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The Phoenix Code   [2016]

The Phoenix Code Released by :
Bonzai [web]

Release Date :
29 October 2016

Type :
C64 Demo

Released At :

Achievements :
C64 Demo Competition at X'2016 :  #1

User rating:*********_  9.4/10 (61 votes)   See votestatistics
*********_  9.4/10 (25 votes) - Public votes only.

Credits :
Code .... Ricky of Bonzai
  Trap of Bonzai
  Walt of Bonzai
Music .... Drax of Bonzai, Camelot, Crest, Maniacs of Noise, Vibrants
  Laxity of Bonzai, Maniacs of Noise, Vibrants
  Metal of Bonzai, Camelot, Vibrants
  Scortia of Bonzai
Graphics .... Dize of Bonzai
  Fox of Bonzai
  Ricky of Bonzai
Linking .... Trap of Bonzai
  Walt of Bonzai
Loader .... Lft of Kryo

SIDs used in this release :
Hasta La Vista(/MUSICIANS/D/DRAX/Hasta_La_Vista.sid)
Phat Phunk(/MUSICIANS/M/Metal/Phat_Phunk.sid)
The Phoenix Code End Tune(/MUSICIANS/D/DRAX/Phoenix_Code_End_Tune.sid)
The Phoenix Code Intro(/MUSICIANS/L/Laxity/Phoenix_Code_Intro.sid)
The Phoenix Code Turn Disk(/MUSICIANS/L/Laxity/Phoenix_Code_Turn_Disk.sid)
Tjainese Pops(/MUSICIANS/S/Scortia/Tjainese_Pops.sid)
Too Many Notes(/MUSICIANS/M/Metal/Too_Many_Notes.sid)

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User Comment
Submitted by Nightlord on 12 January 2021
In my eyes, this is a great "oldskool demo with newskool sensibilities". Linking some new and really-old routines into a coherent and clean demo must have been a draining and tedious task, but you guys clearly aced it. The starwars scroller, and the various dot scrollers stood out.

I must also add how much I enjoyed the pixel work in this demo.

But for me the demo peaks at the end part with Drax's masterpiece. The whole feeling of the part, augmented by what came before it is plainly heart-stopping. Clear 10 for me.
User Comment
Submitted by JackAsser on 30 August 2019
Extremely epic! ❤️
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Submitted by ChristopherJam on 29 March 2019
A well deserved win.
That zoom scroller near the start of side two was particularly epic.
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Submitted by Mekong on 27 March 2019
Nowadays I watch all the demos with my 8 month old on my lap. When things get boring, she begins to bang on the keyboard - not once during this one though. Here, she was staring at the screen in amazement, hanging onto my arm for dear life during transitions and occasionally screaming with joy. I confess I'd probably behave the same way if I was somewhat more uninhibited! So much beauty packed here. You guys are the heroes of my youth and watching a new, stylish BZ demo in 21st century is unreal.
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Submitted by Raistlin on 9 October 2018
Some really nice parts in this demo. Nice music, graphics and some solid code. Congrats, guys, especially on beating Wonderland 13 at X! (though personally I thought they should've won it)

Can't wait to see what you guys do for X 2018.
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Submitted by xpo on 22 April 2017
Impressive music crew.
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Submitted by Sith on 5 February 2017
A blast from the past. This demo feels oldskool while still keeping it fresh. Lovely gfx, fx and transitions. The muzak is fitting. I love the jelly cube and wobbly chesticle. The wraparound scroller had nice shades and shadows. Love it.
You guys have been missing making demos and it shows. This was a labor of love.
BTW, what's your infatuation with testicles? :P
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Submitted by Trap on 12 January 2017
All music and graphics in the demo is new and made for this demo. As we mentioned, some code is old and some is new. We're putting the final touches on a release just for the music. We'll bundle the original SID-files with the release. I did notice that the music was added to HSVC in the latest update, but I'm sure they'll want the official releases from us ... eventually :)
User Comment
Submitted by DKT on 12 January 2017
Is it new tune from Scortia was used? (curious is he really active)

The demo was great surprise and blew minds of all party people - top fun! Thank you for SUCH comeback!
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Submitted by jailbird on 4 December 2016
One of my all-time favorite C64 groups are back with an amazing demo! *drool*

Someone please rip the .sids I'd like to listen to them on my phoooooone.
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Submitted by GH on 23 November 2016
Superb demo, really enjoyed this one and top 3 for sure :D
Music in earlier times was more appealing than it is now...
Not anymore.. :D
Oh and what Digger said
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Submitted by TheRyk on 18 November 2016
deserved #1

way cool to listen to scortia back in biz which is not meant to offend all the other great guys who contributed to this great production
User Comment
Submitted by BHF on 9 November 2016
Welcome back guys! Awesome comeback, as many has mentioned :) Some very cool and stylish scenes, great work :)
User Comment
Submitted by Yogibear on 8 November 2016
Awesome demo! Think I like Drax music best!
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Submitted by Jak T Rip on 7 November 2016
What a massive comeback!
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Submitted by ZZAP69 on 5 November 2016
Hypnotic turn-disc part. And a great comeback!
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Submitted by Stinsen on 5 November 2016
Oh my, opening the demo compo with this? A move which I think put everyone in just the right mood.. and that lineup of SID musicians puts on some SERIOUS expectations which I think was properly fulfilled. Awesome on all levels!
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Submitted by Dane on 4 November 2016
New music from Scortia in 2016? My secret desire fulfilled.
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Submitted by Carrion on 4 November 2016
I'll be hated for this (and called a dick by Burglar probably once again) but what the hell:

What more can you ask for...

graphix :D

and it's hard for me especially because I'm talking about my another all time heroes (beside Hein) Fox and Dize. I mean the guys I was copying and learning to pixel from.

But to make things clear. I'm uber happy you guys had won. Bonzai for me will remain as synonym for quality and good looking demos.

Bonzai winning the combo at X?
I new it from the beginning when I talked to Trap back then - in spring 2015 or so ;)
Well done guys! Waiting for more. Cockcrusher 2 maybe?
User Comment
Submitted by Ecco on 3 November 2016
Great job, guys :-)
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Submitted by Xiny6581 on 2 November 2016
Now, this is what I call a comeback! No way there's anything better than to get a good doze of C-64 code in your brain, a good doze of C-64 graphics in your eyes, a good doze of C-64 music in your ears.
A beer in one hand...standing tall like that tac-2 on the desk! You sure wrote this Phoenix Code outstanding! Fantastic work old boys :)
User Comment
Submitted by Clarence on 1 November 2016
Great to see you guys in full effect, in a big release like this. The zoomer scroll, and the starwars upscroll are my faves in this one. The soundtrack was made by a list of legends. What more can you ask for...
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Submitted by celticdesign on 1 November 2016
What a pleasure. Thank you!
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Submitted by Dr.j on 1 November 2016
well deserve demo .the boys are come to town! superb code , music and gfx , all is top notch , i am lay my hat for such beautiful art. Bonzai sooo much !! than a tree !
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Submitted by Mixer on 1 November 2016
One cannot lose with a star wars scroller.
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Submitted by F7sus4 on 1 November 2016
Might be good if it was 1995.
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Submitted by hedning on 1 November 2016
Bonzai will never grow up. Thanks for that. Truly amazing demo. Welcome back!
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Submitted by Saphir on 1 November 2016
Hell, that was truly awesome :)
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Submitted by Axis/Oxyron on 1 November 2016
Awesome comeback. Congrats for the win. I love the way how this combines oldschool vibes with perfect sync and transitions. And that Sinwave-Zoomscroll (Back in the days we would have called it DYZPP) is hot! I hope you plan for a longer visit.
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Submitted by Walt on 1 November 2016
Sorry Bob, did not get booking in place in time :(
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Submitted by Bob on 1 November 2016
This demo knocked me off the chair. As a first demo to start off with, for a very compo hungry crowd, you couldn't have a better start of the evening ;) The Cheers the applause, I don't think any other demo got so much crowd pleasing feedback as this one. Awesome Comback boyz! I did not expect such a powerful demo as this, congratulations for your X win.. and ofcourse it was awesome to meet you guys at X, I was missing Walt though.
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Submitted by PAL on 1 November 2016
Great demo. It sure is one hell of a comeback! Welcome back for sure! Love!
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Submitted by DivertigO on 1 November 2016
Wow. The vibe in these tunes don't let up!
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Submitted by psych on 31 October 2016
What a soundtrack! Been waiting for your comeback guys! Keep them coming!

Great demo! Congrats!
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Submitted by Tfardy on 31 October 2016
A classic demo with good flow. I really liked the jelly cube effect.
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Submitted by Trap on 31 October 2016
Thank you all for your love and support. We are humbled and honored. As Walt mentions, we will release a separate one-filer with all the music from the demo, but please give us a few days to recover from the party :)
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Submitted by Walt on 31 October 2016
Music will be released soon :)
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Submitted by Digger on 31 October 2016
Can someone rip all these brilliant tunes and release them a SIDs please?
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Submitted by Pad on 31 October 2016
Danish dynamite! Incredible comeback!
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Submitted by Burglar on 30 October 2016
what a comeback, really amazing stuff, that big stretching/zooming scroller is really great, and also that diagonal one. also so cool you got pretty much your whole team back together.
soundtrack is so good and you've worked magic with the flow and syncing.

congrats on the win!
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Submitted by Isildur on 30 October 2016
Who made turn disk tune? I'm listening to it for hours today.
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Submitted by hqn on 30 October 2016
I came a little.
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Submitted by FATFrost on 30 October 2016
Great to see Bonzai back on c64!! Love all your demos.
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Submitted by Cruzer on 30 October 2016
I like sex!
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Submitted by Artlace on 30 October 2016
It is a honour to see my heroes to come back and indulge us with a quality demo! Respect!
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Submitted by Zyron on 30 October 2016
Definitely more than just a tree.
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Submitted by Rock on 30 October 2016
Top notch!
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Submitted by Soya on 30 October 2016
Totally amazing!
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Submitted by Radiant on 30 October 2016
A little uneven, but some really awesome effects here, especially on side two. Nice comeback!
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Submitted by Snabel on 30 October 2016
Lovely! all the way, from the start to the end. 20 year old code caused the name "Penis Code"? I don't get it, but Snabel approves :D It's a 10 from me!
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Submitted by E$G on 30 October 2016
Kudos and honors to the team. Great megademo. perfect code, lovely tunes and you guys know how to handle scrolls & rasters, perspective part is.. wow! As well a breath & taste of oldskool is there.
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Submitted by Isildur on 30 October 2016
What a soundtrack! Brilliant.
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Submitted by Dymo on 30 October 2016
Really nice!! :)
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Submitted by Motion on 30 October 2016
OK, added the file, credits and screenshot. Now to enjoy the demo for real!
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Submitted by Soren on 30 October 2016
Perfection! I love it!
And now that you've returned, you better stay a while! :)
User Comment
Submitted by VIC on 30 October 2016
Nice comeback from Bonzai! :) (But we're still at war, and I'm pretty sure the compo was rigged!!! ;) )
User Comment
Submitted by awsm on 30 October 2016
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