Jochen Heß

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Jochen Heß
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Born 1963 or 1964
Birth Place
Nationality German   Germany.svg
Aliases Jochen Hesse, Jochen Hess

Jochen Heß is a German programmer and video game composer, best known for the AdLib music for Rainbow Arts and The Art Department.

He started programming on a ZX Spectrum and wrote Atari 600XL and DOS routines and games for computer magazines from 1986 to 1989, sometimes with Ekkehard Heß. By July 1988, they had met Norbert Schmidt who wrote a machine language routine for their latest GW-BASIC game. By April 1989, Jochen Heß had moved to C and x86 assembly himself and was working as a freelance programmer.

The first known professional 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
1990-0?-?? Sunny Shine - on the Funny Side of Life (DOS)
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)

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