Who's Cascade...Cascade is a loose group of people sharing their dedication for the good old Commodore home computers of the 80s, still wellknown today under their names "C64" and "Amiga".
Cascade was founded in spring 1988, most probably in march or april, by Bruce, Bongo (both ex-Starlight) and Axis (ex-The Remix Crew), three sceners who were living near Frankfurt/Main/Germany. Most members of the group soon moved from C64 to Amiga (probably already in summer of 1988) and became quite successful as cracking and (primarily) demo group, also running a number of wellknown boards.
Additional note about the foundation: The AFL Cracker Journal issue 21 offers an interview with Bruce & Bongo, containing information about the foundation of the group. In that interview they mention that the birth of Cascade was dated to spring 1987, which seems to be far too early (until further notice).
Though being a Germany based group, during it's early years Cascade had divisions in several other countries like: Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Holland, France, Belgium, Canada and the USA. Most divisions had been active on Amiga only. Nevertheless the group did obviuosly not completley migrate to Amiga. Although it's unknown, if C64 activities took place in 1988, at least in 1989 there was a sign of 8-Bit life when in April 1989 four sceners from France (Stephane, JM, Ken and Tao) where overtaking the C64 Section of Cascade and running it for aprx. half a year, releasing some demos.
From 1990 on it seems, Cascade was solely active on Amiga furthermore, releasing lots of demos, intros and packdisks. In 1991 the group was finally set inactive, when the group leaders (Bruce & Bongo) joined the Tarkus Team. After that most of the remaining members joined other groups or left the scene. Probably some danish and dutch members eventually continued for a while in 1991, but the Cascade story seemed to be over...
In 1995 two C64 sceners, Mr.Lee and Zeldin (that's me, who is just writing this), were forming a new group. We decided for 'Cascade' to be the name of this new group, after doing some page hopping in some dictionary (sounds familiar to many of you, eh). Never really being active scenewise on Amiga, both Mr.Lee and me were unaware, that Cascade was an already existing Amiga group (though inactive for several years). A fact that most propably would have influenced our decision in naming the group Cascade...
We are family:
Somewhen in 1998 Phazor got in contact with me, after he stumbled upon the Cascade Homepage. Curiosly he asked me, if this Cascade has some relation with his old Amiga group and if I had some old Amiga demos of Cascade. It was the first time I was aware that a scene group named Cascade had already existed before Mr.Lee and me were taking over the name. Normally this would have been a frustrating moment, but no: knowing that old scene stuff was around, containing a Cascade logo, was an somehow electrifying idea. After having some thoughts about everything (and exchanging several mails with Phazor and other former members), I decided to merge both old and new group together - we are family, ayeah!
I extended the website with an Amiga section and upd all the old Cascade Amiga stuff I could grab together (which was hard to find on the net back in the 90s). Shortly after, more and more old Cascaders appeared sending me eMails, trying to get in contact with other members again. Finding their old demos on the website, managing to get in contact with old friends after so many years and furthermore finding their old group still alive, made most of these guys totally happy...
Meanwhile there was also contact with the original founders of Cascade and in arrangement between Bruce & Bongo, Axis and me this merge is official and retroactive... Oh, and by the way, realizing that one of the Cascade founders originates near Frankfurt like myself (and furthermore Ray and Monte Carlos), makes Cascade somehow a Hessian group (at least a bit)... in that manner: "Schoppe in de Kopp!" :-)
Zeld!n, May 2007
Last update: March 2011
Last update: March 2011