Jan 26th 2010. Added Patryk Wasiak to the list of researchers.
Nov 10th 2009. Added Saarikoski & Suominen 2009.
Nov 8th 2009. The pdf version of our article mentioned below
can now be downloaded here for free.
Oct 2nd 2009. After a lengthy wait the proceedings of
History of Nordic Computing are published. Available
electronically through SpringerLink.
There is a paper called "Demoscene Platforms: A Case Study on the Adoption of Home Computers"
by me and Antti, and another article about Finnish home computer
collectors by Mikko Heinonen and me. Some other papers too may be
of interest to demo researchers.
Sep 14th 2009. Tasajärvi's scene book Demoscene: The Art
of Real-Time can now be purchased as an e-book on this
website for ten euros.
Sep 8th 2009. A new game-related yearbook called
has been published under a creative commons license. Texts in Finnish.
Aug 10th 2009. Added Linde 2005, thanks again to Doreen Hartmann.
Jul 22nd 2009. Added the C=64 Demosampler project to online material.
Jul 20th 2009. Even more German material pouring in, thanks to
Daniel Botz. Added Bader 1990 and G.N. 1986.
Jul 19th 2009. The rest of the references added:
Grohé 2006, Knoke 2005, Knoke & Kremp 2007, Koenig 2004 and Zelazny 2006.
Jul 18th 2009. A lucky day for our German-speaking readers!
Added ARTE 2003, Beck 2004, Göhler 2007, Scheib 2001, Topf 2005
and ZDF 2008, almost all of them in German. Shor & Eyal 2002 was
updated to a new location. Big thanks to Doreen Hartmann, who sent
the additions. A few more will be added tomorrow.
Jun 26th 2009. Added Big Book of Amiga Hardware to
Jun 24th 2009. Added Atariscene DVD Project to online material.
Jun 21st 2009. Added Warncke 2007 to online material.
Jun 18th 2009. Added Hartmann's paper to online material.
Jun 12th 2009. Added The Computer Underworld (Harry 1985) to related publications.
Jun 9th 2009.Here's a link to the interview and paper of
Anja Hartmann, a German doctoral student who looked into the role
of text in demos. Everything is in German so far. I'll add the
reference when I find the details of the paper.
Jun 1st 2009. From now on the site will be known as Demoscene
Research for the sake of consistency :)
May 31st 2009. Just came across an Edge article about PS3
demos: read it here.
May 11th 2009. A large archive of C64 disk covers collected
by Jazzcat available here.
May 5th 2009. Daniel Botz added to the Researchers page.
Apr 13th 2009. Ok, now we have some more info about the
thesis, kindly provided by Daniel Botz. The PhD thesis was submitted
last year at Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich and is yet to be
reviewed. The name is Hacker-Ästhetik. Die geschichtlichen,
technischen und gestalterischen Voraussetzungen zum Verständnis des
Mediums Computerdemo (Hacker Aesthetics. Historical, technological
and artistic premises of Computer Demos. The writer is looking
for a publisher, so the text may end up being published as a book
as well. We'll keep you updated when we know more!
Apr 12th 2009. Added Simmonds (2001) and
x8oi2h3_0000202 (2001) to the online material. We also heard
about a German Doctoral Thesis by Daniel Botz that apparently covers
demos. More info coming up when we find out more...
Feb 12th 2009. An interesting bibliography for Finns:
the contents of the Hakkeri magazines.
Jan 23rd 2009. Added Life on the Screen: Identity in the
age of the Internet by Sherry Turkle and Computer Graphics
- Computer Art by Herbert W. Franke (1971).
Jan 20th 2009. Added Hacker Culture by Douglas
Dec 13th 2008. Added two articles from Sceen #2
(Scholz 2007a and 2007b).
Some related books are on the way and will be added sometime soon by
me and Antti.
Nov 29th 2008. Ken Polsson's extensive
Chronology of Personal Computers
added to online material. Also added The Demo Scene
(Scheib 2002), a short intro to the demoscene published at SIGGRAPH'02.
Nov 23rd 2008. Added Game.Machines (Forster 2005) and
the German Soundchip-Musik (Dittbrenner 2007) to related
research. Added IEEE Annals of the History of Computing and
cracktros.org to online material.
New issue of Sceen seems to be out.
Added two articles (Cruz 2005 and Barbat 2005) from the first issue.
Nov 22nd 2008. There exists an English translation of Copyright
finns inte, which is now added to the bibliography, thanks to Anders. Also
added the article Ethical codes in the digital world: comparisons
of the proprietary, the open/free and the cracker system by Jukka
Vuorinen to related research.
Nov 21st 2008. Found the interview
of Jukka Häkkinen in Turun ylioppilaslehti. About cracking, in Finnish
only. Also added the Pixelstorm collection by David Vigh to the online
Nov 11th 2008. Anders Carlsson was so kind as to provide
a reference to his article called Chip Music -- Low-tech Data
Oct 20th 2008. There seems to be a Demoscene seminar
at the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts this week.
Mar 19th 2007.Gfx Zone has
returned online, at least for a while. It might be a good idea to
leech their party graphics archives while they are still there.
Dec 20th 2006.MindCandy Volume 2 has been
published. This volume contains a selection of Amiga demos.
Nov 25th 2006. Added The Jargon File to online material.
Nov 22nd 2006. Added On The Edge (Bagnall 2005).
Nov 15th 2006. We will give a two-hour lecture about demoscene
at Media Lab of Helsinki University of Art and Design on Nov 21st at
13.00. Drop by if you happen to be around.
Oct 5th 2006. There seems to be an interesting conference
coming up in Aug 21.-23. 2007. History of Nordic Computing
is organized by University of Turku and a Nordic program committee.
Oct 3rd 2006. Added Freax Art Album
(Vigh and Polgar 2005).
Oct 2nd 2006. Corrected "CSW Werlag" to "CSW Verlag" in
Freax description. The second volume of Freax
arrived today by mail together with a book about the history of
Commodore. They will appear in the bibliography sometime soon.
Jul 8th 2006. According to
Pouet thread Tamas Polgar (Tomcat) will be publishing a large
demoscene art book at Assembly'06. We'll of course review it as
soon as possible.
Jun 21st 2006. Lassi Tasajärvi has updated his demoscene
book pages, mirroring our bibliography here.
site has been redesigned, and is a good resource for those
interested in the scene.
Jun 21st 2006. Updated our pictures and personal descriptions
to reflect some recent happenings.
--Antti & Markku
Feb 9th 2006. Added Wajcman 1991. Cheers from a gender
course in the UK.
Dec 5th 2005. Added Turkle 1984.
Nov 30th 2005. Added Levy 1994.
--Markku & Antti
Oct 21st 2005. Removed the reference to a sequel of Tasajärvi,
Stamnes & Schustin 2004, which has been delayed.
Aug 22nd 2005. Added Inkinen & Salmi 1996.
Aug 6th 2005. Finally added the review of Tomcat's book Freax
(Polgar 2005). Hot stuff as the saying goes.
Jul 27th 2005. Updated the personal descriptions and added
photos of us as well -- now you'll see what we look like ;)
--Antti & Markku
Jul 25th 2005. Updated the description of Polgar Tamas' Freax project.
Jul 24th 2005. Added Burger et al. 2002.
Jul 23rd 2005. Added Molinari 2002 (Italian only) and a
couple of links.
Jul 18th 2005. Added description for Nordli 2003b.
Jul 13th 2005. Apparently Tomcat's large demoscene book
Freax is finally completed.
It will be available first at Assembly'05 and a bit later at online
stores. We'll let you know once we get a copy. Added a newspaper
article by Jukka O. Kauppinen and two articles by Nordli (1998 and
Jul 3rd 2005. Added the detailed description for Roininen 1998
and fixed the year.
Apr 25th 2005. Aki Järvinen provided us the missing slides
of his lecture at University of Tampere.
Apr 24th 2005. Added a short review of Saarikoski's
PhD thesis (2004).
Feb 5th 2005. Markku and Antti briefly appeared in the
Finnish TV program VoiceOut! (YLE TV2).
Dec 20th 2004. Added two articles: one by Lassi Tasajärvi
and one by Juha Huuskonen.
Oct 24th 2004. Added the dissertation Saarikoski 2004.
Sep 14th 2004. Added Pappalardo 2004 and a classic webpage by
Sep 12th 2004. Added Nissen 1993 and Aune 1996 to the
related research section.