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Syntax is a small computer arts festival known as a "Demoparty". These weekend events occur globally and bring together coders, musicians, graphic artists and tech creatives to watch and often present works of art in digital form.
We also have fun compertitions for pixeled graphics, animation and chipmusic. Groups often work together to produce a "demo" - a realtime animation that combines code + art in creative ways. These demos run on computers new and old (eg. C64, early DOS or 1980's consoles), but there's also a category for arduino-style graphics displays, homebrew projects and anything else you've created!
Most importantly - things are very relaxed, everyone is welcome and it is a wonderful place for people to geeks out about retro computers, talk graphics and pixel art, or talk music software / chipmusic / tracker tools. (sometimes with a few beers later in the evenings).
Quick post-covid note: If you get sick right before syntax, we will still accept your entry (via Discord on the day) provided you are in AU, and were registered as coming IRL. :-)
BELOW: Some short edits of previous entries from the 2019 Wild compo (ironically, the "non-demo" compo!)
And also the Graphics enteries:
2012 years party was also awesome with a bunch of peeps of all ages and backgrounds. Checkout a video of TTT's amazing SID box and footage from the party at Syntax 2012 YouTube vid.
Syntax demoparties (since 2006) have been a huge success and a rocking time for all. Melbourne, AU
Syntax past entries have featured a huge variety of technology - all together under one roof.