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Robert Prince, also known as Bobby Prince, is a video game composer and sound designer. He has worked as an independent contractor for several gaming companies, most notably id Software and Apogee/3D Realms.
He has created music and sound effects for Commander Keen 4-6, Cosmo's Cosmic Adventure, Catacomb 3-D, Wolfenstein 3D, Spear of Destiny, Blake Stone, Rise of the Triad, Doom, Doom II, Duke Nukem II, Duke Nukem 3D, Abuse, Demonstar, as well as other games. He has also composed music for commercials and independent films. In 2006, he was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by his fellow game composers. He currently composes the soundtrack and sound effects for Wrack, an upcoming indie FPS game.
Robert Prince is a lawyer who passed the bar in 1980. He was a 1LT platoon leader in Vietnam 1969-70.
Robert Prince's Doom score
Prince created the score for both Doom and Doom II. Prince was never an in-house composer for the projects. His being isolated from the office allowed him to explore the score without input from the development team, and caused him to find much inspiration from the Doom Bible, the design document written by Tom Hall.
"What helped the most with the sound in Doom was the Doom Bible that Tom Hall compiled," says Prince. "Much of what was in it never appeared in the game, but it set a mood for starting on the project. Within a few months of receiving that document, I had roughed out a lot of music and most of what turned out to be final sound effects."
For inspiration Romero handed Prince tapes with what he calls "Tony Martin-era Black Sabbath", to serve as rough guides for "what we are looking for". Says Prince, "The id Software development team originally wanted me to do nothing but metal songs for DOOM." Consequently the score reflects the then-current metal and hard rock genre, creating a instantly recognizable sonic landscape.
- This article incorporates text from the open-content Wikipedia online encyclopedia article Robert Prince.
- BP Music - official Bobby Prince website
- Doomworld Music Section - comments on the Doom soundtrack by Prince
- Interview with Prince
- Photo of Prince at id Software's apartment office during the summer of 1992