|Thomas V. Tallarico|
Tommy Tallarico is one of the most popular game music composers. His work ranges back from the 1980s to this day. Not only is Tommy known for composing many memorable game soundtracks, but he also created Video Games Live, a show where video game musicians play their composed music for games in a live band.
Tommy started music when he was learning piano at age 3. He was first hired when he traveled to California and one of the producers of Virgin Games asked him if he wanted to test video games and he accepted. The first game he tested was the Game Boy version of Prince of Persia. While testing it, he noticed that there were no audio designers for the game, so he asked if he could work on the music and that he'd even do it free of charge. The staff at Virgin let him port Francis Mechner's complex compositions from the computer versions to the Game Boy. He later went on to create Tallarico Studios. Tommy owns a mansion with an arcade, several themed rooms, a piano downstairs, a studio upstairs, a jungle-themed bedroom, and owns a Ferrari. Tommy says when he's playing a game and he thinks of something to write for it while he's playing it on the piano, he rushes up to his studio to compose it.
Tommy is also the cousin of Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler.
Tommy used Tommy T's Play Me Sound Editor.