Alternative Party 2002
The Next Generation
Our special guest, RJ Mical, with tAAt members. RJ Mical was one of the original developers of the Amiga computer
At 2 Alternative Party some new faces got interested in our cause and with them we started to plan the third Alternative Party. In May 2001, Alternative Party ry, the non-profit registered association behind the future events, was born. It was time for something bigger and bolder.
We contacted Youth Department of City of Helsinki about possibilities to use their venues for the event. We ended up renting a former cinema, now used for hosting music clubs, theatres and other culture events. The name of the place was Gloria and that was to be our home for many years.
Valoköysiviljelijä by tAAt - a demo made using an overhead projector!
A bigger party
Alternative Party 2002 (or Alternative Party III or just plain The Alternative Party) was to feature real bands and artists performing live on Gloria's stage, with lights, smoke machines and so on. The place had room for 300 people and we advertised with flyers in music events. Three invitation demos/intros (by Wildfire, Dekadence and Trauma) were also made and Teque even composed a theme song Control-Alt-Terminate for our party.
An overview of the party hall
A bigger party brought its new, bigger challenges and it was indeed a hectic weekend for all the organisers. We had a strange new competition, a demo competition for overhead projector! Only one group, tAAt, took part, but their entry was excellent, creative and funny. Friday's first band, No I Ain't, was memorable with their spark-generating "instruments" and heavy industrial noise.
CNCD's Alt Too came 2nd in the demo competition - a demo running on the original Nintendo Game Boy!
The number of competition rose up through the ceiling (and stayed there) but a competition worth mentioning is the realtime music competition that we experimented at The Alternative Zone at Assembly '2k. A group could perform live what ever they wanted, using the instruments provided by us. The results were, shall we say, interesting. This competition was very popular so we were asked to organise it at later parties as well - in some form. And so we did.
We saw many very obscure computers at the party and Sts's MSX laserdisc show was probably something no one could have expected. We gave the award for the most obscure computer to Pelikonepeijoonit, the Arctic Computer Museum, who had a lot of strange equipment with them. They also won the demo competition with their demo running on the Vectrex game console.
- Control-Alternate-Terminate - the Alternative Party theme tune by Teque: mp3 XM
- PC ASCII invitation intro coded by Sol/Trauma. Contains the tune above.
- Invitation intro for the Atari Falcon 030 by Wildfire.
- Invitation intro for Commodore 64 by Dekadence.
- Invitation video by Nosfe: QuickTime MPEG
- Invitation Text
- The original Alt2002 website
Flyers and posters
- Posters by Setok (the files all represent the same poster, just in differenf formats)
- GIF version of Setok's version of the poster
- Ravel produced 7 different flyers for the event. These flyer sheets are meant to be A4 size. Flyer sheets: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
- Arto's pictures
- Pictures from SlengPung.com
- Pictures by Ilkka Sjöstedt
- Pictures by deeq
- Msk's pictures from Altparty
- Article at Peliplaneetta.net [Finnish]
- Sektori.com interviews Setok [Finnish]
- Sektori.com tells about the party [Finnish]
- A small news story by MBnet [Finnish]
- A news story by MikroPC magazine (written by Arto Teräs) [Finnish]
- A small article by MikroBitti [Finnish]