|Allister Mark Brimble|
Allister Brimble is a British musician famous for his C64 and Amiga music. He started with piano lessons at age 7. For his birthday, he received a Sinclair Spectrum computer and immediately started learning BASIC from magazines. Allister felt very confined to writing music on it because of its limited sound capabilities. He later sold his Spectrum in 1986 to buy the new and improved ZX Spectrum which came with Glider Rider with music composed by David Whittaker. Brimble was mesmerized by David's work and Allister continued learning music programming on the ZX Spectrum. Later, he got a Commodore 64 and sent some of his music demos to Elite, but they rejected his music. Even worse, is that one of his family members died. Fortunately for Allister, he received 100 pounds from the will. With the money, Allister sold his previous computers in order to buy a Commodore Amiga. He started using Sonix and SoundTracker. He then sent his music as public domain to 17BIT Software. This led to Allister's music getting heard more and more. Eventually, it led him to sending a demo disk to a game publisher. Allister began working for Codemasters in 1988 and continues to write music for them. His first soundtrack to a game was Nitro Boost Challenge. Allister composed a huge deal of Commodore 64 and Amiga music. Allister Brimble still continues to compose music and sound for games to this day.
Allister's favorite computer for writing music is the Commodore Amiga.
For some reason, for most of the Game Boy Color games he worked on, Allister went by the handle "AudioArts". He also did music for Full Fat Productions who would sometimes do audio for other companies. As a result, Allister also used the company's name as an alias.
Allister used a sound driver by Michael Delaney.
Allister used GEMS.
Allister originally wrote his music in assembly but later made a tracker program that converted his compositions to Gavin Raeburn's sound driver.
For Toy Story, Allister used piano samples from the Kurzweil K2000, which was a really great synth at the time, providing good SNES instrument sounds. Some of the other sounds were programmed with the SNES' DSP.
Allister's official portfolio can be found here: http://www.allisterbrimble.com/allister_portfolio.pdf
- facebook.com/allister.brimble?fref=ts - Facebook.
- exotica.org.uk/wiki/Allister_Brimble - Amiga Gameography.
- remix64.com/interviews/interview-allister-brimble.html - Interview.
- youtube.com/watch?v=r462-FSOKDc - Video Interview.
- youtube.com/watch?v=I-21xKX-8_0 - Video Interview.