Russell Lieblich

aka: Russel Lieblich, Russ Lieblich
Moby ID: 342

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Russell Lieblich made a name for himself as an experienced game musician who was also a proficient programmer. He pioneered the genre of rhythm/music-based games with the C64 classics Web Dimension and Master of the Lamps.

Lieblich was born and raised in New York City. He went to college in Brooklyn, then studied music and physics at the University of California in San Diego. He finished with a Masters Degree in music. Lieblich played the piano and the saxophone.

After his studies, Lieblich spent some years at Los Angeles' Venice Beach, alternately writing music and surfing. When Russell lost his job in the course of a musician's strike in 1980, he applied for a job with Mattel's newly founded video games division. Lieblich was the fifth person Mattel hired for the Intellivision squad, which later grew to 200 people. Lieblich worked as a sound programmer for games such as Nightstalker and Astrosmash. He quit after half a year because he couldn't stand the department leader.

In fall 1982, Activision was hiring programmers with experience on the Intellivision system. Lieblich got the job. For Activision, he created the music-driven Web Dimension and the flying carpet game Master of the Lamps (programmed by Peter Kaminski).

During the 1980s and 90s, Lieblich created music for Activision classics such as Little Computer People, Aliens and MechWarrior. He later worked as a composer for projects such as EA's PGA Tour Pro or Atari's Duke Nuke Nukem: Time to Kill. At the same time, he returned to performing live at jazz gigs and in lounge clubs.

Russell Lieblich died on January 26, 2005 following a heart attack outside his home on Long island, New York, at the age of 53.

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Caesars Palace Advance: Millennium Gold Edition (2001, Game Boy Advance) Sound Effects
Knockout Kings (1998, PlayStation) Original music by
Duke Nukem: Time to Kill (1998, PlayStation) Cinematic Scoring
PGA Tour Gold (1998, Windows) Music
Tigershark (1997, PlayStation) Sound Design and Cinematic Scoring
BugRiders: The Race of Kings (1997, PlayStation) Cinematic Scoring
PGA Tour Pro (1997, Windows) Music Engineered and Composed by
PGA Tour: Laptop (1997, Windows) Music Engineered and Composed by
PGA Tour 97 (1996, SEGA Saturn) Music/Music Production
SFPD Homicide / Case File: The Body in the Bay (1995, Windows 3.x) Music
PGA Tour Golf 486 (1995, 3DO) Sound & Music
Elitserien 95 (1994, Genesis) Musik av (Music by)
Math Ace (1994, Windows 3.x) Music
Dominus (1994, DOS) Musical Scores
Mutant League Hockey (1994, Genesis) Music and Sounds
NHL 95 (1994, Genesis) Music by
Shadow of Yserbius (1993, DOS) Music and Sound Effects
Bill Walsh College Football (1993, SEGA CD) Music
A-Train Construction Set (1993, Amiga) Music
Fates of Twinion (1993, DOS) Created By

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