Viznut’s text back online

June 4th, 2014 by markku

There was some little hiccup at, but now Heikkilä’s texts are back online. Thanks to Doreen for the note.

Individual WiderScreen 1–2/2014 papers

April 16th, 2014 by markku

Individual WiderScreen articles will start appearing on the bibliography little by little. Here’s the complete list of what can be expected.

  1. Patryk Wasiak: “Amis and Euros.” Software Import and Contacts Between European and American Cracking Scenes
  2. Markku Reunanen: How Those Crackers Became Us Demosceners
  3. Doreen Hartmann: Animation in the Demoscene. From Obfuscation to Category (Or: How to Demonstrate Skills without Adhering to the Real-Time Principle).
  4. Canan Hastik: Demo Age: New Views
  5. Marilou Polymeropoulou: Chipmusic, Fakebit and the Discourse of Authenticity in the Chipscene
  6. Markku Reunanen: Four Kilobyte Art
  7. Ville-Matias Heikkilä: Käsittämättömät koodirivit musiikkina: bytebeat ja demoskenen tekninen kokeellisuus
  8. Jaakko Kemppainen: Flash-demoskene: Reaaliaikaisten verkkoanimaatioiden esiinnousu ja hiipuminen


WiderScreen thematic issue out!

April 15th, 2014 by markku

WiderScreen 1–2/2014 is a special thematic issue that deals with various scenes, such as the cracker, demo and chip music scene. Me and Antti have just finished editing the journal and now it’s available online (open access). We will add the individual articles a bit later after recovering from the crunch, but in any case, there should be plenty of interesting papers for you to read behind the link.

Assembly article by Tyni & Sotamaa

April 9th, 2014 by markku

GAME – The Italian Journal of Game Studies – has published Heikki Tyni’s and Olli Sotamaa’s article Assembling a Game Development Scene? Uncovering Finland’s Largest Demo Party.

Demos as glitch art and once more on chiptunes

March 12th, 2014 by markku

A couple of new bits popped up again. Entropic elasticity: Critical Glitch Artware & the Demoscene (Menkman 2010) and Endless Loop: A Brief History of Chiptunes (Driscoll and Diaz 2009) added.

Executable Cinema

March 4th, 2014 by markku

We already had one paper from the Re:live conference of 2009 in the bibliograpy, but there is another demo-related article that was missing: Executable Cinema: Demos, Screensavers and Videogames as Audiovisual Formats (Menotti 2009).

PhD thesis on chiptunes

February 2nd, 2014 by markku

I had this on some list of mine, but had forgot to add it here: On the Development of an Interface Framework in Chipmusic: Theoretical Context, Case Studies and Creative Outcomes (2011) by Sebastian Tomczak.

Massive Atari Archive Online

January 25th, 2014 by markku

Fujiology is a massive demo collection for the Atari ST, Jaguar and Falcon computers. Available for download here:

BBS history at Ars Technica

January 23rd, 2014 by markku

See here for an article with Lee Hutchinson’s personal recollections of the little documented American BBS scene:

Scene letters

January 2nd, 2014 by markku

An interesting collection of letters written by swappers: