Alexander Brandon

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Alexander Brandon
Alexander Brandon - 01.jpg
Born 1974-09-29
Birth Place Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Nationality American   USA.svg
Aliases Siren
Chromatic Dragon
Sandman
Straylight Productions
Website alexanderbrandon.net

Alexander Brandon is an American composer and is a pioneer in the video game music industry.

Brandon was born on September 29, 1974 in Cleveland Ohio. He got interested in music from his mother being a singer. A friend later showed him Metroid and he was fascinated by the music, which is why he went into game music. He has been writing music since 1987 when his family computer was upgraded with an Ad Lib Music Synthesizer Card. After doing everything he could with it, he switched over to making MOD music on the Amiga. In 1994, he got a job working for Epic MegaGames and has been composing for the video game industry ever since.

Brandon remains an influential member of the game audio community. He has released several ambiance albums in his AtmosphereS series. In 2004, his book "Audio For Games: Planning, Process, and Production," was published. Brandon also writes Game Developer magazine's audio column, and holds a seat on the board of directors of the Game Audio Network Guild.

Audio Development

DOS

On Tyrian, Brandon composed using Visual Composer, someone at Epic sent his files to Andras Molnar, and Molnar sent back rearrangements in his Loudness format.

GBA

For Activision Anthology, Alexander used Impulse Tracker and converted his files to Engine Software's sound driver by Jan-Lieuwe Koopmans.

Nintendo 64

For the Vigilante 8 music, it was composed on an N64 cartridge by Software Creations. The music was written on a piano roll. The instrument samples were from a Korg Trinity.

Windows 32

On Jazz Jackrabbit 2, Brandon used unknown trackers to compose new songs and remix some of Robert Allen's original files from Jazz Jackrabbit (DOS). In Jungle Fevah, he thanks "Nando" (probably Nando Eweg) for better samples. For use in the game, someone at Epic converted their files using modj2b.

Gameography

Released Title Sample Notes
1995-??-?? Extreme Pinball (DOS) With Robert Allen and James Schmalz.
1995-??-?? Tyrian (DOS)
Arranged by Andras Molnar.
1998-0?-?? Jazz Jackrabbit 2 (W32)
With Robert Allen and Sean Hiler.
1998-05-22 Unreal (W32) With Andrew Sega and Michiel van den Bos.
1999-03-01 Vigilante 8 (N64)
Arranged Jeehun Hwang, Bon Harris and Howard Drossin's music.
1999-05-31 Unreal Mission Pack 1: Return to Na Pali (W32) With Michiel van den Bos.
1999-11-30 Unreal Tournament (W32)
With Michiel van den Bos.
1999-??-?? Dark Vengeance (W32) With Andrew Schlesinger and Mark Styles.
1999-??-?? Jazz Jackrabbit 2: The Secret Files (W32)
With Robert Allen and Sean Hiler.
2000-02-02 Vigilante 8: 2nd Offense (N64)
With Daniel Gardopee.
2000-06-23 Deus Ex (W32) With Daniel Gardopee and Michiel van den Bos.
2000-10-21 Unreal Tournament (PS2) With Michiel van den Bos.
2001-03-13 Unreal Tournament (DC) With Michiel van den Bos.
2002-03-16 Deus Ex: The Conspiracy (PS2) With Daniel Gardopee and Michiel van den Bos.
2003-11-15 Battlestar Galactica (PS2)
2003-12-02 Deus Ex: Invisible War (W32)
2003-12-02 Deus Ex: Invisible War (XBOX)
2003-12-08 Activision Anthology (GBA)
2005-12-12 Gauntlet: Seven Sorrows (PS2) With Inon Zur, Jason Graves, Rod Abernethy and Alistair Cooper.
2005-12-12 Gauntlet: Seven Sorrows (XBOX) With Inon Zur, Jason Graves, Rod Abernethy and Alistair Cooper.
2010-12-07 Bejeweled 3 (W32) With Peter Hajba.
2011-08-23 Deus Ex: Human Revolution (PS3) Post Credit Bob Page Ending Music.
2011-08-23 Deus Ex: Human Revolution (W64) Post Credit Bob Page Ending Music.
2011-08-23 Deus Ex: Human Revolution (X360) Post Credit Bob Page Ending Music.
2011-11-15 Bejeweled 3 (NDS) Arranged by Allister Brimble.
2012-08-15 Dust: An Elysian Tail (X360) Additional Music.
2016-04-05 Job Simulator: The 2050 Archives (W64) With Jameson Sutton.
2017-05-31 Voidrunner (W64) With Michiel van den Bos.
2017-07-25 Aven Colony (PS4)
2017-07-25 Aven Colony (W64)
2017-07-25 Aven Colony (XONE)
2019-05-16 Hedon: Bloodrite (W64)
2020-09-14 The Stranger VR (W64) With Michiel van den Bos.
2023-05-02 Showgunners (W64) With Paweł Błaszczak, Mikołaj Stroiński, P.T. Adamczyk, Max Lombardo, Jacek Paciorkowski and Marcin Przybyłowicz.
Unreleased Jazz Jackrabbit 3 (W32) With Andrew Sega.
Unreleased Tyrian 2000 (GBC)

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