The loading music for Sanxion, "Thalamusik" (named after Thalamus, the software house that published the game) still remains a strong favourite among his fans to this day. After working for several companies, in 1989 he left Newcastle to work for Electronic Arts in America as a composer. He was the first person devoted to sound and music at EA, and did everything from low-level programming to composing. He became Audio Technical Director, a more administrative job, involving deciding which technologies to use in the games, and which to develop further. After the Commodore 64 period he wrote some soundtracks for PC -games and Sega Mega Drive.
One of his most famous C64-era compositions is the music featured in the loading sequence of the game Skate or Die, which features samples of electric guitar. Playback of samples was facilitated by exploiting a flaw in the SID sound-synthesizer chip: altering the volume register produced an audible click. Thus altering this register thousands of times per second allowed for a crude form of sample playback. Hubbard left EA in 2002 and returned to England. He has recently resumed playing in a band, and has even revisited his past game music work in concert.
Recent composition jobs have included music for mobile phone games. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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