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Tommy Tallarico is the owner of Tommy Tallarico Studios, the executive producer and CEO of Video Games Live and a three time Guiness World Record holder. Tallarico has composed music for games such as Earthworm Jim He was hired as an outside contractor to create sound effects early in the development of Metroid Prime, and his work recurred throughout the series, as well as the Spaceworld 2000 trailer. Usually, sounds are added in post-production, but Shigeru Miyamoto requested he create "really cool" sounds with no direction. The opposite of this approach was done for the remainder of the project when Clark Wen came on: weapons first, sounds second.
Tallarico is uncredited in all of the games; this was because of an error on Retro Studios' part, and he received an apology for the omission. After major restructuring at Retro and the cancellation of their other projects (Car Combat, NFL Retro Football and Raven Blade), Tallarico's contract ended (he was not fired) and Retro's internal audio department took over Prime, but retained his work in the game. Contrary to popular belief at the time, he was not hired as the game's composer, and he never even set foot inside Retro Studios. Scott Petersen later asked Tallarico for his original sound sessions and high bitrate and samplerate mixes of all of his sounds, for archival purposes.
Tallarico had been approached by two acquaintances, Nintendo executive Shigeru Miyamoto and Retro's president at the time, Jeff Spangenberg, at a Nintendo party during E3 1998. Asked if he wanted to work on a "top secret" project, Tallarico immediately accepted the offer, since Miyamoto was involved. Learning it was Metroid further excited him, especially because the series had never been developed outside of Japan.
Asked by Shinesparkers whether he believes Metroid games are better suited to having an orchestrated score (such as that of Metroid: Other M, composed by Kuniaki Haishima) or a traditional, atmospheric and synthesized score, Tallarico said that he thinks it can work either way or with a combination of both. Tallarico was featured in Shinesparkers' tribute video for the series' 25th anniversary.
- Official website
- Tallarico on LinkedIn
- Tallarico on MobyGames
- Shinesparkers interview
- Wikipedia article
- Tallarico on IMDb
- Facebook fan page
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- ^ a b http://www.tallarico.com/index.php?s=metroidprime
- ^ Metroid Anniversary Special: Tommy Tallarico (gamesTM), page 42, unknown issue
- ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fqOyhS8hLVI
- ^ Desrochers, Dan. "World-renowned video game music composer brings his music live to Springfield", The Westfield News, 2017-05-7. Retrieved on 2018-01-31.