Nick Eastridge

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Nicholas Eastridge
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Born New Jersey, USA
Birth Place Unknown
Nationality American   USA.svg
Aliases Ned Ludd
Eastridge Technology

Nick Eastridge is a American computer programmer who founded Eastridge Technology, and provided sound engines to Mindscape and The Software Toolworks. However, it is unknown if each game he did for Mindscape was developed by his company, or if he only provided sound engineering. Though Nick received numerous music credits, he wasn't a composer and only knew how to arrange music, program music and sound, and make sound effects. His first known video game work was the NES conversion of Paperboy. He also did the whole conversion of M.U.L.E. for the NES. Shortly before retiring from working on video games, he worked for Majesco Games for a short time under the name "Ned Ludd", as verified by a composer who worked with him.

Music Development

GB

Nick programmed a sound driver using the Game Boy's modified Z80. He then programmed a program to convert MIDI files to the Game Boy. It is unknown what program he used to create his MIDI files.

For WWF King of the Ring, Nick reprogrammed his sound driver that he used at Gray Matter and Mindscape.

GEN

Nick programmed his own sound driver which utilized both the Genesis' Z80 and 68000 processor. He then created a program to convert MIDI files to his Genesis sound driver. The only Genesis game to use his sound driver was Wayne's World.

NES

Nick programmed a sound driver in 6502 assembly language. Composers would then send Nick their MIDI files, in which Nick coded a tool that converted MIDI files to the NES.

SNES

Nick created a MIDI conversion tool. His instrument samples were taken from different keyboards, including a Korg M1 for the slap bass. The instruments may have been provided by Sony. Because of the way his music engine was programmed, SPC files for games using his sound engine are undumpable.

Gameography

Released Title Sample
1988-12-?? Paperboy (NES)
1990-06-?? The Last Starfighter (NES)
1990-07-?? Mad Max (NES)
1990-07-?? Paperboy (GB)
1990-09-?? Gauntlet II (NES)
1990-09-?? M.U.L.E. (NES)
1990-10-?? Orb•3D (NES) Sound Driver
1990-12-?? Dirty Harry (NES) Sound Driver
1991-??-?? Paperboy 2 (DOS) Sound Driver
1991-02-?? Conan (NES) Sound Driver
1991-09-?? Captain Planet and the Planeteers (NES) Sound Driver
1991-09-?? Gauntlet II (GB) Sound Driver
1991-09-?? The Chessmaster (SNES) Sound Driver
1991-11-?? Paperboy 2 (SNES) Sound Driver
1992-??-?? Pit-Fighter (GB) Sound Driver
1992-03-?? Pit-Fighter (SNES) Sound Driver
1992-04-?? Paperboy 2 (GB) Sound Driver
1992-04-?? Paperboy 2 (NES) Sound Driver
1992-10-?? James Bond Jr. (SNES) Sound Driver
1992-10-?? Miner 2049er (GB)
1993-??-?? The Incredible Crash Dummies (SNES) (クラッシュ・ダミー スリック坊やの大挑戦) Sound Driver
1993-??-?? The Ren & Stimpy Show: Veediots! (GB) Arranger?/Sound Driver
1993-02-18 Wayne's World (GEN) Sound Driver
1993-04-?? The Terminator (SNES) Sound Driver
1993-04-?? Wayne's World (SNES) Sound Driver
1993-06-?? The Great Waldo Search (SNES) Sound Driver
1993-09-?? Battleship (NES) Sound Driver
1993-09-?? WWF King of the Ring (GB) (キングオブリング)
1993-11-?? Steel Talons (SNES) Sound Driver
1993-11-?? WWF King of the Ring (NES)
1994-05-?? Relief Pitcher (SNES) Sound Driver
1999-12-?? Pong: The Next Level (GBC) Sound Driver
2000-09-23 Frogger II: Swampy's Revenge (GBC) Sound Driver
2000-09-25 Galaga: Destination Earth (GBC) Sound Driver
2001-06-10 Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure (GBA) 1997-03-14
Timon & Pumbaa's Jungle Games (SNES) - Sound Driver?

Links

(The link to the Eastridge Technology website has been removed. For more information, see the Discussion page.)