Tommy Tallarico has worked in the gaming industry as a designer, product manager, producer, writer, games tester and heads of both music and video departments.
An accomplished musician, Tallarico has been writing music for video games for more than 17 years. He has won over 35 industry awards and has worked on more than 300 game titles. In 1994, he founded the audio production house Tommy Tallarico Studios. Tommy is a cousin of rock star legend Steven Tyler (nee Tallarico) and in 2002 Tallarico’s music was used as the opening song for Aerosmith’s “Girls of Summer” world tour. Titles he worked on include Earthworm Jim
, Madden Football
, Metroid Prime
, Mortal Kombat
, Test Drive
, Tony Hawk Pro Scater
, and many others.
Tommy hosts, writes and co-produces the video game television show The Electric Playground, which has been on the air since 1997. The Electric Playground won the 2001 Telly Award for “Best Entertainment Cable Program”. In 2006, Tommy also started hosting the Championship Gaming Series for DirecTV.
In 2002, Tallarico teamed up with fellow video game composer Jack Wall to form Mystical Stone Entertainment. Together, they created the audio and video concert experience called Video Games Live.
Tallarico was the first musician to release a video game soundtrack worldwide (Tommy Tallarico’s Greatest Hits Vol. 1 – Capitol Records). He has released seven video game soundtrack albums since, including the James Bond Tomorrow Never Dies
, Advent Rising
, and Earthworm Jim Anthology
. Tommy is said to be the first person to use 3-D audio in a video game (The Terminator
), and was instrumental in bringing digital interactive 5.1 surround to the gaming world. He has written, produced, performed and recorded with a wide range of musicians including the LA Philharmonic, Hollywood Studio Symphony, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, the Hungarian National Symphony Orchestra, the English National Ballet, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Budapest Chamber Choir, the band “Fear Factory", composer/DJ/artist BT and guitarists Dweezil Zappa and Steve Vai.
Tommy is the founder, Chairman of the Board and CEO of the Game Audio Network Guild (G.A.N.G.), which is a non-profit organization educating and heightening the awareness of audio for the interactive world. He is an Advisory Board member for the Game Developers Conference, a Governor for the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (NARAS/GRAMMY's), a spokesperson for the Entertainment Consumers Association, a member of the International Game Developers Association and a nominating peer panel leader for the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences. From 1991 to 1994, he headed Virgin Interactive’s music and video division, and executive produced numerous video game “green screen shoots” for various films, including Demolition Man
Also Known As
- Thomas V. Tallarico
- Tom Tallarico
- Retro City Rampage (2012), Vblank Entertainment Inc.
- Earthworm Jim HD (2010), Gameloft S.A.
- Flip's Twisted World (2010), Majesco Entertainment Company
- Super Tofu Boy (2010), peta2
- Earthworm Jim: Special Edition (2009), Gameloft S.A.
- Sonic and the Black Knight (2009), SEGA Europe Ltd.
- Line Rider 2: Unbound (2008), Genius Products Inc.
- Monster Madness: Grave Danger (2008), SouthPeak Interactive Ltd
- Monster Madness: Battle for Suburbia (2007), SouthPeak Interactive, LLC
- AND 1 Streetball (2006), Ubisoft, Inc.
- Guitar Hero II (2006), Activision Publishing, Inc.
- Jaws: Unleashed (2006), Majesco Entertainment Company
- Pac-Man World Rally (2006), Namco Bandai Games America Inc.
- Snoopy vs. the Red Baron (2006), Namco Bandai Games America Inc.
- Advent Rising (2005), Majesco Entertainment Company
- Destroy All Humans! (2005), THQ Inc.
- The Bard's Tale (2004), Vivendi Universal Games, Inc.
- The X-Files: Resist or Serve (2004), Vivendi Universal Games, Inc.
- Black & Bruised (2003), Majesco Sales, Inc.
- Devastation (2003), HD Interactive B.V.
- Maximo vs Army of Zin (2003), Capcom Co., Ltd.
- SpyHunter 2 (2003), Midway Home Entertainment, Inc.
- War of the Monsters (2003), Sony Computer Entertainment America, Inc.
- MX Superfly Featuring Ricky Carmichael (2002), THQ Inc.
- Scooby-Doo!: Night of 100 Frights (2002), THQ Inc.
- Street Hoops (2002), Activision Publishing, Inc.
- Casper: Spirit Dimensions (2001), TDK Mediactive, Inc.
- Knockout Kings 2001 (2001), Electronic Arts, Inc.
- Maximo: Ghosts to Glory (2001), Capcom Co., Ltd.
- Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee (2001), Microsoft Corporation
- Evil Dead: Hail to the King (2000), THQ Inc.
- Messiah (2000), Interplay Entertainment Corp.
- Sacrifice (2000), Interplay Entertainment Corp.
- Spider-Man (2000), Activision Publishing, Inc.
- Demolition Racer (1999), Infogrames, Inc.
- Knockout Kings 2000 (1999), Electronic Arts, Inc.
- Pac-Man World (1999), Namco Hometek Inc.
- R/C Stunt Copter (1999), Titus France SA
- Redline (1999), Accolade, Inc.
- Ultra Fighters (1999), Interactive Magic Ltd.
- Unreal Mission Pack 1: Return to Na Pali (1999), GT Interactive Software Corp.
- Wings of Fury (1999), Mindscape, Inc.
- Apocalypse (1998), Activision, Inc.
- HardBall 6 (1998), Accolade, Inc.
- Test Drive: Off-Road 2 (1998), Accolade, Inc.
- WarGames: DEFCON 1 (1998), MGM Interactive
- WCW/NWO Revenge (1998), THQ Inc.
- The 7th Guest (1997), Virgin Games, Inc.
- Duckman: The Graphic Adventures of a Private Dick (1997), Playmates Interactive Entertainment, Inc.
- MDK (1997), Playmates Interactive Entertainment, Inc.
- Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee (1997), GT Interactive Software Europe Ltd.
- Burning Road (1996), Playmates Interactive Entertainment, Inc.
- Screamer 2 (1996), Virgin Interactive Entertainment (Europe) Ltd.
- Agile Warrior: F-111X (1995), Virgin Interactive Entertainment, Inc.
- Demolition Man (1995), Acclaim Entertainment, Inc.
- Earthworm Jim 2 (1995), Playmates Interactive Entertainment, Inc.
- Madden NFL 96 (1995), Electronic Arts, Inc.
- Spot Goes to Hollywood (1995), Virgin Interactive Entertainment, Inc.
- Demolition Man (1994), Virgin Interactive Entertainment, Inc.
- Disney's Aladdin (1994), SEGA of America, Inc.
- Disney's The Jungle Book (1994), Virgin Interactive Entertainment, Inc.
- Disney's The Jungle Book (1994), Virgin Interactive Entertainment, Inc.
- Heart of the Alien: Out of this World parts I and II (1994), Virgin Interactive Entertainment, Inc.
- Jammit (1994), Virgin Interactive Entertainment, Inc.
- Race Days (1994), GameTek, Inc.
- Color a Dinosaur (1993), Virgin Games, Inc.
- Cool Spot (1993), Virgin Games, Ltd.
- Disney's Aladdin (1993), SEGA Enterprises Ltd.
- Mick & Mack as the Global Gladiators (1993), Virgin Games, Inc.
- RoboCop versus The Terminator (1993), Virgin Interactive Entertainment (Europe) Ltd.
- Super Slap Shot (1993), Virgin Interactive Entertainment, Inc.
- The Terminator (1993), Virgin Games, Ltd.
- Batman: Return of the Joker (1992), Sun Corporation of America
- Corporation (1992), Virgin Games, Inc.
- Jeep Jamboree: Off Road Adventure (1992), Virgin Interactive Entertainment, Inc.
- M.C. Kids (1992), Virgin Games, Inc.
- Monopoly Deluxe (1992), Virgin Games, Inc.
- Muhammad Ali Heavyweight Boxing (1992), Virgin Games, Inc.
- Out of This World (1992), Virgin Games, Inc.
- Prince of Persia (1992), Virgin Games, Inc.
- Shuttle: The Space Flight Simulator (1992), Virgin Games, Inc.
- Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991), Virgin Games, Inc.