Alberto Gonzalez

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Alberto Jose Gonzalez
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Local Alberto González
Born 1972-07-29
Birth Place Barcelona, Spain
Nationality Spanish   Spain.svg
Aliases Joe McAlby, McAlby, Bit Managers
Website www.abylight.com

Alberto Jose Gonzalez is a Spanish composer, sound designer and programmer who has worked on numerous video games. Alberto originally started his work in the video game world at New Frontier as a graphic designer, but New Frontier was also looking for a composer so Alberto decided to try his hand at it. When he saw he was successful at composing music, he started doing music at New Frontier. While composing there, he made a tracker for the ZX Spectrum called Compact Editor which was a program he used to write music for all kinds of gaming consoles like GameBoy, MSX, and other consoles and computers. Sometimes, he went by the name Joe McAlby because of the popularity of his name.

Alberto later founded Bit Managers, which developed games primarily for the GameBoy handhelds but also developed a few console games and even developed an arcade game.

His musical influences while doing game music included Ben Daglish, David Whittaker, and Tim Follin.

Music Composition

GB/NES/SMS

Alberto's music was composed on a program for the ZX Spectrum called Compact Editor which was an inspiration from NoiseTracker on the Amiga. Alberto then used a program he made called "The Sourcer" which converted his music from Compact Editor to the consoles. Alberto also programmed the sound drivers for the consoles he worked on, including NESM. However, he didn't always write music this way. Sometimes he would write the music completely in assembly, or when he did convert songs from Compact Editor, he would modify the songs. He would usually work on the Game Boy versions of songs first before moving on to the console versions.

SNES

Alberto used OctaMED for the Amiga. Then he used a PC MIDI sequencer. The instruments were taken from a Turtle Beach Maui sound card.

Gameography

Alberto says that he composed the music to all Bit Managers games with only a couple exceptions; In Radikal Bikers, he only programmed the sound driver and the audio was taken from the arcade. The arcade Bang! was done by Gaelco's in-house composer Joan Sanmarti. It is currently unknown if any Bit Masters games lack credits.

Released Title Sample
1990-??-?? Hostages (ZXS)
1990-??-?? Magic Johnson's Basketball (ZXS)
1991-??-?? Mystical (ZXS)
1991-??-?? North & South (ZXS)
1991-??-?? The Light Corridor (ZXS)
1992-??-?? Bomb Jack (GB)
1992-??-?? Cool Ball (GB)
1993-??-?? Asterix (GB)
1993-??-?? Asterix (NES)
1993-??-?? The Smurfs (GB)
1993-12-?? Metal Masters (GB)
1994-??-?? The Smurfs (GG)
1994-??-?? The Smurfs (NES)
1994-??-?? The Smurfs (SMS)
1994-??-?? Tintin in Tibet (GB)
1995-??-?? Tintin: The Temple of the Sun (GB) (Tintin: Le Temple du Soleil)
1995-??-?? Tintin in Tibet (GG) (Tintin au Tibet)
1995-??-?? Asterix & Obelix (GB)
1995-09-28 Astérix & Obélix (SNES)
1996-??-?? Astérix & Obélix (DOS)
1996-??-?? Astérix & Obélix (W32)
1996-??-?? Lucky Luke (GB)
1996-??-?? Spirou (GB)
1997-??-?? The Mouse (GB) (Die Maus)
1997-??-?? Hugo 2 (GB)
1997-12-01 Turok: Battle of the Bionosaurs (GB)
1998-??-?? Looney Tunes: Twouble! (GBC) (Sylvester & Tweety: Breakfast on the Run)
1998-??-?? Ottos Ottifanten: Baby Brunos Alptraum (GB)
1998-??-?? Sea Battle (GB)
1998-12-?? Turok 2: Seeds of Evil (GBC)
1999-??-?? Asterix & Obelix (GBC)
1999-??-?? Hugo 2 1-2 (GBC)
1999-??-?? The Mouse (GBC) (Die Maus)
1999-??-?? Radikal Bikers (PS1) Sound Driver
2000-??-?? Ronaldo V-Soccer (GBC)
2000-06-?? Turok: Rage Wars (GBC)
2000-07-27 Turok 3: Shadow of Oblivion (GBC)
2000-09-08 Tintin: The Temple of the Sun (GBC)
2002-??-?? Droopy's Tennis Open (GBA)
2002-10-11 Revenge of the Smurfs, The (GBA)
2003-??-?? The Morning Adventure (GBA)
2003-02-28 Inspector Gadget Racing (GBA)
Unreleased The Adventures of Pinocchio (GBA)

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