David Thiel

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David Dwyer Thiel
David Thiel - 01.jpg
Born 1950?-05-12
Birth Place
Nationality American   USA.svg
Aliases
  • DDT
  • IT
  • D. Thiel

David Thiel is an American composer, sound designer, and audio programmer. He attended De Pauw University from 1968 to 1972, and worked as a freelance musician and synthesizer salesman until entering the video game industry at the start of the 1980s.

He worked for Gottlieb between 1980 and 1983, with perhaps his most notable project in that period being Q*bert (ARC), which he was selected to work on because he was interested in speech synthesis, and the developers wanted to use an early speech synthesis chip. After Thiel determined that the chip was not advanced enough to render the speech the designers actually wanted, however, he instead programmed it to have the characters speak the alien-sounding gibberish that became the game's trademark.

After leaving Gottlieb, he worked for Action Graphics until 1985, and then for Incredible Technologies from 1985 to 1993, creating music and sound effects for a variety of arcade and home computer games. He then went to work for Microsoft for the remainder of the 1990s, but returned to the game industry at the start of the 2000s, when he started focusing on audio content for pinball machines.

Thiel's last name used to be misspelled as Thielat because of Rock n' Bolt (C64).

Audio Development

Commodore 64

At Action Graphics, Thiel created a sound driver named DDTSS (David Dwyer Thiel Sound System), one of the first to temporarily mute musical voices while sound effects were playing.

Gameography

Released Title Sample Notes
1982-10-?? Q*bert (ARC)
1982-??-?? Reactor (ARC)
1983-??-?? Krull (ARC)
1983-??-?? Mad Planets (ARC)
1983-??-?? M.A.C.H. 3 (ARC)
1983-??-?? Q*bert's Qubes (ARC)
1985-0?-?? Rock n' Bolt (C64)
1985-0?-?? Winter Games (C64)
1986-??-?? Championship Wrestling (C64)
1986-??-?? Championship Wrestling (AST)
1986-??-?? Championship Wrestling (A2)
1986-??-?? Family Feud (C64)
1986-??-?? Winter Games (AST)
1987-03-27 Winter Games (FDS)
Arranged by Kenichi Tomizawa.
1989-09-?? Winter Games (NES)
Arranged by Kenichi Tomizawa.
1987-??-?? World Games (A2GS) Sound Realization
1987-??-?? Winter Games (A2GS)
1987-??-?? Winter Games (AMI)
1988-01-?? Jeopardy! (C64)
1988-02-?? The Three Stooges (AMI)
1988-02-?? The Three Stooges (C64)
1988-0?-?? Card Sharks (C64) Taken from Thiel's older games and edited by someone else?
1988-0?-?? Classic Concentration (C64) Taken from Thiel's older games and edited by someone else?
1988-0?-?? Double Dare (C64) Taken from Thiel's older games and edited by someone else?
1988-??-?? Capcom Bowling (ARC)
1989-0?-?? MTV Remote Control (C64) Sound Driver
1989-??-?? Wheel of Fortune: Incredible Technologies (ARC) Arranged Merv Griffin's Changing Keys.
1990-??-?? DuckTales: The Quest for Gold (AMI) With Kyle Johnson.
1990-??-?? DuckTales: The Quest for Gold (AST) With Kyle Johnson.
1990-??-?? DuckTales: The Quest for Gold (DOS) With Kyle Johnson.
1992-11-?? Time Killers (ARC)
Unreleased Faster, Harder, More Challenging Q*bert (ARC)
Unreleased Argus (ARC)
Unreleased Quizimodo (ARC)

Aliases

In Apple IIgs games, he was referred to as "IT". This is most likely because Incredible Technologies is the developer.

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