Ben Daglish

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Ben Daglish
Ben Daglish.jpg
Born 1966-07-31
Birth Place Chiswick, London, England
Nationality British   UK.svg
Died 2018-10-01 (Age 52)
Aliases Benn Daglish
B. Daglish
Benn
Ben Dalglish
Website ben-daglish.net

Ben Daglish is one of the best known composers in the computer game music scene. He was born on July 31, 1966. When he was a baby, his parents moved to Sheffield in the UK. Some of his known works include Deflektor, The Last Ninja, Pac-Mania, and Trap. Mainly, Daglish worked for Gremlin Graphics, Core Design, Teque Software, and Vortex Software.

Daglish got into video games when his schoolfriend Antony Crowther asked him to help on some of the games he was writing. In spring 1986, they started We M.U.S.I.C. (We Make Use of Sound In Computers) to get paid for the music they composed for computer games. In spring 1987, Crowther quit to focus on game programming again and Daglish joined Gremlin in-house, where, contrary to common belief, he had only been a freelancer before.

There is a debate whether Daglish composed Cybernoid: The Fighting Machine (NES). Daglish never composed for consoles, but the programmer of the game, Chris Harvey swears by it that Daglish did in fact work on the music and sound.

A running gag became that his last name was often misspelled, usually as Dalglish.

Unfortunately on October 1, 2018, Ben Daglish lost his battle with lung cancer and passed away. His music will always be remembered by fans and the video game music community.

Music Development

Commodore 64

Up to We M.U.S.I.C., Daglish used a compiler developed by Crowther, one version of which Crowther released in March 1986 as Music Master. At Gremlin, Daglish used another driver. He used filters very sparingly. His C64 is now with Warren Pilkington, a former member of HVSC.

Gameography

Released Title Sample
Unreleased Future Knight II (C64)
1984-08-?? Percy the Potty Pigeon (C64)
1984-??-?? L.O.C.O. (C64)
1985-??-?? Black Thunder (C64)
1985-??-?? The Vikings (C64)
1985-??-?? William Wobbler (C64)
1986-??-?? Ark Pandora (C64)
1986-??-?? Avenger (ZXS)
1986-??-?? Biggles (C64)
1986-??-?? Bobby Bearing (C64)
1986-??-?? Bombo (C64)
1986-??-?? Challenge of the Gobots (C64)
1986-??-?? Cobra (C64)
1986-??-?? Firelord (C64)
1986-??-?? Footballer of the Year (C64)
1986-??-?? Future Knight (C64)
1986-??-?? Future Knight (ZXS)
1986-??-?? Gauntlet (C64)
1986-??-?? Harvey Headbanger (C64)
1986-??-?? Jack the Nipper (C64)
1986-??-?? Pub Games (C64)
1986-??-?? The Real Stunt Experts (C64)
1986-??-?? SkateRock (C64)
1986-??-?? They Stole a Million (C64)
1986-??-?? Trap (C64)
1986-??-?? Way of the Tiger (C64)
1986-??-?? Zarjaz (C64)
1987-??-?? 3D Galax (AST)
1987-??-?? Auf Wiedersehen Monty (C64)
1987-??-?? Auf Wiedersehen Monty (ZXS)
1987-??-?? Alternative World Games (C64)
1987-??-?? Alternative World Games (ZXS)
1987-??-?? Avenger (C64)
1987-??-?? Basil the Great Mouse Detective (C64)
1987-??-?? Basil the Great Mouse Detective (ZXS)
1987-??-?? Blasteroids (AMI)
1987-??-?? Blitzkrieg (C64)
1987-??-?? Blood Valley (C64)
1987-??-?? Challenge of the Gobots (ZXS)
1987-??-?? Death Wish 3 (C64)
1987-??-?? Death Wish 3 (ZXS)
1987-??-?? Deathscape (C64)
1987-??-?? Deflektor (C64)
1987-??-?? Deflektor (ZXS)
1987-??-?? Dogfight 2187 (C64)
1987-??-?? Gauntlet (CPC)
1987-??-?? Gauntlet (ZXS)
1987-??-?? Hades Nebula (C64)
1987-??-?? Jack the Nipper II: In Coconut Capers (ZXS)
1987-??-?? Killer Ring (ZXS)
1987-??-?? Krakout (C64)
1987-??-?? Krakout (ZXS)
1987-??-?? MASK (ZXS)
1987-??-?? MASK II (ZXS)
1987-??-?? Masters of the Universe - The Movie (C64)
1987-??-?? Masters of the Universe - The Arcade Game (C64)
1987-??-?? Masters of the Universe - The Arcade Game (ZXS)
1987-??-?? Mountie Mick's Death Ride (C64)
1987-??-?? Mountie Mick's Death Ride (ZXS)
1987-??-?? Olli & Lissa: The Ghost of Shilmore Castle (C64)
1987-??-?? Re-Bounder (C64)
1987-??-?? Return of the Mutant Camels (C64)
1987-??-?? Terramex: The Cartoon Animation Game (AMI)
1987-??-?? Terramex: The Cartoon Animation Game (C64)
1987-??-?? Terramex: The Cartoon Animation Game (ZXS)
1987-??-?? Thing Bounces Back (C64)
1987-??-?? Thing Bounces Back (ZXS)
1987-??-?? Wizard Warz (AMI)
1987-??-?? Wizard Warz (AST)
1987-??-?? Wizard Warz (C64)
1988-??-?? 720 Degrees (C64)
1988-??-?? Artura (AMI)
1988-??-?? Artura (AST)
1988-??-?? Artura (C64)
1988-??-?? Blasteroids (C64)
1988-??-?? Blood Brothers (C64)
1988-??-?? Blood Brothers (ZXS)
1988-??-?? Captain America in: The Doom Tube of Dr. Megalomann (AST)
1988-??-?? Chubby Gristle (AMI)
1988-??-?? Chubby Gristle (AST)
1988-??-?? Chubby Gristle (C64)
1988-??-?? Chubby Gristle (ZXS)
1988-??-?? Dark Fusion (ZXS)
1988-??-?? Deflektor (AMI)
1988-??-?? Deflektor (AST)
1988-??-?? The Flintstones (AMI)
1988-??-?? The Flintstones (AST)
1988-??-?? The Flintstones (C64)
1988-??-?? The Flintstones (ZXS)
1988-??-?? The Games: Winter Edition (AST)
1988-??-?? Gary Lineker's Hot-Shot (ZXS)
1988-??-?? Gary Lineker's Superskills (C64)
1988-??-?? Gary Lineker's Superskills (ZXS)
1988-??-?? Gauntlet II (ZXS)
1988-??-?? Heroes of the Lance (AMI)
1988-??-?? Heroes of the Lance (C64)
1988-??-?? John Lowe's Ultimate Darts (AMI)
1988-??-?? MASK III: Venom Strikes Back (C64)
1988-??-?? MASK III: Venom Strikes Back (ZXS)
1988-??-?? Mickey Mouse (AMI)
1988-??-?? Mickey Mouse (AST)
1988-??-?? Mickey Mouse (C64)
1988-??-?? Mickey Mouse (ZXS)
1988-??-?? Motor Massacre (AST)
1988-??-?? Motor Massacre (C64)
1988-??-?? The Munsters (C64)
1988-??-?? NorthStar (AST)
1988-??-?? NorthStar (C64)
1988-??-?? NorthStar (ZXS)
1988-??-?? Pac-Mania (AST)
1988-??-?? Pac-Mania (C64)
1988-??-?? Pac-Mania (CPC)
1988-??-?? Pac-Mania (ZXS)
1988-??-?? Passing Shot (AMI)
1988-??-?? Skate Crazy (C64)
1988-??-?? Skate Crazy (ZXS)
1988-??-?? Supersports (ZXS)
1988-??-?? Techno Cop (ZXS)
1988-??-?? Tour de Force (ZXS)
1988-??-?? Winter Olympiad 88 (AST)
1988-??-?? Wizard Warz (ZXS)
1989-12-?? Cybernoid: The Fighting Machine (NES) Composer?
1989-??-?? 3D Galax (AMI)
1989-??-?? Action Fighter (AMI)
1989-??-?? Action Fighter (AST)
1989-??-?? Artura (ZXS)
1989-??-?? Blasteroids (AST)
1989-??-?? Blasteroids (ZXS)
1989-??-?? Butcher Hill (AMI)
1989-??-?? Butcher Hill (AST)
1989-??-?? Butcher Hill (ZXS)
1989-??-?? California Games (AST)
1989-??-?? Chase H.Q. (AST)
1989-??-?? Continental Circus (AMI)
1989-??-?? Continental Circus (AST)
1989-??-?? Dark Fusion (AMI)
1989-??-?? Dark Fusion (C64)
1989-??-?? Dark Fusion (AST)
1989-??-?? Dynamite Düx (AMI)
1989-??-?? Dynamite Düx (AST)
1989-??-?? Federation of Free Traders (AST)
1989-??-?? Footballer of the Year 2 (AMI)
1989-??-?? Footballer of the Year 2 (AST)
1989-??-?? Footballer of the Year 2 (C64)
1989-??-?? Footballer of the Year 2 (ZXS)
1989-??-?? Gary Lineker's Hot-Shot! (AST)
1989-??-?? Gary Lineker's Hot-Shot! (C64)
1989-??-?? Gauntlet II (C64)
1989-??-?? H.A.T.E.: Hostile All Terrain Encounter (AMI)
1989-??-?? H.A.T.E.: Hostile All Terrain Encounter (AST)
1989-??-?? H.A.T.E.: Hostile All Terrain Encounter (C64)
1989-??-?? H.A.T.E.: Hostile All Terrain Encounter (ZXS)
1989-??-?? John Lowe's Ultimate Darts (AST)
1989-??-?? Masters of the Universe - The Arcade Game (AST)
1989-??-?? Motor Massacre (ZXS)
1989-??-?? The Munsters (AST)
1989-??-?? Pac-Mania (MSX)
1989-??-?? Passing Shot (AST)
1989-??-?? Prison (AMI)
1989-??-?? Prison (AST)
1989-??-?? Rick Dangerous (AMI)
1989-??-?? Rick Dangerous (AST)
1989-??-?? The Running Man (AST)
1989-??-?? Saint & Greavsie (AMI)
1989-??-?? Saint & Greavsie (AST)
1989-??-?? The Real Stunt Experts (ZXS)
1989-??-?? Super Scramble Simulator (AMI)
1989-??-?? Super Scramble Simulator (ZXS)
1989-??-?? Switchblade (AMI)
1989-??-?? Thunderbirds (AST)
1989-??-?? Xybots (AST)
1990-??-?? Axel's Magic Hammer (AMI)
1990-??-?? Axel's Magic Hammer (AST)
1990-??-?? Corporation (AMI)
1990-??-?? Defenders of the Earth (C64)
1990-??-?? Federation of Free Traders (AMI)
1990-??-?? Gary Lineker's Hot-Shot! (AMI)
1990-??-?? Greg Norman's Ultimate Golf (AMI)
1990-??-?? Greg Norman's Ultimate Golf (AST)
1990-??-?? Greg Norman's Ultimate Golf (C64)
1990-??-?? Hot Rod (AMI)
1990-??-?? Impossamole (ZXS)
1990-??-?? Lotus Esprit Turbo Challenge (ZXS)
1990-??-?? Monty Python's Flying Circus: The Computer Game (AMI)
1990-??-?? Monty Python's Flying Circus: The Computer Game (AST)
1990-??-?? Rick Dangerous 2 (AMI)
1990-??-?? Rick Dangerous 2 (AST)
1990-??-?? Shadow of the Beast (ZXS)
1990-??-?? Skidz (AMI)
1990-??-?? Super Cars (AMI)
1990-??-?? Super Cars (ZXS)
1991-??-?? Captain Planet and the Planeteers (AMI)
1991-??-?? Captain Planet and the Planeteers (AST)
1991-??-?? Pac-Mania (AA)
1991-??-?? Super Cars (C64)
1991-??-?? Switchblade (C64)
1991-??-?? Switchblade (ZXS)
1991-??-?? Toyota Celica GT Rally (ZXS)
1992-??-?? Motörhead (AMI)
1992-??-?? Motörhead (AST)
1992-??-?? Pac-Mania (AMI)
1992-??-?? Supersports (C64)

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