Neil Brennan

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Neil M. Brennan
Neil Brennan - 1.jpg
Born 1964
Birth Place Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, Africa
Nationality Australian, British   Australia.svg

Neil Brennan is a software developer and the first audio creator that worked at Beam Software. He worked on the NES sound driver at Beam and dealt with arranging music from an arcade to a console or computer.

Brennan was born in 1964 in Africa, emigrating to Australia at the age of 4. He attended Carey Baptist Grammar School and the University of Melbourne, graduating in 1987 with a degree in Computer Science. He was an active contributor to the vibrant Melbourne music scene, playing in various bands including Macguffins, Stick Figures, Redfish Bluefish and Linoleum during the late 1980's, 1990's and early 2000's.

Upon leaving Beam Software in 1988, he moved to work in mainstream computing in libraries, telcos, utilities and financial institutions. After periods in Boston and London, he currently leads development teams at one of Australia's leading banks and resides in Melbourne with his wife and three children.

Audio Development

Commodore 64

Nigel Spencer told C64.COM that he wrote Brennan a synth editor and a sound effects manager.

On PAL C64s, the driver was always tuned at 423.9 Hz.

Brennan almost always used SID's built-in filter. Unfortunately, the filter varied with every machine, and it seems that Brennan arranged on multiple machines, so when recording one of his C64 soundtracks, another filter emulation setting has to be determined.


Brennan started off using Gregg Barnett's version of the Beam sound driver by writing in Music Macro Language. Because the engine was out of tune, he configured the sound engine (along with Gavan Anderson) and fixed the frequency registers. The reason for the frequencies being off was because they had originally created the music and sound on a PAL console, in which the music was played back differently on the NTSC NES in the USA.


Released Title Sample Notes
1982-1?-?? Hungry Horace (ZXS)
1983-0?-?? Horace Goes Skiing (ZXS)
1983-0?-?? Horace & The Spiders (ZXS)
1983-??-?? Hungry Horace (C64)
1984-0?-?? Mugsy (ZXS)
1984-0?-?? Horace Goes Skiing (C64)
1984-??-?? Zim Sala Bim (C64)
1984-1?-?? Sherlock (C64)
1985-0?-?? Castle of Terror (C64)
1985-0?-?? Grand Larceny (C64)
1985-0?-?? The Hobbit (C64) Disk version only.
1985-0?-?? The Way of the Exploding Fist (C64)
1985-12-?? Starion (C64)
1986-01-2? Rock'n Wrestle (C64)
1986-0?-?? Mugsy's Revenge (ZXS)
1986-0?-?? Asterix and the Magic Cauldron (C64)
1986-??-?? Fist II - The Legend Continues (C64)
1986-1?-?? Judge Dredd: Beam Software (C64)
1986-1?-?? Bazooka Bill (C64)
1987-0?-?? Inspector Gadget: Beam Software (C64)
1987-0?-?? Doc the Destroyer (C64)
1987-0?-?? Bop'n Rumble (C64)
1987-??-?? Ardok the Barbarian (C64)
1988-??-?? 720° NTSC (C64)
1988-??-?? Bedlam (C64)
1988-??-?? Fist+ (C64)
1988-??-?? Samurai Warrior: The Battles of Usagi Yojimbo (C64)
1989-07-?? Defender of the Crown (NES)
1989-09-?? Road Runner (NES) Sound Driver
1989-11-?? 720° (NES)
1990-01-?? RoadBlasters (NES)
Sound Driver
1990-02-?? Dash Galaxy in the Alien Asylum (NES) Sound Driver
1990-03-?? Fisher Price: I Can Remember (NES) Sound Driver
1990-03-?? Fisher Price: Perfect Fit (NES) Sound Driver
1990-06-?? Rocket Ranger (NES) Sound Driver
1990-07-?? Battle Chess (NES) Sound Driver
1990-07-?? Bigfoot (NES)
Sound Driver

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