Step23: It’s Party time! Cyclone demo party – Aug 1990

With our fleshly finished demo, we went to a demo party. This one was maybe the first held in France. A « demo party » is a place where people meet, discuss and create demos. Usually there is also contests during the time of the party.

So we went to Saint Quentin (in the north of France) on the 25 August 1990. Johnny B came with me. It was the « Cyclone demo party ». We went there without our machine. Before presenting our mega demo to the competition I tried it on the Amiga that will be used and the demo had many bugs !!!!

In fact the Amiga used for demo competition had only 512 kb of memory and a standard « Agnus ». Our demo required 1Mb if memory and a « Fat Agnus » equiped Amiga. So I talked to all people there and tried to find someone using that kind of Amiga. Hopefully I find someone with a corresponding Amiga and he was ok to lend it for the competition. Later he’ll said to me that he was working for a magazine and that he’ll write an article about the party.
There were 4 demos in competition that day and we won the first place. We were really happy and went back with some money (demo competition are usually granted by money).
We also met lot of nice people there, like Frederic « MOBY« , which is an excellent french musician (his today name is « el mobo« ).
That’s was a really nice day!

The winning disk:

Here is the magazine and article: (it is in french, english translation after)
Micro news 40. October 1990.


« … As I meditate like a guru in front of a demo of « Passion », a humanoid approached me to inquire if I have a mega byte and a fat agnus normal on my machine.
This friendly character has just finalized a Megademo, want to present it to the competition, but require such a configuration. Before my affirmative answer, he dares to stick his valuable disk in my drive …. and I am the first to discover what can only be the winning demo : « Flight overt fight » by Hawk. The group is composed of Oriens (Leader / Coder) who just ask me, Johnny B (Artist / musician) and Kreator remained in the Yvelines. The voting time comes. Among the four demos presented by Demons, HackerForce, Hawk and Passion, it is Hawk with his superb Batman theme, neat graphics and music, and especially originality prevails … « 

Demo of the party

I did not found any info about party results. If anyone have info about it, just tell me.

Here is a production of Cyclone the same year:

Cyclone – Depeche Mode (Amiga Music Disk).  ST01 sounds flavour 🙂 Again some Depeche Mode inspiration.

Contest for magazine Generation 4

As I did not find any prod presented at the party, I’m going to speak about another event. The french magazine « Generation 4 » organised a demo contest. The contest goal was to create a demo for amiga or atari st showing info about minitel (kind of french internet) « 3615 GEN4 ».

Dragons did won the contest. There was a bit a trouble about it because music and arts were ripped. « A trip to mars » by Thomas Landspurg was much better (see another article for link to it)

Results were given on July/Aug 1990:

The demos:


Cakeman demo by Equinox (ATARI ST)

Nitrowave by Naos (Atari ST)

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