‘Better late than way later’ – Guess that could sum up scribbling this post about the latest Payback demoparty! :). Busy times and all that..
Hum yeah. Payback 2015. The third in the series, the last one ever and the first ever demoparty with a dedicated fireworks display (== awesome by the truckload). For me it was a cozy, relaxed get-together with a huge group of demoscene friends. Certainly wouldn’t go moping around for “last ever”.. Not that I think anyone else would either. The organizers felt that they’ve had enough and wanted to call it quits, simple as that. Have to respect the “quit while you’re on top” attitude :)
Like last year, I decided to do a set of party tweets. Lots of photos (and whatnot) there, do check them out.
Demo compo was a high-quality one, with a whole bunch of teams participating. My personal favorites were Quadtrip‘s glitchy but flowing “Quadtrip Planet Reconfigurator” and Hackers‘ “Computer Graphics Demonstration Tape”, a worthy homage to 80s VHS CGI demotapes. Especially the fake tape flutter on the latter is a neat little detail I find myself enjoying over and over again. Here you go:
I myself had an entry for the streaming music compo called ‘Owl-Stretching Time’. Guess you could call it a healthy successor for ‘And Now For Something Completely Different’.. ;). Didn’t really have any idea what to file the song under, so I hereby announce having invented the genre ‘owlstep’ just for this style!
What happened with the song was, I was initially working on a 70s flavored disco track, but as that wasn’t progressing the way I wanted I decided to start afresh. Just got into playing something and “Owl-Stretching Time” was where things ended up. A fun mix of swung dubstep-ish beats and cheery synthesizer melodies. My friend Xander Pills happened to be in .fi while I was writing the song, so I invited him over to drop some “vocals” for the track. Case closed. Check it out further down below.
In the compo I ended up placing 3rd. It was pretty much pwned by Hera with the help of Päivi Räsänen, contributing sampled vocals to the noisy ‘Herra Vereni’ track. The noise crew certainly got what they wanted.
That’s it for Payback, next up Simulaatio 2015? If the ‘related posts’ feature works as it should, you should perhaps see links to my posts from previous Payback parties somewhere below.