Jochen Heß

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Jochen Heß
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Jochen Heß is a German video game composer and programmer who often worked together with Norbert Schmidt and Ekkehard Heß.

From 1986 to 1988, Jochen and Ekkehard wrote Atari 600XL routines and games for computer magazines under the alias Pergames and a GW-BASIC game with a machine language routine by Schmidt. Musically though, the DOS game merely featured C major chords on the PC Speaker.

The second known credit to all three is for Rock'n Roll (DOS). They seem to have shared the alias Palladix until 1992, then worked at the company Moonlight, then Parsec Entertainment Software from 1992 to 1993 and Freelance Development in 1993 and 1994.

On a few games, Jochen Heß also did additional programming, wrote manuals, dialog, and in case of Spheroids (DOS), game design with Schmidt. He seemed to prefer composing his own music, as almost all of the DOS games which he scored but were also available on other platforms have completely different music from the other versions. In much of his music, disco, jazz and medieval can be heard.

Music Development


Jochen Heß co-developed Palladix Music System and used formats supported by it. A common element were bass and melody lines played on two slightly detuned voices.

In 1995, he switched to HMI with Dietmar Heß.


Released Title Sample
1990-??-?? Rock'n Roll (DOS)
1991-??-?? MadTV (DOS)
1992-0?-?? The Spoils Of War (DOS)
1992-??-?? Catch'em (DOS)
1992-??-?? On The Road (DOS)
1993-0?-?? Cannonade (DOS)
1993-0?-?? Freak Out (DOS)
1993-0?-?? Heirs To The Throne (DOS)
1993-0?-?? Spheroids (DOS)
1993-1?-?? Das Telekommando kehrt zurück (DOS)
1994-0?-?? Backstage (DOS)
1994-0?-?? Bi-Fi Roll - Action in Hollywood (DOS)
1994-0?-?? Magic of Endoria (DOS)
1994-12-07 Dunkle Schatten (DOS)
1994-??-?? Captain Zins (DOS)
1995-0?-?? Crusade (DOS)
1995-0?-?? Falsches Spiel mit Eddie M. (DOS)
1995-0?-?? Jeff Jet - Abenteuer Infohighway (DOS)
1995-0?-?? Wissoll-Circus-Trophy (DOS)
1995-??-?? Hilfe für Amajambere (DOS)
1996-1?-?? Dunkle Schatten 2 (DOS)
1997-0?-?? MadTV 2 (DOS)
1997-??-?? Die Enviro-Kids greifen ein (DOS)