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Incoherent Nightmare   [2016]

Incoherent Nightmare Released by :

Release Date :
29 October 2016

Type :
C64 Demo

Released At :

Achievements :
C64 Demo Competition at X'2016 :  #5

User rating:**********  9.5/10 (94 votes)   See votestatistics
**********  9.8/10 (34 votes) - Public votes only.

Credits :
Code .... Axis of Arsenic, Censor Design, Oxyron
  Bitbreaker of Arsenic, Nuance, Oxyron, Performers
  Cruzer of Arsenic, Camelot, CML Sports, F*A*I*C, Oxyron
  Kronos of Arsenic, Future Concepts
  Lotus of Ancients, Arsenic
  Peiselulli of Arsenic, Oxyron, PriorArt, Tristar & Red Sector Inc., VICE Team
Music .... Fanta of Arsenic, Chorus, Oxyron, Plush
  Linus of Arsenic, Artstate, Camelot, MultiStyle Labs, Oxyron, Performers, Resource, Viruz
Graphics .... Bitbreaker of Arsenic, Nuance, Oxyron, Performers
  Mactron of Arsenic, Stonehead
  Sphinx of Arsenic, Oxyron
  Yazoo of Arsenic, Censor Design, Oxyron
Original Supply .... Liesbeth of Arsenic
Charset .... Yazoo of Arsenic, Censor Design, Oxyron
Linking .... Bitbreaker of Arsenic, Nuance, Oxyron, Performers
Loader .... Bitbreaker of Arsenic, Nuance, Oxyron, Performers
Test .... Liesbeth of Arsenic

SIDs used in this release :
Donkey Kong(/MUSICIANS/L/Linus/Donkey_Kong.sid)
Incoherent Nightmare (note)(/MUSICIANS/L/Linus/Incoherent_Nightmare_note.sid)
Incoherent Nightmare (tune 1)(/MUSICIANS/L/Linus/Incoherent_Nightmare_tune_1.sid)
Incoherent Nightmare (tune 2)(/MUSICIANS/L/Linus/Incoherent_Nightmare_tune_2.sid)
Incoherent Nightmare (tune 3)(/MUSICIANS/L/Linus/Incoherent_Nightmare_tune_3.sid)
Incoherent Nightmare (tune 4)(/MUSICIANS/L/Linus/Incoherent_Nightmare_tune_4.sid)

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User Comment
Submitted by Bitbreaker on 8 May 2024
Came back to this demo today, watched it again and noticed how this was one of the productions that stood out with the cozy and relaxed athmosphere among the team-members while creating this demo. In other words, i am satisfied when i look back in life :-)
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Submitted by Dan on 22 October 2023
Magnar's right concerning the theme, but the flow of Incoherent Nightmare is outstanding still.
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Submitted by katon on 28 February 2023
Yes, this is a great demo! in every degree. Amazing production!
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Submitted by Raistlin on 28 February 2023
Strepto: agreed. This demo 100% should be in the top 10.. the charts are very strange nowadays - which means of course that people are strange.

This is one of my favourite demos of all time and, yeah, absolutely should’ve won X2016.
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Submitted by doZe on 28 February 2023
SID tune 2 ... Ballert mies !! mega
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Submitted by Strepto on 10 August 2022
Good to see this demo in the top 10. Somehow this demo didnt get the appreciation it deserved. Best fom x2016 imho.
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Submitted by Magnar on 21 November 2021
I recognize now I never commented on this demo. The code is awesome. This is a demo you go back to viewing because of the code. Graphic is overall good, but there are some places I find things not really fitting so well together. Also the same goes for the music. It is a lot of Pirate references in this demo, but the songs are not giving you the pirate mood at all. It truely is incoherent, because on its own the music is really good when I play the demo without watching the demo - just listening to the songs. But together with the excellent code and visuals, it doesn't work for me. Also the colors and designs are sometimes a bit messy, but in overall - this demo is massive and maybe as close to Edge of Disgrace anyone can get on the code. I find myself coming back and watch this demo from time to time, so it has something special about it. But everytime, I feel it is a bit of a incoherent nightmare where gems shines better on their own rather than combined in many places. Maybe that also was the reason why this demo didnt make it to the top spots during the X compo. It's a pity, because everything in this demo is really outstanding good - on its own.
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Submitted by Edhellon on 20 February 2021
I second Sparta. Of all the X2016 demos (save for Lunacity which is another fav of mine) perhaps this aged best. Not without its flaws but definitely one of my all time favourites. Kudos to all involved. I wondered back then how on Earth this only came 5th but looking back now it seems even less justified. Oh well.
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Submitted by Sparta on 25 December 2020
I keep coming back to this demo from time to time. It’s one of my all time favorites. So many cool effects. Code and tunes are both phenomenal.
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Submitted by Raistlin on 7 October 2020
Criminal that this ranked only #5 at X! Absolutely gorgeous demo, totally love it.
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Submitted by Viscid on 10 April 2018
It was a good party if this is place 5, only! ;)
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Submitted by qbhead on 29 August 2017
but for real: Linus... this endtune again... Locomotive chef was hard to forgive, 64forever, now this...
OK, understood, you've beaten all other... please don't stop! :)
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Submitted by qbhead on 18 August 2017
Excellet work! erm... everything.
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Submitted by Sidder on 13 February 2017
Really, really good demo! I usually dislike 3D parts because they are yet-another-the-same-trick... but not here!
Nice, fresh ideas. Thumbs very up!
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Submitted by Sith on 3 February 2017
I'm always a sucker for the 3D stuff and tech effects and this demo is satisfying in that regard. Great music, art and transitions too. A Keeper.
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Submitted by lbp on 29 December 2016
the music is strong in this one. i liked the 3D parts most (PCB board and rotating cube!).
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Submitted by Shine on 4 December 2016
SUPER !!! :D
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Submitted by Jak T Rip on 30 November 2016
I am glad to see this awesome demo made it even into the all time top 10 of CSDB! Well deserved.
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Submitted by TheRyk on 22 November 2016
DEFINETELY well-deserved top #5 material, no one with some idea of demos could/would have complained if this one had won.

Really, really neat gfx, great soundtrack, very decent FX, never boring.

Proud to be dead! (though I had nothing to do with this release) Looking forward to return to ASC "active" mode again some day!
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Submitted by DKT on 12 November 2016
My compo winner and one of the best demos ever. I'm watching it all over again.
Linus made a great job by putting his talent into it (music is most important in demos and makes you wanna watch it again). Great mood connected with stunning effects. Good that it's not so melodic, it's like tornado :) ...
Every effect is 100% real-time, so it gives great feeling. I like them all: glenz planes, light-sourced cube, cubic multiplexed bobs (wow), unlimited bobs at the end (first time seen such version - nice idea with filling with bobs faster then in traditional way), bat color-cycling part rules as hell, awesome complex vectors (wow again), fpp tunnel (best ever). Transitions are perfect! Regarding gfx, I love the logos (specially intro logo on the side-borders with multiplexed sprites) and skulls everywhere \o/.
I like the fact you can run 2nd side of the demo by simply booting from second side. I know it was used previously, nevertheless it's nice feature.
In one word: AWESOME!
Yours Arsenic fan.
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Submitted by BHF on 9 November 2016
One of the best @ the party! Great flow and energy :)
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Submitted by balsi on 9 November 2016
nice piece of coding but nothing special
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Submitted by Yogibear on 8 November 2016
What a great demo!
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Submitted by Bob on 6 November 2016
Damn finally read the note. ;)
there is a lot of reference to me or are you just talking about generic bob fx ;) or Bobs fx hehe.. thanx! but I bet BB was truly in to the Boob fx as he always is ;) but that Twister... damn.. Eddie... old grumpy guy.. ohh.. thats us soon ;) Awesome work... now time to play some Donkey Kong.
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Submitted by Jak T Rip on 6 November 2016
Superb soundtrack, stunning gfx, great code and design.
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Submitted by Dr.j on 6 November 2016
20/10 ! great Coding skills here , great gfx and music and fuckin awesome demo!!. Aresenic i lay my hats for you! i think all the 1-4 entries are in the same level but this one have capture me with those astonishing effects! blowing the mind stuff.... \0/
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Submitted by ZZAP69 on 5 November 2016
Great vector, morph-effect and endpart. And the Music and Graphics too ofcourse.
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Submitted by Norvax on 5 November 2016
A sound demo with lots of great parts. Finally, after 6 years, someone improved my 50 Hz cube. I need to dig in your code and see what magic you've there. Also liked the glenz vector part too. Congrats guys!
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Submitted by Trap on 5 November 2016
After having viewed all demos from the party again, this is my personal winner. The humor is great and the infinite bobs(?) is fantastic. So much awesome code here. The graphics are mostly fantastic, but there are a few piece that still needed some work - if you ask me. The design was great but from time to time it seemed that the design was 'forgotten'.
Favorite part: The infinite bobs - loooooved it!
In my opinion, this was the compo winner.
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Submitted by Dane on 4 November 2016
Some great effects that almost look like natural wonders.
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Submitted by Deev on 4 November 2016
Loved the music in this one. The bass sounds excellent through my speakers!
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Submitted by Peacemaker on 4 November 2016
As a music maniac i love ofcourse the musics in here. And Cruzer did some really nice Parts. Well done =)
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Submitted by celticdesign on 3 November 2016
#1 dudez!
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Submitted by Snabel on 2 November 2016
Killer music and very fast flow, tons of cool parts. And Cruzer got to rotate his bars... en slags 8-bit version af helikopteren/meatspin ;)
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Submitted by DivertigO on 2 November 2016
The colored tunnel with the bat is so satisifying. The bobs at the end were so fast and smooth, I had to check if the warp mode on Vice was engaged.. The music during that part was so good and funky I had to light a match.
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Submitted by F7sus4 on 2 November 2016
Linus - The Official X'16 Demos Music Provider and Savior. Without you, it would be just incoherent nightmare.
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Submitted by chatGPZ on 2 November 2016
did you mean: SHAVED
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Submitted by Linus on 2 November 2016
But then again the musicians SAVED a lot of ass! :)
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Submitted by Bitbreaker on 2 November 2016
It crashed a lot during creation though! You do not need any further enemies when you have groupmates that fuck the build every day :-D Not to forget the musicians that steal your valuable memory and cycles too nowadays :-D I think i break^Wimprove the loader now again ...
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Submitted by chatGPZ on 2 November 2016
It didnt even crash, lame!
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Submitted by Axis/Oxyron on 2 November 2016
Danzig: Don´t tell them about our old nightmares. ;o)
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Submitted by v3to on 2 November 2016
Highly entertaining. My personal highlights are this insane mc-picture-fade, the transparent vector gfx, the greetings scroller, the hires vector gfx, the bobs at the end, the whole soundtrack, the pictures, etc. Coherency has its place but with so many wow-moments I do not care at all...
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Submitted by Danzig on 2 November 2016
I'm a kraut... And I'm pleased :) the only potion of arsenic you can (and want) consume multiple times :) Fear Factory is still one of my favourite Amiga Demos :-}
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Submitted by Clarence on 1 November 2016
Nice job on the "many box" bobs routine, had to check it how it's done, and love it. The rotating/zooming raster is also nice, people might say it's not as colorful as Uncensored's part, but the rotation itself is much smoother & the rasters can get thinner in this one. Nice to see your faces in a realtime morpher, and that someone brought Glance's filled vector a notch futher, and I could go on. Also the music was ace and well timed to the fx. My #1 from X, I think.
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Submitted by psych on 1 November 2016
Great demo! Outstanding effects topped with awesome soundtrack (flip disk and end part tunes are mind blowing!).

Thanks for your effort!
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Submitted by hedning on 1 November 2016
Wow. Just wow. I need more arsenic!
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Submitted by Burglar on 1 November 2016
so much to love in this one, pirate theme, *great* gfx, one of the best soundtracks, the flow, the details like the canon fire on the small pirate boat, love that.

and yea, the zooming super fluent rasters with donkey kong, the bat tunnel and locking up eddie hah!

as bob said, we can go on and on ;)
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Submitted by GI-Joe on 1 November 2016
in my opinion the best demo at the x-party. And all like Bob sez !
But i love the bobs-arrangements at the end. And as a hardware-guru i really like the pcb "rev. wurstglanz" - hehe :)
hope we cu later @Interface-Party in Kiel
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Submitted by Bob on 1 November 2016
Wow, There are several gems in this demo, I don't know where to begin with... Twister, 50fps Cube, multi bricks, Unlimited Bobs, dithered X rotation bars, Z-rotating Bars with Donkey Kong.. I just could go on and on... part after part... ;) Probably the most technical demo on the X. So awesome. I must say I thought you guys definitely would end up in the top!
What an X-Compo!... and ofcourse it was a blast to meet with you all.. as always mates...
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Submitted by PAL on 1 November 2016
Very insane good demo... the greetings scroller is the gem and hero of the whole show for me... super splendid work from all!
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Submitted by Tfardy on 31 October 2016
Coll to pack a demo with a game. Pixels ruled in this one (the clown, the ship), but also effects were amazing, with good synchro.
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Submitted by Asthor on 31 October 2016
Great idea, code&gfx&msx. This is my number one!
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Submitted by Ksubi on 30 October 2016
Huge demo, just love this!
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Submitted by Stone on 30 October 2016
Lots of juicy goodies here. My favorite was the greetings scroller. Sooo cool!
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Submitted by Isildur on 30 October 2016
I watched all entries few times today and this is my #1.
Bitbreaker's ship fighting octopus, AWESOME! All is stunning.
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Submitted by Zierliches Püppchen on 30 October 2016
absolutely stunning :D great gfx, effects and routines from another dimension. I like it <3 looks like a lot of hard work.
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Submitted by Smasher on 30 October 2016
normal people introlink a game, Arsenic demolinked it! ;)
great, just great! wow!
special greetz to Kronos (switzerland's #1)
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Submitted by JAYCE - THE MiNiSTRY on 30 October 2016
Really liked this! Very fresh - and SMOOTH - routines!!!
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Submitted by Zyron on 30 October 2016
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Submitted by Frantic on 30 October 2016
The "dot flag" with the cubes looked really visually appealing! ...and so did the "bobs" in the endpart!
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Submitted by Radiant on 30 October 2016
"I have absolutely no idea what is happening here" -Me to myself, while watching that impossibly tall twister.
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Submitted by Oswald on 30 October 2016
technically the best one from the compo !
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Submitted by E$G on 30 October 2016
Kudos to the coders, supergfx and tunes lovely morphing part. Thumbs up!
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Submitted by Glasnost on 30 October 2016
The work of Liesbeth is clearly pushing the standards. Great work by the others too :)
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Submitted by Rotteroy on 30 October 2016
Nice demo and nice game! I enjoyed this one! 10 from me! :)
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Submitted by Isildur on 30 October 2016
Fresh ideas, great design,superb music. Another 10 today.
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