Allister Brimble : A retrospective by Paul Bridger

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Paul Bridger is a big fan of the work of game musician Allister Brimble. So much so that he has put a full documentary together to celebrate the man and this will be put out on social media very soon. I have seen the film, and if you like retro and nostalgia enducing imagery then you are in for something special. It comes in at over 2hrs and many retro gaming developers, musicians and graphics artists chip to to give their view on Mr Brimble – and it’s all good. It’s a captivating watch. Paul is currently doing a round of PR for the film and has sent the following text…

 

“I remember that day when I first loaded up Rock Star Ate My Hamster – I never thought the music would mean anything to me later in life but I still play the game even today just to listen to it. Fast forward to when Full Contact arrived and it was then that I started recording my favourite game tunes onto tape and listening to them in bed weird as it sounds, but then again maybe not as other Amiga retro fans did the same back in my day.

I then remember playing Alien Breed and my Amiga life at the time just got so much interesting. I remember listening to the full 16 minute version of the title tune and could not get it out of my head – I was only 12. Not many of that age today would be able to appreciate such in depth and rich gaming music.

I started to follow Allister very carefully and on each and every game he worked on I recorded all his music probably along with many others at the time including music by Tim Wright, David Whittaker, Barry Leitch, Patrick Phelan, Bjørn Lynne and a boatload more. I heard that Allister was releasing a tape – I was the first to buy it and have been his Number 1 fan ever since (and he knows this). Many years then passed by and I then found myself reminiscing about the good old Amiga days on retro sites such as Lemon Amiga and Amiga Remix.

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Paul with Johnnathan Taylor from The Sid Station

I got hooked on the music all over again as it brought back so many great memories. I also checked out the Viva Amiga Kickstarter – unlucky for me I missed out on being a backer for that project and the Turrican Anthology that followed after. When The Amiga Works was announced on Kickstarter by Allister, I was first in the queue.

I backed it immediately and got the ‘Executive Producer’ credit. I wanted to be part of the campaign somehow to help Allister achieve the campaign goal so I started thinking up ideas. I marketed the album, got it all over social media, created the album website and posted content such as testimonials from legends like Matt Furniss, Martin Brown and Tim Wright.

I also created the site’s shop.

Being able to pitch my ideas back to Allister was a dream and this was my very first project at helping my favourite games composer – I couldn’t believe it really. I didn’t want to stop there – I saw something on the back of the Turrican Anthology which inspired me to create a trailer for the album and use it on the website. But then after that I thought to myself I could probably do a bit more with some help from fans if they were willing and anyone else I could have support from to create what has now become The Amiga Works Documentar, a 2.5hr film not funded and created by only myself with no help apart from one or two contributions towards the artwork/animation etc.

Testimonials came in both textual and video form and I got the support from Chris Huelsbeck, Barry Leitch, Martin Edmondson, The Oliver Twins, and many others from the Amiga game, demo and now retro scene.

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However this hasn’t been an easy project to complete what with balancing a family and a full time demanding job and as a result has taken two years to eventually get there.

This documentary shares some of the Amiga scene where it started for Allister. I’ve also mixed in some montage footage from late 80s to the early 90s and it was a memorable time. Whatever was going on in the world, as kids we had games like Alien Breed, Project X and Superfrog to play as well as Dizzy, Dojo DanRock Star Ate My Hamster and ZeeWolf.

There was so much I wanted to include in this documentary but timing was such an issue. For example I would have loved to include a piece on Lynette Reade, Allister’s mum, who is the voice of intex systems in Alien Breed and the vocal talent to other games Allister worked on. Unfortunately when completing the album for the backers, Allister’s mum sadly was involved in a road traffic accident and passed away after a time in hospital. It never compromised the album or the work itself but I would have loved to have included a piece on her. Although the documentary is based on Allister it is however dedicated to Lynette in her memory.

I think anyone who had an Amiga back in the day would have at some point heard one of Allister’s tunes – this documentary will help you relive your youth with his music.The film covers both Allister’s original tunes and also the mixes he recreated for the album.” Here is a video produced by Paul to promote The Amiga Works:

 

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