Jonathan Dunn

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Jonathan Dunn
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Born
Birth Place Preston, Lancashire, England
Nationality British   UK.svg
Aliases J. Dunn, Jon, Jon Dunn

Jonathan Dunn is a British former musician and programmer who was the main sound designer at Ocean Software.

His video game music career started back in 1987 when he worked for Ocean Software. He stayed after Infogrames bought Ocean in 1998 and then left in 2000. He worked at Electronic Arts after that before finally retiring from his video game music career. Dunn liked to compose music on the Commodore 64 because he made the Ocean Software drivers and it is the computer he began making music on. In the 90s, Dunn liked creating his music on the SNES. The soundtrack that Dunn composed that he likes best is Total Recall (C64). He is known for his outstanding work in Platoon (C64), Rambo III (C64), Jurassic Park (NES) and Robocop (CPC).

Music Composition

AMI

The Simpsons: Bart vs. the Space Mutants (AMI) uses the Acoustic Bass (A. Bass) sample from a Korg M1. The other instruments sound like they were waveforms made from the Commodore 64. Dunn used OctaMED like the other composers at Ocean as well as other drivers.

C64

Dunn first used Martin Galway's driver, then Paul Hughes' driver, and finally his own driver written in 6502 assembly, entering his music as data statements and assembling them using the Ocean Dev System.

NES

Dunn wrote his own audio driver in 6502 assembly for the NES and named it Music Driver V1.0. He had this to say about his NES music composition:

"It was compiled from data statements in assembly. That way I could use labels to make it easier to come back to."

While a great deal of the NES games he composed did not have credits, his name can be found in the driver portion of the ROM data, however, this isn't a guarantee that he composed the music, as other Ocean employees used the driver as well. The text reads:

MUSIC DRIVER V1.0 (C)JONATHAN DUNN & OCEAN SOFTWARE

SNES

Dunn wrote his own music driver and a converter, composed the majority using MIDI, converted it to data statements, and tweaked those.

Gameography

Released Title Sample
1987-??-?? Fernando Martín Basket Master (C64)
1987-??-?? Platoon (C64)
1988-04-?? Target Renegade (C64)
1988-12-?? Platoon (NES) Composer
1988-??-?? Ajax (C64)
1988-??-?? Ajax (ZXS)
1988-??-?? Daley Thompson's Olympic Challenge (AMI)
1988-??-?? Daley Thompson's Olympic Challenge (AST)
1988-??-?? Daley Thompson's Olympic Challenge (ZXS)
1988-??-?? Platoon (AMI) Arranged by David Whittaker
1988-??-?? Platoon (AST) Arranged by David Whittaker
1988-??-?? Platoon (CPC) Arranged by David Whittaker
1988-??-?? Platoon (ZXS) Arranged by David Whittaker
1988-??-?? RoboCop (C64)
1988-??-?? RoboCop (ZXS)
1988-??-?? Bad Dudes vs Dragon Ninja (C64)
1988-??-?? Bad Dudes vs Dragon Ninja (CPC)
1988-??-?? Operation Wolf (C64)
1988-??-?? Operation Wolf (CPC)
1988-??-?? Operation Wolf (ZXS)
1988-??-?? Rambo III (C64)
1988-??-?? Rambo III (CPC)
1988-??-?? Rambo III (MSX)
1988-??-?? Rambo III (ZXS)
1988-??-?? Subterranea (C64)
1988-??-?? Target: Renegade (ZXS)
1988-??-?? The Vindicator! (C64)
1988-??-?? The Vindicator! (ZXS)
1988-??-?? WEC Le Mans 24 (C64)
1988-??-?? WEC Le Mans 24 (CPC)
1988-??-?? WEC Le Mans 24 (ZXS)
1989-01-?? Ajax (CPC)
1989-??-?? Arkanoid: Revenge of DOH (C64)
1989-??-?? Chase H.Q. (C64) Composer?
1989-??-?? Chase H.Q. (CPC)
1989-??-?? Chase H.Q. (ZXS)
1989-??-?? Batman (AMI)
1989-??-?? Batman (AST)
1989-??-?? The New Zealand Story (AMI)
1989-??-?? The New Zealand Story (AST)
1989-??-?? The New Zealand Story (C64)
1989-??-?? The New Zealand Story (ZXS)
1989-??-?? Operation Thunderbolt (AMI)
1989-??-?? Rambo III (AMI)
1989-??-?? Rambo III (AST)
1989-??-?? Red Heat (AMI)
1989-??-?? Red Heat (AST)
1989-??-?? Red Heat (C64)
1989-??-?? Red Heat (CPC)
1989-??-?? Renegade III: The Final Chapter (C64)
1989-??-?? Renegade III: The Final Chapter (CPC)
1989-??-?? Renegade III: The Final Chapter (MSX)
1989-??-?? Renegade III: The Final Chapter (ZXS)
1989-??-?? RoboCop (CPC)
1989-??-?? RoboCop (MSX)
1989-??-?? The Untouchables (AMI)
1989-??-?? The Untouchables (C64)
1989-??-?? The Untouchables (CPC)
1989-??-?? The Untouchables (ZXS)
1990-10-?? Caveman Games (NES) Sound Driver
1990-12-?? RoboCop (GB)
1990-??-?? Battle Command (AMI)
1990-??-?? Burnin' Rubber (CPC)
1990-??-?? Clive Barker's Nightbreed: The Action Game (AMI)
1990-??-?? Lost Patrol (AMI)
1990-??-?? Lost Patrol (AST)
1990-??-?? Operation Thunderbolt (C64)
1990-??-?? Operation Thunderbolt (AST)
1990-??-?? Puzznic (AST)
1990-??-?? Puzznic (CPC)
1990-??-?? Puzznic (ZXS)
1990-??-?? RoboCop (GB) (ロボコップ)
1990-??-?? Wild Wheels (AMI)
1991-01-?? The Untouchables (NES) Music Driver
1991-04-02 RoboCop 2 (NES) (ロボコップ2)
1991-10-?? Darkman (NES)
1991-12-?? Hudson Hawk (GB) Music Driver
1991-12-27 Hudson Hawk (NES) Music Driver
1991-??-?? The Addams Family (ZXS)
1991-??-?? The Simpsons: Bart vs. the Space Mutants (AMI) Audio Engineering
1991-??-?? The Simpsons: Bart vs. the Space Mutants (AST) Audio Engineering
1991-??-?? The Simpsons: Bart vs. the Space Mutants (C64) Audio Production
1991-??-?? The Simpsons: Bart vs. the Space Mutants (DOS)
1991-??-?? Bart vs. the Space Mutants (ZXS) Audio
1991-??-?? Darkman (AMI)
1991-??-?? Darkman (C64)
1991-??-?? Darkman (CPC)
1991-??-?? Hook (AMI)
1991-??-?? Parasol Stars: Rainbow Islands II (NES) Music Driver
1991-??-?? Rainbow Islands: Bubble Bobble 2 (NES) Composer?/Music Driver
1991-??-?? Red Heat (ZXS)
1991-??-?? Terminator 2: Judgement Day (C64)
1991-??-?? Total Recall (C64)
1991-??-?? Total Recall (ZXS)
1992-??-?? The Addams Family (C64)
1992-??-?? The Addams Family (CPC)
1992-??-?? The Addams Family (SMS)
1992-??-?? The Addams Family: Pugsley's Scavenger Hunt (SNES)
1992-??-?? Hook (GB) (フック)
1992-??-?? The Legend of Prince Valiant (NES) Sound Driver
1992-??-?? Push-Over (AMI)
1992-01-?? The Addams Family (NES) Original Music/Music Driver
1992-03-?? The Addams Family (SNES)
1992-04-?? Hook (NES) Music Driver
1992-06-17 The Addams Family (AMI)
1992-09-?? RoboCop 3 (SNES)
1992-12-?? Darkman (GB)
1992-12-?? Lemmings (NES) Music Driver
1993-06-?? Cool World (NES) Music Driver
1993-06-?? Jurassic Park (NES)
1993-08-?? Jurassic Park (GB)
1993-11-?? Jurassic Park (SNES)
1994-??-?? The Addams Family (GEN)
1994-??-?? The Shadow (SNES)
1995-??-?? Waterworld (GB)
1995-02-?? Desert Strike (GB)
1995-02-?? The Flintstones (SNES)
1995-02-?? Desert Strike: Return to the Gulf (GB)
1995-12-?? Waterworld (VB)
2000-12-16 Dragon Tales: Dragon Wings (GBC)

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