How long does it take to get from Hamburg to Cologne? Four hours? I have attended Evoke often but I never managed to arrive early enough.
Trip to Evoke 2006
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How long does it take to get from Hamburg to Evoke in Cologne ?
4 hours? I have attended Evoke three times in a row now and I never managed to reach the party place before 11pm on friday. I used to think this was because of Monroe’s/SCEEN‘s slowness, as he normally has to prepare some fancy SCEEN promo shit before leaving which can result in hours and hours of waiting.
And in 2005, after a delay of around 6 hours, he picked me up with a borrowed VW Polo that forced us to leave the motorway every 60 minutes in order to fix the gaffa-taped roof window – which caused some spooky noise every time it got loose.
But no, it’s just me and Cologne. 11 hours in my mom’s little Opel Corsa, fortunately accompanied by Sister Schlock and Gregg of Gnumpf-Posse. A bad sense of orientation in big cities, a lack of planning, extremely shitty weather, traffic jams (“Stau”) and a German federal state that appears to only consist of major road works.
When we finally reached Cologne, we got completely confused about on which side of the river we were and therefore, of course, chose the wrong exit. Luckily, the people in the police station in Auweiler (Cologne north) not only had a mild heart for us lost northern staters, but also knew how to direct us on the fastest way to the Vulkanhalle in Cologne.
We arrived at the party place of Evoke at around 12pm and joined the forces of Moodsplateau near the stage in that beautiful building.
Ghandy/MdS, Ex-Vantage, only had his Peecee along and complained big time about the failure of a new edition of Worldcharts. For the first time, I had the honour to meet his little four-legged friend Frodo who appears to be a real celebrity according to several sceners comments on the party.
Normally I wouldn’t like a freely around-running dog on a computer party, but as his paws look like big fluffy shoes and he is not doing any noise at all I didn’t mind playing with him and Ghandy outside…
…where Xenusion/Plastic offered the free bbq for his friends, including the MdS bunch. Xenusion is one of those guys who always make me feel like they are angry with me. “There is a barbeque outside now, and you are invited, come on now!!!!” Thank you and sorry in advance. I know you are a nice guy!
His “brushtest5”, not reaching the quality of earlier releases but still showing off inherent skills, ranked 3rd in the pixelated graphics competition.
The group Speckdrumm organised a party lounge with a live DJ Set and free beer for V.I.P.s. Luckily, German Rampensau was drunk enough to offer me some VIP beer even though he apparently wasn’t holding a VIP-ID either.
But the Speckdrumm delegates only complained once and continued playing with the “Sven-Panel” from theshrine.de at high volume. Not as unique as “Hallo, was!?”, still “Gute Laune” became the slogan of the party. Unlike the forementioned motto it didn’t survive until Breakpoint 2007.
Productions at Evoke 2006
The combined democompetition was the shortest I had ever seen, with 2 Windows, 1 Linux and 1 Mac entry. The Linux entry “Die Ewigkeit schmerzt” by Neuro (#1), nominated for best direction and most original concept, showed some text zooming which I was not really too fond of. It looked cool and stylish, yes, but I simply don’t like scene poetry.
Moodsplateau kicked the asses in the wild competition with the release of “Classics on the run”. This is a compilation of old amiga game scenes interpreted with real actors. Rather silly at times but always fun, especially when the members involved in the prodution entered the stage disguised as Turrican, the Prince of Persia and Lemmings and jumped and danced like mad in front of the crowd. Thanks to that performance and a weak competition, Classics on the run got a deserved first rank.
The Wild Alternative Platforms compo was one of the highlights at Evoke 2006, with a great winning entry “nano” by Kakiarts for the iPod (also ported to gp2x, win32 and linux) and a 6th place for Dodge/Mds with “10 years utl” celebrating one decade of the Uphold the Law BBS.
Before the entry was shown, Dodge, who had worked quite a lot on his intro during the party. He’s got shocked by the fact that the organisers hadn’t deleted the entrys from last years’ evoke from their harddisk – which resulted in them showing “Infotro” from 2005 *again*. Dodge’s screaming that “IT IS THE WRONG ONE” dissapeared in frenetic applause.
After a discussion with an apparently drunken xXx and a loooong presentation of the YM-Rockerz musicdisk “warptYMe“, Dodge received his well-deserved second applause at the event.
Photo left: The Kakiarts posse at Evoke. Their coder JK with blue t-shirt. Gabi with black hairs showing NK-Tux/Mds with sombrero hat their entry.
Evoke 2006 was again a nice and cozy party that has become a fixed date in my demoparty schedule and in that of most of Moodsplateau.
Considering the lack of entrys in the Demo-Compo, Evoke is definitely a place to release decent 060 Amiga Demos at. The prizegiving is lucrative and the party has about the same high reputation as Breakpoint, thus ensuring that productions worth mentioning will be known afterwards.
Back to the north! And what did we see? No stau, no losing our way. Only “Gute Laune Leude”!