Conventions

Tales from the road with a car full of computer equipment.

Fried Bits III (Germany) | Gurgelkvack | Motorola Inside | TCC | Nordic Atari Show | Compusphere | Västkust Internal | BI New Year | The Party

Fried Bits Eastern Coding Convention III (1995)

This thing was arranged in 1995 by The Independent and held at a strange place called Gemeinschaftszentrum Obervieland in the city of Bremen, Germany.

On the road again

A preview version of Bugs From Outer Space was released for the demo contest, which landed on a 4th place in the tough contest against scene giants like Lazer and their cool MTV demo featuring a dancing Martina.

Mattias happened to fall asleep on the floor in the hallway. Someone took off his hat, placed it on the floor upside down and placed a note on him reading "HOMELESS". As he finally woke he found a pile of money in his hat (approx 11 Deutsche Marks in four different currencies). Ever since that episode we’re called “The men in hats” by Reservoir Gods! We decided to end the Bugs-demo with the following inserted string: “Hattrick says: Thanks for the money you put in my hat. Now I can afford to go home!” (this gave us a round of applauds at the screening as a lot of people had seen Mattias sleeping during the morning).

BFOS logo preview

Despite our not-so-stunning skills in German an old lady approached us in the street and asked if we had learned all that Swedish in school. Our answer was, of course, "Ja ja Bundestag! Alles gut! Das ist telefunken". She left with a strange expression to her face.

On location we teamed up with NoCrew and our immense presence didn’t go unnoticed in the press:

"22h25. When one enters the room, it is the anthem of Star Wars who accommodates us. In fact, it is the Swedes of Impulse who play Empire Strikes Back at 90 dB. Minimum!" — freely translated from a French FB3 convention report in Toxic Mag 9 (May 1995)

Reine’s comment: "Hey, I only measured 89 dB."

Reine and NoCrew

"22h50. On our left, there are the vikings of No Crew and Impulse. These Swedes are delirious: they brought MUCH stuff. In addition to their mega-big-Falcon-towers, I could count 4 refrigerators, 1 video tape recorder, 1 gaufrier (veracious!), a pile of 1,50m of audio hardware, 1 microwave, 5 enclosures (with a large boomer), 3 Swedish flags and a brothel monster all around their table. They came with a van, someone told me. Sweet Jesus, make that the network doesn’t break when they connect their monsters on my multi-grip." — freely translated from a French FB3 convention report in Toxic Mag 9 (May 1995)

Reine’s comment: "Actually, there were two video tape recorders, not one. I don’t remember the monster though… Or perhaps he was referring to my would-be breakfast?"

The infamous banana dissection

"18h15. The Swedes open their refrigerators to be made a sandwich. A bitter pie odor in advanced decomposition invades half of the room." — freely translated from a French FB3 convention report in Toxic Mag 9 (May 1995)

Reine’s comment: "Denial is policy."

"15h00. Now does the herd of Vikings return from Mac Donalds with an incredible quantity of mangeaille. Is that what puffs out a man of north… Go! Triple Bigmac for everyone! " — freely translated from a French FB3 convention report in Toxic Mag 9 (May 1995)

And yeah, we managed to get stopped by the Polizei on the Autobahn.

Gurgelkvack (1992)

Johan and Reine

The Gurgelkvack convention, also known as the Impulse Summer Party, took place in Stenungsund 1992. It was the first major convention arranged by us and as such it meant quite a lot of work. We initially had plans to release our earth-shattering dentro, called the Gurgelkvack demo, but failed to do so as we had a lot of other things on our minds at the time.

The party itself was a study of chaos. Some people had an “Coke Blast Experiment” (don’t ask). We also had the distinct pleasure of witnessing the legendary blitzkrieg between NoCrew and Omega/Electra, resulting in the infamous "Omega Snake Demo" with sound recorded during the evening.

The loud band

We hired a live band called Akmekop which was very appreciated by the attendants. We also hired not one but two fat and expensive RGB projectors: one in the cafeteria which showed demos non stop, the other in the big hall where demos and movie stuff were shown all around the clock.

We had brought 2000 cans of coke, 2000 floppy disks and 300 bags of chips to the cafeteria for sale. Unfortunately we only sold a few of them. Free tickets to the Computer Museum nearby had also been arranged.

Svenska Hemdator Nytt later wrote an article about the convention.

Motorola Inside (1993)

Janderz soldering at 5 AM

This convention was a joint venture between us and NoCrew back in 1993. After some intense weeks of planning, including soldering at 5 AM, the opening day arrived. We had a thousand coke bottles and a Mega STE in the entrance. We actually had printed official "Motorola Inside 93" tshirts, on sale in the cafeteria section.

We also sold computer equipment, drinks, food and arranged pizza deliveries. The sandwiches were so popular that Electra members tried to top the price with exclusive source code. As with last year’s convention there was access to the nearby Computer Museum.

Mandus at Motorola Inside

The happy people in Omega and Electra had a wagon race in the corridors. There were even a few Falcon030 present and we arranged a small Falcon demonstration in the big hall.

The demo competition was won by Excellence In Art, featuring an animated music video with module player by Mårten. They won the music competition as well, thus rewarded with not one but two Atari Lynx portable game stations. Another memorable entry was "Ecstacy part B" by ICE, featuring cool stencil vectors and more.

The Computer Crossroad (1993)

Impulse at TCC

This thing was arranged by The Silents and other crews in 1993. Over 2000 people showed up at Svenska mässan, Göteborg. All those people resided in a single big hall, doing their best to pump up the volume.

All sorts of strange dudes were present, including those guys who insisted on wearing gas masks during the night. My favorite attendants were Finnish crew Aggression, who had marked their personal parking space with spray cans. Mandus got a 3rd place in the graphics compo with Knight.

Nordic Atari Show #1 (1995)

Impulse at NAS

The first Nordic Atari Show was arranged by SAK in Göteborg. A special hall held an exhibition with various Atari equipment and Impulse were interviewed by a local newspaper. There were also several casualties of war during the Great Suction Arrow War rampaging in the halls.

We had two demos for the contest: We finally decided to release some parts of an unfinished project, Wizbound, which got a 2nd place in the STE demo compo. Ångest, a horrible one night hack, got a 3rd place in the Falcon demo compo. Mandus won the Falcon gfx compo with Zoo and Mattias won the STE gfx compo with Tryne.

Nordic Atari Show #2 (1996)

BFOS screenshot

The second Nordic Atari Show was also arranged by SAK, in cooperation with NoCrew in Göteborg. The demo contest featured our last Falcon demo, entitled Bugs From Outer Space, which won the contest. Reine also somehow happened to win the HTML competition.

"Impulse has finally got rid of some bugs, or should I say, they probably flushed away the alien bugs in a nuke toilet! (watch the demo.. :)) Impulse managed to win first price in the demo contest at NAS’96 with a very fine margin to ICE at second place. Well done guys!"
— Evl / DHS

AN Cool of TCB, the legendary coder appeared from nowhere. He showed me some unreleased stuff and released his last demo ever (or so he said), entitled Keff demo. ICE showed some stunning phong shaded environment mapped objects and Aggression tormented us with sound experiments.

RGB Reine

Also appearing in the contest was a mysterious entry entitled RGB Reine. Reine was very surprised when his face began to bounce across the big screen with a RGB-splitter (the image to the right) and a silly tune in the background. The guilty authors showed up to be New Beat Development. Very funny guys… (By the way, I’ve heard a rumor that Fiskkompaniet will make a demo called “VGA-Daniel”)

Compusphere (1993)

Impulse at Compusphere 3

Compusphere was a series of conventions arranged by Galaktiska Institutet in the metropolis of Uddevalla. After a wet and dangerous ride we arrived to the place. It was cold, it was noisy, but we won the demo contest anyway with a horrible one-night-hack called Terra Incognita! Mattias got a second place in the gfx compo with Amiga Dino and Mandus got the fourth place with Doorlord. The demo contest prize ceremony and our winning demo Terra Incognita was broadcasted on TV.

Västkust Internal (1993)

Tobbe and Johan

This was arranged by ICE in Kungsbacka 1993. A lot of cool people was stuffed together in a small place. Mattias won the demo compo with his original animation called the Biting Demo (honestly, you don’t want to know the content).

Västkust Internal II (1993)

Mattias and Johan duelling

Part two was following up the success of its predecessor, this time co-arranged by ICE and Impulse in Stenungsund.

This gathering was notable of fierce coke bottle wars, squash tournaments and lightning-enhanced floppy disk sandwiches straight from the microwave oven.

Brainless Institute New Year Party (1992)

TCB at Brainless Institute convention

Brainless Institute was the name of a demo crew who held a new year convention in Skövde 1992. Despite our early departure from an internal meeting we had a hard time finding somewhere to land our computers.

A lot of strange people had found the convention as well, as we soon realized when approached by one guy with a chainsaw (he forgot to wear a woodsman’s shirt though) and another one who dragged his monitor by the power cord like a dog. Those were the days…

The legendary crews like Omega, The Carebears, Sync and Electra were present. Mattias bought six bicycle pumps and created his own mini-gun to terrorize the surroundings. He also managed to get a 4th place in the gfx compo with the picture NoHead.

The Party (1992)

Mattias goes RGB

The convention with the somewhat uninspired name was arranged by TLH and TFS in Lidköping 1992. We brought our own RGB-projector to our room along with the usual tons of gadgets which caused a bit of havoc with the organizers.