John Paul

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John F. Paul
John Paul.jpg
Born February 11
Birth Place Fort Madison, Iowa
Nationality American   USA.svg
Aliases J. Paul, Rim Shot, JFP, Jon Paul

John Paul is an American composer and sound designer, known for his work at Atari. He attended the University of Texas in 1978 for theory, violin, and composition. He started his work for Atari Games in 1989. John was finishing his doctorate in Indiana, when Brad Fuller had asked John to come work for Atari with him, and John accepted the offer. Throughout his career at Atari, he not only composed the music for several arcade games, but also some console games Tengen had developed as well. John composed the music to his last game (Gauntlet Legends) in 1998 and left Atari in 2000, shortly after they were acquired by Midway Games. John no longer composes video game music.

Music Composition

ARC

John used RPM, like the other composers at Atari. The music was written in Music Macro Language.

He said this about the Batman arcade's music:

That was an interesting project. Got full orchestral scores from Warner Bros plus the dialog track. Gained a whole new appreciation for Jack Nicholson's talent (everything he said converted nicely) and growing wariness of Michael Keaton (precious little was crisp enough to convert).

For his last soundtracks at Atari such as Gauntlet: Legends and Maximum Force, John used SampleCell for the instruments and Studio Vision Pro to make the music.

NES

John wrote the music in Music Macro Language, using a engine possibly created by Lisa Ching.

Gameography

Released Title Sample
1989-??-?? Badlands (ARC)
1989-??-?? Toobin' (NES)
1990-??-?? Batman (ARC)
1990-??-?? Pit-Fighter (ARC)
1990-??-?? Shuuz (ARC)
1991-??-?? Off the Wall: Atari (ARC)
1990-??-?? R.B.I. Baseball 2 (NES)
1991-??-?? R.B.I. Baseball 3 (NES)
1991-??-?? Steel Talons (ARC)
1992-??-?? Guardians of the 'Hood (ARC)
1992-??-?? Moto Frenzy (ARC)
1992-??-?? R.B.I. Baseball 4 (GEN)
1995-??-?? Steel Talons (AST)
1996-11-11 Wayne Gretzky's 3D Hockey (N64) (ウェイン・グレツキー 3Dホッケー)
1996-??-?? Maximum Force (SAT)
1997-??-?? Maximum Force (ARC)
1997-09-30 Maximum Force (PS1)
1998-??-?? California Speed (ARC)
1998-??-?? Gauntlet: Legends (ARC)
1998-??-?? Maximum Force (W16)
1999-08-31 Gauntlet: Legends (N64)
2000-??-?? Gauntlet: Legends (PS1)
2000-06-06 Gauntlet: Legends (DC)

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