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MAGFest DEMOPARTY
Music and Gaming Festival MAGFest



Thursday, January 2 - Sunday, January 5

GAYLORD NATIONAL RESORT•NATIONAL HARBOR, MD

201 Waterfront Street | National Harbor, Maryland

Check out our MAGFest Demoparty trailer here!





Polish Cultural Institute New York is proud to present MAGFest Demoparty, a 24hr event, led by

Polish Demoscene gurus Grzegorz “fei” Juraszek and  Jakub “AceMan” Szelag, during the 3 days of

the legendary Super MAGFest festival, taking place in National Harbor, MD from January 2 to 5, 2020.

Demoparty presents a digital artform known as the “demo”, and in 2020 a special focus will be on

demo music created on old generation consoles! Demoparty program will include: music coding

workshops, lectures about Demoscene background, demo showcase, the 24 hr 3-day Demoparty

with live broadcast for attending participants and remote guests as well as the final competition with

prizegiving. MAGFest visitors will be able to vote live on their favorite demos, interact with creators

to learn their techniques, and watch in awe as new codes for music are developed in the making of

this magical computer art form. The event is going to be livestreamed during the Super MAGFest

Festival.


The Demoscene emerged in the 1980s as an informal movement of digital content creators who

produce graphics, music and software. Some would release their work independently, but many

joined forces to create non-interactive 2D and 3D presentations along the lines of movie or video

game effects. These are called demos and are run on hardware in real time, computed on-the-fly.

Demos (as well as their smaller, byte-sized counterparts, “intros”) were once distributed free of

charge on pre-internet online systems as well as floppy disks with other software. In the early online

era, demosceners wanted a place to meet, since sometimes they had not even met their

collaborators. The Demoparty was born.

Demoparties have been running since the early nineties. They quickly became known for debut

screenings of new demos and competitions for prizes. Since the European scene is much larger, the

MAGFest Demoparty aims to grow the American Demoscene by building links between the gaming

and Demoscene communities and introducing newcomers to the scene.


MAGFest Demoparty will be a continuation of a three-year cooperation of Polish Demoscene

animators (previously gathered around the Riverwash initiative, now Xenium) with the MAGFest

organization, thanks to the continuous support of the Polish Cultural Institute New York and the

Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Washington DC.

MAGFest Demoparty will be an opportunity to foster the Demoscene environment in the USA. This

movement in America is scarcely active, which is caused by large distances, objective organizational

problems and concentration of people involved in the creative use of hardware platforms on

consoles that are difficult to program/create music/graphics/animation on, whereas Europe

(including Poland) has over 20 years of tradition in organizing meetings and Demoscene

competitions, including the last 11 years involved in the largest Polish meeting of this type called

Riverwash and the reactivation of Xenium event (September 2019). This collaboration brings Polish

and American demosceners together with the MAGFest organizers in creation of a unique

experience.




PROGRAM MAGFest Demoparty 2020


Thursday, January 2 nd


- 6:00 PM – doors open (demoparty is 24/3 if there are people interested in watching so come

anytime you want!, this is only the schedule for highlighted events)


- demoshow till midnight



Friday, January 3 rd


- 4:00 PM – Jakub “AceMan” Szelag: Music creation workshops for older generation

consoles. Discussion of technical differences between platforms, characteristic

features of sound systems, presentation of software which enables writing music for

GameBoy, Sega Genesis or Super Nintendo equipment - introduction and beginner

workshop

- 6:00 PM – Brendan “Inverse Phase” Becker and Grzegorz “Fei” Juraszek: introduction

to Demoscene for beginners - how to be a demoscener, early days and history of Demoscene, current trends, etc.

- 8:00 PM – announcement of fast competitions, official beginning of MAGFest

Demoparty 2020

- demoshow till midnight



Saturday, January 4 th


- 4:00 PM – Jakub “AceMan” Szelag: Music creation workshops for older generation consoles.

Discussion of technical differences between platforms, characteristic features of sound

systems, presentation of software which enables writing music for GameBoy, Sega Genesis or

Super Nintendo equipment - advanced workshop for skilled musicians with their works going

into the competition


- 6:00 PM – competitions (entries submitted by participants of the party get shown on the

screen and people vote for them, also remotely)

Sunday, January 5 th

- 10:00 AM – voting ends

- 11:00 AM - prizegiving ceremony (best entries get trophies), closing ceremony


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