The touching story of Antimon
In 1987/88 the bright guy who called himself Sx (Sten Bredenberg) who was messing around in a Finnish group called BCS decided to found a new group. - Antimon was the name he had in his mind..
I (Zaphod) was at that time a member of The Spies, and mainly took care of the swapping. I had been in the scene for quite a time and knew a lot of people worldwide and Sx was just one of my contacts. - One day he wrote me and asked if I wanted to join his "new" group as he just had finished the first Antimon demo. I thought this was ok since I had just quit The Spies due to some rumors that they where ripping routines from other groups. One of my contacts Trackbanger (also known as Xerx) wanted to join aswell.. He had a lot of contacts and did some graphics for us. Sx managed to get hold of Lhynx, he was a coder who came from the Belgian group "New Formula Crew" He was also located in Finland and got the nickname "The raster master" because he was darn good with'em!! Johnny from a group called The Falons joined the group, he was doing some coding too.
This was actually the core of Antimon for a while. Ela joined "officially".. Although I have considered he as a member from the start. He was a member of the Norwegian group The Suppliers and joined the group Cosine later.. It wasn't much activities in those groups, and I've always thought he did more work for Antimon. Ela produced a huge amount of music for Antimon. The Edge joined as a lunetic... Ops! I meant coder. He lived 300 metres away from me, and we did a lot of coding, beer drinking and gfx together. Lier joined our forces at this time too, he did graphics, swapped, and he started to code after a while.. Artec joined also to supply us with graphics.. At this time we where regularly visiting parties..
We where present at:
- Razor 1911/Abnormal/Rawhead party.
Time went on and a lot of demos where
released and new members joined:Stranger, Blade, Nappy where some of them
(I can't remember that much about them sorry!!) Sx made a turbo loader
for our demos which could load with sprites/scroller/rasters and music
etc. on the screen. I believe Antimon was the first group which made a
TURBO loader like this. The demo standard wasn't quite astonishing, but
none of us cared. The problem was graphics, cause we didn't have any gfx
makers nearby, and just snail mail.. Anyway we had a lot of fun doing
The time went on and there was certainly
less time for coding. Some of us started on higher education, jobs etc.
We become more and more inactive..
That's it...Here we are today, maintaining this Web site.. Feels kind of strange really. I sure miss the time described above and I hope we'll be able to release some stuff in the future. I'll certainly try the best I can to get my butt to a party somewhere.
Keep the COMMODORE 64 alive in the future..