Void is an Amiga demo group that has been active since 1995.
Our members comes from different parts of the world; United Kingdom, Norway, Sweden, Finland, United States, Greece, Switzerland and South Africa. Thanks to the magic of the Internet, we’re able to keep in touch on a regular basis, even though we managed when we mailtraded through snail-mail. 😉
We’ve released many productions this year, including three issues of our packdisk series Dreams, several intros and a demo. More is to come. Together with our friends in Nukleus (a group based in Sweden), we’re working on a brand new issue of Versus, the Amiga Demoscene Charts.
Now, some of you may wonder how Void saw the light of day back in the 1990’s? Powerslave, the founder of the group, tells us his story of how it all started..
The Story of Void by Powerslave/Void
The story of Void on the Amiga started way back in the summer of 1995, myself (Powerslave) and Griz (member from 1995 – 1999) were in a UK group called Ultima, my role was swapper and musician, and Griz’s was gfx. Originally my handle was DT214 taken from my 11m CB radio days, (I now still use the radio with Alpha Tango call and HAM radio also, many handle swaps over the years and finally settled with Powerslave).
After about 8 months in Ultima, we both decided to leave and start are own group. It was September 1995 and we both went to Blackpool for a day trip. Various names where flying around like Mirage, Escape etc, then Griz shouted out “Void”. Well that was it, it sounded cool and void was born.
The members started to join, Rabl from Ultima joined and then changed his handle to the famous Gone. Other members joined, some from Ultima others from other UK groups around that time. One thing Void wanted to do was discover new UK sceners, so a lot of members joined from being “Indys”, independants as they were known as.
Names like Snoopy, Jay, Skinner, Hurricane, Raptor, Killit, Furrball, soon joined and this brought countries like Norway and Poland and Holland into the Void group. By the beginning of 1996, Void had many members in 4 countries.
Later in 1996, the Dutch group S2 joined Void as a sub-group, which had only two members, Styles and Scandal. With their help, they released the Macron BBS-intro on the 22-07-1996.
The memberlist at this stage consisted of:
DT214 – Organiser, Musician & Swapper (England)
Griz – Organiser, Gfx (England)
Jay – Organiser, Coder & Swapper (England)
Snoopy – Coder & Swapper (England)
Killit – Coder & Swapper (England)
Furrball – Gfx & Swapper (England)
Rabl – Organiser, Gfx & Swapper (Holland)
Styles – Musician & Swapper (Holland)
Scandal – Coder, Gfx & Swapper (Holland)
Zany – Musician & Swapper (Norway)
Hurricane – Swapper (Norway)
Raptor – Coder & Swapper (Poland)
Over the years we grew from strength to strength and released many good intro’s and demo’s at the Breakpoint and the Gathering demo parties. Punisher/Gods and many old-school groups joined and brought the music from Maze with him to enhance the demo musics.
Soon, I discovered a new coder, a learner who has turned out to be a good friend also, His name was Rumrunner and mainly coding with his A500, he showed the big groups in early 2000 that it was still possible to make routines without the AGA chipset.
Void members work was found in various packs and mags over the years, LSD’s Grapevine returned and so Gone had articles within this, as well as Jurrasic Park, I was honoured to be with the Hitpack series from Gods for my music and the early Kickdown packs from a group now RIP called Syndrome.