Greg Turner

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W. Gregory Turner
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Gender Male
Born Unknown
Birth Place Michigan, USA
Nationality American   USA.svg

Greg Turner is an American professional composer and musician, known for his many works for Realtime Associates.

When Turner was 9, he began taking lessons on the piano and later started learning the trombone at 11. As a skilled trombonist in high school, it got him into some bands and orchestras. His piano skills got him into bands of all genres and even was an accompanist for choirs. While he was in high school, he had a passion for electronic-sounding music which he still composes to this day. When Turner attended the Berklee College in Boston, he was composing for films. After he graduated there, he was commissioned in the Battle Creek Symphony and was also a keyboardist in some other bands. After that, he was composing for television which got him into composing for films.

He started in the game industry in 1994 when he worked for the Seattle Division of Realtime Associates. He primarily worked on the company's handheld titles, and would usually do both Game Boy and Game Gear versions of the games he worked on. During his time there, he usually worked with other composers such as Eric Swanson and Eric Neilsen. In 2000, he left the company to start his own freelance business, Turner Media Works. He also started working at Everi Holdings Inc. as a Senior Audio Designer in 2016, a position he still holds today.

Audio Development

Turner had this to say about his BreakThru! (GB) music and Game Boy music:

Let's see.... I think that was original music I wrote and arranged for the 3 voices that were available on the Game Boy (and Game Gear). For these handheld game platforms here was the setup:

- PC running DOS (yeah..... :)   )
- Cakewalk midi sequencer
- Proprietary hardware interface connecting the gameboy (and gamegear) to a serial port on the PC. There was a hand-made interface card that plugged into the cartridge slot on the hand held unit with about a 2" computer cable coming off that went to the PC.
- Custom coded audio system by Dave Warhol (Realtime Associates, Inc.)
- MIDI interface on computer and MIDI keyboard

Dave's setup allowed you to treat the gameboy like a MIDI instrument. You could play the 3 voices (that's all it had - and a drum channel with white noise 'drums') from the midi sequencer just like any other midi instrument. In this case though, you had to make sure that no midi notes overlapped the next note on a track. Each voice had its own midi channel/track. There was something like 16 patches available for each musical voice, and seems like there were a couple different versions of white noise patches for the drums/perc. (... calling those sounds 'drums' is a bit of a stretch.... lol)

After you wrote a piece, you took the midi file and ran it through a conversion process for the audio system, then compiled a 'build' and played it on the handheld. There was a little audition program of Dave's so you could play the music directly on the system as it would be when the final ROM was made. Like I said, it was very picky. If you had ANY overlapping notes it would hang. If (when) this happened, you had to go back into the MIDI sequence and find the problem. After a while, you got pretty adept at quantizing the note lengths. Of yeah, it seems like we had to quantize everything as well, or that would cause problems too.


Released Title Sample Notes
1994-02-?? Captain America and the Avengers (GG)
1994-11-?? Beavis and Butthead (SNES)
1994-??-?? NHL Hockey (GG)
1994-??-?? Warlock (GEN) Arranged Eric Swanson's score.
1994-??-?? WildSnake (GB)
1994-??-?? WWF Raw (GB)
1994-??-?? WWF Raw (GG)
1994 (Unreleased) BreakThru! (GG) Music Orchestration with Eric Neilsen.
1995-01-01 Super Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (GB)
1995-01-01 Super Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (GG)
1995-01-?? BreakThru! (GB) Music Orchestration with Eric Neilsen.
1995-05-15 Bug! (SAT)
1995-08-15 AAAHH!!! Real Monsters (GEN) Arranged by Eric Swanson.
1995-08-15 AAAHH!!! Real Monsters (SNES)
1995-??-?? The Lion King: Adventures at Pride Rock (PICO)
1995-??-?? Magic Crayons (PICO)
1995-??-?? Pocahontas: Riverbend Adventure (PICO)
1995-12-?? Frank Thomas: Big Hurt Baseball (GB) Arranged Darren Mitchell's score with Eric Swanson.
1995-??-?? NHL 95 (GG)
1996-??-?? Iron Man / X-O Manowar in Heavy Metal (GG)
1996-08-?? Iron Man / X-O Manowar in Heavy Metal (GB)
1998-05-?? All-Star Baseball 99 (GB)
1999-05-?? All-Star Baseball 2000 (GBC)
1999-05-?? Barbie: Ocean Discovery (GBC)
1999-06-29 Rugrats: Scavenger Hunt (N64)
2000-01-?? Matchbox Caterpillar Construction Zone (GBC)
2000-06-?? All-Star Baseball 2001 (GBC)
2000-06-20 Heroes of Might and Magic (GBC)
Unreleased WildSnake (GEN)
Unreleased WildSnake (GG)

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