Barry Leitch

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Barry John Leitch
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Born 1970-04-27
Birth Place Paisley, Scotland
Nationality Scottish   Scotland.svg
Aliases The Jackal, Imagitec Design Ltd
Website barryleitch.com

Barry Leitch is a Scottish video game musician. He has composed music for numerous video game companies including Ocean Software and Atari Games. Leitch has also composed music for a wide variety of video game consoles. His first composition was I.C.U.P.S. for the C64 and it was written when he was only 15 years old.

Music Development

Amiga

Leitch used OctaMED and Noisetracker.

Commodore 64

Leitch initially both composed and arranged in Electrosound. When better but harder-to-use drivers came in 1988, he kept composing in Electrosound on one C64 while thinking of better instruments and chords, and typed the notes and thoughts in Turbo Assembler on another C64. By 1989, he replaced Electrosound by Amiga trackers and emulated some of the used samples (with varying success he feels). For Marauder, the target driver was Ariston, then his own until 1990 and finally Charles Deenen's.

DOS

For Weird Dreams, Leitch used AdLib Visual Composer.

Game Boy

Leitch used a sound engine written by Richard Hutchison.

Game Gear

Leitch wrote the music in ProTracker. The music was then converted to the Game Gear using Axel Brown's sound driver and software.

Genesis

For Wheel of Fortune, Leitch used a sound engine by Rab Walker. The music was programmed in assembly.

Nintendo 64

Leitch used Fasttracker II.

NES

Leitch composed the songs on MODTracker for the Commodore Amiga. Then, he would rewrite the music in MS-DOS using a driver created by an unknown programmer named "Mule the Top Lad".

SNES

Leitch used MEdit. The program was coded by Leslie Long and was meant to resemble OctaMED, the tracker that Ocean Software used for their Commodore Amiga music. MEdit was also used for MS-DOS games as well.

During the development of Top Gear, Leitch was given instrument samples from Kemco, which were probably Korg M1 instrument samples. According to composer Hiroyuki Masuno, samples were given to Kemco by Sony, the creators of the sound chip of the SNES (SPC700).

Gameography

All of these games have been verified to have been composed by Leitch via his website: http://barryleitch.com

Released Title Sample
1988-??-?? The President Is Missing (AMI)
1988-??-?? Silk Worm (AMI)
1988-??-?? Ultima V (AMI)
1989-??-?? Airborne Ranger (AMI)
1989-??-?? DNA Warrior (AMI)
1989-??-?? Gemini Wing (AMI)
1989-??-?? Gemini Wing (ZXS)
1989-??-?? Gilbert: Escape from Drill (AMI)
1989-??-?? MicroProse Soccer (AMI)
1989-??-?? MicroProse Soccer (ZXS)
1989-??-?? Rock 'n Roll (ZXS)
1989-??-?? Silkworm (ZXS)
1989-??-?? Starglider 2 (ZXS)
1989-??-?? Weird Dreams (DOS)
1989-??-?? Xenophobe (ZXS)
1989-??-?? Back to the Future Part III (CPC)
1990-??-?? Combo Racer (AMI)
1990-??-?? Fiendish Freddy's Big Top o'Fun (ZXS)
1990-??-?? Impossamole (AMI)
1990-??-?? Prophecy I: The Viking Child (AMI)
1990-??-?? Treasure Trap (AMI)
1990-??-?? Weird Dreams (C64)
1991-??-?? American Gladiators (AMI)
1991-??-?? Back to the Future Part III (AMI)
1991-??-?? Back to the Future Part III (DOS)
1991-??-?? Back to the Future Part III (ZXS)
1991-??-?? Gadget Twins (AMI)
1991-??-?? Hero Quest (AMI)
1991-??-?? Hero Quest (ZXS)
1991-??-?? Lotus Turbo Challenge 2 (AMI)
1991-??-?? Pegasus (AMI)
1991-??-?? Stratego (AMI)
1991-??-?? Super Cars II (AMI) In-Game
1991-??-?? Suspicious Cargo (AMI)
1991-??-?? Switchblade (AMI)
1991-??-?? Utopia: The Creation of a Nation (AMI)
1991-??-?? Zone Warrior (AMI)
1991-02-?? Super Cars (NES)
1992-05-14 The Humans (GEN)
1992-??-?? The Addams Family: Pugsley's Scavenger Hunt (NES)
1992-??-?? Frankenstein (AMI)
1992-??-?? Harlequin (AMI)
1992-??-?? The Humans (AMI)
1992-??-?? The Humans (DOS)
1992-??-?? Lethal Weapon (AMI)
1992-??-?? The Shoe People (ZXS)
1992-??-?? Space Crusade (ZXS)
1992-??-?? Space Crusade: The Ultimate Encounter (AMI)
1992-??-?? Universal Monsters (AMI)
1992-??-?? Wheel of Fortune (GEN)
1992-??-?? Wheel of Fortune (GG)
1992-01-?? Wheel of Fortune: Featuring Vanna White (NES)
1992-03-27 Top Gear (SNES)
1992-07-?? Greg Norman's Golf Power (NES)
1992-07-22 Kick Off (NES)
1992-08-13 Gadget Twins (GEN)
1992-09-?? Wheel of Fortune (SNES)
1992-12-?? Lethal Weapon (SNES)
1993-??-?? European Champions (AMI)
1993-??-?? Lothar Matthäus (AMI)
1993-04-?? American Gladiators (SNES)
1994-??-?? The Humans (CD32)
1994-08-?? Eek! the Cat (SNES)
1995-07-28 Ultima: The Savage Empire (SFC)
Unreleased Gadget Twins (SNES)
Unreleased Kick Off 2 (GB)
Unreleased Kick Off 2 (NES)
Unreleased Wing Commander 2 (SNES)

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