Yesss! Finally made it to the latest addition in a continuing series of fine german easter demoparties (aka Revision 2014), and what a blast it was!
Not much else to say about the party other than A-W-E-S-O-M-E! Meeting and chatting with friends both old and new, copious amounts of craft beers, compos, live performances & dj sets, dining out with friends (aka alternatives to party food <3), Dubmarine serving bad pepperschnaps, day trip to Luxembourg, Sceneboy calendar, brause pulver h-o-r-r-o-r, and most importantly the best freebie of the party: KEWLERS SOCKS!! .. Yep, Revision had it all :)
Music Compo Stuff
On to the “meat” of the biz..
I had entries both to Tracked and Streaming Music competitions, but only Tracked made it through the pre-selection. For Streaming Music, I heard there were like 36 entries out of which 16 made it to the bigscreen in order to fit the compo in its scheduled ~1 hour slot. Fair enough, I have a Streaming Music entry for some other party.. ;)
My Tracked entry, titled ‘Skip To Be Square’, falls under hardstyle genre (or jumpstyle, if I was to listen to Gargaj) and thus I chose to release it as V.M.M.K. instead of LB or whatever.. After all, V.M.M.K. (aka ‘Verärgerten Multi Mittel Knabe’) is an alias with a track record of gabber / hardcore / jumpstyle etc. compo entries. All good there, but rest of it.. not quite so.
First, I was late with finishing my entry, working on it on my way to party place (flight / train) and up until two hours before the deadline. The stress of the ‘crunch’ got me good, as some pattern data bugs slipped in to the submission.
Second, I ran into some mixdown issues at a late stage. Sure I knew everything in the compo gets played using XMPlay (whereas I made my entry using ModPlug), but I checked for playback only when submitting the entry. At that point it turned out that there are some differences with volume handling between the two! So I spent a good while doing exhausting party mixing with headphones (=bad BAD!). You know, making a edit in ModPlug, saving the file, playing it back in XMPlay to check for the results, editing again in ModPlug etc. etc.. Not that fun a thing to have to deal with at the last minute, so I just couldn’t bother with it 100%.. Now enough with the excuses! :)
What a Tracked compo it was: Gaspode served a perfectly smooth start for the days competitions with his laid-back melodic entry ‘Glittering’, whereas Aceman with his ‘Wonka Honk’ and Hoffman & Daytripper with their ‘Professional Tracker’ ended the compo big time, dropping kick-ass beats in true 4-channel flavor. Better yet, Hoffman was also showing off with some tracker trickery visuals :) .. Just download XMPlay and the track and see for yourself! Brilliant stuff!!
Other Compo Stuff
Mercury’s 64k ‘The Timeless’ was of course the hottest thing of the compos. The release even got picked up by Gizmodo, racking up instant fame and Youtube views for the guys.
It was also good to see TBL back on Amiga after eight years of silence. I just love the more simplistic design stuff the guys come up with, like the “credit texts floating over streets” part.