Peter Clarke

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Peter Clarke
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Born 1958
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Nationality British   UK.svg

Peter Clarke scored Commodore 64 games at Ocean Software and freelance for Software Creations and other companies in 1986 and 1987.

Since 1978, Clarke plays guitar and keyboards in musical and comedy acts. He used to play with analog synthesizers and Roland TR drum machines. In 1986, he met aspiring game programmer Paul Hughes at the Blue Chip Computers store in Wigan, Lancashire. Hughes recommended him Electrosound 64 and Clarke found himself finally able to write proper C64 music.

Hughes suggested they work at providing music for developers, and Clarke scored Repton 3 (C64) for Superior Software and Scooby Doo: Elite (C64) for Elite Systems. Next, Hughes introduced Clarke to Software Creations and joined Ocean Software, both in Manchester. He wanted Clarke to join Ocean, too, though this was ultimately triggered by a misunderstanding around Double Take Theme.

At Ocean, Clarke worked in one room with Martin Galway. Clarke later left and was freelance again after 10 or 11 months.

Since July 2011, he remixes C64 music. He resides in Blackburn, Lancashire.

Audio Development

Commodore 64

Clarke used Electrosound 64, Soundmonitor and Martin Galway's driver (also for Software Creations). Hughes converted Repton 3 (C64) and Double Take (C64) to his own, faster driver.

Clarke explains:

For the very early tunes, (before I worked at Ocean) I used Electrosound to compose.. Paul Hughes used to tweak the 'save file'

Once I was at Ocean, I used Martin Galway's music driver.. It was written in 6502 assembly language. I gradually tweaked and rewrote MG's driver as I became more knowledgeable about assembly language.. After Ocean, when I worked 'freelance' I used a re-written version of the MG driver for games like 'Bubble Bobble' etc...

Gameography

Released Title Sample Notes
1986-11-?? Scooby Doo: Elite (C64)
Unreleased Mission of Mercy (C64)
1987-0?-?? Repton 3 (C64)
1987-01-?? Double Take (C64)
With Ocean Loader 2 by Martin Galway
1987-04-?? Gunstar (C64)
1987-05-?? Head Over Heels (C64)
1987-05-?? Kinetik (C64)
1987-0?-?? The Big K.O. (C64)
1987-06-?? Denarius (C64)
1987-06-?? Ocean Loaders (C64)
Ocean Loader 3.
1987-08-?? The Mystery of the Nile (C64)
1987-09-?? Tai-Pan (C64)
1987-09-2? Bubble Bobble (C64)
1987-0?-?? Wizball (ZXS)
1987-10-?? Top Duck (C64)
1987-??-?? Tai-Pan (AST)
198?-??-?? Iron Hand (C64)

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