John Paul

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John F. Paul
John Paul.jpg
Born February 11
Birth Place Fort Madison, Iowa
Nationality American   USA.svg
Aliases J. Paul, Rim Shot, JFP, Jon Paul

John Paul is an American composer and sound designer, known for his work at Atari. He attended the University of Texas in 1978 for theory, violin, and composition. He started his work for Atari Games in 1989. John was finishing his doctorate in Indiana, when Brad Fuller had asked John to come work for Atari with him, and John accepted the offer. Throughout his career at Atari, he not only composed the music for several arcade games, but also some console games Tengen had developed as well. John composed the music to his last game (Gauntlet Legends) in 1998 and left Atari in 2000, shortly after they were acquired by Midway Games. John no longer composes video game music.

Music Composition


John used RPM, like the other composers at Atari. The music was written in Music Macro Language.

He said this about the Batman arcade's music:

That was an interesting project. Got full orchestral scores from Warner Bros plus the dialog track. Gained a whole new appreciation for Jack Nicholson's talent (everything he said converted nicely) and growing wariness of Michael Keaton (precious little was crisp enough to convert).

For his last soundtracks at Atari such as Gauntlet: Legends and Maximum Force, John used Digidesign's SampleCell for the instruments and Studio Vision Pro to make the music.


John wrote the music in Music Macro Language, using RPM.


Released Title Sample Notes
1989-??-?? Badlands (ARC) With Brad Fuller.
1989-??-?? Toobin' (NES)
With Brad Fuller and Don Diekneite.
1990-??-?? Batman (ARC) Arranged Danny Elfman's film score.
1990-??-?? Pit-Fighter (ARC)
1990-??-?? Shuuz (ARC)
Marble Madness II (ARC) With Brad Fuller.
1991-??-?? Off the Wall: Atari (ARC)
1990-??-?? R.B.I. Baseball 2 (NES) With Don Diekneite and Brad Fuller.
1991-??-?? R.B.I. Baseball 3 (NES) With Don Diekneite, Brad Fuller, and Kent Carmical.
1991-??-?? Steel Talons (ARC) With Brad Fuller.
1992-??-?? Guardians of the 'Hood (ARC) With Brad Fuller.
1992-??-?? Moto Frenzy (ARC)
1992-??-?? R.B.I. Baseball 4 (GEN) With Brad Fuller and Don Diekneite.
1993-??-?? R.B.I. Baseball '93 (GEN) With Brad Fuller and Don Diekneite.
1995-??-?? Steel Talons (AST) With Brad Fuller.
1996-10-?? Wayne Gretzky's 3D Hockey (ARC) With Doug Brandon and Jonathan Hey.
1996-??-?? Maximum Force (SAT)
1997-??-?? Maximum Force (ARC)
1997-09-30 Maximum Force (PS1)
1998-07-?? Vapor TRX (ARC) With Stephen Geering and Michael Henry.
1998-??-?? California Speed (ARC) With Kevin Quinn, David Zabriske, Chris Granner, Joe Lyford, and Gunnar Madsen.
1998-??-?? Gauntlet: Legends (ARC)
1998-??-?? Maximum Force (W16)
1999-08-31 Gauntlet: Legends (N64) With Barry Leitch and Pablo Buitrago.
2000-??-?? Gauntlet: Dark Legacy (ARC) With Joe Lyford.
2000-??-?? Gauntlet: Legends (PS1) With Barry Leitch and Michael Henry.
2000-06-06 Gauntlet: Legends (DC) With Joe Lyford, Michael Henry, and Barry Leitch.
Unreleased Off The Wall (TG16) Arranged by Kenji Yokoyama.

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