|Barry John Leitch|
Barry Leitch is a Scottish video game musician. He has composed music for numerous video game companies including Ocean Software and Atari Games. Leitch has also composed music for a wide variety of video game consoles. His first composition was I.C.U.P.S. for the C64 and it was written when he was only 15 years old.
Leitch initially both composed and arranged in Electrosound. When better but harder-to-use drivers came in 1988, he kept composing in Electrosound on one C64 while thinking of better instruments and chords, and typed the notes and thoughts in Turbo Assembler on another C64. By 1989, he replaced Electrosound by Amiga trackers and emulated some of the used samples (with varying success he feels). For Marauder, the target driver was Ariston, then his own until 1990 and finally Charles Deenen's.
For Weird Dreams, Leitch used AdLib Visual Composer.
Leitch used a sound engine written by Richard Hutchison.
Leitch used Fasttracker II.
Leitch composed the songs on MODTracker for the Commodore Amiga. Then, he would rewrite the music in MS-DOS using a driver created by an unknown programmer named "Mule the Top Lad".
Leitch used MEdit. The program was coded by Leslie Long and was meant to resemble OctaMED, the tracker that Ocean Software used for their Commodore Amiga music. MEdit was also used for MS-DOS games as well.
During the development of Top Gear, Leitch was given instrument samples from Kemco, which were probably Korg M1 instrument samples. According to composer Hiroyuki Masuno, samples were given to Kemco by Sony, the creators of the sound chip of the SNES (SPC700).
All of these games have been verified to have been composed by Leitch via his website: http://barryleitch.com
- barryleitch.com - Official.
- mobygames.com/developer/sheet/view/developerId,6258/ - MobyGames.
- facebook.com/BarryLeitch - Facebook.
- zakalwe.fi/~shd/texts/imr/c116jack.htm - Interview from circa April 18, 1996.
- remix64.com/interviews/interview-barry-leitch.html - Interview from April 19, 2001.
- c64.com/interviews/leitch.html - Interview from November 27, 2003.
- c64.com/scene_display_interview.php?interview=161 - Interview from February 8, 2005.