Tommy Tallarico

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Thomas V. Tallarico
Tommy Tallarico - 02.jpg
Born 1968-02-18
Birth Place Springfield, Massachusetts, U.S.
Nationality American   USA.svg
Aliases T. Tallarico
Tommy Tallarico Studios Inc.
Tom Tallarico
Intimidated, but never duplicated
Website tallarico.com

Tommy Tallarico is an American video game composer. He created video game music since the 1990s. He is one of co-founders of Video Games Live, a show where video game musicians play their composed music for games in a live band.

Tallarico 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 found Tommy Tallarico Studios and worked as a contractor for various developers, providing music and sound effect.

Tallarico is a cousin of Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler. For many years, Tallarico served as President of Intellivision Entertainment. On February 7, 2022, it was announced that Tallarico was stepping down as the CEO.

In November 2022, the YouTuber hbomberguy published a video that was originally intended to briefly investigate the origin of the Roblox "oof" sound effect. While the video deduced it was Joey Kuras that made the sound effect under Tallarico for the game Messiah, hbomberguy noted manipulative language by Tallarico trying to take credit for Joey's work. The video then takes a deep dive into the entire career of Tommy Tallarico, identifying the many lies about his discography such as being the "first American to work on Sonic". The video garnered over ten million views as of January 1 2024, and as a result, grabbed the attention of various members in the video game preservation community and original artists who worked with Tallarico.

Earthworm Jim

For decades, Tommy Tallarico was believed to have composed for Earthworm Jim 1 and 2. After hbomberguy's video, Tony Bernetich commented elaborating on his involvement with the game:[1]

Currently I am working in the pit orchestra for the musical Oklahoma and the French horn player turned me on to this video when she found out I did the music for Earthworm Jim one and two. Yes, you read right….I did two levels on Earthworm one and all but two on Earthworm Jim two. In the 80’s I had just earned my masters in music comp plus a teaching credential from UCI while my wife was a tax auditor for the state of California. She always had my “reel” with her and while she was auditing Virgin Games in Irvine where Tommy worked, she hunted him down and gave him my reel. At that time Tommy was trying to create a banjo tune for Shiny Entertainment, the company that created Earthworm Jim, and I was playing piano at a 900 seat western themed dinner theater in Buena Park. At this theater I worked with a well known five-string banjoist and I asked him to “tab” some banjo rolls so I can add a bluegrass banjo tune for my reel….the same reel that my wife handed to Tommy Tallarico. Musically, Tommy is possibly one step above a garage band musician and was absolutely clueless when it came to banjo. Anyway, he paid me a couple of hundred bucks for the banjo file and tasked me with more music work for Earthworm Jim two. I also did some work on Madden Football and a Spot game for him. On Earthworm two most of the music was mine and years later I discovered that the other composer who created the music for level one was Cristophe Beck who composed music for TV and movies. In California, if you do music for a living, you have to wear a lot of hats or you wind up eating your kids, so in addition to composing, I was teaching, grading compositions for MTAC and performing and totally forgot about Tallarico. About twenty years ago my wife found a website with Tallarico explaining how he created the banjo file. She read it to me and I cracked up….the guy was lying through his teeth. So, judging from this video, he obviously has a problem with the truth….and I’m one of the hard working folk whose work he took credit for during his career.

Additionally, Tallarico took MIDIs from online and imported them into the game with very little modification,[2][3] often referred to as "MIDI slapping". Given this information, all video game credits attributed to Tommy Tallarico should be analyzed under scrutiny.

Audio Development

GEN

Tallarico used GEMS.

NES

Tallarico used Tommy T's Play Me Sound Editor.

SNES

Tallarico initially used Chip Level Designs' audio driver, except in The Jungle Book (SNES), for which he used Sculptured Software's Wolfgang driver instead. Tallarico initially had to work with sheet music and would write it in assembly, like most other non-Japanese composers that utilized Kankichi-kun, until a MIDI sequencer was implemented.

Earthworm Jim 2, Jim Lee's WildC.A.T.S: Covert Action Teams, Madden NFL 96, and the unreleased port of Spot Goes to Hollywood used the SLICK/Audio sound driver from Bitmasters. Spot Goes to Hollywood uses two different builds on its prototypes; the early prototype uses version 1.01 and the later prototype uses version 1.07b.

Gameography

Released Title Sample Notes
1992-??-?? Batman: Revenge of the Joker (GEN)
Arranged Naoki Kodaka's music from Batman: Return of the Joker (NES).
1992-??-?? Another World (GEN) (アウターワールド)
1992-??-?? Muhammad Ali Heavyweight Boxing (GEN)
1992-??-?? Monopoly Deluxe (DOS)
1992-??-?? Club Racquetball (MAC)
1992-??-?? Mick & Mack as the Global Gladiators (GEN)
1992-01-?? Prince of Persia (GB) (プリンスオブペルシア)
1992-07-?? Jeep Jamboree: Off Road Adventure (GB)
1993-??-?? Caesars Palace (GG)
Arranged by Matt Furniss.
1993-??-?? Cool Spot (AMI)
Original Music
1993-??-?? Cool Spot (GG) Arranged by Matt Furniss
1993-??-?? Mick & Mack as the Global Gladiators (AMI) Original Music
1993-03-?? Caesars Palace (GEN)
1993-03-08 The Terminator (SCD)
1993-05-26 Mick & Mack as the Global Gladiators (GG) Arranged by Matt Furniss
1993-07-?? Color a Dinosaur (NES)
1993-08-20 Super Slap Shot (SNES) (スーパースラップショット)
1993-09-?? Cool Spot (SNES) (クール・スポット)
1993-10-21 Super Caesars Palace (SNES) (スーパーカジノ シーザースパレス)
1993-11-11 Disney's Aladdin (GEN) (アラジン)
1994-??-?? Disney's Aladdin (AMI)
1994-??-?? Disney's Aladdin (DOS)
1994-??-?? Heart of the Alien: Out of this World Parts I and II (SCD)
1994-??-?? Disney's The Jungle Book (GEN)
1994-02-18 Cool Spot (GEN) (クール・スポット)
1994-05-28 RoboCop versus The Terminator (GEN) (ロボコップVSターミネーター) Director of Music & FX
1994-07-15 Disney's The Jungle Book (SNES) (ジャングル・ブック)
1994-10-?? Cool Spot (GB)
Arranged by Mark Cooksey.
1994-11-?? Race Days (GB)
1994-12-09 Demolition Man (3DO)
Original Music with Keith Arem and Charlie Malone.
Sound Effects with Joey Kuras and Keith Arem.
1994-12-17 Cool Spot (DOS)
1995-??-?? Spot Goes to Hollywood (GEN) (スポット ゴーズトゥーハリウッド)
1995-03-15 Earthworm Jim: Special Edition (SCD)
1995-12-31 Hyper 3-D Pinball (DOS) (Tilt!)
With Mark Cooksey
1996-10-31 Hyper 3-D Pinball (SAT) (Tilt!) With Mark Cooksey
1995-11-?? Jim Lee's Wild C.A.T.S: Covert Action Teams (SNES)
1995-11-?? Earthworm Jim 2 (SNES)
1995-11-02 Agile Warrior F-111X (PS1) Sound Effects with Joey Kuras and Keith Arem
1995-11-10 Madden NFL 96 (GEN)
1995-11-10 Madden NFL 96 (SNES)
1995-11-15 Earthworm Jim 2 (GEN) (アースワームジム2)
Imported MIDIs from online for Moonlight Sonata's First and Third movement by Edward Grant. The MIDIs were used 1 to 1, with the exception of the third movement's tempo being changed. Continue theme.
1995-11-30 Earthworm Jim: Special Edition (W16)
1996-??-?? Black Dawn (SAT)
1996-04-16 Skeleton Warriors (SAT)
1996-04-30 Earthworm Jim 1 & 2: The Whole Can O' Worms (DOS)
1996-05-22 Skeleton Warriors (PS1)
1996-09-30 Burning Road (PS1)
"U.S. Remix" Music
1996-10-24 Black Dawn (PS1)
1996-11-?? Earthworm Jim 2 (PS1)
1996-11-11 Earthworm Jim 2 (SAT) (アースワームジム2)
1996-11-14 Agile Warrior F-111X (SAT) Sound Effects with Joey Kuras and Keith Arem
1996-11-30 Golden Nugget (W32) Original Music
1996-11-30 Spot Goes to Hollywood (PS1)
Arranged by Keith Arem
1997-??-?? MDK with Todd Dennis (W16)
1997-??-?? Duckman: The Graphic Adventures of a Private Dick (W16)
1997-??-?? The 7th Guest (W16) Sound for The Making of The 7th Guest" Video
1997-01-?? Hyper 3-D Pinball (PS1) (Tilt!) With Mark Cooksey
1997-01-10 Spot Goes to Hollywood (SAT) Arranged by Keith Arem
1997-04-30 MDK (DOS)
1997-06-30 VMX Racing (PS1)
1997-08-31 Mortal Kombat Trilogy (SAT) Sound Conversion
1997-08-31 Treasures of the Deep (PS1)
1997-10-01 Golden Nugget (PS1) Intro Music
1997-11-03 Test Drive 4 (PS1) Sound Effects
1997-11-13 MDK (PS1)
1998-??-?? Beavis and Butt-Head: Bunghole in One (W16)
1998-03-31 HardBall 6 (W32) Sound Effects
1998-05-?? Adrenix (W32)
1998-06-?? WarGames: Defcon 1 (PS1) Sound Effects
1998-09-30 Tales of Destiny (PS1) Intro Movie Music & SFX
1998-09-30 Wild 9 (PS1)
1998-10-08 Test Drive 5 (PS1) Sound Effects
1998-10-31 Apocalypse (PS1) Movie Scoring and Sound Effects
1999-??-?? Luftwaffe Commander (W32)
1999-??-?? Ultra Fighters (W32)
1999-03-07 Beavis and Butt-Head Do U. (W32)
1999-03-24 Redline (W32)
1999-05-17 Point Blank 2 (PS1) Additional SFX
1999-06-?? Unreal Mission Pack 1: Return to Na Pali (W32) Sound Effects
1999-07-20 Prince of Persia (GBC) (プリンスオブペルシア)
1999-08-31 Demolition Racer (PS1) Sound Effects
1999-09-01 R/C Stunt Copter (PS1)
Reused music from Earthworm Jim: Special Edition (SCD)
1999-09-29 Tony Hawk's Pro Skater (PS1) Sound Effects
1999-09-30 Pac-Man World (PS1) (パックマンワールド 20th アニバーサリー)
1999-10-10 Knockout Kings 2000 (N64) Sound
1999-11-03 Army Men: Air Attack (PS1)
1999-11-09 The Wheel of Time (W32) Sound Engineer
1999-11-10 Test Drive 6 (PS1) Sound Effects
1999-11-16 007: Tomorrow Never Dies (PS1) (007 トゥモロー・ネバー・ダイ)
1999-12-?? NCAA March Madness 2000 (PS1)
1999-12-?? Wings of Fury (GBC)
1999-12-16 Bass Masters 2000 (N64)
2000-03-15 Tony Hawk's Pro Skater (N64) Sound Effects
2000-03-31 Messiah (W32)
2000-05-24 Tony Hawk's Pro Skater (DC) Sound Effects
2000-08-01 WWF Royal Rumble (DC) (WWF ロイヤルランブル) Visual/Audio Transfer
2000-08-30 Spider-Man (PS1)
2000-09-07 Arthur's Absolutely Fun Day! (GBC)
2000-09-13 MTV Sports: Skateboarding featuring Andy Macdonald (GBC)
2000-09-14 NFL Blitz 2001 (N64) Sound & Music Design
2000-11-?? Extreme Sports with the Berenstain Bears (GBC)
2000-11-05 Sacrifice (W32) Sound Effects
2000-11-07 Aladdin (GBC)
Arranged by Steve Collett
2000-11-21 Spider-Man (N64)
2000-12-05 Evil Dead: Hail to the King (PS1)
2000-12-07 NCAA March Madness 2001 (PS1)
2000-12-20 Evil Dead: Hail to the King (DC)
2001-??-?? Hot Wheels: Jetz (W32) Menu Music
2001-??-?? Sacrifice (MAC) Sound Effects
2001-02-05 Knockout Kings 2001 (PS2)
2001-03-21 MTV Sports: T.J. Lavin's Ultimate BMX (PS1) Sound Design
2001-03-28 Evil Dead: Hail to the King (W32)
2001-04-06 Time Crisis: Project Titan (PS1)
2001-04-19 Spider-Man (DC)
2001-09-17 Spider-Man (W32)
2001-09-30 Casper: Spirit Dimensions (PS2) Sound and Voice
2001-11-06 Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee (XBOX) Opening Cinematic Music
2001-11-27 Twisted Metal: Small Brawl (PS1) Sound Design
2001-12-27 Maximo: Ghosts to Glory (PS2) (マキシモ)
2002-05-20 Scooby-Doo!: Night of 100 Frights (PS2)
2002-06-05 Earthworm Jim 2 (GBA)
Adapted by Denis Borzenkov
2002-08-12 Street Hoops (PS2) Audio Director
2002-10-15 BloodRayne (GC) Additional Music
2002-10-15 BloodRayne (PS2) Additional Music
2002-10-15 BloodRayne (XBOX) Additional Music
2002-10-21 Toxic Grind (XBOX) Sound FX & Cinematic Audio
2002-10-24 Spec Ops: Airborne Commando (PS1)
2003-01-14 War of the Monsters (PS2) (怪獣大激戦) Sound Effects
2003-01-26 Black & Bruised (PS2) Voice Over Producer
2003-03-28 Devastation (W32) Additional Tracks
2003-05-01 Devastation (LIN) Additional Tracks
2003-07-30 Aquaman: Battle for Atlantis (GC) Sound
2003-07-30 Aquaman: Battle for Atlantis (XBOX) Sound
2003-09-18 Maximo vs Army of Zin (PS2)
2004-11-18 Fugitive Hunter: War on Terror (PS2)
Song and Sound Effects
2003-11-18 Tonka: Rescue Patrol (GC) Sound
2003-11-24 Spy Hunter 2 (PS2) Cinematic Sound Design & Composition with Joey Kuras and Howard Ulyate.
2004-03-16 Unreal Tournament 2004 (W32) Audio.
2004-03-16 The X-Files: Resist of Serve (PS2)
2004-08-20 Fugitive Hunter: War on Terror (W32) Song and Sound Effects
2004-08-31 The Incredibles (GC) (Mr.インクレディブル) Sound Effects
2004-10-26 The Bard's Tale (PS2)
2004-10-26 The Bard's Tale (XBOX)
2004-10-27 The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie (GC) Sound Design
2004-10-27 The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie (PS2) Sound Design
2004-10-27 The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie (XBOX) Sound Design
2004-10-29 The Incredibles (W32) (Mr.インクレディブル) Sound Effects
2004-10-31 The Incredibles (PS2) (Mr.インクレディブル) Sound Effects
2004-10-31 The Incredibles (XBOX) (Mr.インクレディブル) Sound Effects
2004-11-17 Fight Club (PS2) Sound Provided By
2004-11-17 Fight Club (XBOX) Sound Provided By
2004-11-17 Pac-Man World (GBA) Music converted by James Barnard
2005-05-31 Advent Rising (XBOX)
2005-06-27 The Bard's Tale (W32)
2005-08-09 Advent Rising (W32)
2005-10-24 The Incredibles: Rise of the Underminer (W32) Sound Design
2005-11-01 The Incredibles: Rise of the Underminer (GC) Sound Design
2005-11-01 The Incredibles: Rise of the Underminer (PS2) Sound Design
2005-11-01 The Incredibles: Rise of the Underminer (XBOX) Sound Design
2006-05-23 Jaws: Unleashed (PS2)
2006-05-23 Jaws: Unleashed (XBOX)
2006-06-06 AND 1 Streetball (PS2) Audio Director
2006-08-22 Pac-Man World Rally (PS2)
2006-08-31 Pac-Man World Rally (W32)
2006-10-18 Jaws: Unleashed (W32)
2006-10-24 Snoopy vs. the Red Baron (PS2)
2006-11-03 Snoopy vs. the Red Baron (W32)
2007-03-27 Purr Pals (NDS) With Mike Rubino
2007-11-19 Baby Pals (NDS) With Mike Rubino
2008-06-?? Purr Pals (WII) With Mike Rubino
2008-09-16 Line Rider 2: Unbound (NDS) Cut Scene and Other SFX
2008-09-23 Line Rider 2: Unbound (W32) Cut Scene and Other SFX
2009-03-03 Sonic and the Black Knight (WII) Composer & Arranger
2009-09-02 Defendin' De Penguin (WII)
2009-10-21 Earthworm Jim (IOS) Original Music
2009-12-?? Earthworm Jim (J2ME) Original Music
2010-05-10 Earthworm Jim (NDSI) Original Music
2010-06-09 Earthworm Jim HD (X360) Original Music
2010-08-03 Earthworm Jim HD (PS3) Original Music
2010-10-25 Flip's Twisted World (WII)
2010-12-01 Super Tofu Boy (WEB) Music Donated
2010-12-01 Super Tofu Boy (W64) Music Donated
2010-12-01 Super Tofu Boy (MAC) Music Donated
Unreleased Akolyte (DC)
Unreleased Black9 (W32)
Unreleased Black9 (XBOX)
Unreleased Deuce (PS1)
Unreleased Mayor Damage (PS1)
Unreleased Mayor Damage (SAT)
Unreleased Mick & Mack as the Global Gladiators (GB)
Arranged by Matthew Simmonds
Unreleased Mick and Mack in Global Gladiators (SNES)
Arranged by Steve Collett
Unreleased Monster Pals (NDS)

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Links

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0twDETh6QaI&lc=UgyldkhZLXxNEhzBbY14AaABAg
  • https://twitter.com/lebrickster/status/1649140841318080512
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