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It’s Demo Party Time 2023

Just another year with demoparties reported by Norby of TRSI & DLG Crew. This time: Revision 2023,Lost Party 2023 and Xenium Party 2023.

It’s Demo Party Time 2023 by Norby.

This time: Revision Party 2023, Lost Party 2023 and Xenium Party 2023.

Time is going fast… too fast! Another year is coming to the end, and it has been a very intense time for me on the Scene. Everything begins from Revision Party (7-10 April 2023). It was my first foreign party since 1995, when I went to The Party in Denmark for the third and last time.

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Screenshot of JP#20 – Norby in front of the entrance of Revision 2023.

A lot has changed at this type of events in these 28 years, but only for the better! I went to Revision with my polish friends from Amiga group Ghostown.

The trip to Saarbrücken was epic

sausages, party time

The trip was epic, happy bus full of beer and demosceners, just like in the 90s. Revision charmed and delighted me. I met lots of old friends, some of them I saw for the last time just about 30 years ago. But it was also an opportunity to meet many new friends that I previously only knew from the credits in the demos. Most famous demos, I must say. Unfortunately, the custom of wearing ID’s has disappeared.

Fortunately, I had a great guide, Magic/NAH-KOLOR, who helped me a lot to locate the most important sceners. Everything was so exciting, the people, the place, the compos, even the toilet… leaving own signature on the wall… that was truly epic and I loved it.

Revision is like a footbool game, everything goes very fast there. Sometimes you have just a second to make a right decision to talk to someone, make a selfie or grab a hand. If you lose the moment, you lose the chance…. until next year! I spoke to Romeo Knight, but didn’t take a photo with him. How fool I am.

Visiting Revision again was a must

party time, Revision
Andy, Norby, Dascon.

I tried to find Made or Aarakis… but I failed. Fortunately, I managed to sing a birthday song for Virgill and had a great chats with Facet or Prowler. I met Curt Cool, but only for a second. I had so much fun dancing with Dascon and Andy on H0ffman’s set, which was amazing! And finally I spend lots of time talking with Magic. He was a great and truly friendly host and my own party guide, which was so cool and so nice of him. Revision next year IS A MUST and I hope to be there as well.

Time is going too fast, did I say so? So, Summer has come very quickly. Party time has begun with „The Lost Party „demoscene, Atari, Commodore, Spectrum, Amstrad“ (6-9 July 2023). That was a completely different party than Revision. This event for retro computer fans has very friendly atmosphere in a smaller group of demosceners. It must be admitted that this year’s event was exceptionally successful. The weather was fine, it was warm and sunny, there was, as usual, no shortage of attractions and the participants had a great time.

Party time for retro computer enthusiasts

The Lost Party, which usually takes a place at the beginning of July, attracts demoscene fans and retro computer enthusiasts from all over Poland to Lichen. The party itself takes place, just like the previous editions, in the building of the Fire station in Lichen. Organizationally, everything was prepared perfectly, and Vasco from the TRISTESSE group took care of the guests, as usual.

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Lost Party is near to a lake.

What distinguishes Lost Party from other demoscene parties is the atmosphere here, which is almost family-like. Participants often bring their whole families with them, as Lichen is a great place to spend free time during the holidays, which start at this time.

We had a great time at many of the concerts that took place during the party. Last year, the star of the party was the well-known electronic musician KATOD. And this year, even stronger sounds were provided by Jeremiah Kane’s band „Way of the Ronin“. They represent a musical trend combining synthwave with retro computer music, strongly influenced by Japanese culture, anime, manga and Cyberpunk. The guitars and harsh sound combined with retro synth sounds put the participants in a great mood, which, combined with an amazing light setting, made all awesome atmosphere during the show. The partygoers were delighted and had a great time. See picture at the top of the article.

Real party was outside

After the concert everyone went outside, where as usual at this time sausages from the grill were served, which are a tradition for every Lost Party and of course free for all participants of the party! It should be added that also coffee and tea served during the whole party are always free for all participants. The condition was just to have own cup.

It is worth mentioning that the Lost Party customarily starts on Thursday, while the concerts and, of course, the common barbecue takes place on Friday. And these are the two days which can be called the more entertaining ones. Saturday, on the other hand, is a day of so-called general demoscene activity at the party, culminating in the evening with competitions taking place then. But before the compos, a few words about what happened on Saturday. Around noon, a series of lectures began, which this year unfortunately I had to leave, devoting this time to visit the area with my family. But nothing lost, because all lectures were streamed live on the Internet and you could see them at any time on the YouTube platform.

Xenium, party time

Winner demo was not presented on a retro computer

Productions and works presented on competition time have been made for 8bit computers mostly like: Commodore 64, Atari XL/XE (8 bit) and ZX Spectrum. But this year demo compo winner was special and it was a demo called ROM Wasn’t Built in a Day by the AGENDA, which was made on a NINTENDO GAME BOY console!!! On the other hand, in the intro competition the demo Into the Sunshine by the JOKER has won, which was 1 point ahead of another intro Coming Soon by the same JOKER group, and both intros were released for the ZX Spectrum computer. 8 bit are strong in Poland and Lost Party is the best place for it.

And finally here comes the train!! Xenium party is the biggest and most known demoscene event in Poland. This year Xenium took place on 25-27 August 2023 at completely new place Basecamp in the city of Lodz in Poland. The main theme of the event was trains which was a brilliant idea. In fact, Xenium party for Poland is like Revision party for the world. Every active demoscene member should come to visit Xenium and I’m surprised that so few people come from abroad. It’s really worth coming here.

The hotel was in the same building

Teo, party time
Teo as a DJ

This year, about 200 people came to the party. The best thing was the hotel, which was in the same building as the event taking place. What a convenience, the rooms were located very close to party place, which was extremely convenient. Lots of attractions durning the party were present, like beer, lotsa beers and more beers.

Haha, I mean like speeches or music events of course. E.g. on Saturday morning: „History of Communication of Polish Demoscene“ was present by Zenial / Oftenhide^Kspd. He took us for a trip through time and space, where swappers were kings, files were small and postmen decided our fates on a whim. This seminar was conducted in Polish. But the concert of Teo / Focus Design^Rebels was already held in the international language of music!!

Party time – people were dancing

DJ Teo expertly crafted intricate and dynamic soundscapes that evoked a sense of nostalgia with a deep understanding of ProTracker. People were dancing, laughing and immersing themselves in the deep sound of ProTracker and the amazing library of the greatest Amiga hits. Teo played sharp and rhythmic masterpieces that captivated the audience and transported them to the land of immersive digital art, which brought the Saturday event to a close.

And now some words about productions and other works released on Xenium party. The level of competitions was very high, especially Oldschool GFX compo. The first three pictures was very close in the GFX compo, which is not surprising considering the authors: 1. Vasyl / Joker^SWEET16, 2. Critikill / Haujobb^Rebels^ SWEET16, 3. Slayer / Ghostown. Great job, gentlemen!

Creators were born in the year 1976

1976, Damage
Screenshot of 1976 (Damage)

The winner of the demo compo also deserves a special mention. 1976 by DAMAGE is a PC demo, but it was a party killer. That awesome prod coded by old Amiga coder Miklesz, who is back to the scene and full new ideas for upcoming prods. Awesome soundtrack by Dan, also old Amiga musician. Plus extra graphics by Sitek, Szudi and Pajda – all creators are from the year of 1976. That’s rather obvious and the demo is awesome, full of Amiga flavors and details, you must it if you haven’t seen it yet.

So, Xenium Party 2023 was a big success and I invite everyone to come to Poland next year. And if not Xenium Party, then Revision Party or Lost Party, I will do my best to attend these events next year. I hope to see you ALL there and if you ever see me, don’t be afraid to come up and talk. I’m always ready for party time, so see you soon!

Yours Norby.

Lars Sobiraj


Lars Sobiraj fing im Jahr 2000 an, als Quereinsteiger für verschiedene Computerzeitschriften tätig zu sein. 2006 kamen neben gulli.com noch zahlreiche andere Online-Magazine dazu. Er ist der Gründer von Tarnkappe.info. Außerdem brachte Ghandy, wie er sich in der Szene nennt, seit 2014 an verschiedenen Hochschulen und Fortbildungseinrichtungen den Teilnehmern bei, wie das Internet funktioniert.