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Ronny Pries aka rktic here. This thing contains bits about the demoscene, music production, webdesign and whatever I deem interesting. Fancy the classic blog experience? This way please.

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  • How to un-WHAM your head.
    Times I need to unfuck my brain - WHAM edition.
  • Finished Not Perfect
    I can't stress how important this is. Unfinished business is likely to haunt you at night. No matter if it's a piece of music, a drawing or ...
  • My washing machine has a hard time...
    Is there a guinea pig stuck in my washing machine?
  • Fave new track: Salute - Storm
    I first encountered this one on Austrias FM4radio (which I urge you to check out!) and it instantly stuck with me. Not much to say ...
  • "Berghain Dreams" is perfect 3Lux/X-Mix memorabilia
    I miss the X-Mix series — when tailor fitting visuals for DJ sets was a fresh thing. Sullivan Murray to the rescue.
  • CV4LIVE by Skinnerbox
    CV4LIVE by Skinnerbox let's you gain control over Ableton Live functions from your Eurorack synthesizer. Withou...
  • Browser defaults for typography
    Once again I'm in the midst of tweaking the typography of my website. I never wanted to do it again. I hate it. And it got me thinking. Isn'...
  • Does the laptop kill the DJ?
    Peter Kirn just wrote an article about laptops in clubs for CDM. While he brought up reasonable points about practicality of laptop...
  • Sold: Endorphin.es Furthrrrr Generator
    UPDATE 09/16/15: it's already sold. UPDATE 09/15/15: If you're looking for a chance to buy the Buchla inspired...
  • Intellijel Shapeshifter in-depth tutorials
    A series of seven video tutorials exploring the features of Intellijels waveshaping VCO.
  • AudioRealism ReDominator VSTi
    AudioRealism ReDominator VST/AU
    Our new instrument ReDominator has landed and is ready for hoovering your flat, too.
  • Mercury - The Timeless 64kb
    it's just fucking 64kb. It's just fucking 64kb. It's just fucking 64kb...
  • Polyconaire: Poly.amp
    Polyconaire: Poly.amp
    A perfectly synced execution of less is more.
  • Revision impressions
    Four days of demoparty mayhem summed up in a few pictures.
  • loopdeloop.org animation challenge
    An ongoing challenge in looking for the perfect visual loop.
  • Street illusionist Steve 'OG MagicMan' McGuinness
    I first saw this documentary about Steve McGuinness aka OG Magicman two years ago and it kinda stuck in my head. Last weekend we w...
  • A brief history of Minimalism
    FACTmag published this comprehensive look on Minimalism in music four years ago, however i just stumbled upon it while looking for ...
  • Clark - Riff Through the Clouds
    The video for Clark's new release on Warp Records was made entirely on an Oscilloscope in one shot, taking advantage of the rolling...
  • The Artisan Press
    "For me, the first sheet should be the same as the last. And the middle sheet should be same as those. When you can do that, you k...
  • Glitchmachines Quadrant virtual modular synth
    If you were looking for serious (as in good sounding) semi- to modular synths on the virtual domain, you so far had to stick with A...
  • http://1977g.tumblr.com/
    1977g.tumblr.com
    1977g.tumblr.comVisit Carlos ``Made`` Pardo mood board & archive Demoscener, designer and photographer Carlos P...
  • Dysco by Simon Russell
    Dysco is a pretty demo-ish 3D animation/video by motion and interaction designer Simon Russell. Besides the efforts that went into ...
  • Cadence: a generative Audio puzzle game
    Connect dots with nodes, fire impulse through network, create loop, advance to next level. That pretty much covers the basics of Ca...
  • Todd Terje: Delorean Dynamite (It's Album Time)
    Today, mr Terje's debut "It's Album Time" hits the stores and it's one more confession of his to the 80's, neon lights, and analog ...
  • Europe in 8 Bits: A Chip-Music Documentary
    Outstanding trailer for Javier Polo's chiptune documentary. I'm a little bit astonished by the "new musical trend" that is being ad...
  • Painted Mural by Ben Johnston
    Toronto-based autodidact designer and letterer Ben Johnston created this mural from the slogan "I Just Want To Drink Coffee, Create...
  • robertbabicz at flickr
    Robert Babicz: the Photographer
    Techno producer Robert Babicz is a passionate photographer who explores his trips across the globe with his camera, capturing moments, peopl...
  • TM404 live at Gallery 'O in Milano
    This is a pretty good proof of Mr. Cox "gear Myth" theory I posted about this saturday. Andreas Tillander keeps exploring the boundaries of ...
  • Philippe Cam: Karine
    I think I'll stick with the Minimalist theme for sundays. The 12 inch "Mixte" by Philippe Cam released in 2000 on Traum Schallplatten is a p...
  • Thomas Cox: The Gear Myth
    A very good article by Thomas Cox on Attack Magazine, about the release of Roland's new Aira Series, the discussion revolving around it and ...
  • Fairlight: Feed me lies (Android demo)
    The breakthrough production on Android: Smash and Lug00ber's demo ranked 1st place a NVScene this week. The prod...
  • "The House that Chicago built" documentary
    "In the beginning, there was Jack - and Jack had a Groove..." Directed by Lil Louis, "The House that Chicago bui...
  • elmarriachi at flickr
    Urban exploration by elmarriachi
    My colleague elmarriachi regularly explores abandoned places with his camera and captures these old, rotten and forgotten places al...
  • "How can I be Happy?"
    Narrated by Stephen Fry and written by the British Humanist Association, "How can I be Happy?" is a philosophica...
  • Cocoon: Stochastic Process
    This is my favourite demo from last weekends Tokyodemofest in Japan. It feels a little bit like this 4096bytes m...
  • Howl (movie recommendation)
    Published in 1956, Allen Ginsberg's poem "Howl" became object of an obscenity trial due to its references to dru...
  • The Ink Test by CNCD & Fairlight
    This is the official invitation (a realtime demo, of course) for NVidia's NVScene demoparty in San Jose/Californ...
  • http://artfuckscopyright.tumblr.com/
    artfuckscopyright.tumblr.com
    http://artfuckscopyright.tumblr.com/ is about conveying statements by combining two images from the net. Everything is a remix!? Fo...
  • Kevin Andrews "Artisian Blacksmith"
    Craig May and his son Rory run the Artisian Blacksmithing workshop Dragon Forge ltd. This short by Kevin Andrews...
  • Das Kraftfuttermischwerk: Eingang nach Draussen [thn085]
    Back in 2006 my namesake Ronny and his friend Nico joined our netlabel Thinner with their debut album "Eingang nach Draussen" unde...
  • Don Hertzfeldt: Ah, L'Amour
    This one isn't new, it's actually from 1996. It's Don Hertzfeldt's first animated stick figure short, produced d...
  • Manuel Goettsching: Pluralis
    I'll stick with Minimalism for this sunday, just like last week, but with a different approach by Manuel Goettsc...
  • Ballad of a WiFi Hero
    Jesse Benjamin's 90s fantasy game flavoured animation "Ballad of a WiFi Hero" based upon McSweeney's Internet T...
  • Free Photoshop Pixel 2 Vector Converter
    Michael Tzscheppan, curator of www.the-orange-box.com released a free Photoshop Pixel 2 Vector shape converter ...
  • Europe 24 by NATS
    A beautiful visualization of flight control company NATS, displaying the cacophony of one day of flight tracking...
  • Generation 'Y' Can't We Sleep?
    Scott Fetters just published this article about his experiment to improve his sleeping routine and quality. A jolly good read about a few "s...
  • deathvalley79.tumblr.com
    deathvalley79.tumblr.com
    "deep in the valley, in the trunk of an old car." is the tagline of this ongoing tumblelog collection of black/white photography and artwor...
  • Steve Reich: Six Pianos
    There's no way around Steve Reich when it comes to Minimalism in music. Composed in 1973, this is my favourite o...
  • Analog 128: The handcrafting of a violin
    Ed Sozinho aka Sozinho Imagery accompanied Seattle's violin maker David Van Zandt during the 8 weeks of handcra...
  • Scroobius Pip: The Astounding Earnest Brace
    Here's a spoken word performance by Scroobius Pip named "The Astounding Earnest Brace" that also appeared as bon...
  • Up Rough City (Gameboy Advanced demo)
    Up Rough's contribution to the Datastorm 2014 demoparty ranked 1st place in the wild demo (a program that genera...
  • CSS-workaround for disappearing webfonts in Chrome 33
    If you're experiencing this problem with webfonts in Google Chrome version 33, try adding that to your CSS: body{ -webkit-animation-dura...
  • A trip to the german museum of technology
    Impressions from a visit to the insane archive of science and technology in Munich.
  • "We Are All Connected" - C64 Demo
    We are all connected by Fairlight, Prosonix and Offence is a homage to 30 years of pushing the limits. 17 minute...
  • AudioRealism ABL 3.0
    Even though we were busy with developing this Alpha Juno 2 emulation for Propellerheads Reason and updating all ...
  • David Bowie & Pat Metheny's song about Helvetica
    That moment when you wake up with a song in mind which lyrics were slightly remixed in your head... httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJRF8xG...
  • Variety of Sound SlickHDR VST
    Variety of Sound SlickHDR - explained.
    Variety of Sound just released SlickHDR - a new breed of dynamics processor. It takes the concept of high dynamic range processing ...
  • Noisli.com
    "...a fantastic and good looking background noise and color generator ideal for working and relaxing..."
  • John Cleese on creativity
    Inspiring and priceless lecture by John Cleese about the key factors stimulating creativity. 36 minutes well spe...
  • Stereo Jack - I called you again remix (Wall Music 026)
    Stereo Jack - I called you again (Ronny Pries Remix)
    Label copy: Oldschool Stuff from Stereo Jack with an amazing Remix by Ronny Pries. - Wall Music LabelCat-N...
  • Stereo Jack - Techno at last remix
    Stereo Jack - Techno at last (Ronny Pries remix)
    Label copy: Stereo Jack is back with his new digital release on Kiddaz.Fm! His new Ep is full of dark summerly Tec...
  • Ronny Pries - Breaking Bad EP
    Ronny Pries - Breaking Bad EP (_rf045)
    So, it was about time to get _rohformat back on track via Bandcamp and i'm glad to say that the first fresh 4-tracker is available as of now...
  • Hands on Maschine
    My first hour with NI Maschine
    After taking a close look at Novations Launchpad and Akais APC40 and trying to use both for drum programming (and step sequencing) i got my ...
  • AudioGL realtime synthesis demo video
    That’s a pretty interesting/impressive tech demo of a modular realtime audio studio titled ‘AudioGL’. Abov...
  • Quite - Riveurs Enjienrd & zeo-x-s
    *EPILEPSY WARNING!* < true. This demoscene rooted animation by the russian guys of Quite may cause eye cancer...
  • Numb Res by Fairlight & CNCD
    The latest demo by Smash & Destop using their wonderful particle engine with an awesome soundtrack by Stereo...
  • Definitive Daft Punk Mashup - a HTML5 experiment
    Definitive Daft Punk mashup in HTML5
    The Man in Blue took 23 tracks from Daft Punks discography, mashed them up and visualized the structure of the mashup in HTML5 &...
  • Loom by Polynoid.tv
    Welcome to the microcosm. Impressive and spine chilling animation by Polynoid.tv. Brilliant use of slow motion a...
  • Singularity by Edgar Davey
    Singularity is a very well made blend of video scenes and abstract 3D animation. It's on the experimental side o...
  • Radiolab presents Symmetry
    Creative video by Radiolab reflecting about different perspectives of symmetry. Black vs white, slow vs fast, old vs new — perfectly execu...
  • Aurora borealis near russia
    Terje Sorgjerd spent some time outside near Russia to capture one of the biggest "aurora borealis shows" nature ...
  • Hamburg - Great city on a great river
    There whereabouts of this movie about my beloved Hamburg remain a bit uncertain. It was filmed on 16mm reel arou...
  • Choosing the right mainboard for a DAW
    After struggling with my current Intel Core2duo E6600 based audio PC for 5 years i'm currently looking into updating CPU, mainboard and RAM....
  • Variety of Sound NastyDLA
    Variety of Sound NastyDLA free VST delay
    Variety of Sounds classic chorus / tape delay simulation NastyDLA is a great free VST. I've been frequently using it in my Dub T...
  • MFX & Kewlers: Ion Traxx 2004
    Next in the demos for technoheads series is this reminiscence to the good old X-Mix videos. 'Ion Traxx 2004' com...
  • Interview for netlabels.de
    On a sidenote, i was recently interviewed by Moritz Sauer about my netlabel "_rohformat" for his project netlabels.de. I'm afraid it's only ...
  • Live at Main #5 video mix
    http://vimeo.com/15635534 Here's my DJ set from this year's Main demoparty in Arles/France from two weeks ago as broadcasted via the livest...
  • Quite & Orange - cdak final (HD)
    httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cjSJc2eCetE I wrote about the party version of this 4k intro earlier already. The final version is now fini...
  • Medium by Einklang.net
    httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXUpH1QKA6Q For those of you who always wonder what this demoscene fuzz is all about i'm starting the serie...
  • "Enter Calico" featuring rktic
    Clear Notice is a fresh electronica label from Manchester, setting sails with its initial release "Enter Calico" by various artists from all...
  • cdak by Quite & orange (4k intro)
    The guys from "Quite" are known for their very moody and ambient-ish productions. This time they managed to get Brothomstates/Orange to make...
  • fr-062: the cube (chaos' codeporn)
    httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXE2pn_s818 The fourth iteration of our Werkzeug demotool casts first shadows into the public. Code and ide...
  • Universal Audio Cambridge EQ
    Universal Audio Cambridge EQ
    The Cambridge EQ is - hands down - the best software equalizer i ever used. It is perfeclty predictable, precise and easy to use, sounds ver...
  • Voxengo Elephant
    Voxengo Elephant Limiter
    I was looking for a transparent mastering limiter and bought Elephant back when the first version appeared. It always did a very good job to...
  • Audio Damage Roughrider
    Audio Damage Rough Rider
    AD's Rough Rider is the single channel and free brother of their multiband Pro version which reminds me a bit of Empirical Labs Distressor a...
  • Universal Audio Fairchild 670
    Universal Audio Fairchild 670
    Being part of the UAD-Series, the Fairchild 670 emulates the classic hardware compressor from the 50s. It's known for its magic mix-glueing ...
  • Variety of Sound Density mkII
    Variety of Sound Density mkII
    Although it sounds quite different i think of Density mkII as being the nearest neighbour to UAD's Fairchild. Capable of glueing a mix in a ...
  • RME Audio Digicheck
    RME's Digicheck is some kind of swiss army knife when it comes to audio analyses and measuring. Bundled with their soundcards it offers many...
  • TT Dynamic Range Meter
    This metering plugin is a little bit odd: it attempts to tell you how much dynamics are available in your mix. If you're not sure wether you...
  • A look at dubtechno chords and stabs
    The creation of chords and stabs remains one of the most frequently asked questions on music production forums. Specificly about th...
  • Diggabeats cover
    VA - Diggabeats on Diggarama.com
    Croatia based netlabel Diggarama celebrates its second anniversary with a 26 tracks VA compilation. The artist roster reads people like Izma...
  • fr-041:debris in HD on Youtube
    Finally, a HD video of our 180kb demo "fr-041:debris" is available on Youtube for your pleasure. For the non-demoscene enthusiasts amongst...
  • 20 beautiful techno tracks
    Being recently asked about my favourite tracks i soon had to face the fact that there's too much stuff i adore. So i came up with the id...
  • Bootsy releases BootEQmkII VST
    As sexy as EQing can be.
  • Ikeahack: DJ console
    Building a DJ console is quite a task on its own. Depending on available space, money, the amount of vinyls and equipment to keep solutions ...
  • burnt-in-lcd
    LCD burn-in and screensaver doublefail
    LCD screens are resistent to image burn-in. Yeah, rrright. I hereby claim this statement failed. What makes this a doublefail, is that it's ...
  • Variety of Sound Epicverb
    Epicverb by Variety of Sound aka Bootsy
    Epicverb's one epic reverb.
  • The Piz Mr. Alias 2
    The Piz releases Mr. Alias 2 VST/AU
    This guy loves to spit in your face.
  • AudioRealism updates ABL Pro to 1.1.1
    Maintainance galore.
  • Lowcoders KingDubby screenshot
    Lowcoders KingDubby tape delay
    Mac's need dub, too!
  • Stillwell Audio launches the Rocket and releases Tinman
    Yep, that's it.
  • Bootsy NastyHF & tableTop
    Bootsy gets nasty and releases 2 new coloring effects.
  • Odosynths now available for free.
    Everything Odosynths for 0 bucks.
  • Bootsy updates BootEQ and TesslaSE
    Less bugs & more stability for those precious keepers.
  • TAL-U-NO-62 v1.4
    A small step for the devs, a possibly big relief for the user.
  • TAL-Dub-II VST
    It's that dub-delay reloaded.
  • LennarDigital Sylenth1 2.0
    Is a maintainance update worth such a huge version jump?
  • Timbap - a fresh approach towards digital DJing
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0Lfz4ysWf0 Still in development and currently available as public beta (version 0.5.1 as of now), Timbap ...
  • Jeroen Breebart's Barricade Pro Limiter
    Big brother of acclaimed Barricade freebie released.
  • Bootsy NastyLF - beefy lowpass Filter/EQ
    Looking for boomtastic bass? Gotcha!
  • TAL Uno-62 VSTi
    Improvements here and there equal 60+2.
  • TbT Audio's Tls 3127 Leveling Amplifer
    This limiter knows no limit in limiting.
  • Bootsy BootEQ VST
    Bootsy is on a killing spree - releasewise. BootEQ is a channelstrip equalizer with 4 bands plus highpass filter that just sounds dope. Anot...
  • CableGuys FilterShaper 1.0 released
    After several public alphas and betas (as mentioned earlier) the CableGuys finally released version 1.0 of their lovely FilterShaper VST eff...
  • Voxengo Crunchessor 2.0
    The new version of Voxengo's "Crunchessor" dynamic processor comes in the new revamped UI style and for both, PC as well as Mac. It offers a...
  • "...and an 808 with milk and sugar, please" - Hobnox Audiotool update
    So, here's the promised 808 for the awesome Hobnox Audiotool browser app.
  • Angular Momentum's KickLab XL VSTi
    A pretty good all-in-one ready-to-go kickdrum synth.
  • Bootsy Density
    My favourite and most used free compressor - must have!
  • Chord House: Piano Room
    Chords, scales and a tool that rocks
    I recently ran into a web application that may help you improving your music skills - if you'd like to. Pity, should have discovered it year...
  • Free reverb of the moment - Ariesverb VST
    The list of available reverberation effects, even free ones, is long - very long. I've heard a pretty good selection of those the market has...
  • Schwa Oligarc VST multi-effect unit
    Hm, smells like a good multi effect.
  • Jeremy Evers Atlantis VSTi beta 0.9f
    Free, comprehensive, feature-packed > instant download.
  • Echoes - Geometry Wars on steroids for PC
    Okay, tonight i basicly wanted to continue writing on some texts and stuff. In a moment of unconsciousness, following the good recommend...
  • Audio Damage releases Dubstation 1.5 (VST/AU)
    One of the best (and still affordable) commercial delays gets revamped to version 1.5. For 39$ you get an oldschool flavoured unit with a ra...
  • Nomad FactoryWarmer Phaser VST
    Thanks Nomad Factory for getting rid of this plugin from your support plan!
  • AudioRealism Bassline 2.10 available (VST & Mac AU)
    Mike updates ABL2 on Mac and Windows to version 2.10, introducing shuffle a new, pretty kickass user interface makeover and quite a number o...
  • "2x 303s and a 909 to go, please." - Hobnox Audiotool
    ERRR WHAT? Insane! Above screenshot shows a little application called Hobnox Audiotool that runs in your browser. Yep, like, in your bro...
  • Joachim's TB4005 VST updated
    Bugfix galore.
  • Cableguys FilterShaper VST goes beta
    Just a short notice that the lovely FilterShaper plugin left alpha status and went beta today. The price for the unlimited version is set to...
  • Farbrausch V2 updated to 1.5
    The biggest news for the non-demoscener is the availability of a 'single mode' plugin version (lacks multitimbrality) which allows you to us...
  • Synth gems: Joachim's TB4005 VSTi
    From time to time i'm getting asked about the plugins i use and since sharing production experiences is a good thing, i'm going to present s...
  • Samplepack #01: a free pack of loops and stabs
    Here's a free pack of samples containing 60 chords/stabs and loops between ~110 and ~130 bpm. Most can roughly be classified as min...
  • Prophanity - A free Prophet 5 clone
    There's finally a free alternative to N.I.s Pro-53 that doesn't suck. Chris Roberson updates his Prophanity synth to 1.1, introducing the so...
  • Oatmeal VSTi gets an update
    This revision adds new filter types and routing capabilities as well as unison which makes it even more evil. Come and get it.
  • Diggabeats cover
    Swift on Diggaramas first anniversary compilation
    Diggarama just released a VA compilation to celebrate its first anniversary - congrats. Amongst those 31 tracks by artists like Vadz, Derek ...
  • VA - Demo tracks
    3 years after the last appearance on Thinner ?my dubtech/ambient related project returns to its home. Check out "Midnight Glare" by my alter...
  • AudioRealism releases Bass Line II AU/VST
    Press release: Since 2003 ABL has established its sound as the industry standard. In 2007 ABL2 achieves important improvements in several...
  • Gmediamusic impOSCar soundbank
    32 impOSCar presets
  • Native Instruments FM7 soundbanks
    Two soundbanks for Native Instruments' FM7 *
  • Ronny Pries - Through the fog
    Ronny Pries - Through The Fog (t-001)
    Vinyl 12" | T-minus | Techno | 2003
  • Snitzer & Mc Coy - Auto Aggression EP
    Snitzer & Mc Coy - Auto Aggression EP
    Vinyl 12?| Superstition Records | Techno | 1999
  • Snitzer & Mc Coy - Hot Wheels EP
    Snitzer & Mc Coy - Hot Wheels EP (Superstition 2076)
    Vinyl 12?| Superstition Records | Techno | 1997
  • Ronny Pries - Distant Paths Extracts
    Ronny Pries - Distant Paths Extracts
    Vinyl 12" | _rohformat | Detroit Techno | 2005
  • rktic - acid dubs cover
    rktic - Acid Dubs
    Download from archive.org: Full release (.zip, VBR mp3) Full release (.zip, VBR ogg) Individual tracks from ...
  • Snitzer & Mc Coy vs Humate
    Snitzer & Mc Coy vs. Humate - Oh My Darling I Love You
    Vinyl 12" | Superstition Records | Techno | 1997
  • Polac VSTi loaders for Buzztracker
    The final VSTi/fx solution for Buzztracker. Contributions: "Project management" -Feature development -Betatest supervising & betatestin...
  • Snitzer & Mc Coy - We Will Rock You
    Snitzer & Mc Coy - We Will Rock You
    Vinyl 12" / 7" / CD | Superstition Records | Techno/Elektro | 1998
  • Native Instruments Traktor DJ Studio / Final Scratch
    PC/Mac | mp3 DJ'ing Software
  • AudioRealism Bass Line
    PC/Mac | Instrument | Sophisticated TB-303 emulation
  • AudioRealism Semi Modular
    PC/Mac | Instrument/Effect | kind of MS-20 with 303 sequencer
  • Breitbannt ft. R. Pries - Lost
    Breitbannt ft. R. Pries - Lost
    Download from archive.org: Full release (.zip, VBR mp3) Individual tracks from archive.org Label cop...
  • Ronny Pries - Fuckin' swearz EP
    Ronny Pries - Fuckin' swearz
    Released as clear 12" on Berlin-based and revamped Bash Again (ex. Bash Records run by Tanith) these three tracks featured my possession for...
  • Surphase & rktic - Norddeutsch EP
    After sending around parts for two tracks each Marko and i ended up with this four tracker. Tidenhub and Trockendock were pre- produced by h...
  • Breitbannt - Back from exile
    Can't really say what made me come back to my "Breitbannt" alter ego from the early schleudertrauma days. Maybe it was the overall feel of t...
  • Ronny Priest - Tracked Romance EP
    Ronny Priest - Tracked Romance
    Vinyl 12" | Forte Records | Detroit / Dubtechno | 2001
  • rktic - Northern Lights cover
    rktic - Northern Lights
    Download from archive.org: Full release (.zip, mp3) Individual tracks from archive.org Label copy: O...