Essence

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Essence (ESC, 1992-)

Members

GER
Chromag (Timm Albers, music, ex Lego)
Dascon (Bernd Hoffmann, music, ex Iris, later TRSI, 12/97-01/98)
Dodger (Daniel Koschera, swap pack, new 94-95)
Excess (Bjoern Barnekow, raytrace, ex Rebels)
Howie (swap, ex Agnostic Front, 12/93)
Poldi (music, ex TRSI, old handle Blackthorne)
Rahiem (Frank Meister, org swap, ex Universal Soldiers)
Slam (Andreas Melchert, swap pack 'Broken Tankard', ex X-Trade)
Slicer (Michael Schroeder, swap pack 'Brainfood', ex Delicious, old handle Fancy)
Touchstone (Thomas Jansen, org code, ex Delicious, 04/99)
Virgill (music, triplememb Artwork and TRSI, new 94-01/97)
WOTW (music, ex The Silents, later Haujobb, 08-12/93)
MAL
Mop (ex Alcatraz Entertainment Software, new 02/94-97)
SWE
Phase (Torbjørn Malmer, gfx, ex Spaceballs)
SPA
Lantium (ex Goblins, doublememb Network, new late97)
Phornee (ex Goblins, doublememb Network, new late97)
???
Momo (gfx, 03/97)
Storm (ger? swap, ex DCS)

Group History

Essence was formed by several ex-Delicious members. Their two biggest assets are probably their coder Touchstone [left the demo scene in 1998], and their diskmag ROM and its editor Mop. Mop joined from Alcatraz Entertainment Software in february 1994 after releasing one issue of the Alcatraz diskmag Compass. The first issue of ROM was released in August of 1994. After the demise of Essence, Mop moved on to join the PC diskmag Imphobia as co-editor from issue #12. In 2007 he re-joined Alcatraz [PC].

1995
Around the middle of the year, they recruited german musician Blackthorne from TRSI, who soon changed his handle to Poldi and contributed music to ROM #5 - the very issue where his joining was announced.
1996
After persuading two famous artists of times past (musician Chromag and graphicians Gfx-Twins) to return to the scene under their wings during 1996 they strengthened their German section considerably. They further boosted their abilities with the recruitment of the entire French Skarla crew in the late months of the year. Their demo "Makaveli" [12/96] reached the second place at The Party 1996, which was the highest placing of an Essence demo ever. Having lost them some time later, we can still say they played an important part in building Essence's good name.
1997
The end of 1997 saw Essence recruiting their first ever Spanish members; the two remaining active guys from the old Spanish group Goblins. These two simultaneously joined Network, to still have roots in the Spanish scene.
1999
Touchstone contributed to Haujobb's winning demo "Mnemonics" [04/99] at the Mekka Symposium 2k-1.


  • Swedes Frame (gfx) and Origo (code) ended their double memberships, and withdrew back to C-Lous late97/early98, since they felt they could not contribute anything to the group.
  • After releasing their last demo for Essence, "Thug Life" [03/97] the four frenchmen Horus (3D), Jamie (code), Marvin (music) and Norm (gfx) decided to join Mystic (ROM9). The four had joined from Skarla, and also released the memorable demo "Makaveli" [12/96] for Essence.
  • German swapper Elric (Carsten Henkelmann, ex Speedhawk/Rebels) left the scene.
  • German coder-raytracer Cueball (Dirk Jager) joined from Rebels with Excess, but soon after decided to leave the Amiga scene for the PC.
  • German coder team Zulu & Grey (ex Rebels) left. After a few months of scene inactivity they joined Crux Design.
  • Dutch coder Infant (ex Facet's Pussy/Desire) and the Norwegians Christian Meland (music sysop 'DREAMSTATE'/'ENIGMA' WHQ, doublememb Spaceballs) and Tim were asked to leave the group. This means that the only non-German member is now Mop. This would later change, of course. Anyone know what happened to the third Norwegian, coder Sunjammer? Infant joined Session 12/95.
  • German musician Andy (Andreas Dubois, ex Nuance, 12/94-95) decided to leave the Amiga scene to concentrate more on his career as a musician in Anarchy PC. He was news editor of ROM upto issue #5. Years later, in late 1997, he returned to the Amiga as a member of his old group Nuance.
  • Main organizer P$ aka Powerswap (S. Paschart, ex Delicious) has decided to leave the scene. Touchstone is the new organizer.
  • German graphicians D-Sign (ex The Silents, 12/93-94) and the Gfx-Twins (Calvin Golowski and Arthur Skotnik, ex Universal Soldiers, 95-96) left the scene in favour of game graphics). This is not strictly true anymore, since the Gfx-Twins have now made a comeback in Scoopex!
  • Covert Action Team [CAT] (Groo and Rufferto, 12/93) and musician Dascon, all ex Delicious, decided to leave the scene. Ofcourse, Rufferto's work lives on in the form of the ROM fonts... :) Dascon regained scene inspiration in late 97, and rejoined Essence after a short stay in Iris!
  • German celebrity graphician Fade One (Martin Sauter, ex Lego, new 94) left the scene.
  • German coder Roman (Roman Kaczmarczyk, ex Agnostic Front, 12/93) left the scene. Roman worked on "Cardiac Arrest" [92] and "A.S.S." [93].

Releases

See Essence/Reviews for personal reviews for these releases.

Cardiac Arrest (1992, ECS Intro)

Credits
code
Roman
gfx
Groo & Rufferto
music
"Folklore" by WOTW (4ch MOD format)

Dreaming (1992, .12, ECS 1MB File)

Credits
code
Touchstone
gfx
Groo & Rufferto
music
"Dcn_Dreamteam.Final" by Dascon (4ch MOD format)

A.S.S (1993, ECS Trackmo)

Credits
code
Touchstone
Roman
gfx
Groo & Rufferto
music
Dascon
WOTW
Info
An HD installer for this demo is available on Aminet (in games/patch, of all places).

Meeting Intro 93 (1993, ECS Intro)

Credits
code
Touchstone
gfx
Groo & Rufferto
music
Dascon

D (1993, 28.12, ECS 40k Intro)

Credits
code
Touchstone
gfx
D-Sign
music
WOTW
Info
2nd in The Party 93 40k intro competition.

Meeting Intro 94 (1994, ECS Intro)

Credits
code
Touchstone
gfx
Fade One
D-Sign
music
Dascon

ROM issue #1 (1994, .08, ECS Trackloaded Diskmag)

INT Credits
code
Roman
gfx
Covert Action Team
Nose/Jetset (new) (logo)
music
Covert Action Team
MAG Credits
code
Touchstone
gfx
Covert Action Team (main)
D-Sign (welcome)
music
"ROM Theme" by Dascon
"Weird Personalities" by Lizardking/Razor 1911
editor
Mop

ROM issue #2 (1994, .12, ECS Multifile Diskmag)

Credits
code
Touchstone
gfx
Fade One & Uno (titlepic)
music
"Depths" by Interphace/Andromeda
"Cranky Phonecalls" by Chromag/Rebels^Polka Brothers
"What is a Cable?" by Virgill
editor
Mop

Lost Carrier BBS Intro (1994, 28.12, ECS Intro)

Credits
code
Touchstone
gfx
Cooper/Anarchy PC (logo)
music
SMT/Haujobb
Info
Released at the Party 94, in cooperation with Lego.

ROM issue #3 (1995, .03, ECS Multifile Diskmag, 2 disks)

Credits
code
Touchstone
gfx
Fade One (panel, clip)
Gfx-Twins (welcome)
Rufferto (fonts)
music
"Whales Forever" by Mel'o'Dee
"Join The Microcosm" by Virgill
"Musical Empire" by Christian/Spaceballs
editor
Mop

ROM issue #4 Intro (1995, mid.05, AGA Intro)

Credits
code
Touchstone
gfx
CAT
D-Sign
music
Virgill
Blackthorne

ROM issue #4 (1995, mid.05, ECS Multifile Diskmag)

Credits
code
Touchstone
gfx
Fade One (panel)
Dwel/Desire (welcome)
Rufferto (fonts)
Eye/Gloom (clip)
music
Chromag "Stairways"
TJM "Majestic"
BrainBug/Talent "Sincerely Yours"
editor
Mop

The Malta Intro (1995, 09.07, ECS? 40k Intro)

Credits
code
Touchstone
gfx
Fade 1
music
Chris Meland
Info
3rd in the Somewhere In Holland 95 intro competition.

ROM issue #5 (1995, .08, ECS Multifile Diskmag)

Credits
code
Touchstone
gfx
Fade 1 (welcome, panel)
Rufferto (fonts)
music
"Hard Sun" by Poldi & Virgill
"Postludium" by Brainbug/Talent
editor
Mop

CrazySexyCool (1995, 28.12, AGA File)

Credits
code
Touchstone
gfx
Louie/Insane
music
Virgill
Info
5th in The Party 5 demo competition.

ROM issue #6 (1996, early, ECS Multifile Diskmag)

Credits
code
Touchstone
gfx
TeeVan/Axis (new) (welcome)
Phase/Spaceballs (panel)
Sumaleth/independent (clip)
Rufferto (fonts)
music
"Funky Elements" by Marc/Sector 7
"Funky Dog" by Jam & Spoon/indep
editor
Mop

Brainbow (1996, 05.04, AGA 40k Intro)

Credits
code
Touchstone
gfx
Fade 1
music
Virgill
Info
2nd in The Gathering 96 40k intro competition.

ROM issue #7 (1996, mid to late, ECS Multifile Diskmag, 2 disks)

Credits
code
Touchstone
gfx
Sumaleth (clipart)
Gfx Twins (welcome pic, design)
Rufferto (fonts)
music
"Kulissit" by Muffler/Nah-Kolor
"Milk" by Radix/Balance
"Nose Hole" by Virgill/Essence^Artwork
editor
Mop

ROM issue #8 (1996, late, ECS Multifile Diskmag, 2 disks)

Credits

code: Touchstone,

gfx
Cyclone/Abyss (welcome)
Sumaleth (main clips)
Acryl (clips)
Fade 1 (clips)
Gfx-Twins (design)
music
"Return of the Kulissit" by Muffler/Nah-Kolor
"Asettelumalli" by Andy/Banal Projects & Azazel/TBL
"Love Will Come" by Poldi
editor
Mop

Virgill Dreams (1996, late, AGA 4MB Multifile Musicdisk, 3 disks)

Credits
code
Touchstone
gfx
Phase
music
Virgill

Makaveli (1996, 28.12, AGA File)

Credits
code
Jamie
gfx
Norm
Horus
music
Marvin (The Player 6.1A format)
Info
2nd in The Party 96 demo competition.

ROM issue #9 (1997, ECS Multifile Diskmag)

INT Credits
code
Prospect
Origo (t-mapper)
Scout (c2p)
gfx
Frame (design)
Claw (objects)
music
Soul/Movement
MAG Credits
code
Touchstone
gfx
Louie/TBL (welcome)
Frame/C-Lous (panel)
Sumaleth (clip)
Alex/Corrosion (clip)
Nope Dope/Pas Master (clip)
Rufferto (fonts)
music
"In Your Eyes" by Marc/Syndrome (old)
"Vincent's Car" by Revisq/Anadune
"Elixir" by Marvin/Mystic
"Somewhat Rusty" by Deelite/Balance
editor
Mop

Thug Life (1997, 30.03, AGA 030 Multifile)

Credits
code
Jamie
gfx
Norm
Horus
Momo
music
Marvin (2 tunes, The Player 6.1A format)
Info
3rd in the Mekka Symposium 97 demo competition.

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