Neil Baldwin

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Neil Baldwin
Neil Baldwin - 1.jpg
Gender Male
Born 1970-01-02 ?
Birth Place
Nationality English   England.svg
Aliases Demon

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.

Audio Development

Commodore 64

Baldwin programmed his own music driver.


I'd written my own music/audio drivers for the C64 and so, with the invaluable help of Tim Rogers, I set about trying to do the same for the NES. One thing I got to quickly realise was how utterly unsophisticated the NES was compared to the C64 and began to understand why most NES music sounded the way it did - you just couldn't do much else with it!

Baldwin developed a sound driver with Tim Rogers and entered the music in 6502 assembly code.

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.

Since Baldwin lives in England, a country that uses the PAL format, it is likely his music is intended for the PAL NES RP2A07 as opposed to the NTSC version's 2A03.

Baldwin still has the source code to the games he worked on, but wishes not to release them.


Released Title Sample Notes
1987-0?-?? Shadow Skimmer (C64) Main music.
1987-12-?? Garfield: Big, Fat, Hairy Deal (C64) Music.
1988-0?-?? Ala (C64) Main.
1988-04-?? Tangent (C64)
1988-??-?? Garfield: Big, Fat, Hairy Deal (AST) Arranged by David Whittaker.
1988-??-?? Garfield: Big, Fat, Hairy Deal (AMI) Arranged by David Whittaker.
1989-??-?? Mission Impossibubble (C64)
1990-02-?? Magician (NES)
1991-11-?? James Bond Jr. (NES)
1992-??-?? Dropzone (NES)
1992-04-?? Lethal Weapon (NES)
1992-06-?? Ferrari Grand Prix Challenge (NES) (フェラーリ)
1993-04-?? Lethal Weapon (GB)
1993-05-21 RodLand (GB) (妖精物語ロッドランド) Arranged Tsukasa Tawada's score.
1993-??-?? Sensible Soccer (GG)
1993-??-?? Sensible Soccer (SMS)
1994-??-?? Family Feud (3DO)
1994-??-?? The Jungle Book (GB)
1994-??-?? The Jungle Book (GG)
1994-07-15 The Jungle Book (SNES) (ザジャングルブック) Special Thanks
1994-08-25 The Jungle Book (NES)
1994-12-?? Brutal: Paws of Fury (SNES)
1995-06-29 Dino Dini's Soccer (SNES)
1996-12-28 Maui Mallard in Cold Shadow (SNES) Additional Programming.
1997-05-21 War Gods (N64) With Steve Duckworth.
1997-06-30 War Gods (W16)
1998-06-24 Mortal Kombat 4 (PSX)
1999-08-01 Duke Nukem: Zero Hour (N64)
1999-08-31 Mortal Kombat Gold (DC)
1999-08-09 Hydro Thunder (DC)
2000-11-01 007: The World is Not Enough (N64)
2002-11-14 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (GC)
2002-11-18 007: Nightfire (GC) Audio Lead
2002-11-18 007: Nightfire (XBOX) Audio Lead
2006-03-14 Ice Age 2: The Meltdown (GC) Audio Production
2006-03-14 Ice Age 2: The Meltdown (W32) Audio Production
2006-03-14 Ice Age 2: The Meltdown (PS2) Audio Production
Unreleased Death Track (GB)
Unreleased Erik the Viking (NES)
Unreleased Hero Quest (NES)

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