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David Wise

aka: Dave Wise, D. Wise

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David Wise was hired by Ashby Computers and Graphics (now Rare Ltd.) in 1985. He played in a few bands when he was young. He worked at a music store, and he made a demonstration on a Yamaha CX5 music computer when one day Tim and Chris Stamper walked in saw this demonstration and hired him to compose music for their games. From 1985 up until 1994, he was the sole music composer for the company. He wrote music for all of Rare's games or programmed other compositions from other systems that were ported to the NES by Rare. Many of these games did not have credits within them, but he is the only known composer during this period.

His best known work is composing the Donkey Kong Country series of games, which is also one of the better SNES music compositions.

Today, he is still composing music for Rare.

Credited on 55 games

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Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart (2021 on PlayStation 5) Nashville Session Orchestra Conducted by
Call of Duty: Black Ops - Cold War (2020 on PlayStation 4) Additional Vocal Arranging
Battletoads (2020 on Windows Apps) 'Pause'
Tamarin (2019 on PlayStation 4) Music
Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair (2019 on Windows) Composers
Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII (2018 on PlayStation 4) Additional Vocal Arranging
Yooka-Laylee (2017 on PlayStation 4) Composers
Snake Pass (2017 on PlayStation 4) Music
Star Ghost (2016 on Wii U) Music
Rare Replay (2015 on Xbox One) Special Thanks
Tengami (2015 on Windows) With Music Composed by
Donkey Downfall (2014 on Amiga) Original music by
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (2014 on Wii U) Music
Sorcery! (2013 on iPhone) Music by
AXRIA Retro World (2012 on Windows) Music
Abobo's Big Adventure (2012 on Browser) Original Game Music (uncredited)
Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts (2008 on Xbox 360) The Rare Family
Viva Piñata: Pocket Paradise (2008 on Nintendo DS) Sound Effects
Diddy Kong Racing DS (2007 on Nintendo DS) Music and Sound Effects
Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! (2005 on Game Boy Advance) Music Score & SE

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