Andromeda

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Andromeda (AOA, 1989-)

Andromeda is a Amiga demo group.

Members

NOR 
  • Andy (Anders, code, ex Absence, 09/91-04/94)
  • Archmage (Hakon Repstad, mainorg gfx, old handle The Mage, 09/91-95)
  • Decker (gfx, ex Scoopex, new 04/93-04/95)
  • Dr.Jekyll (code, 09/91-12/94)
  • Fairfax (Torkell Berntsen, gfx, ex Offence, 04/92-04/94)
  • HeadX (Terje Tho, code music, ex Absence, 09/91-04/94)
  • Interphace (music, old handle Lord Interface, 09/91-12/94)
  • Jaz (ex Scoopex, new 04/93-04/94)
  • MCS (swap, ex Absence, 09/91-04/94)
  • Mr.Hyde (code, 09/91-12/94)
  • Mr.Man (Ronny Nordeide, music, ex Absence, 09/91-04/94)
  • Quest (gfx, ex Absence, 09/91-04/94)
  • Size
  • View (gfx raytrace, old handle The Main, new 92-04/94)
  • William (swap, old handle Dr.Cruz, 09/91-04/94)
  • Wood (gfx, ex TRSI, new 05/93-04/94)

Group History

Andromeda must surely be one of the most successful demo groups of all time. Productions like the "Mirror" [12/92] musicdisk and the "Seven Seas" [01/94] slideshow raised their international reputation, culminating in their highlight year of 1994, when they won at both The Gathering (with "Sequential") and at The Party (with their oustanding "Nexus 7"). Both those demos made instant stars of their coders, and elevated Andromeda into the absolute upper elite of demo groups. Unfortunately, they faded into the inactivity that so many groups do at the top, and even though new demos have been promised several times none has seen the light of day since their finest hour at The Party 4. The group still exists, and is not dead as such. Fairfax nowadays work as a graphician at Funcom.
Their internal rules are rather strict; for example members are not allowed to do packs or do modemtrading. Also, they do not allow members from outside Norway, much like Phenomena's policy in the old days. PRP4 brought the news that William did NOT leave the scene, despite that it was claimed in several mags. Size closed his board 'RAW FUSION', but DIDN'T leave the scene, as stated in some mags (ROM7). It's a small miracle that Archmage can draw his fantastic pictures since he, like the English graphician Red Devil/Dual Crew Shining, is in fact colourblind!

1992 
Dr.Cruz changed his handle to William around january. HeadX' upcoming demo "Scientific Norwegian" was announced through Pure Metal Coders and New Wave's diskmag "R.A.W #2" [02/92] - but would not see the light of day until its release under the title "Sequential" [04/94] at The Gathering 94! Mr.Man contributed music, and Mr.Hyde was interviewed in the same mag. Coder Wizax (ex Absence, 09/91) left the scene, while Enigma (gfx, 09/91-), Bingo (09/91-), Madlock (music, ex Motion), Ralph (swap, 09/91-) and Prophet (new 92-) were all kicked in september. Fairfax, Moxy and Lizard all joined from Offence around october.
1993 
Norwegians Decker (gfx) and Jaz were recruited from Scoopex shortly after The Gathering in april.
1995 
After the whole 'Stalin' thing and the war with Lord Helmet, Hydra (Ole Ingarth Karlsen, leader since the beginning) finally decided enough was enough in the early parts of 1995, and stepped down as leader of Andromeda. The new leader is Archmage, but it doesn't seem like he is nearly as successful as his predecessor; NOTHING has been released from Andromeda after he took over. =(
2000 
Nah-Kolor's new diskmag "Devotion #1" revealed in an interview with Size that Dr.Jekyll is now working for Lucas Arts in San Francisco, and coded parts of the game "Star Wars Episode 1" for the N64.
  • Norwegians Moxy (ex Offence, new late92), Lizard (ex Offence, 12/92), Duel (ex Motion, new 92-11/92) and Blazer (ex Motion, new 92) all left to join Lemon. Jason (gfx) and Joachim (music, ex Crusaders) later also joined.
  • Rook (ex Rex/Offence) was kicked due to general displease with him from the other members.
  • Norwegian Monzo (ex Absence, 09/91-92) is no longer a member.

Releases

See Andromeda/Reviews for personal reviews for these releases.

The Castlemaster demo (1990, .05, ECS Intro)

Credits 
  • code: Dr.Octopus
  • gfx: Logo by Lord Interface, other graphics ripped from the game.
  • music: Lord Interface

M-31 The Comeback (1990, 07.10, ECS File)

Credits 
  • code: Dr. Jekyll, Mr. Hyde
  • gfx: Enigma, Lord Interface, Cinematic, Mage, Bingo
  • music: Lord Interface
Info 
2nd at the No Limits and Imp-666 Amiga Conference 90.
This was Andromeda's first major production.

Turrican Musicdisk (1991, ECS Musicdisk)

Credits 
Info 
Musicdisk with music ripped from the games Turrican 1 & 2 - some of the best amiga game music ever written!

Decaying Paradise (1991, 29.06, ECS Trackmo)

Credits 
  • code: Dr.Jekyll, Mr.Hyde
  • gfx: The Mage, Enigma (additional), Bingo (additional)
  • music: Lord Interface
Info 
4th at the Amega party 91.
GLE tested A2000/000-7 /1mb chip, 2mb fast/2.04.
A1200/030-50/2mb chip, 4mb fast/3.0.
Note: Caches off.

Suffocation (1991, 29.09, ECS File)

Credits 
  • code: Andy
  • gfx: Quest, Facet/Vision (endart picture)
  • music: Mr.Man (NoisePacker format)
Info 
Winner of the Razor 1911 & Imp-666 Amiga Conference demo competition!
For some reason, this 150k filedemo has no exit routine. [glenn]
GLE tested A500 /000-7 /½mb chip, ½mb fast/2.04.
A1200/030-50/2mb chip, 4mb fast/3.0.
A1200/030-50/2mb chip, 16mb fast/3.1 -- Note: Needs KillAGA!

Spellcheck (1991, 28.12, ECS Intro)

Credits 
  • code: Andy
  • gfx: Quest
  • music: Lord Interface (NoisePacker 3 format)
Info 
Released at The Party 1.
GLE tested A1200/030-50/2mb chip, 4mb fast/3.0. -- Note: KillAGA.

Intro (1992, early, ECS Intro)

Credits 
  • code: Blazer
  • gfx: Duel
  • music: Lord Interface (NoisePacker 1/2 format)

Multica (1992, 19.04, ECS Trackmo)

Credits 
  • code: Andy, Blazer (trackloader)
  • gfx: Quest, Duel
  • music: Mr.Man
Info 
10th in The Gathering '92 demo competition.
GLE tested A1200/030-50/2mb cip, 4mb fast/3.0. Note: Cache off.

D.O.S. - Demonstration of Superiority (1992, 19.04, ECS Multifile)

Credits 
  • code: Dr.Jekyll, Mr.Hyde
  • gfx: Archmage, Quest
  • music: Lord Interface

Point Blank (1992, 29.06, ECS Trackmo)

Credits 
  • code: Blazer
  • gfx: Duel
  • music: Lord Interface
Info 
7th in the Hurricane 92 demo competition.

Vector Intro (1992, .11, ECS Intro)

Credits 
  • code: Blazer
  • gfx: Duel
  • music: Lizard

Mirror (1992, 28.12, ECS Musicdisk, 2 disks)

Credits 
  • code: Mr.Hyde
  • gfx: Duel, Archmage, Fairfax
  • music: Mr.Man, Lord Interface, Lizard
Info 
Released at The Party 92.
The name refers to just one effect in the intro... [glenn]
GLE tested A1200/030-50/2mb chip, 4mb fast/3.0.
Note: Keyboard did not work, but turning caches off took care of the problem.

Top Secret 15 Invitation (1993, ECS Demo)

Credits 
  • code: Mr.Hyde
  • gfx: Wood, Hydra
  • music: Interphace
Info 
Released for Majic 12 by Andromeda, I believe.

Mind Riot (1993, .01, ECS File)

Credits 
  • code: Dr.Jekyll, Mr.Hyde
  • gfx: Duel, Fairfax, The Main
  • music: Mr.Man
Info 
Andromeda attempted to release this demo at The Party 2, but were unsuccessful. It was released a few days later.

Surrealism (1993, .03, ECS File)

Credits 
  • code: Mr.Hyde
  • gfx: Duel, Archmage (intropic)
  • music: Lord Interface
Info 
GLE tested A500 /000-7 /½mb chip, ½mb fast/2.04.
A1200/030-50/2mb chip, 4mb fast/3.0.

Lost in Legoland (1993, 07.04, ECS 40k Intro)

Credits 
  • code: Mr. Hyde
  • gfx: Archmage (logo), Duel (fonts)
  • music: Lord Interface (NoisePacker 3 format)
Info 
3rd in The Gathering '93 40k intro competition.

Styggtro (1993, 07.04, 40k ECS Intro)

Credits 
  • code: Blazer
  • gfx/music: Lord Interface
Info 
5th in The Gathering 93 40k intro competition.
The title is norwegian, and means approximately "Uglytro" (stygg = ugly).

Seven Seas (1994, 05.01, ECS Slideshow, 2 disks)

Credits 
  • code: Dr.Jekyll
  • gfx: Fairfax, Wood (fonts)
  • music: Interphace
Info 
Hold LMB pressed during boot to go directly to the selector.
Recognizes and uses df1:. [glenn]
GLE tested A1200/030-50/2mb chip, 4mb fast/3.0.

Sequential (1994, 03.04, ECS Trackmo)

Credits 
  • code: HeadX (main), Dr.Jekyll (trackloader), Mr.Hyde (vectorexplosion)
  • gfx: Archmage, Fairfax, Quest, View (raytrace), Decker (additional)
  • music: Mr.Man (3 tunes)
Info 
Winner of The Gathering 94 demo competition!

Nexus 7 (1994, 28.12, AGA File)

Credits 
  • code: Dr.Jekyll, Mr.Hyde
  • gfx: Archmage, View
  • music: Interphace
Info 
Winner of The Party 4 demo competition!

Music in the UnExoticA collection

The following demos in the UnExoticA collection were created by Andromeda.

Demo Year Party
Mind Riot 1993
Nexus 7 1994 The Party '94
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