The Party (demoparty)

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The Party (or "TP", for short) was an annual demoscene event held from 1991 to 2002 in Denmark. It was one of the first events of its kind and set the trend for many other demoscene parties in Europe. At its peak in the 2000 party it was joined by up to 5000 people.


List of all The Party events
# Year Tagline
1 1991 Crystal, Silents, Anarchy
2 1992 Part II, The Final
3 1993 You Can't Beat The Feeling!
4 1994 Don't Try This At Home
5 1995 5th Anniversary
6 1996 End of an Era
7 1997 Batteries not included
8 1998 Do you believe in life after christmas?
9 1999 Need we say more...
10 2000 Back to the roots
11 2001 Digitally Remastered
12 2002 Demos, Games, Party!

The early years[edit]

The first edition of The Party began at the MesseCenteret in Aars, Denmark, on December 26, 1991. Only Amiga demo groups were involved in organizing the party: Crystal (a cracking group which spun off Melon Dezign), The Silents, and Anarchy. Attendance was near double what was expected. The top three winners in the Amiga demo competition were Hardwired, Voyage, and Odyssey.

In 1992, The Party 2, which was actually called "The Final" due to uncertainty of The Party's future, attracted an even more overwhelming number of demosceners. The Amiga organization remained the same, but PC and C64 sceners started to attend and create their own compos. The Amiga demo compo winner was State of the Art. A 40k intro competition was held for the first time. Facts of Life won the PC demo competition in a ruling contested by Future Crew, the runners-up and compo organizers, because no voting actually took place. Jesper Kyd performed at The Party regularly.[1]


Shift in platforms[edit]

In 1993, The Party moved to the Herning Messecenter in Herning. Lemon. and Spaceballs took over Amiga organizing. The PC side had a full, separate set of competitions. There were many arguments between the Amiga and PC organizers, with the PC side threatening to secede and start their own party in 1994. The threat became empty as The Party remained multi-platform. The Party moved again in 1995 to Fredericia before returning to Aars from 1996 until its demise. The PC scene visitors gradually outnumbered the Amiga scene visitors who dominated the early years.

Shift in scenes[edit]

With 3000 visitors and rising, The Party started attracting elements outside of the demo scene. In the early 1990s, rave culture exploded in Denmark, and young people found The Party to be a fun place to dance and blast music. They mostly coincided peacefully with the demo sceners, but in 1995, a rave in the sleeping hall sparked numerous complaints.

With the release of Doom just weeks before The Party 3 in 1993, network gaming became an overnight sensation, transforming part of the event into the first major LAN party. Through the 1990s, the gaming element of The Party steadily grew while the demoscene element remained stagnant.

The final years[edit]

By 2000, much of the demo scene had abandoned The Party in favor of other demo parties taking place around the same time. Amiga sceners formed a smaller alternative called TRSAC ("The Real Scene After Christmas"), while C64 and PC sceners started tUM ("the Ultimate Meeting") in Germany. It was the winning 64k intro from Farbrausch, FR-08: .the .product, that briefly drew demoscene attention back to The Party and gave the organizers enough hope to declare the next party's motto "Back To The Roots". But that promise fell flat as demosceners saw little effort to back it. Sceners complained about constant harassment by both the local security people (who would constantly search their bags for alcohol) and gamers (who would complain about the compos being too loud). The competitions in 2002 were abandoned to the point where all demos and intros were combined into one compo. The Party was cancelled the following year.

Competition winners[edit]

The Party demo/intro compo winners, 1991-2002
Year Amiga demo PC demo C64 demo Amiga intro PC intro
1991 Odyssey (Alcatraz) N/A Brutality (Light) N/A N/A
1992 State of the Art (Spaceballs) Facts of Life (Witan) Coma Light 8 (Oxyron) Tetris (Melon Dezign) N/A
1993 Origin (Complex) Untitled (Dust) Tower Power (Camelot) Chaosland (Virtual Dreams) CyboMan (Gazebo)
1994 Nexus 7 (Andromeda) Project Angel (Impact Studios) Access Denied (Reflex) 4k0 (Polka Brothers) Cyboman 2 (Complex)
1995 Closer (CNCD) Caero (Plant & EMF) Mathematica (Reflex) Creep (Artwork & Polka Brothers) Lasse Reinbong (Cubic Team & $een)
1996 Shaft 7 (Bomb) Alto Knallo (Free Electric Band) Nine (Reflex) Phongfree (Oxyron) Deesbab (Orange)
1997 My Kingdom (Haujobb & Scoopex) Tribes (Pulse & Melon Dezign) Second Reality (Smash Designs) Superautodrome (Scoopex) Stash (The Black Lotus)
1998 Alien 2 (Scoopex) MOAI (NOMAD) Triage III (Smash Designs) 1000% (Scoopex) Alien Sex Clone (fudGe)
1999 Concrete (Ephidrena) Non-3D:Melrose Space (Threestate) Y2K (Duck & Cover) (No Name) Nonstop (Dual Crew - Shining) Fukwit Daddy (Haujobb)
3D:Kasparov (Elitegroup)
2000 Megademo 2000 (Haujobb) Love Creation MAX (INF) Starburst 96 (Padua) qrid (Nature) FR-08: The Product (Farbrausch)
Year Combined demo C64 demo Combined 64K intro
2001 Elements (Haujobb) Decade 100 % (Smash Designs) FR-014: Garbage Collection (Farbrausch)
2002 CloseGL (Jesper & Sharky)
The Party music/graphic compo winners, 1991-1999
Year 4-channel music multi-channel music pixel graphic
1991 Overload (Mantronix / Tip ) N/A Maximum overscan (Iridon of Shining)
1992 Cortouchka (Moby of DRD) N/A Womsnake (Peachy / TRSI)
1993 Elektrik Funk (Moby of Sanity) Cloudscape (Zodiak) Dragon Sun (Cougar / Sanity) & Alex (Movement)
1994 Electric Church (Hithansen / Rednex) Reflecter (Zodiak of Cascada) Helge Schneider (Peachy / Masque)
1995 Fountain Of Sighs (Unreal of Pulse) The Morning After (Fby Fabio Barzagli of Soft One) Spacetits (Danny)
1996 Salsa Con Carne (Mystical of Purple) Close to god (Croaker / Halcyon / Tpolm) Multi Doodle (Mazor / Paragon)
1997 Sassy Notion (Pink of Abyss) Follow the star (KB of TOM / Purge) Cannibal (Seth of Fudge)
1998 Junk Freaks (Moby of Sanity and Pink of Abyss) Ratzbatzfatzfatz (Salt of KOLABORE) Hina (TMK of INF)
1999 Blue trippy yellow (Jazz of Haujobb) In times of war (oRaNGe of Ostebulen) Color of Autumn (Fashion of Smash Designs)


  1. ^ KYD Archived 2008-02-24 at the Wayback Machine
  • Scenery Amiga at Exotica [1]

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