History of the group
When searching for Abyss-Connection (AC) on the web or CSDb, you will soon find out that AC has not been founded in 1991 but a few years before.
Losing contact to the founders of AC makes it impossible to research any
earlier than 1991. Well, in 1991
The Mysterious Art (TMA) and
(MRC) joined AC. TMA started with some demos and supported the code and gfx
for the AC diskmag called
Bitmania. MRC continued as swapper and created the
famous digi-sound series
Der Motzer and some other minor releases plus a few
It was a great time with
Serge. The story was
interrupted after releasing
Bitmania 12 in 1992 when most members of AC
decided to quit unfortunately. But MRC and TMA did not. The two boys continued
the history of AC a few years longer until that last release of the 90s
Der Motzer 4.
MRC and TMA first met in 1990 when a mutual friend called
Wesi brought TMA
to MRC's house to swap some new stuff. The C64 scene was at its
peak at that
time, and every day new games and demos were released.
But there was another way to get the
newest stuff around Europe. Actually,
it was in the town called
Venlo in the Netherlands.
Those were really great times. Loading anything new we got into the car of a
father of one of us and going hundreds of kilometers to the big place where
big sceners were present. Sometimes the hall was
the organisers had a hard job to keep out any more visitors. The local bus
stop and even the train station was scribbled over and over with
signs of every group which had been there. Those parties took place till
1993 before they closed doors forever. Sad but true: the C64 sceners lost an
important forum to share stuff and knowledge.
Venlo was not the only party place which was located in the
Netherlands. Other towns which held Commodore parties every month were
Den Haag. When we got to
Nijmegen first in January 1994, we
soon had to recognize that the real Venlo feeling somehow could not be
PC and mostly
Super Nintendo users took part in these
parties. From then on, TMA brought his
Amiga 1200 and MRC bought a
Copy Station and almost moved over to the SNES scene. This hardware
made it possible to copy the SNES cartridges right to
regular 3.5" disks!
But those times did not last very long. In the meantime, the
seemed to be
dead already: no more new games, no more magazines in
last issue of the German magazine
ASM (Aktueller Software
Markt), which was
very popular among the C64 scene, was published in 1994.
9 years of home computer glory ended on that sad day.
After 1995 the C64 scene seemed to be dead for TMA and MRC, but living in the same hometown and being friends for many years kept them together for other free-time activities outside the scene as well - until 1999!
At the end of 1999 MRC got his first private internet access at home and while
searching the web for Commodore 64 related topics an article of the
X-Party 1998 was discovered before long! Totally excited that the C64 scene still was
alive, MRC and TMA reactivated the hardware and software they still
owned. Getting to know that there would be another
X-Party in 2000 TMA and
MRC prepared to take part and even release a demo at that event! The
X-2000 Demo wrote history as it invented SID-dancing on demo parties which is
essential today. The scene vibes caught TMA and MRC at once, and they met the
RAIDERS at X-2000 as well.
Totally flashed after X-2000, there was no doubt for the duo to get really
active again. New friends were made on
Nordlicht demo parties. the friendship to
Bert/Raiders (who has been the only one left in
Kamp left in
fieser Wolf got stronger over all those years visiting most
demo parties together, having a coop-demo on the C64 in 2003, sharing knowledge
and, first of all, always having a good time!
After his group broke up in 2012 the way to join AC was short for
fieser Wolf. He became a full member at
Revision 2014 and
Bert followed at
Evoke 2015! So, that is where we were in 2016 - looking back at
25 Years of Abyss-Connection History - grown up from schoolboys to men, got girlfriends,
got married, got children and all that kind of mature stuff. Soon after,
Background (2017) and
Henne (2018) made the crew complete.
Background is a highly dedicated C64 coder and a former fellow student of
fieser Wolf. We first met him in the year
2015 as we held a small AC meeting
at a vault cellar of a pub in Osnabrück. He was quite busy with programming a
game, but due to lack of time and missing tech support from other
coders, the release was delayed year after year. This rapidly changed when
he joined AC and we are very happy to have him with us now.
Henne is in the demo scene since
2001 and started making
SID music in
One year later, he joined
The Dreams and has been at demo parties every
year since. That's where we met him many times. Being a more or less active
SID musician for several years, his C64
coding activiy increased in the years
summer 2018 he finally joined
AC and is happy to be part of a
highly active C64 group.
Commodore 64 was always with us over all the years - and it is here to
stay! We are looking forward to partying in the next 25 years very much -
WE ARE LIVING FOR THE CURSOR!