. Well that's two type
of demos in one and hence the name.
* Don't break the oath : Well we did one of the first demos that wants an
accelerator to run at an acceptable speed. There was a big arguement about
this during the time we coded it. But we didn't give a shit, we code for fun
nothing else. So I thought of a name in the style of "Burning the borders"..
when I suddenly came to think of an old record from 1984; Mercyful Fates
"Don't break the oath".. It was just what I had been looking for. After the
demo was released we got some strange mails from heavy metal Atarians ;-)
* Moving into darkness : We were doing a part for the Evolution project for
the EIL3. But as it never seemed to move forwards we made a demo of it
instead. However, far too few effects to reach a whole demo. So there was only
one solution; to slow down the demo :) And adding more 3d-shit. A slow demo
can quite easy be made to feel a bit dark, and hence the name. First I thought
of "Waiting for darkness", stolen from a great track of Ozzy Osbournes Bark at
the moon record. However 505 thought Moving into darkness would suit better.
Nerve of CREATORS explains :
I think i may have told you before, but here it is again... The story behind
the name of the Atari Behn demo... It was Stoney, the gfx / animation dood of
Ephidrena, who came up with the name. Easily the spaciest member of Eph (and
remember, these guys never did drugs like certain other people you might have
heard of;). When Frequent requested gfx for an Atari demo, it just snapped from
his mouth: "Atari Behn!" So that was the name of the demo from that point on.
This is a norwegian pun, as Ari Behn is the person who was recently (2yrs ago
or so) married to our only princess, Maarta. Ari Behn is a weird guy, beeing a
writer and very much stribing to be a "different artist". He is also known as
the sneaky type, weaseling his way into the Norwegian Royality. So the name fit
perfectly for our form of demo. To add to the story, his (bestselling) debut
book is called "Trist som faen", which translates into something like "Sad as
fuck". And that is the story behind the name "Atari Behn".