ACiD Productions

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ACiD Productions
Formation1 September 1990; 33 years ago (1990-09-01)
PurposeDigital arts
HeadquartersUnited States
ProductsACiD View
ACiD Radio
Key people
RaD Man
Shadow Demon
The Beholder
AffiliationsRemorse ASCII

ACiD Productions (ACiD) is a digital art group. Founded in 1990, the group originally specialized in ANSI artwork for bulletin board systems (BBS).[1] More recently, they have extended their reach into other graphical media and computer software development. During the BBS-era, their biggest competitor was iCE Advertisements.[2]


ACiD Productions was founded in 1990 as ANSI Creators in Demand[3] by five members: RaD Man, Shadow Demon, Grimm, The Beholder, and Phantom. Their work originally concentrated in ANSI and ASCII art, but the group later branched out into other artistic media such as tracker music, demo coding, and multimedia software development (e.g., image viewers). Membership rose from five members in 1990 to well over seven hundred by 2003.[4]

In the mid-1990s, ACiD created subsidiary groups responsible for these broader areas. For example, Remorse is the official ACiD sub-label responsible for ASCII art and other text-based graphics. Similarly, pHluid is responsible for module tracking and music production, and ACiDic handles bulletin board software modification and enhancement.

Following the post dial-up BBS era, ACiD focused largely on the preservation of digital art history, talk radio news, the sale of their DVD-based artscene archives,[5][6] and sponsorship of demoparties.[7][8][9]

In 2008, the San Francisco gallery 20 goto 10 featured an exhibit of ACiD artists Somms and Lord Jazz.[10][11][12][13]

In 2013, members from ACiD collaborated with 21st century ANSI art collective Blocktronics to produce "Blocktronics ACiD Trip", a scrolling ANSI measuring 3266 lines tall. This ANSI artwork debuted at Demosplash at Carnegie Mellon University where it was awarded first place in the ANSI and ASCII category.[14][15][16][17]


ACiD has produced a variety of well-received works and services. A select list follows:


  • "Out of Sight, Out of Mind"[18]

Image viewers[edit]

  • ACiD View
  • SimpleXB
  • RemorseView

Image editors[edit]

Metadata protocols and binary image standard[edit]

Music disks[edit]

  • pHluid

Disk magazines[edit]

  • The Product
  • Lancelot II
  • ACiDnews

Radio programming[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Garrett, Ben (2004-04-27). "Online Software Piracy of the Last Millennium". ACID (ANSI Creators In Demand) where the first of these international groups, trend setters who originally specialised in ANSI art and ANSIMation ads. They earned their reputation at being one of the best groups by creating art for the best pirate boards of the time.
  2. ^ Hargadon, Michael A. "Like City Lights, Receding: ANSi Artwork and the Digital Underground, 1985-2000." Concordia University, 2011-03-18. Retrieved 2011-10-18.
  3. ^ "Artscene". BBS: The Documentary. 2005.
  4. ^ ACiD-100 All-time memberlist (1990–2003)
  5. ^ "dark+domain: the collection".
  6. ^ "Dark Domain - Defacto2".
  7. ^ "ACiD sponsors ansi/ascii compo - News".
  8. ^ "EVOKE 2005 - partners".
  9. ^ "TMDC11 - Text Mode Demo Contest XI". 2008-07-23. Archived from the original on 2008-07-23.
  10. ^ "ANSI Art for the Masses video - CNET TV". Archived from the original on 2013-12-15. Retrieved 2013-12-15.
  11. ^ "Watch ANSI Art | Geek Entertainment TV Episodes | Tech & Gadgets Videos | Blip". Archived from the original on 2013-12-15. Retrieved 2013-12-15.
  12. ^ "ansi". 2008-02-21. Archived from the original on 2008-02-21.
  13. ^ Lee, Ellen (2008-01-12). "Early computer-generated art revived for S.F. exhibit". SFGate.
  14. ^ "Deeply psychedelic ANSI scroller is longest ever". Boing Boing. 2013-10-10.
  15. ^ Souppouris, Aaron (2013-10-11). "Join R2-D2 and Hitler on an unforgettable ANSI acid trip". The Verge.
  16. ^ "Blocktronics ACiD Trip, A Super Long Piece of Collaborative ANSI Art". 2013-10-10.
  17. ^ "The Blocktronics ACiD Trip". Acclaim Magazine. 2013-10-13.
  18. ^ "Out of sight out of mind by ANSI Creators in Demand".

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