Making retro games in the future, or can games be demoscene?
Saturday, 16:00 Seminar Room on second level
I've started my game making adventure with Commodore 64, back in the days when it was pretty much already extinct (around 1999-2000). And since people didn't own these, I had nowhere to go get games from. I had this one book, tho, that explained Assembly language, so I started making my own! Since then I moved up through MS-DOS and Windows 95 up to now, but I like going back to revisit these times by making a simple game for old machines, dusting my rusty skills in the process, and it is much easier to produce these using modern hardware. But are these games really a part of the scene?
Mad scientist of video games, creator of McPixel, Thelemite and many other game nobody heard about. Currently working on Mosh Pit Simulator. Also made P (MS-DOS), Flappy Bird demake (C64), Chest Bump (C64), Diesel Duel (C64), Frolicking Furballs Safari Resort 9999 (Win), Matchbox (IBM PC).
Pixels and Paper Trails
Saturday, 13:00 Seminar Room on second level
In the wake of the imminent release of HOLO 2, a book-ish periodical about “emerging trajectories in art, science, and technology”, HOLO’s Alexander Scholz returns to Evoke, where eleven years ago he launched SCEEN, a magazine about “digital art and culture between pop and sub, high and low, on and off.” Alexander will talk about what the two have in common (#demoscene), his team’s ‘mixed media’ strategy to help foster conversations about technology’s impact on creative practice, and why print (still) matters in the digital age.
Alexander is a Berlin-based editorial designer and writer interested in the intersection of art, science, and technology. He’s the founder and creative director of HOLO magazine and contributing editor at CreativeApplications.Net. His editorial credentials also include art directing GEE Magazin, and wearing every hat at SCEEN.
H7 (BLOCKTRONICS // HELSINKI)
H7 is a finnish textmode graphician who likes to play Italian disco from the 80's usually at demoparties and other private events. Music varies from ultracheesy Italian disco to European 80's dance and spacesynth masterpieces. This time the set will be supercheesy with some more modern sounds faithful to Sylvester and Hi-NRG genre as well.
REMUTE (BLEEP STREET // HAMBURG)
Friday to Saturday, 00:30
Since 15 years Remute reliably delivers dozens of eccentric Techno-anthems like 'Zuendli' or 'Gravity?' and sweaty gigs at countless parties and places like Berghain, but 2016 has been a tremendously important year for him: His new album 'Play The Game' beams him right back to his roots - games from the 16bit era! SNES, MegaDrive, Amigaaaaaaaa - you name it! He never sounded so chiptuny, synthwavy and, well, just overall catchy before and you definitely can imagine some pixels and sprites going crazy to this like in your favourite SHMUP or Beat 'em up! Evoke, get ready for Remute... live!!!
DOJOE VS. BOMBE (TÜBINGEN/HAMBURG)
Friday to Saturday, 2:00
Raised by monks in a Tibetan monastery, almost-brothers Bombe and dojoe learned early on that the path to success lies in peaceful unity and oneness of the mind. Together they will celebrate their equilibrium by blasting you into higher states of consciousness between 128 and 145 beats per minute, from Prog-House all the way to Uplifting Trance.
GLXBLT (SEQUENCE^BRAINSTORM // VARKAUS)
Saturday to Sunday, 01:00
Back once again, lugging with him a hefty bag of drum & bass on wax from Finland to Germany, it's glxblt representing the sound he's most known for: Dark and relentless techstep and neurofunk- sure to keep you wide awake and going! This DJ/producer is a familiar sight on European demoparties since the turn of the millennium. He can often be spotted either behind the decks or on stage during prizegivings.. Or just drunk out of his mind somewhere outside.
BLACK MAIDEN HI-FI (COLOGNE/ZURICH)
Black Maiden Hi-Fi are Faxe and Dipswitch from the same named demo- and ansi-group. Since nearly a decade, they occasionally team up and spin roots reggae, uk dub, and other bass-heavy music they both enjoy. At Evoke, they will play some records on Sunday morning to help you recover from the night before. (Photo courtesy by Luisa)
8-Bit Generation – The Commodore Wars
Saturday, 11:00 Main stage
Sunday, 10:00 Seminar area
When Jack Tramiel invented Commodore in the 1970’s, he envisioned computing for the masses and not just the upper classes. Spearheading the personal technology revolution and combatting giants like Apple and IBM, Commodore became a household name by changing the way in which we interact, create and play with computers. From the advent of the groundbreaking Atari and Tetris games to the evolution of contemporary technological design, 8 Bit Generationdives into the home computer explosion and explores Commodore’s key role in shaping the future in which we now live.