Don Diekneite

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Donald J. Diekneite
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Born Unknown
Birth Place Unknown
Nationality American   USA.svg
Aliases D. Diekneite

Don Diekneite (pronounced Deek-night) is an American composer who worked at Atari while they were developing arcade games. His music ranges from action-packed styles such as rock to smooth styles like jazz. Don is also known as "Trumpet Don" by his friends because he is also a very accomplished trumpet player.

Don started his video game music career when he started working for Atari in 1988. Atari's main composer Brad Fuller had asked him to move to California and start working with him at Atari, and Don accepted the job. He started his work there composing music and sound for many of their arcades and from the experience he gained working there, he began working on producing and game design. After 14 years of working there, Don left Atari in 2002. He then co-founded Sonaural, Atari composer Brad Fuller's music company. He worked at Sonaural, still composing music and sound for over 50 video games. In June 2007, Don left Sonaural to work for Leap Frog and composed and programmed audio for their games. Since 2006, Don has been working at Cogswell Polytechnical College teaching game design and digital audio technology. He also currently works at Trion Worlds and composed the music to their MMO game Rift.


Released Title Sample Notes
1988-??-?? Cyberball: Football in the 21st Century (ARC) With Brad Fuller and Hal Canon.
1989-??-?? Escape from the Planet of the Robot Monsters (ARC)
1989-??-?? Hard Drivin' (ARC)
1989-??-?? S.T.U.N. Runner (ARC) Communications
1989-??-?? Skull & Crossbones (ARC) With Hal Canon, Brad Fuller, and Byron Sheppard.
1989-??-?? Toobin' (NES)
With Brad Fuller and John Paul.
1990-??-?? Hydra (ARC) With Brad Fuller.
1990-??-?? R.B.I. Baseball 2 (NES) With Brad Fuller and John Paul.
1990-??-?? Race Drivin' (ARC)
1990-??-?? Rampart (ARC) With Brad Fuller.
1990-??-?? Skull and Crossbones (NES) With Brad Fuller.
1990-??-?? ThunderJaws (ARC)
1990-12-21 Hard Drivin' (GEN) With Lisa Ching and Lx Rudis.
1991-??-?? R.B.I. Baseball 3 (NES) With Brad Fuller, John Paul, Kent Carmical.
1991-??-?? Road Riot 4WD (ARC)
1992-??-?? R.B.I. Baseball 4 (GEN) With Brad Fuller and John Paul.
1992-??-?? Space Lords (ARC)
1992-??-?? Relief Pitcher (ARC)
1992-10-?? Race Drivin' (SNES)
Arranged by Mark Van Hecke
1993-??-?? Race Drivin' (GEN)
1993-??-?? R.B.I. Baseball '93 (GEN) With Brad Fuller and John Paul. Arranged by Neuromantic Productions.
2001-05-02 Gauntlet: Dark Legacy (GC)
2001-05-02 Gauntlet: Dark Legacy (PS2)
2001-05-02 Gauntlet: Dark Legacy (XBOX)
2003-05-?? Rugrats Go Wild (GBA) With Brad Fuller.
2011-03-01 RIFT (W64)
Unreleased Arcade Classics (ARC)
Unreleased Guts And Glory (ARC)