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Balance (BLC, 1991-)

Balance was formed in Denmark by Wolfman, TNT, Split, Eddie and Spib in june of 1991. Some musicpacks were the first releases from the group. The next members to join were graphicians Connor and Idefix. Eventually yet another graphician joined, Trade (later handle Motion). The group still lacked a real coder though, and their search ended after they recruited Wreko from Divine. Their first real productions were the "Necessary Drugs" packs. Wreko helped recruit another musician, Mazzachre, and soon after also a second coder joined, called Scope. Spib then left because of lazyness, and coder IC3 joined. They got their first board ('SUFFOCATION') when Ramirez joined. Now it was time for their first trackmo, "Software Failure" [91]. Their next release was a bbs intro, and then IC3 got kicked again due to lameness. Their second trackmo, "Deepcore" [07/92], is released.

The turning point in BLC's career surely came with the release of the first issue of their diskmag "Magbox" [07/92]. This mag announced both new musician Chyle as well as Mazzachre's leaving for Focus Design. The group was still 100% danish.

Balance is a demo group based in Denmark. Originally, Balance released the diskmag 'MagBox'. However, when the fusion with the Norwegian group Frogs was decided, they brought with them THEIR diskmag 'Upstream'. Ofcourse there were some discussion as to what mag to continue publishing, and the result was a compromise; the mag retained the name Upstream, but used the old MagBox code and continued the numbering from MagBox. The previous editors of the two mags, Wolfman (magbox) and Cesium (upstream) were coeditors of the new mag.

Coca and Cola formed the ascii-group Lingo while they were still in Balance, so in effect they were doublemembers. Ranx started working at Funcom late 1993, but would remain an (inactive) Balancer. Graphician Chagall also got an offer from Funcom, but decided to go to England to study art instead, so his further scene career is uncertain. Balance were also coeditors of the danish chart "Dansktoppen" with Parasite from the beginning, but the chart was later taken over by Polka Brothers.

Members

Denmark
Ayotte (Thøger Wessel, music, ex Chrome, old handle Blue Fox, 12/92-95)
Chyle
Connor (Jakob Steffensen, gfx, 07/92-04/94)
Mad Smiley (code, 06/96)
Motion (Anders Lundholm, gfx raytrace music, 07/92-12/93)
R.W.O (Rene Wessel Olsen, gfx, ex Kefrens, new late '94-12/94)
Scope
Split (Niels Chr. Kvaavik, swap, 12/92-10/93)
Unique (gfx, 12/94)
Wolfman (William Henrik Olesen, org swap, 07/92-95)
Norway
Blaze Øystein Kristoffersen, swap, ex Frogs, 10/93)
Cantona (Einar Vestheim, swap, new 06/96)
Chagall (gfx, ex Frogs, 10-12/93)
Cola (ascii swap, old handle Dizzy, doublemember of Lingo, 10/93-94)
D'Fence (10/93)
Kefir (music, ex Legend)
Razorblade (Geir Vestheim, swap trade, ex Majic 12, 05/95)
Ranx (Dag Erlandsen, code, re-Stone Arts, ex Frogs, 10/93)
Terminal Silence (music ascii, 12/93)
Sweden
Atheist (music, ex Sunshine Productions, 08/95-06/96)
Confidence (Magnus Isaksson, code, ex Duplo, ex doublemember of Subspace, doublemember of Artwork, 08/95-12/96)
Deelite (Henrik Bertilsson, music, triplemember of Sunshine Productions and Razor 1911, 08/95)
Excel (Jani Oinonen, mainorg gfx swap edit, ex Sunshine Productions, 95-02/98)
Gorg (gfx, 05-12/96)
Grid (gfx, ex Sunshine Productions, 08/95-late '97)
Pantera (swap, ex Sunshine Productions)
Radix (Jacob Svanholm, music, triplemember of Limited Edition and Smoke)
Vicious (code, ex Sunshine Productions)
Xerxes (sysop)
Zero (code, ex Dual Crew Shining, new late '96)
Finland
Xendi (Mikko Alasaarela, gfx swap, ex Deadline, new 10/93)
Dionysos (code, ex Deadline)
Bad Karma (Jari Lahteinen, music, ex Deadline)
Nutcase (Sami Saarnio, music, ex Deadline)
Roland (O. Vara, BBS, ex Deadline)
Dean (?)
Lohi (?)
Dr.Fruid (?)
Xarium (?)
United Kingdom
Bassline (music, ex Defekt)
Hampster (gfx, ex Defekt)
Jozz (music, ex Defekt)
Kata (Jacob Restrup, code, 04-12/94)
Melone (trade, doublemember of 2000 AD, ex Defekt)
Overdose (swap, ex Delicious)
Quadrex (code, ex Defekt)
Scotch (gfx, ex Defekt)
Tango (org trade, ex Defekt)
Hungary
Rack (gfx, doublemember of Absolute!)
Italy
Hedgehog (code, ex Biosynthetic Design)
Israel
Cyber Bug (swap, ex Frogs, 10/93)
Holland
Infant (Rene van deer Steen, code, ex Subspace, new late '97)
France
Geist (gfx, ex Gods doublemember, late '96)
USA
Starcam (sysop 'WORLDS OF WONDER', ex Defekt)
Unknown
Magic (editor, doublemember of?/ex? Nah-Kolor)
Pixel
Smartass (Sweden? music, 05/96-12/96)

Group History

1992
Danish swapper and sysop Ramirez ('SUFFOCATION') joined Majic 12[1].
1993
The Finnish section was formed mid 93 by ex-members of Deadline (Dionysos, Bad Karma, Nutcase, Xendi) and Alcatraz. Finnish Lohi (ex Diffusion) left for the PC scene, and coder Xarium joined Parasite mid '93.
German coder Bailey (ex Frogs, 04-10/93) joined Lego. Bailey coded "Newstro" [04/93] before leaving.
Norwegian coder Coca (old handle Broth, 10-12/93) joined Cesium's new group Session.
1994
Norwegian swapper Messiah (Banana Dezign doublemember) joined Spaceballs late '94.
1995
Danish coder Scope (07/92-01/95) joined Passion. Scope worked on demos like "Deepcore" [07/92], "Lost World" [12/92] and "Syndrome" [12/94] as well as the MagBox/Upstream code.
Finnish musician Nutcase (code gfx music, ex Deadline, new 06/93-mid95) moved over to the pc section of Balance mid 95. Coder Fizban decided to leave the scene late 95.
Danish graphician and musician Cyboman joined Ambrosia late '95.
Nik joined Desire[2].
1997
Danish musician Subject (ex Chrome, old handle Chyle, 07/92-01/97) changed handle to Prophet and joined Scoopex 01/97. He was a doublemember of Passion for a while, from late 94, but later terminated this double membership.
Unsorted
Finnish sysop Roland left.
Finnish musician Dr.Fruid (ex Frogs) left the Amiga scene.
Norwegian musician Vegard! (ex-doublemember) left to be a member of Scoopex only, but after a while he left them too and joined Melon Dezign.
Danish musician Tricktrax (ex Chrome, 12/92) and hungarian graphician Nexus 6 (ex Frogs, 10/93) were kicked. Tricktrax is now in Puzzle.
Danish coder Wreko (Jesper, 07/92-12/93) left for the PC scene - more specifically Diffusion PC.
Norwegian organizer and previous 'Upstream' editor Cesium (ex Frogs) left the scene for a while. As a consequence, his board 'OMAHA THUNDER' (opened 03/94) was also closed (12/94). Some time later, he reentered the scene with his own group, called Session, and reopened the board there.
Finnish members James (old handle Bad Karma), Dionysos (both ex Deadline, new 06-10/93) and Dean left to join Decnite.
Danes Eddie (Frederik Esbensen, music swap, 12/91-07/92), Immortal, TNT (raytrace, 07/92) and Idefix (gfx, 07/92) all got kicked.
Growl (ex Chrome, 12/92) joined Orient.

Releases

See Balance/Reviews for personal reviews for these releases.

Software Failure (1991, ECS Trackmo)

Info
Holding down the firebutton when booting activates a secret part.

Deepcore (1992, 07.07, ECS Trackmo)

Credits
code
Scope, Wreko
gfx
Connor, Scope, Motion
music
Chyle

Magbox #1 (1992, 20.07, ECS Filemag)

Credits
code
Scope
gfx
Motion (title, background) Scope (background, font), Connor
music
"Iceman-Theme" by Chyle (Protracker MOD format)
editors
Wolfman, Eddie, Split

Magbox #2 (1992, 03.09, ECS Filemag)

Credits
code
Scope
gfx
Connor (title, fonts ++)
music
Chyle
editor
Wolfman (main), Split, Scope

Magbox #3 (1992, .11, ECS Filemag)

Credits
code
Scope
gfx
Connor, Motion
music
Sound Division

Lost World (1992, 28.12, ECS Trackmo)

Credits
code
Scope
gfx
Connor
music
"Dirty-Mary2-bf" by Blue Fox
Info
14th in The Party '92 demo competition.

MagBox issue #4 (1993, ECS Filemag)

Credits
code
n/a
gfx
n/a
music
"Personal Problems" by Subject

MagBox issue #5 (ECS Filemag)

Info
This was the last issue released under the 'MagBox' name. The next issue was "Upstream #6".

Reality has no Meaning (1993, 07.04, ECS 40k Intro)

Credits
code
Wreko
gfx
Motion, Wreko
music
Subject
Info
4th in The Gathering '93 40k intro competition.

Newstro (1993, 07.04, ECS Intro)

Credits
code
Bailey
gfx
Rattle/Pure Metal Coders
music
Dr. Fruid
Info
Released at The Gathering '93.

Sound Barrier (1993, .04, ECS Musicdisk, 2 disks)

Credits
code
Wreko
gfx
Chagall, Connor
music
Subject, Blue Fox
Info
Propaganda #4 brougt the news that Subject, Blue Fox, Connor, Unique, Kata and Wreko were working on SB2, which was to be one of the first AGA musicdisks[3]. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe that project was never released...

Upstream issue #6 (1993, 30.07, ECS Filemag)

Credits
code
Scope
gfx
n/a
music
"Upstream#6" by Subject/Balance (ProRunner 1.0 format)
editors
Wolfman, Cesium
Info
UPS6 was the first release after the merger of Upstream and MagBox; it adopted the Upstream name and the MagBox code and release number :) Released at Rendezvous '93 and at Assembly '93.

Meetro '93 (1993, 30.07, ECS File)

Credits
code
Cola
gfx
Chagall
music
Travolta/Spaceballs
Info
Released at Rendezvous '93 and Assembly '93.

Gale Intro (1993, 30.07, AGA Intro)

Credits
code
Wreko
gfx
Wreko
music
"Sulphuric Ash" by Nutcase
Info
Released at Galemands Gilde.

Zoom Parallax Demo (1993, 07.08, ECS Multifile)

Credits
code
Panoramix
gfx
Tetsuo, Spiri
music
n/a
Info
Released at Assembly '93.

Smalltalk (1993, 20.10, AGA 22k Intro)

Credits
code/gfx
Scope
music
"22k" by Subject
Info
Released at the Melon Dezign - The Birthday Party.

Upstream #7 (1993, 30.11, ECS Multifile Diskmag)

Credits
code
Scope
gfx
Connor (main), Chagall (title), Scope (fonts, back)
music
"Foundations" by Subject
editors
Cesium, Wolfman

The Party 3 Intro (1993, 28.12, ECS 40k Intro)

Credits
code
Coca
gfx
Chagall, Coca, Cola
music
Terminal Silence

Cutting Edge (1993, 28.12, AGA 40k Intro)

Credits
code
Scope
gfx
Unique
music
Subject
Info
9th in The Party '93 40k intro competition.

H.A.S.H. (1993, 28.12, 40k Intro)

Credits
code
Wreko
gfx
Connor
music
Slide/Parasite
Info
13th in The Party '93 40k intro competition.

MrsKingTro (1994, Intro)

Credits
code
Mr.King
gfx
n/a
music
Subject
Info
This intro is FAKE. This was revealed in Upstream #10, neither Mr.King nor Subject had anything to do with it.

Upstream issue #8 (1994, 02.04, ECS Multifile Diskmag)

Intro

Credits
code
Kata
gfx
Connor
music
"Juggernaut Jam" by Subject

Magazine

Credits
code
Scope
gfx
Connor (panel), Scope (fonts, background), Fairfax/Andromeda (intropic)
music
"Water Below" by Lizardking/Razor 1911
editors
Wolfman, Cesium, Mount/Polka Brothers
Info
Released at The Gathering '94.

Orgasmatron (1994, 02.04, AGA 40k Intro)

Credits
code
Coca
gfx
Buzz Fuzz, Kefir, Coca
music
Kefir
Info
12th in The Gathering '94 40k intro competition.

Upstream issue #9 (1994, Diskmag)

Intro

Credits
code
Scope
gfx
Unique
music
"D0dstekkno" by Subject

Magazine

Credits
code
Scope
gfx
Devilstar/Virtual Dreams, Connor, Scope
music
"Nightline's Colors" by Nutcase

Syndrome (1994, 28.12, AGA File)

Credits
code
Scope, Kata (additional)
gfx
R.W.O, Unique
music
"Culture Shock" by Subject
Info
14th in The Party '94 demo competition.

Plantarium (1994, 28.12, Wild)

Info
6th in The Party '94 wild demo competiton. Presented on an A4000.

South Sealand 95 Party Invitation Intro (1995, ECS)

Credits
code
Scope
gfx
Connor, RWO
music
Nutcase

Upstream issue #10 (1995, v.early, ECS/AGA File Diskmag)

Credits
code
Scope
gfx
Connor (panel), R.W.O (intropic), Scope (fonts, backgrounds)
music
"Off Piste.bf" by Blue Fox

Embryo (1995, 12.08, AGA HD Multifile)

Credits
code
Confidence
gfx
Grid
music
Atheist & Deelite
Info
8th in the Assembly '95 demo competition.

Freak (1996, 26.05, AGA 4MB File)

Credits
code
Confidence
gfx
Grid, Gorg
music
Smartass
Info
3rd in the Icing '96 demo competition.

Endolymfa (1996, 28.12, AGA File)

Credits
code
Confidence
gfx
Gorg
music
Smartass
Info
3rd in The Party 6 demo competition.

External Links

References

  1. R.A.W. #4/Pure Metal Coders, 1992-11-25
  2. Upstream #10/Balance, 1995-02-20
  3. Propaganda #4/Razor 1911, 1994-05-30