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David Whittaker (video game composer)

David Whittaker (born 24 April 1957 in Bury, England[1]) is known for numerous video game music which he wrote in most of the 1980s and early 1990s, for many different formats.

CareerEdit

He is known for some of the work he produced in the late 1980s/early 1990s. While making music, he often programmed music directly, instead of using any music composition tools, using just a "machine code monitor"—and then an 'assembler' system/program—including SuperSoft's and then Commodore's tools. Commodore 64 was the format that he composed for most frequently. He was more impressed with the Amiga's more developed technical sound capabilities, but used a few of the same instrument sounds, in several of his works, for Amiga. These days, he works mostly in the field of computer game sound effects and voices rather than music.

Although he does not compose much at present, he is still involved in the implementation of Music, Ambiences, Sound FX—and his admitted "forte"—Dialogue (hence, his current moniker: DialogueGuru).

His most successful compositions appeared probably in Amiga games such as Shadow of the Beast, Obliterator, Beyond the Ice Palace, and Speedball. On the Commodore 64, his most popular compositions include for example Glider Rider, Storm, Street Surfer and Armageddon Man. His subtune 21 of Lazy Jones was the basis for the dance hit "Kernkraft 400" by Zombie Nation. Many of his other tunes can be heard on internet radio stations such as SLAY Radio. Other formats he has composed for include Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Atari XL, MSX and ZX Spectrum. Many of his old songs are these days remixed by video game music enthusiasts.

After 8 years working in the US for Electronic Arts at their Redwood Shores studio, he joined the British video game developer Traveller's Tales, at their studio in Knutsford, Cheshire as Head of Audio in September 2004.

Games with music by Whittaker[2][3][4][5][6]Edit

Game Year System(s) Publisher Comment
180 1986 Commodore 64 Mastertronic
11-A-Side Soccer 1989 Amstrad CPC
19xx Death Stalker 1989 Amstrad CPC
1st Person Pinball 1989 Atari ST, Commodore Amiga Tynesoft
4 Soccer Sims: Soccer Skills 1989 Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC Codemasters
Advanced Rugby Simulator 1988 Atari ST Codemasters
Alcon 1987 Atari ST Codemasters
Alfred Chicken 1993 Commodore Amiga, Commodore Amiga CD³² Mindscape Sound effects on CD32
Alien Syndrome 1988 Commodore Amiga Sega
All Terrain Vehicle Simulator 1987 Commodore 64
Allan Border's Cricket 1993 Commodore Amiga HES
Amaurote 1987 Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC Mastertronic
American Turbo King 1989 Amstrad CPC
APB: All Points Bulletin 1990 Atari ST, Commodore 64, Commodore Amiga, Amstrad CPC Tengen
Arcade Flight Simulator 1989 Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC Codemasters
Archipelagos 1989 Atari ST, Commodore Amiga Logotron
Armageddon Man 1987 Commodore 64 Martech
Army Moves 1988 Atari ST, Commodore Amiga Ocean
ATV Simulator 1988 Amstrad CPC
Aussie Games 1990 Amstrad CPC
Back to the Future II 1990 Atari ST, Commodore 64, Commodore Amiga, Amstrad CPC Image Works
Bad Company 1990 Atari ST, Commodore Amiga Logotron
Ball Crazy 1987 Commodore 64 Mastertronic
Barbarian 2: the Dungeon Of Drax 1989 Amstrad GX4000, Amstrad CPC
Barbarian: The Ultimate Warrior 1987 Amstrad CPC
Battle For The Ashes 1995 Commodore Amiga Audiogenic
Beverly Hills Cop 1990 Atari ST, Commodore 64 Tynesoft
Beyond The Ice Palace 1988 Atari ST, Commodore 64, Commodore Amiga, Amstrad CPC Elite
Blazer 1987 Commodore 64 Nexus
Blood Money 1989 Commodore Amiga Psygnosis
Bmx Freestyle Simulator 1989 Amstrad CPC
BMX Simulator 1986 Atari ST, Commodore 64, Commodore Amiga, Amstrad CPC Codemasters
BraveStarr 1987 Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC GO!
Brian Lara's Cricket 1995 Commodore Amiga Audiogenic
Brian Lara's Cricket 96 1996 Commodore Amiga Audiogenic
Bronx Street Cop 1989 Amstrad CPC
Bubble Bobble 1989 Commodore Amiga Firebird
Bubble Dizzy 1991 Amstrad CPC
Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West Show Alternate gamename 1989 Commodore Amiga Tynesoft
Buffalo Bill's Rodeo Games 1989 Atari ST, Commodore Amiga Tynesoft
Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show 1989 Commodore 64, Commodore Amiga, Amstrad CPC Tynesoft
Captain Fizz 1989 Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC Psyclapse
Carrier Command 1988 Commodore Amiga Rainbird Menu music
Challenge Golf 1991 Atari ST On-Line Entertainment
Cheap Skate 1988 Commodore 64 Silverbird
Chip's Challenge 1990 Atari ST, Commodore Amiga, Amstrad CPC U.S. Gold
Chrono Quest 1988 Atari ST, Commodore Amiga Psygnosis
Circus Games 1989 Amstrad CPC
Classic 4 1990 Commodore Amiga Impressions
Clonworld 50 Prerelease 1988 Commodore Amiga Firebird
Cloud Kingdoms 1990 Atari ST, Commodore Amiga Millennium
Compilation: Dizzy's Excellent Adventures 1989 Amstrad CPC
Convolution Prerelease 1990 Commodore Amiga Mindscape
CopperCon1 Prerelease 1988 Commodore Amiga Psygnosis
Cosmic Pirate 1989 Atari ST, Commodore Amiga Palace
Cosmonut 1987 Commodore 64 Codemasters
Crossbow: The Legend Of William Tell 1990 Atari ST, Commodore Amiga Electronic Zoo
Custodian 1989 Atari ST, Commodore Amiga Hewson
Dan Dare III: The Escape 1990 Atari ST, Commodore Amiga Virgin Mastertronic
Dark Castle 1988 Commodore 64 Three-Sixty Pacific
Days Of Thunder 1990 Atari ST, Commodore Amiga Mindscape
Death Sword 2013 Amstrad CPC
Defcom 1986 Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC Quicksilva
Defender of the crown 1987 Atari ST, Commodore Amiga Mirrorsoft
Dizzy 2: Treasure Island Dizzy 1989 Amstrad CPC Codemasters
Dizzy 3: Fantasy World Dizzy 1989 Amstrad CPC Codemasters
Dizzy 4: Magicland Dizzy 1990 Amstrad CPC Codemasters
Dizzy 5: Spellbound Dizzy 1991 Amstrad CPC Codemasters
Dizzy 6: Prince Of the Yolkfolk Dizzy Prince Of the Yolkfolk 1991 Amstrad CPC Codemasters
Dizzy! 1988 Commodore 64 Codemasters
Dogs Of War 1989 Atari ST, Commodore Amiga Elite
Double Dragon 2: The Revenge 1989 Amstrad CPC
Draconia Prerelease 1988 Commodore Amiga Psygnosis
Dynamic Duo 1989 Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC Firebird
E.T.'s Rugby League 1992 Commodore Amiga Sega
Elektra Glide 1986 Commodore 64 English Software
Elevator Action 1987 Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC Quicksilva
Emlyn Hughes Arcade Quiz 1990 Atari ST, Commodore 64, Commodore Amiga Audiogenic
Emlyn Hughes International Soccer 1990 Atari ST, Commodore Amiga Audiogenic
Empire Interactive Strikes Back, The 1988 Commodore Amiga Domark
Enduro Racer 1987 Atari ST, Commodore 64
Epic 1992 Atari ST, Commodore 64, Commodore Amiga Ocean
Exterminator 1990 Commodore 64
Eye Of Horus, The 1989 Atari ST, Commodore Amiga Logotron
Fastfood Dizzy 1989 Amstrad CPC
Feud 1987 Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC Bulldog
Fire And Brimstone 1990 Atari ST, Commodore Amiga Firebird
First Person Pinball 1989 Commodore Amiga Tynesoft
Fright Night 1988 Commodore Amiga Microdeal
Fruit Machine Simulator 2 1990 Amstrad CPC
Future Sport 1989 Atari ST Actual Screenshots
Garfield: Big, Fat, Hairy Deal 1988 Atari ST, Commodore Amiga Softek
Gazza II 1991 Atari ST, Commodore 64, Commodore Amiga Empire Interactive
Ghostbusters II 1989 Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC Activision
Ghosts'n Goblins 1986 Amstrad CPC
Gilbert Escape From Drill 1989 Amstrad CPC
Glider Rider 1986 Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC Quicksilva
Gold Of The Aztecs, The 1990 Atari ST, Commodore Amiga U.S. Gold
Golden Axe 1990 Atari ST, Commodore Amiga Virgin Mastertronic
Goldrunner II 1988 Atari ST, Commodore Amiga Microdeal
Graham Gooch Second Innings 1993 Atari ST, Commodore Amiga Audiogenic
Graham Gooch World Class Cricket 1993 Atari ST, Commodore Amiga Audiogenic
Graham Gooch World Class Cricket Test Match Special Edition 1994 Commodore Amiga Audiogenic
Graham Gooch's Second Innings 1993 Commodore Amiga Audiogenic
Grand Prix Simulator 1987 Commodore 64 Codemasters
Grand Prix Simulator 2 1989 Amstrad CPC
Grange Hill: The Computer Game 1987 Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC Argus Press Software
Grimblood 1990 Atari ST, Commodore Amiga Virgin
Gunship 2000 1993 Commodore Amiga MicroProse
Helter Skelter 1990 Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC Audiogenic
Hocus Focus 1986 Commodore 64 Quicksilva
Humphrey 1983 Commodore 64 Mr Micro
Hunt For Red October, The (Argus Press/Grandslam) 1987 Commodore Amiga Grand Slam Software
Hunt For Red October: The Book 1987 Commodore Amiga Grand Slam Software
Hunt For Red October: The Original 1987 Commodore Amiga Grand Slam Software
Hunter Killer 1989 Atari ST Virgin Mastertronic
Hyperbowl 1987 Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC Mastertronic
Indoor Soccer (Codemasters) 1989 Amstrad CPC
Infection 1989 Commodore 64, Commodore Amiga, Amstrad CPC Virgin Mastertronic
International Rugby Simulator 1988 Amstrad CPC
International Soccer Challenge 1990 Atari ST, Commodore Amiga MicroProse
International Speedway 1988 Amstrad CPC
IO 1988 Commodore 64 Firebird
Iron Horse 1988 Commodore 64 Konami
Iron Lord 1989 Atari ST Ubi Soft
Jail Break 1987 Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC Konami
Jaws: The Computer Game 1989 Atari ST, Commodore Amiga Martech
Jupiter's Masterdrive 1990 Atari ST, Commodore Amiga Ubi Soft
Kalashnikov Prerelease 1989 Commodore Amiga Hewson
Kid Gloves 1990 Atari ST, Commodore Amiga Millennium
Kikstart II 1987 Commodore Amiga Mastertronic
Killing Cloud, The 1991 Atari ST, Commodore Amiga Image Works
Knight Games 1986 Commodore 64 English Software
Knight Tyme 1988 Commodore 64 Mastertronic
Knightmare 1988 Atari ST Activision
Krusty's Fun House 1993 Commodore Amiga Acclaim Virgin
Krusty's Super Fun House 1993 Commodore Amiga Acclaim Virgin
Last Mission 1987 Commodore 64 U.S. Gold
Lazer-Force 1987 Commodore 64 Codemasters
Lazy Jones 1984 Commodore 64 Terminal Software
Leatherneck 1988 Atari ST, Commodore Amiga Microdeal
Legend Of William Tell, The 1990 Commodore Amiga Martech
Lemmings 2: The Tribes 1993 Atari ST, Commodore Amiga Psygnosis
Leviathan 1987 Atari ST, Commodore 64, Commodore Amiga, Amstrad CPC English Software
Licence To Kill 1989 Atari ST, Commodore 64, Commodore Amiga, Amstrad CPC Domark
Little Icarus 1983 Commodore 64 Mr Micro
Lone Wolf, the Mirror of Death 1991 Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC Audiogenic
Loopz 1990 Atari ST, Commodore 64, Commodore Amiga, Amstrad CPC Audiogenic
Max Headroom 1986 Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC Quicksilva
Mayhem 1983 Commodore 64 Mr Micro
Menace 1988 Atari ST, Commodore 64, Commodore Amiga Psyclapse (Psygnosis)
Miami Dice 1986 Commodore 64 Bug-Byte
Milk Race 1987 Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC Mastertronic
Millenium: Return To Earth 1991 Commodore Amiga Paragon
Millennium 2.2 1989 Atari ST, Commodore Amiga Activision
Mission Omega Mision Omega 1986 Amstrad CPC
Monte Carlo Casino 1989 Amstrad CPC
Moto Cross Simulator 1989 Amstrad CPC
Mr. Heli 1987 Atari ST Firebird
Mr. Wino 1988 Commodore 64 Silverbird
Ninja Massacre 1989 Amstrad CPC
Ninja Mission 1987 Commodore Amiga Mastertronic
Nitro Boost Challenge 1989 Atari ST Codemasters
Obliterator 1988 Atari ST, Commodore Amiga Psygnosis
Outcast 1987 Atari ST Mastertronic
Operation Gunship 1989 Amstrad CPC
Paddle Mania 1988 Commodore 64
Pandora 1988 Atari ST, Commodore Amiga Firebird
Pandora's Box 1983 Commodore 64 Mr Micro
Panther 1986 Commodore 64 Mastertronic
Permis De Tuer 1989 Commodore Amiga Domark
Platoon 1988 Atari ST, Commodore Amiga, Amstrad CPC Ocean
Poltergeist 1988 Commodore 64 Codemasters
Pro BMX Simulator 1988 Amstrad CPC
Professional Snooker Simulator 1988 Commodore 64 Codemasters
Pub Trivia 1989 Amstrad CPC
Punchy 1983 Commodore 64 Mr Micro
Quadralien 1988 Atari ST, Commodore Amiga Logotron
Quartet 1987 Commodore 64 Activision
Rampage 1897 Atari ST, Commodore Amiga Activision
Real Ghostbusters, The 1988 Atari ST Activision
Red Max 1986 Commodore 64 Codemasters
Renaissance 1990 Atari ST, Commodore Amiga Impressions
Renegade 1987 Atari ST Mastertronic
Retee! 1990 Commodore Amiga Audiogenic
Return To Genesis 1988 Atari ST, Commodore Amiga Firebird
Road Blasters 1988 Atari ST, Commodore 64, Commodore Amiga, Amstrad CPC U.S. Gold
Rugby League Coach 1994 Atari ST, Commodore Amiga Audiogenic
Rygar 1987 Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC U.S. Gold
Sentinel, The (Firebird) 1988 Commodore Amiga Firebird
Sentry, The 1988 Commodore Amiga Firebird
Shadow Of The Beast 1989 Atari ST, Commodore Amiga, Amstrad CPC Psygnosis
Shadow Skimmer 1987 Amstrad CPC
SideWinder 1988 Commodore Amiga Mastertronic
Sim City 1990 Atari ST Maxis
Skateball 1989 Atari ST Ubi Soft
Slaine 1988 Commodore 64 Martech
Slapfight 1988 Atari ST Ocean
Snoopy And Peanuts 1989 Atari ST, Commodore Amiga Softek
Snoopy In The Case Of The Missing Blanket 1991 Commodore CDTV Softek
Snoopy: The Cool Computer Game 1989 Commodore Amiga Softek
Snow Strike 1990 Atari ST, Commodore Amiga, Amstrad CPC U.S. Gold
Soccer Skills 1989 Amstrad CPC
Solomon's Key 1987 Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC U.S. Gold
Spacecutter 1989 Commodore Amiga Rainbird
Speedball 1988 Atari ST, Commodore 64, Commodore Amiga Image Works
Spitting Image 1989 Atari ST, Commodore 64, Commodore Amiga, Amstrad CPC Domark
Split Personalities 1986 Commodore 64 Domark
Spore 1987 Commodore 64 Bulldog
Sporting Triangles 1989 Atari ST, Commodore 64, Commodore Amiga, Amstrad CPC CDS
Star Trek - The Rebel Universe 1987 Atari ST Firebird
Star Wars 1987 Atari ST, Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC Domark
Star Wars: The Empire Interactive Strikes Back 1988 Atari ST, Commodore Amiga, Amstrad CPC Domark
Starblaze 1989 Atari ST, Commodore Amiga Logotron
Starray 1988 Atari ST Logotron
Storm 1986 Commodore 64 Mastertronic
Stormbringer 1988 Commodore 64 MAD/Mastertronic
Stormtrooper 1989 Atari ST, Commodore Amiga Creation
Straf 1990 Commodore Amiga English Software
Street Gang Soccer 1989 Amstrad CPC
Street Soccer 1989 Amstrad CPC
Street Surfer 1986 Commodore 64 Entertainment USA
Super G-Man 1987 Commodore 64 Codemasters
Super League Manager 1995 Commodore Amiga Audiogenic
Super Robin Hood 1987 Commodore 64 Codemasters
Super Stuntman 1988 Atari ST, Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC Codemasters
Super Wonder Boy In Monsterland 1989 Atari ST, Commodore Amiga, Amstrad CPC Activision
Supramacy 1990 Atari ST Virgin Mastertronic
Terra Cognita 1986 Commodore 64 Codemasters
Tetris 1987 Atari ST, Commodore Amiga, Amstrad CPC Mirrorsoft
The Chicken Farm 1986 Commodore 64
The Island of Dr. Destructo 1987 Commodore 64 Bulldog
The Living Daylights 1987 Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC Domark
The Model 1986 Commodore 64
The Race Against Time 1988 Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC Codemasters
The Real Ghostbusters 1989 Commodore 64 Activision
The Tube 1987 Commodore 64 Quicksilva
The Wizards Pet 1987 Commodore 64 Mastertronic
ThunderCats 1988 Commodore Amiga Elite
Total Recall 1990 Atari ST, Commodore Amiga Ocean
Transmuter 1987 Amstrad CPC
Trantor: The Last Stormtrooper 1987 Atari ST, Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC GO!
Treasure Island 1984 Commodore 64 Mr Micro
Triple Tournament 1984 Commodore 64 Terminal Software
Turbo Chopper Simulator 1989 Amstrad CPC
Vampire 1987 Commodore 64 Codemasters
Verminator 1989 Atari ST Rainbird
Voodoo Nightmare 1990 Atari ST Palace Software
Wanderer 3D 1988 Commodore Amiga Elite
War Cars Construction Kit 1988 Commodore 64 Firebird
Warlock - The Avenger 1990 Atari ST U.S. Gold
Weird Dreams 1989 Atari ST, Commodore Amiga MicroProse
Wembley Rugby League 1994 Commodore Amiga Audiogenic
Whirligig 1988 Commodore Amiga Firebird
Willow Pattern 1985 Commodore 64 Firebird
Wonderboy In Monsterland 1989 Commodore Amiga Activision
World Class Rugby 1991 Atari ST, Commodore Amiga, Amstrad CPC Audiogenic
World Class Rugby '95 1995 Commodore Amiga Audiogenic
World Class Rugby: Five Nations Edition 1992 Commodore Amiga Audiogenic
Wrath Of The Demon 1991 Atari ST, Commodore 64, Commodore Amiga ReadySoft
Wreckers 1991 Atari ST, Commodore Amiga Audiogenic
Xenon 1988 Atari ST, Commodore Amiga, Amstrad CPC Mastertronic
Xenon 2: Megablast 1989 Atari ST, Commodore Amiga, Commodore CDTV Mirrorsoft Title song is a rearrangement of the song "Megablast" from the album Into the Dragon by Bomb the Bass
Zombi 1987 Atari ST Ubi Soft
Zub 1986 Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC Mastertronic

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