Lee Nicklen

Moby ID: 31973

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1974 to Present

Lee Nicklen is a self taught / 'ear trained' musician. Nicklen's love for music was prominent from an early age of 6 with his fascination with a myriad of music styles and musicians. He was forever raiding his parents old vinyl records from the 60's and 70's that included greats such as Earl Grant, Andy Williams, Russ Conway, ELO, TOTO and then his addiction for collecting 2nd hand great movie classics - legends including composers John Williams, Bernard Herrmann etc. He then later showed interest in great Russian composers such as Sergei Prokofiev and contemporary/pop artists Nik Kershaw, Vince Clarke etc.

Technology has always played an important part in Lee's life. His first setup included a Sinclair ZX Spectrum computer in conjunction with a Micon MIDI interface - this was his first sequencer. As music technology progressed, Nicklen promptly began using the Atari computer running Cubase - which allowed him greater creativity. As samplers and synthesizers became ever more affordable and now 1990, Lee finally made his first major investment in purchasing a Roland W-30 sampling workstation.

Nicklen's music and sound design career started in 1995 when he was fortunate to land a job working for Brighton based multimedia company - EMG (Epic Multimedia Group PLC) producing sound and music for early formats such as Philips CD-i and CD-ROM.

A year and a half later (1997), he was approached by management duo - Modern Wood and was asked to audition for act Imogen Heap as session keyboard player - at the same time as being offered a job at Virgin Interactive Entertainment (VIE). His decision was set in the games industry and so therefore moved into the world of computer game sound design and music composition.

Starting afresh, and now working with the internal development team, Lee took privilege in the setup of VIE's audio department - thus furthering his 7 year career as lead musician and sound engineer/designer. Over this 7 year span, Lee had managed to produce sound work and music for a myriad of game titles such as Screamer Rally, Super Bikes, Dino Crisis, Heist, Viva Football, European Soccer League, Falcone : Into the Maelstrom.

After leaving VIE in Autumn, 2002 - he decided to start his own company Kayotix offering a plethora of affordable multimedia services, including license free music, sound design, web design for computer games, film/TV and the internet. Lee's latest music can be heard (see bottom of page for music downloads) in Toby Gard's (creator of Tomb Raider) eagerly awaited game Galleon - which is scheduled for release sometime in 2004.

To date, Lee still continues to run his small company Kayotix, whilst in his spare time peruses live performance. Lee can often be seen debuting with various bands as a session keyboard player, those including up-and-coming indie trio Emile. Nicklen's love for all music talent worldwide can be observed by his exhaustive record collection, those musicians of which play a major influence in his own work.

Airto Moreira, Marcos Valle, Deepak Ram, Bill Evans, Dido, Enya, Lyle Mays, TOTO, Sarah Mclachlan, Moloko, Røyksopp, Esbjörn Svensson Trio, Manu Chau, Prokofiev, Steps Ahead, Bruce Hornsby, Pat Metheney, Chicane, Amon Tobin, A-ha, Erasure, Nik Kershaw, Aimee Mann, Crowded House, Edie Brickell, The Sundays, Fila Brazilia, Mandalay, Mauro Picotto, Norah Jones, Romano Mussolini, Bernard Herrmann.

Credited on 22 games

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ChangeType() (2014, Browser) Music
HarshQuad (2013, Windows Phone) Sound Designer & Music
Icebreaker (2009, Browser) Music
In the Dog House (2008, Browser) Music
Final Ninja (2008, Browser) Music
Skywire 2 (2008, Browser) Music
Dirk Valentine and the Fortress of Steam (2008, Browser) Music
Skywire (2007, Browser) Music
Cheese Dreams (2007, Browser) Music
Snow Drift (2007, Browser) Music
Jack Frost (2007, Browser) Music
Off the Rails (2007, Browser) Music
Sandman (2006, Browser) Music
Acid Factory (2006, Browser) Music
Hot Air (2005, Browser) Music
European Super League (2001, Windows) Sound
Heist (2001, Windows) Sound FX and Music
Jimmy White's 2: Cueball (2000, Dreamcast) Additional Dreamcast music
Superbike World Championship (1999, Windows) Intro Music
Viva Soccer (1998, Windows) Audio Engineering

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