Hal Canon

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Harold L. Canon
Birth Place Unknown
Nationality American   USA.svg
Aliases HLC

Hal Canon is a composer, foley artist and computer programmer best known for his work with Atari.

Canon worked at Atari, from around 1984 to 1989. While there, he composed music and sound effects for a large portion of their games. Canon was also a game designer and programmer, creating a game for the Atari 2600 called Animated Puzzle. A prototype was made, but the game was never published.

Canon's current whereabouts is a mystery, not even his former colleagues at Atari know where he is.

Audio Development


Like the other composers at Atari, Hal used RPM.


Hal used the NES conversion of RPM.


Released Title Sample Notes
1984-??-?? Marble Madness (ARC) (マーブルマッドネス)
1984-??-?? Paperboy (ARC) (ペーパーボーイ)
1985-10-?? Gauntlet (ARC) (ガントレット)
1985-??-?? Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (ARC) Sound Effects
1985-??-?? Road Runner (ARC)
1986-12-?? Gauntlet (C64) Arranged by Ben Daglish.
1986-??-?? 720° (ARC)
1986-??-?? Championship Sprint (ARC)
1986-??-?? Super Sprint (ARC)
1987-11-?? 720° PAL (C64) Arranged by Ben Daglish.
1987-??-?? APB: All Points Bulletin (ARC)
1987-??-?? Gauntlet (NES)
1987-??-?? Xybots (ARC)
1988-??-?? 720° NTSC (C64) Arranged by Neil Brennan.
1988-??-?? Cyberball: Football in the 21st Century (ARC)
1988-??-?? Toobin' (ARC)
1988-??-?? Vindicators (ARC)
1988-??-?? Vindicators (NES)
Arranged by Paul Mudra and Dwight Okahara
1988-??-?? Vindicators Part II (ARC)
1988-12-?? Paperboy (NES)
Arranged by Nick Eastridge
1989-??-?? APB - All Points Bulletin (C64) Arranged by David Whittaker.
1989-??-?? Cyberball 2072 (ARC)
1989-??-?? Marble Madness (NES)
Arranged by David Wise
1989-??-?? Skull & Crossbones (ARC)
1989-??-?? Super Sprint (NES) Sound Effects
1989-??-?? Toobin' (NES)
Arranged by Brad Fuller, Don Diekneite and John Paul.
1989-??-?? Tournament Cyberball 2072 (ARC)
1990-07-17 Cyberball (GEN)
1990-??-?? Paperboy (LYNX) Arranged by David Tumminaro.
1991-??-?? Xybots (LYNX) Arranged by Matt Scott.
1993-09-16 Gauntlet IV (GEN) Arranged by Hitoshi Sakimoto and Masaharu Iwata.
1993-09-17 Gauntlet (SMD) Arranged by Hitoshi Sakimoto and Masaharu Iwata.