|Alberto Jose Gonzalez Pedraza|
Alberto Jose Gonzalez is a Spanish composer, sound designer and programmer who has worked on numerous video games. Alberto originally started his work in the video game world at New Frontier as a graphic designer, but New Frontier was also looking for a composer so Alberto decided to try his hand at it. Alberto never had any formal music training, but when he saw he was successful at composing music, he started doing music at New Frontier. While composing there, he made a tracker for the ZX Spectrum called Compact Editor which was a program he used to write music for all kinds of gaming consoles like GameBoy, MSX, and other consoles and computers. Sometimes, he went by the name Joe McAlby because of the popularity of his name.
Alberto later founded Bit Managers, which developed games primarily for the GameBoy handhelds but also developed a few console games and even developed an arcade game.
One thing to note about games Alberto scored across multiple platforms is the differing soundtracks they have. For example, The Smurfs on the Game Boy, Game Gear, Master System, and NES have a few different songs from each other. Alberto explained that this was to test limitations for each separate platform.
Alberto's music was composed on a program for the ZX Spectrum called Compact Editor which was an inspiration from NoiseTracker on the Amiga. Alberto then used a program he made called "The Sourcer" which converted his music from Compact Editor to the consoles. Alberto also programmed the sound drivers for the consoles he worked on, including NESM. However, he didn't always write music this way. Sometimes he would write the music completely in assembly, or when he did convert songs from Compact Editor, he would modify the songs. He would usually work on the Game Boy versions of songs first before moving on to the console versions.
Alberto used OctaMED for the Amiga. Then he used a PC MIDI sequencer. The instruments were taken from a Turtle Beach Maui sound card. Alberto also programmed his own MIDI sequencer, but never used it for his works.
Alberto says that he composed the music to all Bit Managers games with only a couple exceptions; In Radikal Bikers, he only programmed the sound driver and the audio was taken from the arcade. The arcade Bang! was done by Gaelco's in-house composer Joan Sanmarti. It is currently unknown if any Bit Masters games lack credits.
- en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alberto_Jose_González - Wikipedia.
- facebook.com/albertojgp - Facebook
- es.linkedin.com/in/albertojgp - LinkedIn.
- soundcloud.com/joemcalby - SoundCloud.
- legacymusichour.blogspot.ca/2013/06/episode-138-alberto-jose-gonzalez.html - Interview.
- http://www.vgarc.org/vgarc-originals/interview-with-alberto-gonzalez/ - Text Interview.