David Whittaker

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

He is known for the large quantity of his works—more than any other composer (in fact, more than most of the other top composers’ works combined). He was offered so many projects in the late 1980s that he had to pass some of them over to other computer game music writers (such as his good friends, Rob Hubbard and Ben Daglish). Initially, he had been a programmer, rather than a music maker. The first games that featured his music were also designed and programmed by him, such as Lazy Jones.

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. Thus, his Amiga music is often easy to recognise. For Shadow of the Beast, he was asked to compose especially good music, as much more memory was available for that game—so he used different and very high quality (at the time) instrument samples. 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, Xenon,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.

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Title Duration
Amaurote – Choose City 00:00:46
Amaurote – Ingame 00:02:35
Amaurote – Main Menu 00:00:53
APB – Main Theme 00:00:59
APB – Start Game 00:00:11
Arcade Flight Simulator 00:02:31
Aussie Games – Cairns Event 00:01:33
Aussie Games – Melbourne Event 00:01:07
Aussie Games – Sydney Event 00:01:36
Back To The Future 2 – Title (Alan Silvestri adaptation) 00:02:03
Beyond The Ice Palace – Intro I 00:01:40
Beyond The Ice Palace – Intro II 00:05:00
Bronx Street Cop 00:00:45
Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show – Bronco Riding 00:02:22
Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show – Calf Roping Event 00:02:05
Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show – Event Ended 00:00:51
Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show – Knife Throwing Event 00:02:11
Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show – Steer Wrestling Event 00:01:53
Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show – Trick Shooting Event 00:02:40
Chip’s Challenge – End Game 00:01:01
Chip’s Challenge – Ingame Theme 1 00:01:06
Chip’s Challenge – Ingame Theme 2 00:01:34
Chip’s Challenge – Ingame Theme 3 00:00:57
Chip’s Challenge – Ingame Theme 5 00:00:55
Chip’s Challenge – Introduction 00:01:47
Circus Games – Introduction 00:01:31
Circus Games – Tiger Training 00:01:00
Circus Games – Tightrope Walking 00:01:07
Circus Games – Trapeze 00:01:29
Circus Games – Trick Riding 00:00:54
Death Stalker – Jingle 1 00:00:04
Death Stalker – Jingle 2 00:00:04
Death Stalker – Theme 1 00:01:33
Defcom 00:01:55
Dynamic Duo 00:03:43
Elevator Action 00:02:16
Feud 00:03:08
Four Soccer Simulators – Soccer Skills 00:00:45
Ghostbusters 2 00:02:14
Ghostbusters 2 – Game Over 00:00:04
Ghostbusters 2 – Level 2 (Jackie Wilson adaptation) 00:02:07
Ghostbusters 2 – Level 3 (Auld Lang Syne adaptation) 00:01:44
Ghostbusters 2 – Start Game 00:00:03
Ghosts’n’Goblins 00:01:33
Gilbert – Escape From Drill 00:02:14
Glider Rider (medley) 00:03:30
Golden Axe 00:02:34
Grange Hill 00:02:08
Helter Skelter 00:02:17
High Steel 00:00:46
Hyperbowl 00:01:32
Infection 00:02:51
International Speedway 00:01:28
Jailbreak 00:01:38
Knight Games – Archery 00:01:09
Knight Games – Axeman 00:02:32
Knight Games – Ball and Chain 00:02:42
Knight Games – Crossbow 00:02:26
Knight Games – Pikestaff 00:01:58
Knight Games – Quarterstaff 00:02:04
Knight Games – Swordfight 1 00:01:16
Knight Games – Swordfight 2 00:02:24
Licence To Kill 00:02:11
Lone Wolf – The Mirror Of Death 00:02:37
Loopz – Theme 1 00:03:43
Loopz – Theme 2 00:00:36
Loopz – Theme 7 00:02:50
Loopz – Theme 8 00:01:58
Loopz – Theme 9 00:01:42
Monte Carlo Casino 00:01:15
Obliterator 00:03:22
Operation Gunship 00:02:08
Out Run – Theme 2 00:02:17
Out Run – Title 00:02:03
Platoon – Theme 1 00:02:04
Platoon – Theme 2 00:01:38
Platoon – Theme 3 00:04:42
Professional Bmx Simulator – Theme 1 00:00:57
Professional Bmx Simulator – Theme 3 00:01:04
Roadblasters 00:01:33
Shadow of the Beast – Theme 1 00:01:49
Shadow of the Beast – Theme 2 00:03:46
Spitting Images 00:00:49
Sporting Triangles 00:00:31
Super Stuntman 00:01:38
Super Wonderboy – Theme 1 00:00:59
Super Wonderboy – Theme 2 00:01:13
Tetris – Ingame 00:03:00
Tetris – Menu 00:00:52
The Empire Strikes Back – Theme 1 00:01:40
The Empire Strikes Back – Theme 2 00:00:40
The Empire Strikes Back – Theme 3 00:00:33
The Empire Strikes Back – Theme 4 00:00:35
The Living Daylights – Lose Life 00:00:04
The Living Daylights – Main Menu 00:00:57
Thundercats 00:04:04
Treasure Island Dizzy – Ingame 00:03:27
Treasure Island Dizzy – Main Menu 00:01:57
World Class Rugby 00:01:54
Xenon – Theme 1 00:01:47
Xenon – Theme 3 00:01:42
Zub – Ingame 00:01:35
Total playtime: 02:59:56

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