Demonights 010: The C64 - Living History

It's been the year 1983 when Commodore asked in a freshly launched TV commercial: "Are you keeping up with the Commodore?" If anyone has kept up with the Commodore ever since, it's probably the demoscene. Commodore went bankrupt in 1994, the good name was sold to obscure companies. And the demoscene is still here. Some people say, more than ever!

Quick facts

Demonights 010, Friday, 15.11.2019 / 19:00 - 23:59, screen programme starting at ~20:00 / Effingerstrasse 10, Bern. Underground -2 trough the side entrance / Participation fee is CHF 10.- cover to be deposit in our tip-jar / Come join us for C64 demos, insights on a research project on the transnational history of the cracking scene in the 80s and a quick and sloppy training on how to create C64 demos in 2019. Special guests: Gleb J. Albert & Piero "Dr. Science" Iellamo.

Are you keeping up with the Commodore?

The C64 has been launched in 1982. Sitting on our desks, it has seen many historical events happening in all those years of glory. We are really proud to have a speaker at the Demonights 010 who is the expert on demoscene in a historical context:

Gleb J. Albert, historian at the University of Zurich and demoscener, will talk about his on-going research project on the transnational history of the cracking scene of the 1980s and early 1990s. He embeds the scene into the social and political history of the time – the Cold War, the neoliberal realignment of economy and society, and the shifts in youth culture. One particular focus lays on the circumstances of the scene’s spread beyond the Iron Curtain, and the entanglements between crackers in Western Europe and pirate software dealers in Eastern Europe and the Global South. Gleb Albert will also talk about the difficulties of gathering sources for this history, and his digitisation project “Got Papers?” which was launched in order to overcome these difficulties.

Gleb's talk will be framed by the crème de la crème of recent C64 demos. Currently, there is a high activity in the C64 demoscene - awesome productions compete against each other at various parties and the limits of the hardware are still being pushed. We will also screen evergreens and classics to give you the chance to dive back into your youth.

Piero "Dr. Science" Iellamo has been part of the demoscene since 1988. A few years later, in 1991, he became the founder of Atlantis - probably the longest running Swiss demoscene group that is still active. Piero will be at the Demonights 010, telling his story and the story of Atlantis and the Swiss C64 history. To sum up and address the "Living History" aspect, he will further show us how you code and create on the C64 today: Cross assemblers, tool chains and all the secrets of successful and productive demo coders in 2019.

Location & Contact

When: Friday, 15.11.2019
Doors: 19:00 - 23:59, screen programme starting at ~20:00
Participation fee: CHF 10.- cover (please deposit in tip-jar)
Where: Effingerstrasse 10, Bern. Underground -2 (side entrance)

Best reachable by public transport, 5 minute walk from the main station in Bern; No parking on site: please use nearby designated city parking lots (City West). We will have some drinks & snacks available (again via tip-jar) on location.

Please let us know you're coming so that we can put some beers to the icebox. Say hi on Facebook, Twitter, Mastodon, Pouet or even by bloody old email (info [at]

Demonights 010 is brought to you by Echtzeit - Digitale Kultur & Effinger E-0010.

Lead Image: screenshot from We Are Demo by Fairlight, Noice and Offence