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Silents, The

The Silents is one of the oldest groups in the scene, and one whose members have since had the most success as game developers. The games all started in 1992, when a selection from the Swedish division released the game Pinball Dreams through 21st Century Entertainment. They called themselves Digital Illusions, and consisted of Animal (coordinator), Goofy & SinCos (coders), Chevron (gfx), and Blaizer (music). It is unclear whether they're still involved with the scene in any way, but I guess at least Animal is still organizing TSL...? DI followed the success with several games, including Pinball Fantasies, Benefactor and Pinball Illusions.

Another story is that of the danes The Spy (code, ex Crionics, new R.A.W. #3), Mikael Balle (gfx, 11/89-04/91) and Jesper Kyd (music, 11/89-04/91). These guys also worked on several game projects after retiring from the scene, most of them for consoles. Details on exactly WHAT games they worked on are a little sketchy, but I'll see what I can find out ;) I have recently revealed they're now based in America.

Rizzo was the first scener to openly admit (in R.A.W #2) that he had been infected with the HIV virus.

Members

SWE
Alta (code, ex Rebels, 12/90)
Animal (Frederik Liliegren, mainorg, 12/90-02/91)
Beyonder (code, 10/87)
Blaizer (Olof Gustafsson, music, 02/89-02/91)
Chevron (Markus Nystrom, gfx, 02/91-07/93)
Cuddley (Jean Roström, code, ex Aurora, 05-07/93)
Dawn (ex Mythos, new mid '91)
D-Zire (David Elfstrom, music, ex Carnage, new 04/92-05/93)
Fuzzac (Magnus Danielsson, code, ex Rebels, 02/91)
Gizmo (ex Dual Crew, new late '90)
Goofy (Andreas Axelsson, code, 89-02/91)
Ice^Armando^Blizzard^Fuze (sysops 'SOMEWHERE IN TIME', 10/92-04/93)
Marillion (Erik Tilleby, music, ex Rebels, later Freezers, 07/90-07/93)
Mogwie (Johan Köhler, code, ex Rebels, 02/91)
Ozone (trade, early '92)
Rayban (code, 10/92)
Rizzo (sysop 'CYBERDYNE')
SinCos (Ulf Mandorff, code, '89)
Spirit (gfx, 10/87)
Spirou (code, ex Aurora, 05-07/93)
Terminator (code gfx, ex Phenomena, 10/92)
DEN
Bionic (code, ex Aero, not a member any more, new early '92)
Crush (code, 12/94-08/95)
Crux (Ruvan Fernando, code, not a member any more)
Cyborg (swap, ex Aero, not a member anymore, new '92)
Deftronic (code, ex Crionics, not a member any more, new ca 05/92)
Deviator and Toxic (sysops 'HOUSE OF LUST')
Dize (gfx, 93-08/95)
Dux (sysop 'MAINLINE')
Guzzler (code, not a member any more, 07/92)
John Doe (gfx, 08/95)
L.Dredd (swap, 01/90)
Master (Rene Vindum, code gfx music, ex Aero, not a member any more, new 92-12/93)
Mr.Perfect (code, not a member any more, 11/89-01/90)
Murphy (code, ex Crionics, not a member any more, new ca 06/92)
Ricky (code, 12/94-08/95)
Scortia (music, 12/94-08/95)
Static (music gfx, ex Rebels, not a member any more)
Stripe (sysop 'HIGH TENSION', ex Rebels, 91)
The Master (Rene, code)
NOR
Corny (ex Vision, new late '91)
Hawk ('90?)
Rob (trade swap, ex Dexion or ex Offence)
Timewalker (music, ex Offence)
Tracer ('90?)
Øystein Eide (music, also in Maniacs of Noise (music), new 04/92-10/92)
GER
Angeldawn (gfx, ex Scoopex, 04/93)
Blackstar (sysop 'DARK CENTURY', ex Energy, new mid 91-10/91)
Bros (ex Cytax, new 09/92)
Headhunter (ex Alpha Flight, new early '92)
Master (ex Cytax, new 09/92)
Nino Brown (ex Bloodsuckers, old handle Flaxx)
Piranha (code, ex Panic)
Plasma (ex DCS)
Visionary (trade)
FRA
DCA (code, ex Anarchy)
Name (code, ex Willow)
Traitor (new mid '90)
ENG
Abyss, Aero (gfx, ex Astra, 10/92)
Engineer and Slash (sysops 'GHOST')
LILS, Mfd (10/92)
Opus (gfx, ex Equinox)
Saint (gfx, ex Astra, 10/92)
T.A.S. (ex Astra)
Vored Computator
HOL
Chameleon, Multi (code)
Name
BEL
Sintax (sysop 'SIN CITY', 10/92)
FIN
Python (trade sysop 'TYPHOON', ex Byterapers, 10/92)
Radish (trade, 02/93)
SWI
Stef (code, ex Zenith, new early '93)
USA
Planet Master (sysop 'THE EDGE' WHQ, ex Scoopex, 10/92-04/95)
Venmeister (sysop 'HARMONIC CONVERGENCE', '91)
???
Dezed (code, 02/89)
Editor (ex Tribe)
Lazer (music, 02/89)
Skippy (BEL? ex The Band, new 11/89)
Skywalker (Michael, new mid '91)
Sionic (DEN? gfx, new early 91-04/91)
Tanic (code, 02/89)
Woody (BEL? ex The Band, new 11/89)
Yeti (train, 90)
  • German "World Charts" editor Autopsy (ex Scoopex, 04/93) took WC with him and joined Hoodlum. It seems strange if Angeldawn didn't come with him...
  • German trader Secret was later in Crystal.
  • Swedish coder Ted (ex Top Swap) joined Defjam.
  • Dutch sysop Camelot ('CHAOS', 91) joined Submission.
  • French organizer and trader Rave (Stephane, ex TRSI) left the Amiga for the pc scene.
  • German coder Tedric (ex Paradise, new 05/92) joined DCS.
  • Italians Case (music) and Filippetto (code music) both later wound up in Ram Jam.
  • Danish graphician Devilstar (12/93) joined the new Kefrens, then moved on to Virtual Dreams.
  • Germans WOTW (music, 04/93) and D-Sign (gfx, both ex Dual Crew) left to join Essence.
  • Finns Coconut and Flame (both ex Fantasy Force) joined Damones. The two were partly responsible for the "Maximum Velocity" [08/92] trackmo, and members of relatively shortlived Finnish section.
  • French swapper Wizz (ex Delight, new early '92) was kicked, and therefore joined Digital.
  • Sacha rejoined Desire.
  • Englishman Fobia was kicked due to inactivity.
  • Swedish graphician Butch (ex Palace, 05/93) joined Scoopex.
  • Englishman Polo changed his handle to Mark and joined LSD.
  • Dutchmen 911 (03/92), Astro (both new R.A.W. #3) and Mark joined Rebels.
  • The Silents kicked all Norwegian, Finnish, English and several other members.
  • Norwegian musician Jason (ex Kefrens, new 04/92) joined Crusaders.
  • Frenchmen Alex (gfx, ex Alcatraz) and Nam (code) joined Dreamdealers and formed their own subgroup, Oops! Production.
  • Frenchmen Hof (gfx, ex Atlantys, 04/92) and Xann (ex Willow) joined Movement in the beginning of 1993 because Hof felt his work was not being used in TSL. A little later, it was announced in 'Eternal #2' that Xann had never been a member of Movement...
  • The American board 'PRIME TIME' (10/92), 'will join' Alcatraz. It was once the group's WHQ.
  • Shade and Sigma joined Alcatraz. Are any of these - or both - the sysop of 'PRIME TIME'? Miracle's "Eternal #2" claimed Shade had joined DCS, but I can not confirm this.
  • Danish coder T-Bone (ex Dexion, new late '91) sold his Amiga and left the scene.
  • Kevin Key (sysop 'INSIDE TREATMENT', ex Noxious) left for Vision.
  • Belgian trader and sysop Dr.Doolittle ('MOLDAVIA', ex Spreadpoint, new 06/90-04/91) and Lyzanxia (code) were kicked early '92! Lyzanxia co-coded the BBS intro "Moldavia".
  • Frenchmen Daryl and Rave (both ex TRSI) joined, but Daryl was later kicked because Audiomonster didn't like his ways. Daryl then joined Spreadpoint.
  • American sysop Sycon ('TERMINAL DISASTER', '91) left. This board was their WHQ in "Global Trash" [04/91], and was also mentioned in "BBS Intro" [91].
  • Danish coder Sunjohn (04/91) joined Anarchy. Sunjohn coded one of the best ever TSL demos, "Global Trash" [04/91]!
  • Frenchman Rasputin left the scene late '91, or joined Zenith late '91, as claimed in "Freedom Crack #8". Other sources indicate he joined Anarchy.
  • Swedish swappers Myfo and Lando (ex Mythos, both new 04/91) got kicked. Lando joined Skid Row mid '91.

Group History

1987 
The Silents were Born on the Amiga. Their first production was released in october, called "Welcome On Amiga".
1989 
Disky left the scene in november.
1991 
The active part of the French group Concept, Performer (code), NHP (music), BKH (music), Rookie and Ronan (code) joined together with fellow Frenchmen Motif (code), Zoom (gfx) and Walt (gfx) to form a French section. Their first production was "BBS Intro" [91], quickly followed by the trackmo "Ice" [06/91] in june and the small "Intro? Dentro? Mentro? Demo?" [08/91] in August. Following that release, Walt and Motif left for Alliance Design, and the rest of TSL France (Audiomonster, Conquest (ex Next), NHP and BKH, Performer, Ronan, Rookie, Surfer (ex Next) and Zoom (ex Next)) joined Anarchy (this was perhaps LATE this year). Audiomonster returned after a few days, but later left for Melon Dezign. The Norwegian section was formed in november. TMB (gfx) joined after just one month in Kefrens, due to the bad internal organizing and being accused of digitizing his graphics! Towards the end of the year, Germans Bass (gfx music) and Barock (code) joined from Splash to create the subgroup "No-Soul Produkktions".
1992 
The newly-formed Norwegian division lost most of its members in January, when Rob and Timewalker left for Offence, and sysop Phonebilly ('ELEGANT MACHINERY') left for Fairlight. A new UK division was formed in January, consisting of T.A.S, Saint, Aero (all ex Astra), Engineer, Slash, LILS, MFD, Fobia, Abyss and Vored Computator. Slash and Engineer immediately opened the board 'GHOST'. Swedish sysop Regent ('CRIME ZONE', 09/90-91) left to be independent in January, but the the joining of Rizzo with his board 'CYBERDYNE' helped things. Also in January, Jake left. Joker closed his board and left the scene early '92. German subgroup No-Soul Produkktions (NSP) - Foxx, Lynxx (both ex Panic), Bass and Barock (both ex Splash) - all left late '92 to be a group in their own right. This seems a little strange, as the German BBS 'FOXX'S DEN' is mentioned as a TSL BBS in "World Charts #9" [04/93], but perhaps they all left a small while later. Finnish trader Zephyr joined from Razor 1911, and was partly responsible for the Finnish division's demo "Maximum Velocity" [08/92] being released at all. But he didn't stay long in this group, and was soon on his way again to join Shining this time. Danish sysop Circulator (who opened his board 'VIRTUAL REALITY' shortly before) left for 2000 AD around october. Germans Crime, Pioneer and Survivor all left for Adept in October. German Dynac joined Analog under the handle Shade in October. Norwegian graphician TMB Designs (ex Kefrens, new 11/91-) left for Spaceballs at The Party '92 in December. Norwegian coder Nosferatu (Geir Are Skjeret, ex Razor 1911), who joined right after The Gathering in April, left to do his military service.
1993 
Swedish coders Spirou and Cuddley joined from Aurora sometime between January and May. Talented Swedes Lizardking (music) and Tony (gfx, both ex Alcatraz) left to help form the new Razor 1911 in December.
1995 
Swedish coder Delery joined Freezers late '95.

Releases

See The Silents/Reviews for personal reviews for these releases.

Welcome On Amiga (1987, .10, ECS File)

Welcome On Amiga
Credits 
code
Beyonder
gfx
Spirit
music
(sample-mama).
Info 
Released at the NTC & Defiers Hacker Party by the Swedish section. Beyonder was ex Unicorn.


Quasmalite (1988, .08, ECS File)

Quasmalite
Credits 
code
Utopia
gfx
n/a
music
"Happy4" by Pussy
Info 
Released at The Silents Summer Meeting August/'88.


Round (1988, 04.11, ECS File)

Round
Credits 
code
Ted
gfx
Ted
music
"The End" by Lazer (4ch MOD format)
Info 
Also known as Rising. Released at the Mahoney & Kaktus - North Star - Fairlight Helloween Party '88.


Stardust 3 (1988, end, ECS File)

Stardust 3
Credits 
code
Dezed
gfx
Capone
music
"Going Strong" by Blaizer


Snurkelscroll (1989, ECS File)

Snurkelscroll
Credits 
code
Sincos, Goofy (additional)
gfx
Icebrigade (logo), Animal (font)
music
"Raggtime" by Blaizer


Snurkelscroll 2 (1989, ECS File)


Legal (1989, 12.02, ECS File)

Legal
Credits 
code
Tanic
gfx
Tanic
music
"Shortpush" and "Number 1" by Blaizer
Info 
Released at the Bamiga Sector One and The Warfalcons party.


Viva The Silents (1989, 12.02, ECS File)

Viva The Silents
Credits 
code
Dezed
gfx
Capone
music
"Visit Koto" by Lazer
Info 
Released at the Bamiga Sector One and The Warfalcons party.


Danish Quality (1989, 18.11, ECS File)

Danish Quality
Credits 
code
Mr.Perfect
gfx
Mikael Balle
music
"Storm..." by Jesper Kyd
Info 
Released at the Bamiga Sector One copyparty.


Megademo (1990, 18.02, ECS Megademo)

Megademo
Credits 
code
The Crux, Williams, Mr. Perfect, Guzzler
gfx
Mikael Balle, Boze
music
Jesper Kyd
Info 
Released for the Kefrens and Dexion Party demo competition.


End of Maloy (1990, ECS File)

End Of Maloy
Credits 
code
Mr. Perfect
gfx
Mikael Balle
music
"Caroline" by Jesper Kyd
Info 
Tested A1200/030-50/2mb chip, 4mb fast/3.0. -- Note: KillAGA.


Blue House (1990, 01.07, ECS File)

Blue House
Credits 
code
Alta
gfx
Rizzo, Alta
music
Marillion (main), "Middlealta" by Blaizer (end).
Info 
3rd in the demo competition at the Amiga Conference '90. tested A500 /000-7 /½mb chip, ½mb fast/2.04. A1200/030-50/2mb chip, 4mb fast/3.0. -- Note: KillAGA.


Tropical Sunset (1990, ECS File)

Tropical Sunset
Credits 
code
Fuzzac
gfx
Coma/SOS, Chevron
music
Marillion (Fuzzac packer format)
Info 
Released at the England CES 1990.


Sound of Silents (1990, 31.08, ECS Trackloaded Musicdisk)

Sound Of Silents
Credits 
code
The Crux
gfx
Mikael Balle
music
Jesper Kyd
Info 
Released at the Bounty Party. tested A1200/030-50/2mb chip, 4mb fast/3.0. Note: Caches off.


Wrath of the Demon (1990, 26.12, ECS Musicdisk)

Wrath Of The Demon
Info 
Released at the Dexion X-Mas Conference '90.


Check Mate (1990/91?, ECS File)

Check Mate
Credits 
code
Mr. Perfect
gfx
Mikael Balle
music
Jesper Kyd


Moldavia BBS (1990? 1991?, ECS Intro)

Moldavia BBS Intro
Credits 
code
Cool-G, Lyzanxia
gfx
Chevron, Walt
music
"Hiscore" by Jesper Kyd (ProTracker MOD format)


BBS Intro (1991, ECS Intro)

BBS Intro
Credits 
code
Performer
gfx
Walt
music
"Rain Theme nhp-bkh" by NHP & BKH (ProTracker MOD format)
Info 
tested A500 /000-7 /½mb chip, ½mb fast/2.04. tested A1200/030-50/2mb chip, 4mb fast/3.0. -- Note: KillAGA.


Blues House (1991, 12.02, Musicdisk, 2 disks)

Blues House
Credits 
code
Mogwie, Fuzzac (additional)
gfx
Chevron
music
Marillion, Blaizer, Arcane
Info 
Made at the Dexion party in december of 1990, but not released until early 1991. Arcane was no longer a member of the group when the music disk was released, so the inclusion of his tune is really a bit of a mystery =) The tunes are "4 Fun", "Animale Cave", "Blow Out", "Fattamorgana", "Gasp", "Music In My Dream" and "Up And Down" by Marillion, "Glad Pack", "Gobbprew", "Happy Day Finale", "Jamming", "Letsdance" and "Rappstan" by Blaizer and finally "The Spectra" by Arcane.


Global Trash (1991, 27.04, ECS Trackmo)

Global Trash
Credits 
code
Sunjohn
gfx
Mikael Balle, Sionic (titlepic)
music
"Intro (Hunting)" (intro), main (NoisePacker 1 format) and "A.Highscore" (end) by Jesper Kyd
Info 
Winner of the Amiga Convention Summit demo competition!


Geometrical Dreams (1991, 15.06, ECS File)

Geometrical Dreams
Credits 
code
Delery
gfx
Chevron, Atlas
music
"Geometrical Dreams" by Blaizer and Marillion (NoisePacker 2 format)
Info 
Released at the ECES Party '91.


Ice (1991, 29.06, ECS Trackmo)

Ice
Credits 
code
Ronan, Performer
gfx
Walt
music
"Nebulus" by Audiomonster
Info 
3rd in the Amega Party demo competition.


Intro? Dentro? Mentro? Demo? (1991, 05.08, ECS File)

Intro? Dentro? Mentro? Demo?
Credits 
code
Performer (main), Motif (dots)
gfx
Walt
music
"Enigma Year NHP-BKH" by NHP and BKH (EUREKA Packer format)


Goodbye (1991, 28.12, ECS File)

Goodbye
Credits 
code
Performer
gfx
Zoom, Facet/Anarchy (font)
music
"Epsonic ( nhp&bkh )" by NHP and BKH
Info 
Released at The Party '91. Performer's last amiga demo. tested A500 /000-7 /½mb chip, ½mb fast/2.04. A2000/000-7 /1mb chip, 2mb fast/2.04. A1200/030-50/2mb chip, 4mb fast/3.0. Note: Freezes as the spinning vector logo comes up to the forefront. Nothing can remedy this, it seems; I've tried KillAGA, caches off, orig chipset and combinations. Perhaps it'll work if I kickdown, but I haven't got the time to check now :(


Hardwired (1991, 28.12, ECS Trackmo, 2 disks)

Hardwired
Credits 
code
The Spy, Deftronic, Murphy, Saxs, Guzzler
gfx
Mikael Balle, Sionic, Zycho
music
Jesper Kyd
Info 
2nd in The Party '91 demo competition. Cooperation with Crionics.


Cat Computer Club (1992, ECS Trackmo)

Cat Computer Club
Credits 
code
The Spy/Crionics
gfx
Mikael Balle
music
Jesper Kyd


Intro (1992, .02, ECS Intro)

Intro
Credits 
code
Saint
gfx
Rayban, Aero
music
Bass.
Info 
Cooperation with Skid Row.


Addicted To Silence (1992, 12.05, ECS File)

Addicted To Silence


Xpose (1992, 26.06, ECS Trackmo, 2 disks)

Xpose
Credits 
code
The Master, Bionic
gfx
The Master, John Doe
music
"Ministry v3.1" by Jesper Kyd
Info 
3rd in the Hurricane Party '92 demo competition. tested A1200/030-50/2mb chip, 4mb fast/3.0.


Maximum Velocity (1992, 08.08, ECS Trackmo)

Maximum Velocity
Credits 
code
Coconut, Flame, Silver Eagle
gfx
Cenobit
music
JOL005X
Info 
Winner of the Abstract - Oxygen Summer Conference 1992 demo competition! These people all later ended up in Pygmy Projects. This was the first and only demo ever released by the Finnish section. It was supposed to be released at The Assembly, but due to a problem with the trackloader it crashed after the opening animation. It was released a few weeks later, at a small swedish party, and won the democompetition there! The demo was downloaded by modem to Zephyr, who was the only TSL member in attendance, just minutes before the competition! Thanks to Coconut and Zephyr for information. tested A1200/030-50/2mb chip, 4mb fast/3.0. -- Note: Does not work. Everything's been tried, but it just keeps crashing after the first picture appears.


Static Chaos (1992, late, ECS Trackmo)

Static Chaos
Info 
See [No-Soul produkktions].


Enjoy The Silents (1992, 24.10, ECS Trackmo)

Enjoy The Silents
Credits 
code
Rayban
gfx
Saint, Aero, Terminator
music
Øisten Eide (main), D-Zire (sfx)
Info 
2nd place in the Digital Symposium '92 demo competition.


Intro (1992, 28.12, ECS 40k Intro)

Intro
Credits 
code
Xann
gfx
Hof
music
911/Rebels
Info 
3rd in The Party '92 40k intro competition.


Demon Download (1993, .02, ECS Disk, 2 disks)

Demon Download
Credits 
code
Bionic, The Master
gfx
Devilstar, John Doe
music
"Nanopower-End-II" by The Master


World Charts #9 (1993, 11.04, ECS Trackloaded chart)

World Charts #9
Credits 
code
Thomas/Spreadpoint
gfx
Angeldawn
music
WOTW
editor
Autopsy.


CC93 Invitation (1993, .05, ECS File)

CC93 Invitation
Credits 
code
Spirou, Cuddley
gfx
Chevron
music
"Party Invitation" by D-Zire (4ch MOD format)
Info 
Invitation to The Computer Crossroads '93.


Sozzled Somersault (1993, 29.05, ECS File)

Sozzled Somersault
Credits 
code
Fuzzac
gfx
Chevron
music
"-<>In Traffic<>-" by Marillion (ProTracker MOD format)
Info 
tested A500 /000-7 /½mb chip, ½mb fast/2.04. -- Note: Not enough mem to run, even after booting from floppy with Add21k. Designed for 1.3 1mb machines, I guess, and 2.0 means there's not enough available. A2000/000-7 /1mb chip, 2mb fast/2.04. A1200/030-50/2mb chip, 4mb fast/3.0.


Something About The Silents Makes Me Sick! (1993, 24.07, ECS File)

Something About The Silents Makes Me Sick!
Credits 
code
Spirou, Cuddley, Delery
gfx
Chevron
music
"-= s.a.s.m.m.s =-" by Marillion
Info 
2nd in the Marks Computer Society Party. tested A500 /000-7 /½mb chip, ½mb fast/2.04. Note: Had to run from floppy, and run add21k first. A2000/000-7 /1mb chip, 2mb fast/2.04. A1200/030-50/2mb chip, 4mb fast/3.0. Note: Scroller has graphical errors.


The Party 93 Invitation (1993, late, ECS File)

The Party 93 Invitation
Credits 
code
The Master
gfx
Dize, Devilstar, The Master
music
Jesper Kyd
Info 
Invitation to The Party '93.


Soulkitchen (1994, 28.12, AGA Trackmo, 2 disks)

Soulkitchen
Credits 
code
Crush, Ricky
gfx
Dize
music
Scortia
Info 
4th at The Party '94 demo competition.


Fruitkitchen (1995, 12.08, AGA HD Multifile)

Fruitkitchen
Credits 
code
Crush, Ricky
gfx
Dize, John Doe
music
"Fruitkitchen..sco" by Scortia
Info 
4th in the Assembly '95 demo competition.


BBS's

  • MAINLINE (GER, Console HQ, 04/93)
  • NEXT GENERATION (USA, 04/91)
  • ULTIMATE DREAM (ENG, 04/91-10/92)
  • UNKNOWN TERRITORY (GER, 10/92).

Music in the UnExoticA collection

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

Demo Year Party
Fruit Kitchen 1995 Assembly '95
Welcome On Amiga 1987 NTC and Defiers Hacker Party
Xpose 1992 Hurricane Party
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