Sundown 2009 is an established U.K. based demoscene party, now in it’s fifth year. The demoscene is a computer subculture dedicated to showcasing the talents of musicians, artists, designers and programmers in a competition based atmosphere with clearly defined limitations.

Competitions held are generally as follows:

  • Old School – Productions that are targetted at older computers with a static configuration (an increased technical challenge, pushing limitations on older hardware via efficient programming).
  • New School – Productions that are targetted at high end modern systems – challenges being exploiting of new hardware facilities and production skills.
  • Intro – A production that cannot exceed 64kb in size (a quite severe limitation, combining resourcefulness with innovation).
  • Music – As a general composed using specific methods or software or a general musicianship competition.

Productions in the Old and New School sense generally require a good sense of direction and always have a synchronised soundtrack to add to the atmosphere.

Participants to Demoscene parties generally stay in the party hall from Friday until Sunday (showers of course!) to exchange ideas, participate in judging the entries to competitions and often taking part in “Fast” competitions – creative competitions held within the time constraints of a single party.

4ch MOD
Size limit is 880KB
Must be a 4-channel Protracker / Soundtracker module
Please keep the length to a maximum of around 3m30s. Longer modules that clearly can’t be cut shorter will be allowed, but if your song is five minutes of repeated gabber drumloops, expect little sympathy. Remember that tunes which don’t bore the tits off the audience win votes!
There will be some preselection – if your module isn’t played, you’ll be notified and it won’t be distributed or released in any way.
Modules will be played from Protracker 3.62 on an Amiga 1200 with the filter OFF and all other settings as default. This will be projected on the bigscreen, and any messages you leave in the sampletext will be scrolled through for the audience to read.
Modules will be played in MONO, partly because of the wide stereo spread of the hall’s PA and partly because there’s no universal agreement on the ‘right’ amount of stereo separation for Amiga audio. The organisers won’t have time to cater to everyone’s specific panning requirements, so the final judgement is MONO.
In the unlikely event that all Amigas in the partyhall simultaneously and spontaneously combust, we reserve the right to play the modules from XMPlay on Windows with Ramping ON, Interpolation OFF, stereo separation at 0% and with no DSP or autogain.
We will fade highly repetitive modules and modules which are obviously looping.

4ch MOD
Size limit is 880KB    Must be a 4-channel Protracker / Soundtracker module    Please keep the length to a maximum of around 3m30s. Longer modules that clearly can’t be cut shorter will be allowed, but if your song is five minutes of repeated gabber drumloops, expect little sympathy. Remember that tunes which don’t bore the tits off the audience win votes!    There will be some preselection – if your module isn’t played, you’ll be notified and it won’t be distributed or released in any way.    Modules will be played from Protracker 3.62 on an Amiga 1200 with the filter OFF and all other settings as default. This will be projected on the bigscreen, and any messages you leave in the sampletext will be scrolled through for the audience to read.    Modules will be played in MONO, partly because of the wide stereo spread of the hall’s PA and partly because there’s no universal agreement on the ‘right’ amount of stereo separation for Amiga audio. The organisers won’t have time to cater to everyone’s specific panning requirements, so the final judgement is MONO.    In the unlikely event that all Amigas in the partyhall simultaneously and spontaneously combust, we reserve the right to play the modules from XMPlay on Windows with Ramping ON, Interpolation OFF, stereo separation at 0% and with no DSP or autogain.    We will fade highly repetitive modules and modules which are obviously looping.

General Rules

We are not responsble for your equipment or your well-being. Make sure you secure your belongings appropriately and take adequate precautions to secure your equipment and yourself. We rely on mutual trust and responsibility to make these events a success, so please behave as such.

We will not tolerate excess drunkenness. Please drink responsibly. You are liable for any damage caused to any equipment in the venue if you damage it as a result of negligence or drunkenness. We will also expect you to clean up any mess you make thoroughly.

Respect UK Laws Common sense here – no fighting, intimidation, vandalism, drug-taking or piracy will be tolerated. We will throw you out.

Declare all your electrical items upon entry We may consider the use of desk fans or other equipment on their individual merits – however all items that will attach to the power supply have to be checked with us first, no exceptions.

Be considerate at night Budleigh is a small village – please be considerate at night, be peaceful and encourage others to do so also.