|Blake Stone - one of the games Robert "Bobby" Prince composed the music for|
Today's Where are they now? post is about a veteran game music composer who is most famous for the soundtrack composed for DOOM which is so popular that fans are still making covers and remixes to this day. In fact, it's one of the most popular soundtracks on game music remix website, OCRemix. Robert "Bobby" Prince is the man I'll talk a little bit about today.
Before Prince became a video game music composer, he did a whole bunch of other things. I'm guessing he was born in the 1940s as he is said to have graduated from the University of Georgia in 1966 with a Bachelor of Psychology. He also attended Emory University for graduate school but left early to join the army apparently serving in Vietnam during 1969-1970. In 1972 he returned to school and earned a Masters of Education in Counselling. He then studied law enforcement which in turn piqued his interest in studying Law. In 1980 he became a lawyer when he passed the State Bar of Georgia.
In the early 1990s, Prince became interested in finding work developing music for games. He eventually managed to get in touch with John Romero at id Software and his first work there included composing the soundtracks for 1991's Rescue Rover 2 and Commander Keen 4. He composed music and sound effects for some of id's most iconic titles such as 1992's Wolfenstein 3D, 1993's DOOM, and 1994's DOOM II. For the DOOM soundtrack, John Romero instructed that Prince create a soundtrack with a "Tony Martin-era Black Sabbath" sound and consequently this is why a lot of music in DOOM sounds similar to music by Metallica, Pantera, Alice in Chains, Slayer and, of course, Black Sabbath . He also composed music and sound effects for games published by Apogee such as 1993's Blake Stone and 1996's Duke Nukem 3D.
Prince continued to compose game music over the years and most recently developed the soundtrack for the 2012 indie FPS game Wrack. Since then there hasn't been much word on his whereabouts or what he's been up to but he still regularly posts to his personal blog with his recent posts talking about music technology recommendations, sound design and the Wrack soundtrack which was released at the end of last year (and is now available on Steam).
I sincerely hope Prince continues to compose music for games and I'll be keeping an eye out for any news concerning future projects :). Thanks for composing the music to some of the most iconic PC games of the 90s Mr. Prince! As a tribute, here's one of my favourite covers of the E1M1 music from DOOM.
[ VGMPF: Bobby Prince ]
[ Wikipedia: Robert Prince (video game composer) ]
[ Doom Wiki: Robert Prince ]
[ MobyGames: Robert Prince ]
[ Bobby Prince's Personal Blog ]