Alchimie is a French demo and retro computer party obviously held in France, more precisely in the Drôme département, in the wine producting Valley of the Rhône.
- 1 Organization and history
- 2 Alchimie timeline
- 2.1 Alchimie 1 – 2001
- 2.2 Alchimie 2 – 2002
- 2.3 Alchimie 3 – 2003
- 2.4 Alchimie 4 – 2004
- 2.5 Alchimie 5 – 2005
- 2.6 Alchimie 6 – 2006
- 2.7 Alchimie 7 – 2007
- 2.8 Alchimie 2009 – 2009
- 2.9 Alchimie 111111 – 2011
- 2.10 Alchimie X – 2013
- 2.11 Alchimie 0xb – 2015
- 2.12 Alchimie 12 – 2017
- 2.13 Alchimie 13 – 2019
- 3 µAlchimie timeline
- 4 Compos
- 5 Links
Organization and history
Organized by the TripleA association, an originally Amiga oriented club. TripleA mostly organize events called Amigabouffes, which are basically dinners with Amiga afficionados. Alchimie and µAlchimie are the annual XXL Amigabouffes.
The annual events are currently alternating with the main Alchimie each odd years and the smaller more intimist µAlchimie the even years (between each main). Main Alchimies are held in Tain l'Hermitage (Drôme) while µAlchimies are help in the smaller village of Clérieux (Drôme). mostly during late october or mid-november.
It has seen more and more French Amstradists attending it in later editions, slowly becoming one of the main French Amstrad friendly party, alongside Atari and Amiga and any retro computers fans, and modern computers users as well.
First edition of the Alchimie was held in 2001.
Alchimie 1 – 2001
Alchimie 2 – 2002
Alchimie 3 – 2003
Alchimie 4 – 2004
Beb, Ramlaid paid a short visit to put a souped-up CPC6128 on display and play some Amstrad Demos.
Alchimie 5 – 2005
Alchimie 6 – 2006
Alchimie 7 – 2007
Demoniak actually came here before as he is also an Amiga legend. He later chose to avoid the event in order to avoid MacDeath (quite understandable). He actually coded a small intro for CPC during the event (unreleased officially) Link at CPCrulez Here
Alchimie 2009 – 2009
Alchimie 111111 – 2011
MacDeath (without reservation and a lone Amstrad 6128PLUS & Monitor with few floppies). could purchase brand new in-box joysticks and Sega Pads, find sweet cables and make new friends and taste the event.
Alchimie X – 2013
MacDeath having his 6128PLUS, ROMbox by Bryce and PC to write any 3"1/2 dsk possible on display, impressing Amiga fans with SymbOS and all the nice classics and Demos. AST came to pay a (short) visit as well. This year, nice mouse pads were produced as merchandizing / goodies.
Alchimie 0xb – 2015
MacDeath, Overflow, Ast, OffseT, POWER, others...
Paris was under terrorist attacks at the same time, which quite spoiled the event.
Now with a handfull of Amstradists, the take over may start, and the now Amstrad corner is sieged for the first time. AST, OffseT and POWER could bring their reputation and expertize into the fray. Talking about Fray... A medieval martial art association came to give some nice demonstrations and re-enactement of the Atari vs Amiga wars of the past. This year decorated drinking glasses were produced as merchandizing / goodies.
Alchimie 12 – 2017
MacDeath/TO8rulez, Overflow/Logon System, AST/iMPact/System?, Roudoudou/Flower Corp., Golem13/GnG, MvKTheBoss, OffseT/Futurs', Zik/Futurs', TotO/nogoLmetsyS, Khomenor/G2L2 Corp , Mac_Gyver/Pinscreenman, PulkoMandy/Shinra team/Pulkocitron, xtrabet, Case, POWER, Beb/Overlanders, Gotcha, Fred/Screetch, CloudStrife/Shinra team, Barjack ...
This year more than 20 French Amstradists came to the party which also saw 3 Amstrad releases, while many are often seen posting at various forums such as Amstrad.eu or CPCRulez, other peoples simply came with Amstrads along other machines because you know, AMMMSTRAAAADDD !!! The Organizers really appreciated that those many Amstradists came to revitalize the Party with good humour and a huge crocodile, the best thanks to be done to the TripleA association is to come to release nice prods there. MacGyver spent the whole event to demonstrate the PinScreen in the "Amstrad corner" and some conferences were held by Roudoudou, MacGyver, PulkoMandy. Khomenor covered the event with many Twitch lives with 2 webcams and many drinks were had. As always a concert with AY/YM chiptunes was given on Saturday night. Also it was steaming hot because of some heating system malfunction and a few power shortage here and there due to some misplaced red power-off button and the many 30+ years old machines working. This year, nice mouse pads and bags were produced as merchandizing / goodies.
Alchimie 13 – 2019
Visitors : Demoniak, Roudoudou, Golem13, AsT, Drill, Kris, Sid, Khomenor, Hayabusa, JayBLOOD, MacDeath, Xtrabet, OffseT, Overflow, TotO, Hicks , Beb, JBleDaron, MAC_GYVER, Targhan, Tarkir, norecess, CeD, OneVision, Gotcha, CMP, hERMOL, PulkoMandy, Solorenzero...
Teams : Impact, Vanity, Amstrad.eu, Futur's, Logon System, Arkos, Condense, CPCrulez, Shinra, Easter Egg...
Roudoudou produced an invitro demo for the event : Rouleau de printemps by Roudoudou / Resistance, on Amstrad PLUS.
This year's Alchimie goodie was a plastic cup. many VIP2020 demoparty coffee mugs were offered as well.
Almost 30 Amstrad active sceners or user attended the party (on a total of 169 reservations) which was probably one of the biggest de-facto "Amstrad" (french) event since quite some time. Twitch Live streams by Khomenor and JBleDaron were covering the whole event, NoRecess could come from far Québec to present preview of Sonic GX, Golem13 was also presenting his longer beard and Ghost'N'Goblin PLUS cartridge version preview as well. Targhan peformed some Arkos tracker improvised master class. The whole Impact team was assembled, Vanity as well, the amount of (french) legends per square meters was sometimes impressive (despite on only 2 square meters), yet not a lot of releases beside a pair of graphix or some wild compos from Amstradists. Food and drinks were had, lulz too.
Ced was awarded second place in 2D graphics with a nice Amstrad CPC full-screener.
JBleDaron was awarded 1st place in streaming music with "quelque chose de CPC"
Khomenor and MacGyver were awareded 2nd place in Wild compo with Pacothon (pinscreen animation + remix song with samples from JBleDaron twitch livestreams).
Overflow was retiring as the Legend he is, giving place for all the other legends to exist again. He was last seen as a Spectrum48 scener, doing MSX ports for Alice computers.
µAlchimie – 2010
µAlchimie II – 2012
µAlchimie III – 2014
Hermol, MacDeath, Overflow.
Finally after many spams of reports of previous editions in lenghty posts at various Amstrad Forums, two other renowned Amstradists were lured to come taste the event, the food and the wine. With an Amstrad Legend such as Overflow and Hermol the webmaster of CPCrulez website, this may take-on at last with the aim to open south-east Amstradists to other retro-community and have a proper local annual gathering. Halas, Overflow was totally unknown as a legend here, this injured his pride so he sweared to the gods of code that one day he will be recognized at last and began a long work to the tops of the Demoscene to re-affirm his status one day. (ok, this may not be what really happened)
µAlchimie IV – 2016
MacDeath, Roudoudou, Overflow, Ast, OffseT, POWER, others...
Again the Amstrad contingent grew stronger, with the addition of Roudoudou a well known french scener and a legend to become. Overflow already started his ascension to Godhood of code earlier with his release IO on MSX at Forever, he would later say : "what limitations ? No one told me I couldn't do that"... Yet a sordid and treacherous compatibility scandal almost rendered his effort vain.
µAlchimie V – 2018
Offset, Hermol, Overflow, Ast, Roudoudou, MacDeath.
Alchimie 12 – 2017
The Alchimie12 (2017) was somewhat special in that Roudoudou and Overflow decided to both release at the composition, for Amstrad PLUS/GX4000 format in ROM cartridges, making it a doubled first. Nothing could have been possible without the C4CPC cartridge to unlock the full potential of the system at last. The second generation of Amstrad CPC made a grand entrance as a serious Demoscene competitor in the retro computer categories, competing with 16bits with huge number of colours on screen, impressive soundtracks and smooth fast paced animations, praised by Amiga and Atari fans during the event.
Case completed the Amstrad performances with his Amstrad CPC Graphic composition, Ranked First as well.
Glokzilla , a very cool Atari STf demo reached 3rd place and was also a serious contestant.
Roudoudou [code, graphics]
Zik [code, music]
Amstrad 6128+ cartridge demo - Ranked 1st at Alchimie12 - 2017
Enters the Legend. By Overflow from Logon system.
Extra help by TotO
GX4000 cartridge demo - Ranked 2nd at Alchimie12 - 2017
Amstrad CPC 16k screen - Mode0 - Ranked 1st in Graphic composition at Alchimie12 - 2017
- TripleA website (in french) : https://www.triplea.fr/blog/
- History of past Alchimies : https://www.triplea.fr/blog/lalchimie/les-anciennes-alchimies/
- DEMOZOO : https://demozoo.org/parties/series/486/
- Reports and topics at Amstrad PLUS Forum (french) :
- Alchimie0xb 2015 : http://amstradplus.forumforever.com/t161-Alchimie-2015.htm
- µAlchimie IV 2016 : http://amstradplus.forumforever.com/t238-Alchimie-IV.htm
- Alchimie12 2017 : http://amstradplus.forumforever.com/t302-Alchimie-12.htm
- Reports and topics at CPCRulez forum (french, may need to be logged and registered) :
- Alchimie111111 2011 : https://cpcrulez.fr/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=4520
- µAlchimie III 2014 : https://cpcrulez.fr/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=5323
- Alchimie0xb 2015 : https://cpcrulez.fr/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=5460
- µAlchimie IV 2016 : https://cpcrulez.fr/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=5821
- Alchimie12 2017 : https://cpcrulez.fr/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=5929