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David Wise

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David Wise (often also credited as Dave Wise) is a British video game music composer. He is one of the in-house composers at Rare, and his music appears in most of the Rare-developed titles. He started his career at Rare in 1985 and was the company’s sole musician up until 1994. He is known for his atmospheric style of music, mixing natural environmental sounds and setting it to a tune.

Undoubtedly his most famous work is the soundtrack for Donkey Kong Country series of games, widely considered to be some of the best soundtracks to ever appear on SNES. Aside of the usual jolly “jungle” themes that fit to Donkey Kong’s style in general, these games have a quite wide variety of different musical styles in different areas of the game. More recently, he’s done the soundtrack for the Game Boy Advance port of Donkey Kong Country 3, and is working on a mystery Xbox 360 title.

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(Please note: Although very few games prior to 1993 had credits, it is a known fact that David Wise was the only musician at Rare from 1985 to 1994, which effectively covers all of their NES and early SNES titles. Some very few games, such as Double Dare, did credit him.)


1987

* Slalom (NES)



1988

* R.C. Pro-Am (NES)
* Wheel of Fortune (NES)
* Jeopardy! (NES)
* Anticipation (NES)



1989

* Marble Madness (NES)
* World Games (NES)
* WWF Wrestlemania (NES)

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  • skishua2

    Donkey Kong Country 2 is the greatest video game soundtrack OF ALL TIME [14] aside from Ecco the Dolphin

    13 Jul 4:07pm Reply
  • cotiovis

    Donkey Kong Country 2 is the greatest video game soundtrack OF ALL TIME [13]

    31 May 2:22am Reply
  • Lukitoo

    Donkey Kong Country 2 is the greatest video game soundtrack OF ALL TIME [12]

    24 May 4:18pm Reply
  • ItaloCardoso-

    Donkey Kong Country 2 is the greatest video game soundtrack OF ALL TIME [11]

    9 May 8:00pm Reply
  • Brawcore

    Donkey Kong Country 2 is the greatest video game soundtrack OF ALL TIME [10]

    25 Apr 10:12pm Reply
  • WordsComeBack

    a really wise man

    22 Apr 3:58pm Reply
  • DEATHINFIREX

    Very impressed with the music from Tropical Freeze.

    21 Apr 12:29pm Reply
  • serafine69

    Donkey Kong Country 2 is the greatest video game soundtrack OF ALL TIME [9]

    17 Apr 7:27am Reply
  • ralftearjerker

    Donkey Kong Country 2 is the greatest video game soundtrack OF ALL TIME [8]

    15 Apr 1:39am Reply
  • Dnwo

    Donkey Kong Country 2 is the greatest video game soundtrack OF ALL TIME [7]

    8 Apr 1:29am Reply
  • el_papa_pampa

    Donkey Kong Country 2 is the greatest video game soundtrack OF ALL TIME [6]

    22 Mar 1:46am Reply
  • RainbowOverdose

    Aquatic Ambiance is so good!

    15 Mar 6:09am Reply
  • JavoPeralta

    Donkey Kong Country 2 is the greatest video game soundtrack OF ALL TIME [3]

    5 Mar 6:38am Reply
  • nolise

    why isnt last.fm recognizing donkey kong tags as david wise's tracks anymore?

    31 Jan 6:44am Reply
  • Lugya

    Thanks, for Donkey Kong Country, David. Best OST for SNES [2]

    25 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Stanislove

    Thanks, for Donkey Kong Country, David. Best OST for SNES

    14 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Thurible

    Pure genius

    9 Nov 2013 Reply
  • TylerSymes

    @hadomaru Know if it's getting released on CD or online legality?

    20 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Lugya

    Donkey Kong Country 2 is the greatest video game soundtrack OF ALL TIME [5]

    15 Oct 2013 Reply
  • hadomaru

    O'l Dave is coming back the DKC franchise again. Tell your friends!

    30 Sep 2013 Reply
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