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Post by rabid squirrel on Wed Jun 10, 2015 11:16 am

Anomaly76
@anomaly76
also known as: anomaly
@anomaly76 wrote:Everyone, and I mean everyone, told me to do loops. I didn't want to do loops. So I just did my own thing. After a while, other people starting doing it too.
(paraphrased from rabid's memory)
@anomaly76 wrote:
quirk (kwûrk) n.
1. A peculiarity of behavior; an idiosyncrasy: "Every man had his own quirks and twists" (Harriet Beecher Stowe).
2. An unpredictable or unaccountable act or event; a vagary: a quirk of fate.
3. A sudden sharp turn or twist.
This just describes the type of track I tend to make and has subsequently become a type of track in the Line Rider community.
(comment on Absurd!st Movement)

What hasn't been said about Anomaly76? He has been called the grandfather of quirk, the greatest innovator of all time, and the original nonconformist, he invented more tricks and coined more terms than anyone else in Line Rider history, and he was almost indisputably the most influential trackmaker who ever played. If TechDawg was the captain of our metaphorical Line Rider community ship, standing proudly at the helm, Anomaly76 was the tiller, quietly guiding our course, moving us forward, and shaping our future like none other.

First, a rundown. What did he invent or discover? In chronological order: Quirky Pops/Flips (later called Tip-to-Stacks by Hedgehogs4Me), Quirky Curves, Gravity Wells, Flings, and Integration. What terms has he coined? In chronological order: No-Boost (which later became All-Blue), Quirk(y), Gravity Wells, XY, Flings (originally described as gravity well cannons), and Integration (actually a misnomer). These are only the big ones - there continue to be seemingly new tricks "discovered" only to find that Anomaly actually did them first, years before.

Most Line Rider Legends shaped the styles and directives of tracks and trackmakers who came after them. Anomaly76 shaped the other Line Rider legends. Virtually all Line Rider legends (with the exception of UnConed) have cited him as a major inspiration, or cited others who have cited him as a major inspiration. He has at least partially and indirectly inspired or made possible virtually every celebrated Line Rider track since 2007. He remains the only creator to this day to have a Holy Shoe for a dinstinctive style rather than a specific track. Anyone who has ever tried to imitate his style knows it is virtually impossible, but that didn't stop hundreds of people from borrowing heavily from his tracks, sometimes creating spin-off styles that later became whole genres (alt quirk, fling quirk, manuquirk, integration), and other times inventing terms to describe what he was doing (stalls, stop'n'go, flow, rotation). And on top of this, he placed in the Final Eight in both the original Tournament of Champions (with Absurd!st Movement) and ToC3 (with Mojo) and won five Movie of the Week trophies (with Absurd!st Movement, Quirkology, Strictly Tricky, Aerial Acrobatics, and Own Orbit)

Despite these massive achievements, Anomaly remained a humble, quiet, respectful, nonconformist individual who was totally uninterested in hype, praise, or views. While quite open to criticism and always quick to leave positive comments on others' tracks, his focus was always on playing with Line Rider, sharing what he'd made, and checking out what others had made, above all else. He entered contests and participated in a large amount of collaborations, but I will be surprised if anyone can recall him ever losing his temper or getting involved in the debates about the community and site. He was one of the most prolific creators of all time, with over 130 line-rider-related uploads to YouTube. A number of times he noted that his track releases were usually delayed because he was lazy about recording and editing them, even though he often had finished tracks lying around, waiting to be released. And through it all, he was always dedicated to improving his trackmaking skills, based on his own standards. If you watch his tracks in order, it is easy to see that he never stops experimenting, and he never stops getting better. His last tracks were clearly his best tracks, and that was true throughout his entire Line Rider career. He never strived for anything massive or epic (and thus never overreached himself), but he always strived for better than what he had done in the past.

His last activity was in September 2010, when he posted Jolly and commented on Backflip, two of his three posts on WRTL. His last visit to the site was in January 2012. It is a mystery why he stopped playing, but it was probably a gradually lowering interest in the toy after so many hours of playing. If his last posts are correct, there is still a track he completed in 2010 that he never got around to releasing, and thus never saw the light of day.

Tappa Tappa [2006]
Spoiler:
Created in Beta 1 long ago, this remains Anomaly's second-most-viewed track. The name alludes to what we would now call tumbling. It also has some high speeds, lots of fakie mode, and something that you could maybe call a tail manual. And some loops, since Anomaly apparently hadn't grown out of them yet.

Groove Rider [2007]
Spoiler:
It is difficult to trace back and find an origin to quirk, but this track and its less-watched predecessor, Drunk Sledding, seem to be approximately where it started. While Anomaly's beta 1 track Plinko contains what you might call the first "quirky flips" or "tip-to-stacks", the predecessors to quirky curves, Drunk Sledding is the first track that explicitly says "No accelleration [sic] lines used", and Groove Rider is the first to call itself "quirky" in the description, the first to have something resembling a quirky curve, and you can also see stabilizers for a blue nose manual. Since the linerider.org archives are gone and this was before the time of pretty much anyone who's still around today, it's difficult to know exactly what was going on on the forums at the time. But this track remains Anomaly's most-viewed track so it seems only logical that this be considered the origin of quirk. Interestingly, it appears the aspects of quirk are inspired from Anomaly's time playing beta 1 - "no-boost" came about due to the beta 2 addition of acceleration lines, "quirky curves" came about from him playing around in beta 1 with lines to tip and flip him, and gravity wells ultimately evolved from there.

G-Force Grinder [2007]
Spoiler:
While this can't really be called Anomaly's first manuquirk (that title would probably go to Stability) this track is probably the first track by Anomaly to combine manuals and quirk effectively. It's also arguably the first where you start seeing Anomaly's signature style of motion develop - his first track with "flow", if you will.

Gravity Wells [2007]
(entry for quirky no-boost contest on LInerider.org)
Spoiler:
The track that started it all! The Notepad opening to the track states "Introducing a trick to be much abused by Anomaly76" - I think I can amend that to say by the vast majority of people to play Line Rider since. It's comical however, how terrible this video appears to people watching today. There is virtually no flow, the track is painfully sluggish, and the lag is almost unbearable. But at the time, this track blew everyone's minds, and easily won the quirk competition hosted by Anomaly76 and namtlade on linerider.org in January 2007, and inspired hundreds to experiment with the new "gravity wells" glitch (the name was coined by this video). This experimentation would lead to an explosion of "quirk" tracks that would reach mind-boggling proportions, practically eclipsing every other Line Rider genre to ever exist. Quirk was like the Borg in that it assimilated everything else in Line Rider, and today it's almost impossible to find a track that does not contain material that is directly traceable back to precisely this track. This video shows Line Rider history in the making like no other. If you're really interested in the history, you can also watch Big Kid, the track in which he actually discovered gravity wells. You can also check out the oft-cited Beginner's Gravity Well Tutorial he released a couple months later (after Absurd!st Movement).

No Place to Go But Up [2007]
Spoiler:
As people rushed to try experimenting with this new trick, Anomaly stayed ahead of the crowd and made a couple of all-blue, all-upwards quirky tracks, this one being the better of the two. The idea that you could do an all-blue all-upwards track at all wowed people, and on top of that it was actually quite entertaining!

XY [2007]
Spoiler:
Anomaly is not credited for starting the genre of XY (that would be Ram Tzu), but he did make the first true XY (meaning all lines were on the XY axis) and he did coin the term XY with the title of this track. Quite short, but historically really cool.

Absurd!st Movement [2007]
Spoiler:
One of Anomaly's greatest tracks - his first and only fully scened quirk, with a really creative abstract theme. This track was a milestone because it showed everyone that scenery and quirk did not have to be separate, but could come together and still be really cool. Years later, we are still struggling to bring quirk and scenery together in a way that is more effective than what Anomaly did mere months after inventing the gravity well, and that is what makes me call this track a work of genius. It also won Movie of the Week #6 on I Ride the Lines, and placed in the Final 8 in the original Tournament of Champions, eventually getting knocked out by Black Sea, which went on to win second place. The inspiration in many scened quirks to this day is clear, especially in FlagCapper's most celebrated track, Revolution Finale. The end of the track is also the origin of what would become Anomaly's intro (perhaps the most-used Line Rider intro of all time). Anomaly never scened another full track (despite the tantalizing "Pt. 1" in the YouTube title), though he did release a couple other WIPs and mini-tracks scened in the same style (Bound by No Laws, Ten Second Quirk, Line Rider 101, Spacial Harmony, and the end of Abandoned Properties)

Spring Fling [2007]
(entry for quirky no-boost contest on I Ride the Lines)
Spoiler:
Anomaly was really amazing because when he discovered a new trick, the first thing he did was not to publish a video titled "New Trick?", but to work it into a track and then release the track. For example, he discovered "gravity well cannons" and worked them into this track, and then entered it for a contest. Ultimately, the term "fling" stuck better than "gravity well cannon", though Anomaly can be credited with coining the term with the title of the video anyway. This was created for another quirky/no-boost contest on I Ride the Lines, in which this video took a close second to Endurance by x612nt13, probably due to the combined factor of the general masses not understanding the implications of flings, and music syncing. But man oh man, did flings have an influence! They were to become the most common use of the gravity well, and create whole genres of tracks. If you are interested in the history, you can also watch the video where Anomaly first discovered flings, Runner Up.

Who Still Rides the Lines? [2007]
Spoiler:
The first full-length all-gravity-well track. 357 gravity wells, plus a stall. This track was made before people really realized this was possible, and thus it blew everyone's minds. Also is probably the best example thus far of Anomaly developing his signature style of flow.

Quirkology [2007]
(collab with Owlflavored, Iamsorrydude, Anomaly76 and x612nt13)
Spoiler:
The first large-scale collaboration in Line Rider, and the first "quirky" collaboration, a genre which Anomaly76 created. This shows how much the movement had caught on by this point, and it inspired many more to create quirks, and as you can see, Anomaly76 stayed at the forefront of the movement with a pivotal part in this track.

Cyck [2007]
Spoiler:
One of the most notable tracks by Anomaly during his extremely prolific summer of 2007. No big groundbreakingly influential tricks or feats, but an excellent example of how he continued to get better and better - this track is clearly better than any of his previous, with big flings, anti-gravity wells, blue manual recycling, and a whole lot of funky creativity. You can see here that Anomaly uses airtime in creative, yet carefully evaluated ways.

Misdirection [2007]
Spoiler:
While this probably does not seem terribly misdirecting in today's world of green manuals, at the time the title fit. This track could be called the origin of the phrase "stop'n'go" as this was the first time nondirectionalism was set as an explicit goal. And, following a common thread here, this track is clearly his most entertaining yet.

Sublime [2007]
Spoiler:
This is about when people started realizing that Anomaly's style was practically untouchable - that is, it was impossible to replicate. Somehow the variation in what Bosh was doing throughout the track created an atmosphere of constant novelty. The terms "style" and "flow" weren't really around yet, but that is what made these tracks stand out.

Slip 'N Slide [2008]
Spoiler:
A surprisingly manual-heavy track with a faster pace than anything thus far. Anomaly's manuals are weird - they're not terribly smooth and they are never remotely circular but they certainly don't look poorly executed. They are somehow funky - and they're all blue, which makes them pretty impressive.

Why XY? [2008]
Spoiler:
Anomaly's first full length XY track. You can clearly see inspiration from Ram Tzu but the rotation variation and trick variation make the track unpredictable, and the stop and go style is very much present, which made this a seriously unique track.

Apex [2008]
Spoiler:
This could be called Anomaly's "standard" blue manuquirk masterpiece. It clocks in as one of his longest tracks, and his last to feature heavily in the blue manuals department, which is impressive, considering how fast-paced and entertaining it is. Following the trend, this is also probably his most entertaining track thus far.

Aerial Acrobatics [2008]
Spoiler:
Often cited in 2008 as Anomaly's best work, this track is quintessential Anomaly. All blue, lots of quirky gravity tumbling as well as flings, manuals, quirky curves, a whole variety of different speeds, SLAG wells, among other stuff. The style is executed with supreme confidence, and the flow is effortless.

XY strYXe back [2008]
(collaboration with ClosedDoor)
Spoiler:
One of the best examples of a collaboration that is essentially a battle within a track. An XY collab with ClosedDoor that is a follow up to their earlier collab, eXplosive dYnamics where ClosedDoor, in Anomaly's words, "kicked my ass". In this collab, Anomaly hits the ground running and holds his own. In his words, "we kicked each other's asses!"
[.sol file]

Own Orbit [2008]
(collaboration with Cephyric)
Spoiler:
At least at this point in time, Cephyric and Anomaly had styles that could be described as polar opposites. This track is a great example of how two people with contrasting styles can come together and make a fantastic track. And by the end of the track, you can see each of them realizing that the style of the other has some really cool aspects, and they start imitating each other. Notably, Anomaly makes a 150+ line inverted hand fling, far and away the largest fling anomaly ever made.
[.sol file]

Awkward [2008]
Spoiler:
Anomaly's attempt at making a vid that was "funky and kinda uncomfortable to watch" resulted in a lot of comments that it didn't feel awkward, it just felt awesome. If Misdirection was the origin of stop'n'go, this video shows anomaly's mastery of it. This track is full of stuff that is designed to be anti-flowy, and the result is something that is full of weird speed, direction, and rotation changes - but it turned out that instead of making the track uncomfortable to watch, it just made it super entertaining. That made this video a turning point for Anomaly - you can see that all his videos after this are a continuation of this "awkward" style.

Breathalyzer [2008]
Spoiler:
Anomaly's attempt at an alt-quirk. It was criticized for not being a "true" alt quirk because it has flings and quirky curves, which is pretty silly if you ask me because it's ridiculous to say that that made the track worse - if anything the failure to match a cookie-cutter style is not only the reason anomaly had influence in the first place but also a big part of what makes this track really fun to watch. It's stop'n'go with lots of varied line lengths and a more compact style than anomaly had ever done before, and I'll be damned if it's not fun to watch.

Quirkology: Lesson 5 [2008]
(collab with Conundrumer, joonas, and Z_N-Freak)
Spoiler:
Arguably the best track in the Quirkology collab series (and also the last), this track is heavy on blue manuals, big flings, and ingenious recycles (including the first known instance of recycling a fling as a lily manual, which is done a number of times). Anomaly does a part near the start with surprisingly huge flings and granual-rolls, and then a part near the end with more of his signature style of stop'n'go quirk.
[partial .sol]

Coarse Course [2008]
Spoiler:
The music choice for this one is straight-up impossible to forget. This track is a refinement of the style introduced in Awkward, featuring some manuals and granuals that are clearly better than anything Anomaly made previously, and even more creativity with gravity rolling. He just kept getting better and better!

Integration [2009]
Spoiler:
Two years after Anomaly invented gravity wells, he managed to invent yet another trick. However, following a trend, what we know today as "integration" is a misnomer - Anomaly called this track "integration" because of the instances of hiding gravity wells inside manual curves, to "integrate" quirk and manuals. The track was heavily inspired by Abstract Zero by Ktk, created for the Attached Line Contest, the idea for which came from by Conundrumer. However, the trick of Bosh manualing on a line and then moving over to the other side of the line and manualing/granualing on that side of the line, which only occurs about four times in the track, was a trick that caught on life wildfire, and became a whole genre of track, inspiring tracks like Tapeworm by Devray, Perclusion by LineRiderGjert, Wizzy, and Rafael, and countless "integration" sections in omnitracks. The funniest part is that Anomaly thought this track wouldn't go over well because of how unconventional it was!

Pendulum [2009]
Spoiler:
If it's good to ya, it's good for ya! In this track Anomaly took his personal brand of stop'n'go to an extreme, with a track that evolved from "diddling around with quirky stalls". An utterly unpredictable track with an enormous variety of flips, pauses, rolls, flings, strategic airtime, and directional changes.

Floatation Devices [2009]
(for an all-gravity-well battle with IGotGreasyBalls)
Spoiler:
Anomaly's last and best all-gravity track. Anomaly's refined style does not suffer one bit in this flippy stop'n'go track with an enormous variety of flings, gravity cannons, grolls, and even some subtle recycling.

Mojo [2009]
Spoiler:
Typically cited as anomaly's best track, Mojo is one of his longest and features a huge variety of tricks. The track combines the flippy stop'n'go seen in Pendulum with some new integration, both in the common definition and Anomaly's original definition, the effortless flow in Aerial Acrobatics, and the excellent "standard manuals" in Coarse Course. This is a track that rivals any manuaquirk by Georgio_Jc, over a year before Backflip. Dance like a woman, dance like a bear!

Whimsy [2009]
Spoiler:
A short but undeniably funky track in the same vein as Pendulum. Anomaly's last all-blue track release. The thing about anomaly's track is that the things he did that were successful were simply never accidents. He developed his style slowly until he got to the point where he could consistently push out material that everyone loved, and that nobody could replicate.

On a Roll [2010]
Spoiler:
Anomaly's last solo track release, a track with a more fluid feel than Whimsy or Mojo that featured heavily in the larger flings and grolls department. Features an inverse hand elevator and some manuals and integration near the end. This is also the only bled track in which Anomaly provides a color playback. This illuminates the fact that anomaly is so good at blue manuals that he uses red lines in sections, exclusively to speed Bosh up or slow him down, rather than the traditional approach of using different accelerations from line to line to balance the manuals.


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Post by Rafael on Wed Jun 10, 2015 11:31 am

You really outdid yourself with this one rabid, awesome!

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Post by LineMagiX on Thu Jun 11, 2015 12:40 am

Loved this! I can't wait for ram tzu's.

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Post by Z_N-Freak on Thu Jun 11, 2015 4:11 am

Read it all, amazing read, awesome stuff. I just get so excited about this stuff, it's like you're creating a museum! If I'd have a hat, I'd take it off to you good sir!

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Post by CHiH on Mon Jul 27, 2015 8:04 pm

There was a time back in late 06/ early 07 when a whole bunch of really epic stuff happened back to back to back. And there were a few people who made something so singularly awesome that it made the entire communities' collective jaws hit the floor. And then there were trackmakers who defined entire styles of the game at the time.

Anomaly was that guy who fit into all those categories, by not fitting into any category. For anyone else doing weird stuff at the time (like me), Anom was in a league of his own, and then he figured out gwells. Minds were blown.

Much respect to him for what he brought to the community, and even after all this time I still go back and watch Absurdist from time to time. And much respect to Rabid for compiling such an epic post.

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Post by ScrungleBlumpkus on Fri Aug 14, 2015 5:09 am

I just went through and read this whole thing and watched the videos
guys, do that yourselves
it's an experience

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Post by ACwazHere on Thu Aug 20, 2015 4:01 am

I remember how excited I would be when anomaly would post a new track on IRtL. Just about 90% of tracks back then were like amateur hour, but then anomaly would pop in. It's like you're at a high school basketball team and then Michael Jordan shows up.

There would almost always be something new, be it a new trick, a variation of an existing one, or just a really creative use of an existing one. He really was the greatest innovator for a long time. :')

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Post by rabid squirrel on Wed Jan 20, 2016 12:19 pm

Updated with .sols of Own Orbit and XY StrYXe Back. If you would like any of these .sols I can upload them as well:
- HMO (?)
- unfinished collab with ZNF (being released soon)
- eXplosive dYnamics
- From A to Z
- Quirkology 4
- Time Flow

Also, realized I never said thank you to everyone who left a nice comment! Thanks Very Happy

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Post by rabid squirrel on Mon Apr 03, 2017 9:55 pm

Q & A from 2008
https://web.archive.org/web/20090512202803/http://www.linerider.org/forum/showthread.php?t=33890

anomaly's original gravity well tutorial
https://web.archive.org/web/20071119032033/http://www.iridethelines.com/forums/showthread.php?s=ff8dcc4bcbfbe2ff89589caad3932716&t=2770

The poll of the quirky no boost contest which he entered with "Gravity Wells"
https://web.archive.org/web/20071118175845/http://www.linerider.org/forum/showthread.php?t=5182

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