David Wise is a video game composer known for being the main musician behind the 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.

Game Works

Nintendo titles

Other titles

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

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