Binary Design

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Binary Design Limited
Founded 1985
Headquarters Manchester, Greater Manchester, England
Other Names B.D.L.

Binary Design was a game developer founded by Andy Hieke (previously founder of Terminal Software) and Mike Webb (previously programmer at Ocean Software, soon founder of Software Creations). Many games were published by Mastertronic.

One of the first employees was musician David Whittaker, who had already worked for Terminal. He also interviewed job applicants, including the programmer of 180 (C64).

In March 1986, Jason Brooke joined as a ZX Spectrum game programmer. By then, several employees were doing foreigners: During lunch time on some days and evenings, they moonlighted for English Software, whose offices were right behind Binary's.

By October 1986, Hieke had founded a label called Binary Sight and Sound, to which other developers could outsource their graphics and audio, although according to Brooke, only few did.

In 1987, Whittaker felt underpaid, and by late April, he had left Binary and founded Musicon Design as a sister company to competitor Icon Design. Brooke then became Binary's musician for all platforms, but as Whittaker became busy, he offered Brooke a job, eventually a joint directorship, and Brooke followed in November.

Music Development

Everyone programmed on a Tatung Einstein computer and transferred the compiled code to the target platform. Whittaker initially wrote sound drivers himself, but had Brooke write faster and more powerful ones.


Audio Personnel