Michael Bartlow

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Michael C. Bartlow
Michael Bartlow - 1.jpg
Born Unknown
Birth Place United States
Nationality American   USA.svg
Aliases Mike Bartlow, MCB, Souvenir of Omaha
Website usefulcomputingllc.com

Michael Bartlow is an American composer and sound designer known for his work with Bally Midway and Electronic Arts. He first started working on video games in October 1982 at Bally Midway. There, he composed the music and sound to many of their arcade games including Xenophobe, Rampage, and even Spy Hunter. In August 1988, he left Bally Midway and joined Apple as a senior audio engineer. In September 1990, Bartlow left Apple and joined Electronic Arts. While at Electronic Arts, he mostly worked on audio for the Sega Genesis, but also did some work on the SNES, and even worked alongside Rob Hubbard. In September 1994, he left Electronic Arts to create his own video game music company, GameSound, which he ran until February 1996. After that, he worked at Acclaim until March 1998. He then went to work for Osiris Software as an executive producer. He worked there until February 2001. Since then, Michael has been running UsefulComputing in which he programs software. The goal of the company is to make computers for people who don't believe in technology.

Some of Bartlow's famous works include Road Rash, B.O.B., and The Immortal.

Music Development


Bartlow created MIDI files and it was converted to Nintendo's Kankichi-kun software.


Bartlow created MIDI files and it was converted to Rob Hubbard's driver.


Released Title Sample Notes
1983-??-?? Spy Hunter (ARC) With Bob Libbe and Neil Falconer.
1984-??-?? Crater Raider (ARC)
1985-??-?? Shoot the Bull (ARC)
1986-08-04 Rampage (ARC)
1987-??-?? Party Animal (ARC)
1987-??-?? Xenophobe (ARC)
1988-12-?? Xenophobe (NES)
Arranged by Naohisa Morota.
1990-??-?? Xenophobe (LYNX) Arranged by Chris Grigg
1991-??-?? Blockout (GEN)
1991-??-?? Road Rash (GEN)
1991-06-01 Bulls vs. Lakers and the NBA Playoffs (GEN)
1991-07-11 The Immortal (GEN) (ウィザード オブ イモータル)
1991-09-?? F-22 Interceptor (GEN) (F―22 インターセプター)
1991-09-25 John Madden Football '92 (GEN)
1991-10-07 Starflight (GEN)
1992-02-?? Jordan vs Bird: One on One (GEN)
1992-??-?? LHX: Attack Chopper (GEN)
1992-??-?? Car and Driver (DOS)
1993-??-?? B.O.B. (GEN) Arranged by Alex Rudis.
1993-06-?? B.O.B. (SNES) (スペースファンキー:ビー・オー・ビー)
1993-??-?? Bulls vs. Blazers and the NBA Playoffs (GEN) (NBAプロバスケットボール)
1993-??-?? Haunting Starring Polterguy (GEN)
1994-08-14 Mario Andretti Racing (GEN)
1994-08-15 General Chaos (GEN) (ジェネラル・カオス 大混戦)
1995-??-?? Blackthorne (32X)
1996-??-?? The Chessmaster 3-D (PS1) (チェスマスター) Additional Sound Effects
2000-11-20 HBO Boxing (PS1)


In the arcade version of Xenophobe, he was referred to as "Souvenir of Omaha". The alias was verified by Bob Libbe, one of the staff programmers at Bally Midway.

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