Alexander Brandon

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Alexander Brandon
Alexander Brandon - 01.jpg
Born 1974-09-29
Birth Place Cleveland, Ohio
Nationality American   USA.svg
Aliases Siren, Chromatic Dragon, Sandman, Straylight Productions
Website alexanderbrandon.net

Alexander Brandon is an American composer and is a pioneer in the video game music industry. Brandon was born on September 29, 1974 in Cleveland Ohio. He got interested in music from his mother being a singer. A friend later showed him Metroid and he was fascinated by the music, which is why he went into game music. He has been writing music since 1987 when his family computer was upgraded with an AdLib card. After doing everything he could with it, he switched over to making MOD music on the Amiga. In 1994, he got a job working for Epic Megagames and has been composing for the video game industry ever since.

Brandon remains an influential member of the game audio community. He has released several ambiance albums in his AtmosphereS series. In 2004, his book "Audio For Games: Planning, Process, and Production," was published. Brandon also writes Game Developer magazine's audio column, and holds a seat on the board of directors of the Game Audio Network Guild.

Music Composition

DOS

During a Q&A panel at MAG Fest 2016, Brandon explained that, for the original Jazz Jackrabbit game (composed by Robert Allen and Joshua Jensen), the music was composed in Scream Tracker 3 and then converted to PSM format, most likely with the Convert (To PSM) program.

N64

For the Vigilante 8 music, it was composed on an N64 cartridge by Software Creations. The music was written on a piano roll. The instrument samples were from a Korg Trinity.

Gameography

Released Title Sample
1995-??-?? Extreme Pinball (DOS)
1995-??-?? Tyrian (DOS)
1998-??-?? Jazz Jackrabbit 2 (MAC)
1998-??-?? Jazz Jackrabbit 2 (W32)
1998-05-22 Unreal (W32)
1999-03-01 Vigilante 8 (N64)
1999-11-30 Unreal Tournament (W32)
1999-??-?? Dark Vengeance (W32)
1999-??-?? Jazz Jackrabbit 2: The Secret Files (W32)
2000-02-02 Vigilante 8: Second Offense (N64)
2000-10-21 Unreal Tournament (PS2)
2002-03-16 Deus Ex (PS2)
2002-06-22 Deus Ex (W32)
2003-11-15 Battlestar Galactica (PS2)
2003-12-02 Deus Ex: Invisible War (W32)
2003-12-08 Activision Anthology (GBA)
2005-03-21 NARC (XBOX)
2005-12-12 Gauntlet: Seven Sorrows (PS2)
2006-04-24 Rampage: Total Destruction (PS2)
2006-11-14 Happy Feet (PS2)
2007-10-09 Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask of the Betrayer (W32)
2010-12-07 Bejeweled 3 (W32)
2013-02-11 Aliens: Colonial Marines (W64) Funky Rustic: Additional Sound Design
2013-02-12 Aliens: Colonial Marines (X360) Funky Rustic: Additional Sound Design

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