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The Doors of Perception   [2014]

The Doors of Perception Released by :

Release Date :
15 February 2014

Type :
C64 Demo

Released At :
Datastorm 2014

Achievements :
C64 Demo Competition at Datastorm 2014 :  #3

User rating:*********_  9.1/10 (60 votes)   See votestatistics
**********  9.5/10 (24 votes) - Public votes only.

Credits :
Code .... 6R6 of Nostalgia, SHAPE
  Knut M. Clausen of Fossil, SHAPE
Music .... 6R6 of Nostalgia, SHAPE
  Kristian Røstøen of SHAPE
Graphics .... Archmage of Andromeda, EN0NE, SHAPE
Linking .... 6R6 of Nostalgia, SHAPE

SIDs used in this release :
Beyond the Gates of Dawn(/MUSICIANS/B/Blues_Muz/Beyond_the_Gates_of_Dawn.sid)
Doors of Perception(/MUSICIANS/B/Blues_Muz/Gallefoss_Glenn/Doors_of_Perception.sid)
Drums on the Run(/MUSICIANS/B/Blues_Muz/Drums_on_the_Run.sid)

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User Comment
Submitted by 4gentE on 23 November 2021
Truly ossum.
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Submitted by anonym on 27 June 2020
Just dropped by and watched this one again. The BASIC fade is amazingly detailed and beautiful. The rest of the demo isn't bad either ;-)
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Submitted by DKT on 5 May 2020
What HCL said <3
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Submitted by Smasher on 16 January 2019
still best basic fader ever period!
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Submitted by Jak T Rip on 23 October 2015
Great! A perfectly THEMED demo with all effects/gfx actually making some sense. Disturbing, yes, but that's OK. And yes, especially the hires pix are wonderful.
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Submitted by HBH.ZTH on 12 November 2014
Been coming back to this demo several times so far in 2014 and it's so DAMN GOOD to see a demo with a message!

Nicely wrapped in bitmap & sprites and spiced up by some truly original and haunting SID tracks that fits the story of the 8th bit perception (or perfection).

Aldous Huxley, Blake and AC nods in respect. I'm sure.
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Submitted by BHF on 28 March 2014
Love it :)
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Submitted by Magnar on 26 March 2014
What I truely love about this demo is the whipe-screen followed by story line staying true to the mad lab science experiments. Great music, great graphics and code. Love it!
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Submitted by Sith on 23 March 2014
Bizarre looking demo, but the gfx and transitions look wonderful. End music is kinda dreamy. Love this guys!
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Submitted by Slator on 20 March 2014
awesome work, really like this one. superb musics, kicking archi-pixels and an overall great presentation. cool basic-fadeout! hence the supreme in shape :D
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Submitted by Response on 17 March 2014
Great! Oh, that intropicture :D
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Submitted by FATFrost on 7 March 2014
ps. code is grimey!!! thx
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Submitted by FATFrost on 7 March 2014
Seriously, fkkn such an amazing vibe in this....ARCHIE, PLEASE NEVER QUIT THE PIXELS!!
Soundtrack can really lift you into hyperspace.....


gotta watch again and again,,,,
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Submitted by Dane on 7 March 2014
I finally got around to watching all the DS releases again. This one still blows everything else away. I am especially fond of Håkon's 3-color test tube art and Glenn's amazing sid with the same name as the demo.

Way better than Artillery, on every level.
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Submitted by taper on 1 March 2014
Very nice. The effects and soundtrack go hand in hand with the awesome graphics. Some of the images are really disturbing - in a good way.
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Submitted by Archmage on 25 February 2014
Thanks for all the nice comments, guys!

I'm very happy to have taken part in this demo for several reasons, and you people are the icing on the cake being as sweet as you all are. :) I didn't think I would ever pixel again, let alone participate in making a demo. Thanks to GRG, Knut and Kristian it happened. So for me this demo is a triumph on a personal level as well. Seeing it on the big screen on DS was truly one of those great moments for me. The hugs and cheering and pats on the back afterwards ment more than the guys involved might think. See ya'll in the next one!

And Jackasser - I know.
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Submitted by Twoflower on 24 February 2014
My personal fave from the compo. Since Archmage asked to marry me before, I only find it fair to take my turn in proposing this time. Combined with that fitting soundtrack, this is a wonderful approach towards the common 3 color charmode (much more evident here than in your earlier releases!). This isn't just good, it feels necessary. We need these kind of releases to change the perspective on how to approach graphics. I almost feel a bit ashamed that we managed to bump down you guys a position in the compo.
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Submitted by 6R6 on 24 February 2014
Thanks guys! Reading your comments makes me think we did good. :)
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Submitted by Steppe on 22 February 2014
With music and graphics like this and a very nice overall flow, this was my favourite DS demo!
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Submitted by grip on 20 February 2014
Great design
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Submitted by ilesj on 18 February 2014
Theme, narrative, graphics, music, flow... It all works together very well! All round good show!
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Submitted by endo on 18 February 2014
Very nice musics (loved the end part music) and very good design overall, cool stuff, congratulations!
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Submitted by jailbird on 18 February 2014
Damn amazing stuff. Design-wise, my personal #1 from the party.
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Submitted by fenz on 18 February 2014
I really like the style of this one. The opening sequence on the basic screen has to be the best ever :) Goosebumps!
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Submitted by PAL on 17 February 2014
WOW... the basic fader.... best evahhhh.... swiiinnggg pling star like a Colgate commercial ftw.... cool change of mood we are in dddDDDEEEEeeemmmMMMOOOooooo mode.... plotters are cool with superb sound.... very insanely cool graphics on the dna thingy... will we meet dr. Jekyll? Then the insanely weird bottle reflecting or eye inside the beholder greetings part... looks so cool with that colours transparent.... Håkon, you rule... brain is very nice but it kind of get strange with the plasma... tunnel rotator there. the bobs part... man it is looking cool with those sprites under that do not look like sprites at all... and the transition over to the brainwaves, simply splendid... ooohhhh the beast transforming with the c logo... and then the zoomer on top of the best image in the film, framed right and grained perfectly by master photographer håkon.... THEN the best sprite to logo transition in any demo evahhhhhhhh.... always surpassing... I just start to cry... SHAPE was so much in my heart too, geir and grg know this. That last logo screen make me go down all kind of memory lanes, this is epic and so worthy of one of the absolutely best c64 groups ever.
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Submitted by JackAsser on 17 February 2014
Instant love! <3 Felt like an Instinct demo imho. I hope you find that a compliment, because it is. :)
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Submitted by bepp on 17 February 2014
Great themed demo! And with all those Archmade pixels! The intro (piccy) is superb! It was nice meeting you at the party, Archmage, GRG and Knut - such nice guys. And what a comeback! First demo in, what, three years? Pleeease don't wait so long for the next one, ok? :)
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Submitted by Stinsen on 17 February 2014
Mood, excellent music (esp. tune 3 and 4) and plasma brains, what's not to like? My personal favorite of all the awesome demos of the evening. :)
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Submitted by Bob on 17 February 2014
awesome mody demo.
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Submitted by Dane on 17 February 2014
Probably the best combination of graphics and music I have ever seen. Thematically great.
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Submitted by Wisdom on 17 February 2014
The soundtrack is a nominee for the best soundtrack in entire C64 scene history. It is a reason alone to watch this superb demo again and again. Very well done, congratulations SHAPE!
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Submitted by Matt on 17 February 2014
who composed the final tune in this demo?
it simply gives me goose bumps!
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Submitted by Scarzix on 17 February 2014
Wonderful demo. Loved it. Good entertainment. That's why we make demos. Keep it up.
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Submitted by Stone on 16 February 2014
Thanks for a great show. Instant goosebumps! <3
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Submitted by hedning on 16 February 2014
Phat respectvto all involved. This made my day. Thanks!
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Submitted by Soren on 16 February 2014
I ESPECIALLY like the music in this one. Great+catchy stuff! :)
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Submitted by HCL on 16 February 2014
Outstanding!! Love every single bit of it!
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Submitted by X-jammer on 16 February 2014
Super solid demo that has your full attention all the way through. The amazing graphics by Archmage truly have soul and the music rocks!
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Submitted by redcrab on 16 February 2014
What everyone else said! Disturbing theme, but I like it, and the Mage of Arches never leaves us disappointed! I especially like the hires-stuff.
<3 to you all
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Submitted by Shine on 16 February 2014
Nice work! :)
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Submitted by TheRyk on 16 February 2014
yup DGGR could let ending screen music loop forever :)
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Submitted by Digger on 16 February 2014
Truly beautiful story telling and theme, f**king stunning gfx and music (especially the crawling groove in the end part). Kick ass plasmas and scroll tunnel too. Awesome. Just awesome.
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Submitted by Elder0010 on 16 February 2014
Smart concept and excellent choice of timing / effects.
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Submitted by TheRyk on 16 February 2014
what veto said, besides neat code, this one lives from the ideas and gfx execution
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Submitted by Xenox on 16 February 2014
Nice, very nice, cool music, especially the third music and very nice transitions...!
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Submitted by celticdesign on 16 February 2014
just wow, what an impressive show. datastorm was a blast for sure. i can't judge anymore about all this greatness. 10/10!! i love you guyz!
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Submitted by psych858o on 16 February 2014
uffff.....what a piece of art!

Graphic - outstanding!
Music - the best soundtrack I have heard in the demo for a while!
Code - great!
Design - fantastic!

What a surprise! Thanks to you it is a very nice Sunday, I must say :)
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Submitted by Dane on 16 February 2014
Best in show.
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Submitted by v3to on 16 February 2014
what a beauty. in every aspect.
and it is so great to see such an amount of new artwork by archmage. totally awesome. esp the 4 color screens. wonderful
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Submitted by Motion on 16 February 2014
It looks as though Aldous Huxley is alive and well, with possibly some graphical influence from Alex Grey. Magnificent!
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Submitted by chatGPZ on 16 February 2014
this has to be the compo winner <3
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Submitted by Ksubi on 16 February 2014
Wow! What a great demo! Beautiful music and graphics compliment some fantastic code / transitions... love it! Awesome work guys :)
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Submitted by Jammer on 16 February 2014
Nice effects, great transitions and superb soundtrack. Nice to hear that 6R6 also plays around with harmonics after resetting noise generator ;)
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Submitted by Yogibear on 16 February 2014
Cool stuff! Especially like the ending music!
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