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David Wise is a video game composer, mostly known for being the main musician behind the acclaimed Donkey Kong Country series soundtrack. He was hired part-time to compose music for every NES Rare game since 1987.

He later worked as a full-time composer in Rare from 1994 until 2009, when he quit the company. After a brief hiatus he started working again as a freelance composer on various games, including the return to his most known franchise with Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze.

Production History

Song Credits

Donkey Kong Country

  • Opening Fanfare -- Composition & Arrangement[1]
  • Theme -- Arrangement[1]
  • DK Island Swing -- Composition & Arrangement[1]
  • Well Done, Complete Level -- Composition & Arrangement[1]
  • Cranky's Theme -- Arrangement[1]
  • Cave Dweller Concert -- Composition & Arrangement[1]
  • Bonus Room Blitz -- Composition & Arrangement[1]
  • Bonus Win / World Complete -- Composition & Arrangement[1]
  • Lose in the Bonus Room -- Composition & Arrangement[1]
  • Aquatic Ambiance -- Composition & Arrangement[1]
  • Bad Boss Boogie -- Composition & Arrangement[1]
  • Mine Cart Madness -- Composition & Arrangement[1]
  • Life in the Mines -- Composition & Arrangement[1]
  • Misty Menace -- Composition & Arrangement[1]
  • Fear Factory -- Composition & Arrangement[1]
  • Gang-Plank Galleon -- Composition & Arrangement[1]
  • Lose a Life -- Composition & Arrangement[1]
  • K. Rool's Cacophony -- Composition & Arrangement[1]
  • The Credits Concerto -- Composition & Arrangement[1]

Donkey Kong Land

  • Main Theme Menagerie -- Composition & Arrangement[2]
  • Spinning Diddy Coin -- Composition & Arrangement[2]
  • Jungle Jaunt -- Composition & Arrangement[2]
  • Gangplank Galleon Ahoy! -- Composition & Arrangement[2]
  • Snowy Pig Wings -- Composition & Arrangement[2]
  • Cavey Cavey -- Composition & Arrangement[2]
  • Bonus Barrage -- Composition & Arrangement[2]
  • Ancient Beaver Bop -- Composition & Arrangement[2]
  • Aquatic Ambience -- Composition & Arrangement[2]
  • Kremlantis -- Composition & Arrangement[2]
  • Level Clear! -- Composition & Arrangement[2]
  • Lose Life -- Composition & Arrangement[2]

Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest

  • Opening Fanfare -- Composition & Arrangement
  • K. Rool Returns -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Welcome to Crocodile Isle -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Klomp's Romp -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Lockjaw's Saga -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Jib Jig -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Swanky Swing -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Snakey Chantey -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Bayou Boogie -- Composition & Arrangement
  • School House Harmony -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Forest Interlude -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Funky the Main Monkey -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Flight of the Zinger -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Cranky's Conga -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Hot-Head Bop -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Mining Melancholy -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Run, Rambi! Run! -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Token Tango -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Stickerbush Symphony -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Bad Bird Rag -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Disco Train -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Boss Bossanova -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Steel Drum Rhumba -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Krook's March -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Klubba's Reveille -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Haunted Chase -- Composition & Arrangement
  • In a Snow-Bound Land -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Lost World Anthem -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Primal Rave -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Crocodile Cacophony -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Stronghold Showdown -- Composition & Arrangement
  • The Flying Krock -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Donkey Kong Rescued -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Game Over -- Composition & Arrangement

Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!

  • Dixie Beat -- Composition & Arrangement[3]
  • Crazy Calypso -- Composition & Arrangement[3]
  • Wrinkly's Save Cave -- Arrangement[3]
  • Get Fit A-Go-Go -- Composition & Arrangement[3]
  • Wrinkly 64 -- Composition & Arrangement[3]
  • Brothers Bear -- Composition & Arrangement[3]
  • Brother Bear Blues -- Composition & Arrangement[3]
  • Bonus Time -- Composition & Arrangement[3]
  • Bonus Win -- Composition & Arrangement[3]
  • Bonus Lose -- Composition & Arrangement[3]

Diddy Kong Racing

  • Diddy Kong Racing Theme -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Character Select -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Central Area Introduction -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Central Area Theme -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Lobby Theme Tune -- Composition & Arrangement
  • T.T's Theme -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Ancient Lake -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Fossil Canyon -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Jungle Falls -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Hot Top Volcano -- Composition & Arrangement
  • No Entry -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Win the Golden Balloon -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Boss Challenge I -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Everfrost Peak -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Walrus Cove -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Frosty Village -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Taj's Theme -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Taj's Challenge -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Whale Bay -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Pirate Lagoon -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Crescent Island -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Open Boss Door -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Meet a Boss -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Boss Challenge II -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Lose Against Boss -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Boulder Canyon -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Greenwood Village -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Haunted Woods -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Win Challenge Amulet -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Win a Piece of the Amulet -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Win Amulet -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Star City -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Darkmoon Caverns -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Spaceport Alpha -- Composition & Arrangement
  • The Secret Tune -- Composition & Arrangement
  • You Can't Beat Me -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Wizpig Challenge -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Wizpig Lose I -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Wizpig Lose II -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Think You've Won? -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Wizpig in Space -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Celebration -- Composition & Arrangement

Donkey Kong Country 3 (GBA)

  • Intro Tune 1 -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Intro Tune 2 -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Northern Kremisphere -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Funky's Game -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Brothers Bear -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Cranky's Dojo -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Cranky's Dojo 2 -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Bonus Time -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Bonus Win -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Bonus Lose -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Stilt Village -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Level Win -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Mill Fever -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Jangle Bells -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Frosty Frolics -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Treetop Tumble -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Enchanted Riverbank -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Water World -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Cascade Capers -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Nuts and Bolts -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Pokey Pipes -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Arich Boss -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Rockface Rumble -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Jungle Jitter -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Cavern Caprice -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Boss Boogie -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Crystal Chasm -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Chase -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Baddies on Parade -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Game Over -- Arrangement

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

  • Wii U Menu Startup -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • Title Theme -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • Opening -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • Mangrove Cove -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • Mangrove Cove (Underwater) -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • Stage Goal ~ Resuts -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • World Map (Simian Segue) -- Arrangement[4]
  • Shipwreck Shore -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • Shipwreck Shore (Underwater) -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • Canopy Chaos -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • Zip Line Shrine -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • Busted Bayou -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • Trunk Twister -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • Trunk Twister (Underwater) -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • Big Top Bop (World 1 Boss) -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • Windmill Hills -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • Mountain Mania -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • Sawmill Thrill -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • Alpine Incline (Ground) -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • Alpine Incline (Mountain) -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • Wing Ding -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • Crumble Cavern -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • Rodent Ruckus -- Arrangement[4]
  • Grassland Groove -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • Baobab Bonanza -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • Frantic Fields -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • Scorch 'N' Torch -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • Twilight Terror (Stickerbush Symphony) -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • Twilight Terror (Rocket Barrel) -- Arrangement[4]
  • Cannon Canyon -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • Deep Keep -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • High Tide Ride -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • Funky Waters (Amiss Abyss) -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • Irate Eight -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • Irate Eight (Underwater) -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • Irate Eight (Tension) (Lockjaw's Saga) -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • Irate Eight (Chase) -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • Current Capers (Aquatic Ambiance) -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • Harvest Hazards -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • Reckless Ride -- Arrangement[4]
  • Fruity Factory -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • Panicky Paddels -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • Jelly Jamboree -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • Jammin' Jams -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • Frosty Fruits (In a Snow-Bound Land) -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • Punch Bowl (World 5 Boss) -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • Homecoming Hijinx -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • Seashore War -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • Aquaduct Assault -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • Blurry Flurry -- Arrangement[4]
  • Forest Folly -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • Dynamite Dash -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • Frozen Frenzy (Fear Factory) -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • Volcano Dome (Lord Fredrik) -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • Credits -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • Secret Temple 1 (DK Island Swing) -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • Secret Temple 2 -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • Funky's Fly 'N' Buy -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • Bonus Stage -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • Bonus Lose -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • Bonus Win -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • End of Stage -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • Stage Clear -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • World Clear -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • End of Turn -- Composition & Arrangement[4]
  • Game Over -- Composition & Arrangement[4]

Tengami

  • The Awakening -- Composition & Arrangement
  • The Pale Moonlight -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Into The Darkness -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Dreams Unfolding -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Crimson Leaves -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Five Stories To Heaven -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Blossoms Falling -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Frozen In Time -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Loneliness -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Ocean Breeze -- Composition & Arrangement
  • The Passage -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Reflections -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Into The Light -- Composition & Arrangement [note: Bonus Track, not used in game]
  • Tengami Medley -- Composition & Arrangement

Yooka-Laylee

  • Armed and Dangerous -- Composition & Arrangement[5]
  • Track Attack -- Composition & Arrangement[5]
  • Minecart Theme (World 1) -- Composition & Arrangement[5]
  • Minecart Theme (World 2) -- Composition & Arrangement[5]
  • Minecart Theme (World 3) -- Composition & Arrangement[5]
  • Minecart Theme (World 4) -- Composition & Arrangement[5]
  • Minecart Theme (World 5) -- Composition & Arrangement[5]
  • Tropic Trials -- Composition & Arrangement[5]

Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair

  • Main Theme -- Composition & Arrangement[6]
  • Capital Causeway -- Composition & Arrangement[6]
  • Factory Fright -- Composition & Arrangement[6]
  • Frantic Fountains -- Composition & Arrangement[6]
  • Frantic Fountains – Frozen -- Composition & Arrangement[6]
  • Sawblade Evade (Intro) -- Composition & Arrangement[6]
  • Sawblade Evade -- Composition & Arrangement[6]
  • Scareship Shootout Scroll -- Composition & Arrangement[6]
  • The Impossible Lair 1 -- Composition & Arrangement[6]
  • The Impossible Lair 2 -- Composition & Arrangement[6]
  • The Impossible Lair 3 -- Composition & Arrangement[6]
  • The Impossible Lair 4 -- Composition & Arrangement[6]
  • The Impossible Lair 5 -- Composition & Arrangement[6]

Interviews

External links

References

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 http://web.archive.org/web/20051229200835/http://www.rareware.com/extra/scribes/scribes_content.html
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 By elimination from the tracks credited on Graeme Norgate's website
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 3.9 http://web.archive.org/web/20061029064908/http://www.rareware.com/extras/scribes/9feb06/index.html
  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 4.12 4.13 4.14 4.15 4.16 4.17 4.18 4.19 4.20 4.21 4.22 4.23 4.24 4.25 4.26 4.27 4.28 4.29 4.30 4.31 4.32 4.33 4.34 4.35 4.36 4.37 4.38 4.39 4.40 4.41 4.42 4.43 4.44 4.45 4.46 4.47 4.48 4.49 4.50 4.51 4.52 4.53 4.54 4.55 4.56 4.57 4.58 4.59 4.60 4.61 4.62 4.63 4.64 4.65 https://twitter.com/David_Wise/status/981039932650283008
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 https://vgmdb.net/album/65753
  6. 6.00 6.01 6.02 6.03 6.04 6.05 6.06 6.07 6.08 6.09 6.10 6.11 6.12 https://vgmdb.net/album/91329
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