|George Alistair Sanger|
George Alistair Sanger, AKA The Fat Man is a highly successful video game music composer and audio consultant. His work ranges all the way back to 1983 and continues on to this very day. He has composed music for over 200 games. Often seen sporting a cowboy hat, this Texan has an entire sound team (Team Fat) to help him with his work in the video game market. Aside from his work composing music, George also does consulting work for audio and has written a book about multimedia music called "The Fat Man Game Audio: Tasty Morsels of Sonic Goodness".
Sanger started out by being roommates with David Warhol in college. David was a programmer and George wanted to do music for one of his games, so he asked David if he could compose the music to his games and David said yes. George composed his first video game soundtrack for David's game, "Thin Ice" for the Intellivision. Later, David Warhol founded Realtime Associates, which George Sanger worked for, as well as a great deal of other composers.
While George is not a sound programmer, he designed instruments for the AdLib sound card which were used in many games.
For his Home Alone NES music, he used a sequencer Bethesda set up for him in their studios and the software was on an Atari ST. For his other NES music, he used Performer and David Warhol would arrange his MIDI files for the game. His MIDI files were meant to be played back on a Roland MT-32. In Tecmo NBA Basketball, he made MIDI files and Paul Webb converted them to Sculptured Software's NES sound engine.
For Tecmo Super NBA Basketball, George used Sculptured Software's sound engine known as BMUS. According to Paul Webb, George had a negative reaction to the software because the program suffered many flaws.
To see a list of games George has worked on, go to: http://fatman.com/faqs.htm
Staff photo from The 7th Guest (DOS).
- fatman.com - Official web site.