2 March 1968 (age 49)
Kassel, Hessen, Germany
Chris Hülsbeck was born 1968 in Kassel/Germany. He found himself dedicated to music at a very young age and started some piano lessons. At 14 he got his first computer, the legendary Commodore 64 were he started to learn programming. Some years later he won the first prize in a computer-music contest in a famous German computer magazine. This was the beginning of his career as a professional composer for computer- and videogame soundtracks.
Since 17 years he has written soundtracks for more than 70 titles, the latest being Star Wars Rebel Strike for Nintendo GameCube. Many of his scores for the Commodore 64 are regarded as classics among enthusiasts today, most notably Great Giana Sisters. He is best known for the soundtracks to the Turrican series of games. Chris's initial recognition arrived at age 16 when his composition "Shades" won first place in a music competition for the German "64'er" magazine.
He created a music replay routine for the Amiga called TFMX – "The Final Musicsystem eXtended", which featured far more musically-oriented features than rival Soundtracker, such as logarithmic pitch-bends, sound macros and individual tempos for each track.
His music from Apidya, Turrican and Giana Sisters was performed live by a full symphonic orchestra in 2003, 2004 and 2005 at the annual Symphonic Game Music Concert-series in Leipzig, Germany.
In August 2008, some of his works were performed by a symphonic orchestra during a concert in Cologne. This concert was fully dedicated to Hülsbeck and was called "Symphonic Shades", conducted by Grammy-winner Arnold Roth.
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