Mark Cooksey

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Mark Cooksey
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Born January 18, 1966 (Age 44)
Birth Place Unknown
Nationality British   UK.svg
Aliases
  • Tony Deaf (As credited in the Sega Genesis version of 'Bart Vs. The Space Mutants.)
Website sites.google.com/site/mtwmusicsite/

Mark Cooksey is a British composer who worked on audio for games and is one of the better known game musicians. Mark graduated college with a degree in science and was looking for a job. He saw an ad for Elite looking for a programmer and it interested him so he went to apply for the job in 1985. The boss of Elite, Brian Wilcox, asked Mark to write him a 6502 assembly player on Mark's Oric Atmos computer. After he did that, Wilcox asked Cooksey to write a tune to their game Airwolf using the assembly player Mark wrote for him. After he did, he was given the job as an audio engineer which Mark did not expect. From that point on he composed music for all of Elite's games. In 1986, Mark left Elite but then later joined again 1989 and then he left again in 1990. He later worked for NMS software, which was a bunch of former Elite staff members. Mark's best known soundtracks are for Commodore 64 ports of Mighty Bomb Jack, Paperboy, and Ghosts and Goblins, which have had tons of remixes by C64 music fans alike. Mark continues to compose game soundtracks to this day and he even plays in a band. Mark says that writing music for video games inspired him to compose and play music.

Music Composition

C64

As stated above, Mark used an assembly player from his Oric Atmos computer.

NES

Adventures of Dr. Franken, Aladdin, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Jimmy Connors Tennis, and Prince of Persia were composed as MIDI files in C-Lab Notator for the Atari ST. Cliffhanger and Dragon's Lair were composed in hex code. His music was played back from a memory box from Spidersoft.

Gameography

Released

Title

Sample

Unreleased The Adventures of Dr. Franken (NES)
1985/??/?? 911 Tiger Shark (C64)
1985/??/?? Airwolf (C64)
1986/??/?? 1942 (C64)
1986/??/?? Airwolf II (C64)
1986/??/?? Bomb Jack (C64)
1986/??/?? Bomb Jack II (C64)
1986/??/?? Commando 86 (C64)
1986/??/?? Ghosts 'N' Goblins (C64)
1987/??/?? Battle Ships (C64)
1987/??/?? Cataball (C64)
1987/??/?? Dead or Alive (C64)
1988/??/?? A Question of Sport (AMI)
1988/??/?? A Question of Sport (C64)
1988/??/?? Battle Island (C64)
1988/??/?? Forgotten Worlds (AMI)
1988/??/?? Ghosts 'N Goblins (AMI)
1988/??/?? Live and Let Die: The Computer Game (AMI)
1988/??/?? Mike Read's Computer Pop Quiz (AMI)
1989/??/?? Aquablast (AMI)
1989/??/?? Commando (AMI)
1989/??/?? Grand National (AMI)
1989/??/?? Overlander (AMI)
1989/??/?? Paperboy (AMI)
1990/12/?? Dragon's Lair (NES)
1990/??/?? Gremlins 2: The New Batch (AMI)
1990/??/?? Mighty Bomb Jack (AMI)
1990/??/?? World Championship Soccer (AMI)
1991/??/?? Robocop Versus the Terminator (SMS)
1991/01/?? Dragon's Lair: The Legend (GB)
1992/??/?? Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (GB)
1992/??/?? Simpsons, The: Bart Vs. The Space Mutants (SMS)
1992/11/?? Prince of Persia (NES)
1992/11/?? Super Off Road (GB)
1993/06/?? F-15 Strike Eagle (GB)
1993/11/?? Cliffhanger (NES)
1993/11/?? Jimmy Connors Tennis (NES)
1993/12/?? Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: Ubisoft (NES)
1994/??/?? Aladdin (NES)
1994/??/?? Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (GB)
1994/12/08 Aladdin (GB)
1996/10/?? Pinnochio (GB)
2000/04/30 Gold and Glory: The Road to El Dorado (GBC)
2009/09/15 Carl Lewis Athletics 2000 (GBC)
2001/10/09 Dracula: Crazy Vampire (GBC)
2007/??/?? Battleship / Connect Four / Sorry! / Trouble (NDS)
2007/??/?? Clue / Mouse Trap / Perfection / Aggravation (NDS)
2007/??/?? Garfield Gets Real (NDS)
2007/??/?? Garfield Gets Real (Wii)
2007/07/?? Deal or No Deal (NDS)

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