Neil Baldwin is an English composer and sound designer. He co-founded the game development studio Eurocom, and as a result, was their primary composer. He did music and sound design for the company all the way up until 2006.
Baldwin is perhaps best known for his work on the NES, having one of the more superior-quality sound engines. Some of his most popular works include James Bond Jr., Ferrari Grand Prix Challenge, and The Jungle Book.
As the years progresses, more composers started joining Eurocom, and as a result, Neil received less and less composition credits, and was usually credited as an audio director.
After leaving the games industry, his passion for 8-bit video game music remained. He created several pieces of retro music software. Baldwin created a music tracker program that emulates the NES sound chip called Ninjuu. Baldwin also made NTRQ, which is a tracker that runs on a real NES. He also made Pulsar, which runs at a whopping 200Hz, which is five times faster than the NES processor ran in Baldwin's native England. Baldwin also wrote the music for a game called 'Erik the Viking' which was not released, but from keeping his source code over the years, he managed to convert his source code into an NSF.
Baldwin programmed his own music driver.
According to Baldwin, the driver does not support a global tempo, so he basically had to enter the tempo for each note again. For James Bond Jr., he said he felt the music sounded a little too fast, but couldn't change it easily enough due to this fact.
The game Ferrari Grand Prix Challenge uses a song from James Bond Jr. Baldwin explained that he reused the song because he was fond of it and was in a rush, in addition to not being paid very well for working on the game.
Baldwin still has the source code to the games he worked on, but wishes not to release them.
- marmotaudio.co.uk - Company website.
- web.archive.org/web/20191221132614/http://dutycyclegenerator.com/ - Personal website.
- linkedin.com/in/neil-baldwin-66a32370/ - LinkedIn.
- twitter.com/dutycyclegen - Twitter.
- youtube.com/user/dutycyclegenerator - YouTube.