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Tim Follin

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Timothy John Follin (born 1970) is a former video game music composer who has written tracks for a variety of titles and home gaming systems, including the Sinclair ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64, Commodore Amiga, Atari ST, NES, Super Nintendo, Game Boy, Dreamcast and PlayStation.

Follin’s early 8- and 16-bit pieces were notable for their ambitious and imaginative use of samples, or clever manipulation of limited sound hardware - particularly with his work on the Sinclair ZX Spectrum, on which he managed to play up to six channels of audio from one simple, tiny, ‘clickable’ piezo electronic speaker.

Among Follin’s works include the soundtracks to Software Creations’ Commodore Amiga and Commodore 64 conversions of Ghouls ‘n Ghosts, Ecco the Dolphin: Defender of the Future (Dreamcast), Spider-Man and the X-Men: Arcade’s Revenge (Super Nintendo), and home computer ports of Bionic Commando (C64, Amiga).


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Follin cited progressive rock as well as many musicians (including Quincy Jones, Jethro Tull,Led Zeppelin and John Martyn) as having had some casual or subconscious influence on his music, and has also enjoyed music by Deep Purple and Guns ‘N Roses.However, he did not feel that any specific artist or style had been a primary inspiration during his career.Follin acknowledged that in one instance he went for a more contemporary style when scoring the award-winning soundtrack to Bionic Commando, actively choosing to mimic other people’s music for fear of potentially losing his job.

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