Circuits Ablaze*

How Technical Limitations Pushed the Early Demoscene to Produce Digital Art

Master's Thesis by Marin Balabanov



Introduction: Beholding the Digital Ephemeral

Chapter 1. Demos as Cultural Heritage

Chapter 2. A Hitchhiker's Guide to The Exceptions

Chapter 3. Birth of the ST Demoscene in 1987

Chapter 4. Breaking the Limits in 1988

Chapter 5. Demo Coders Unite in 1989

Chapter 6. Pushing the Limits Using Constraints

Appendix I: Conservation and Preservation of Demos

Appendix II: Concepts for a Demo Archive



[*] The original thesis handed in for the master's program was titled "Shattering the Limits".
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