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David Wise
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Company Rare (currently freelance)
Current Position Music Composer
First game Slalom
Latest game Yooka-Laylee


David Wise is a prolific and respected video game composer, known for being the main musician behind the acclaimed Donkey Kong Country series soundtrack. He was hired part-time to compose music for every NES Rare game since 1987.

He later worked as a full-time composer in Rare from 1994 until 2009, when he quit the company. After a brief hiatus he started working again as a freelance composer on various games, including the return to his most known franchise with Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze.

Production History

Special Thanks

  • Rare Replay (2015)

Song Credits

Donkey Kong Country

  • Opening Fanfare -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Theme -- Arrangement
  • DK Island Swing -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Cranky's Theme -- Arrangement
  • Cave Dweller Concert -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Bonus Room Blitz -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Well Done, Complete Level -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Lose in the Bonus Room -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Aquatic Ambience -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Bad Boss Boogie -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Mine Cart Madness -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Life in the Mines -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Misty Menace -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Fear Factory -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Gang-Plank Galleon -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Lose a Life -- Composition & Arrangement
  • K. Rool's Cacophony -- Composition & Arrangement
  • The Credits Concerto -- Composition & Arrangement

Donkey Kong Land

  • Main Theme Menagerie -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Spinning Diddy Coin -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Jungle Jaunt -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Gangplank Galleon Ahoy! -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Snowy Pig Wings -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Cavey Cavey -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Bonus Barrage -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Ancient Beaver Bop -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Aquatic Ambience -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Kremlantis -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Level Clear! -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Lose Life -- Composition & Arrangement

Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest

  • Opening Fanfare -- Composition & Arrangement
  • K. Rool Returns -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Welcome to Crocodile Isle -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Klomp's Romp -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Lockjaw's Saga -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Jib Jig -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Swanky Swing -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Snakey Chantey -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Bayou Boogie -- Composition & Arrangement
  • School House Harmony -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Forest Interlude -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Funky the Main Monkey -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Flight of the Zinger -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Cranky's Conga -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Hot-Head Bop -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Mining Melancholy -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Run, Rambi! Run! -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Token Tango -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Stickerbush Symphony -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Bad Bird Rag -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Disco Train -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Boss Bossanova -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Steel Drum Rhumba -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Krook's March -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Klubba's Reveille -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Haunted Chase -- Composition & Arrangement
  • In a Snow-Bound Land -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Lost World Anthem -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Primal Rave -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Crocodile Cacophony -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Stronghold Showdown -- Composition & Arrangement
  • The Flying Krock -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Donkey Kong Rescued -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Game Over -- Composition & Arrangement

Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!

  • Dixie Beat -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Crazy Calypso -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Wrinkly's Save Cave -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Get Fit A-Go-Go -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Wrinkly 64 -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Brothers Bear -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Brother Bear Blues -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Bonus Time -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Bonus Win -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Bonus Lose -- Composition & Arrangement

Diddy Kong Racing

  • Diddy Kong Racing Theme -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Character Select -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Central Area Introduction -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Central Area Theme -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Lobby Theme Tune -- Composition & Arrangement
  • T.T's Theme -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Ancient Lake -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Fossil Canyon -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Jungle Falls -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Hot Top Volcano -- Composition & Arrangement
  • No Entry -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Win the Golden Balloon -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Boss Challenge I -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Everfrost Peak -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Walrus Cove -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Frosty Village -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Taj's Theme -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Taj's Challenge -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Whale Bay -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Pirate Lagoon -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Crescent Island -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Open Boss Door -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Meet a Boss -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Boss Challenge II -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Lose Against Boss -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Boulder Canyon -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Greenwood Village -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Haunted Woods -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Win Challenge Amulet -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Win a Piece of the Amulet -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Win Amulet -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Star City -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Darkmoon Caverns -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Spaceport Alpha -- Composition & Arrangement
  • The Secret Tune -- Composition & Arrangement
  • You Can't Beat Me -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Wizpig Challenge -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Wizpig Lose I -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Wizpig Lose II -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Think You've Won? -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Wizpig in Space -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Celebration -- Composition & Arrangement

Star Fox Adventures

  • Title Screen Movie -- Arrangement
  • Great Fox and Pause Screen -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Galleon Fight -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Krazoa Palace Base Theme -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Inside Krazoa Palace -- Composition & Arrangement
  • In the Presence of a Krazoa -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Krazoa Shrine -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Obtained a Krazoa Spirit -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Thorntail Hollow (Early) -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Thorntail Hollow Night -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Thorntail Hollow Day -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Thorntail Shop -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Thorntail Hollow Well -- Composition & Arrangement
  • They're Stealing my Eggs -- Composition & Arrangement
  • SnowHorn Wastes -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Dark Ice Mines Landing Pad -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Dark Ice Mines Day -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Dark Ice Mines Night -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Dark Ice Mines Surface Caves -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Riding a SnowHorn -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Dark Ice Mines Waterfall -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Dark Ice Mines Leap of Faith -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Dark Ice Mines Underground -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Boss Galdon -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Moon Mountain Pass -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Cape Claw Day -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Volcano Force Point Temple -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Cape Claw Gas Puzzle -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Ocean Force Point Temple -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Outside Cloudrunner Fortress -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Cloudrunner Fortress Spiral Pathway -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Cloudrunner Fortress -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Cloudrunner Fortress Prison -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Cloudrunner Fortress Air Dock -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Cloudrunner Fortress Treasure Rooms -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Lightfoot Village and Walled City Day -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Lightfoot Tracking Test -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Lightfoot Test of Strength -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Red Eyes and Dragon Rock Enemies Attack -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Walled City Pyramid Puzzle -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Entrance to King's Chambers -- Composition & Arrangement
  • King Red Eye Passive and Sharp Claws Upsetting the Peace -- Composition & Arrangement
  • King Red Eye Angry -- Composition & Arrangement
  • King Red Eye Down -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Dragon Rock -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Boss Drakor -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Andross Battle -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Credits -- Arrangement
  • Krazoa Test of Observation -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Krazoa Test of Strength -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Krazoa Test of Knowledge -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Krazoa Test General Scales -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Krazoa Test of Fear -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Krazoa Test of Combat -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Magic Caves, Warp Pad Rooms, and Cloudrunner Fortress Power Room -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Select Destination -- Arrangement
  • Arwing Flight and Dragon Rock Defenses -- Arrangement
  • Fighting -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Jetbike -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Conveyor Belts and Puzzles -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Rolling Barrels Torture and Earthwalker Riding -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Star Fox Theme (Cutscene) -- Arrangement
  • Area 6 -- Arrangement
  • Item Obtained -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Opened Chest -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Upgrade Staff -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Arwing Intro -- Arrangement
  • Arwing Crash -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Lose a Life -- Arrangement
  • Revived -- Arrangement
  • Possessed by a Krazoa Spirit -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Releasing a Krazoa Spirit -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Krystal is Trapped -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Placing a SpellStone -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Placing the Final SpellStone -- Composition & Arrangement

Donkey Kong Country 3 (GBA)

  • Intro Tune 1 -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Intro Tune 2 -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Northern Kremisphere -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Funky's Game -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Brothers Bear -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Cranky's Dojo -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Cranky's Dojo 2 -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Bonus Time -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Bonus Win -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Bonus Lose -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Stilt Village -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Level Win -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Mill Fever -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Jangle Bells -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Frosty Frolics -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Treetop Tumble -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Enchanted Riverbank -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Water World -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Cascade Capers -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Nuts and Bolts -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Pokey Pipes -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Arich Boss -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Rockface Rumble -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Jungle Jitter -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Cavern Caprice -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Boss Boogie -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Crystal Chasm -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Chase -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Baddies on Parade -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Game Over -- Arrangement

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

  • Mangrove Cove -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Mangrove Cove [Underwater] -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Stage Goal ~ Resuts -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Shipwreck Shore -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Shipwreck Shore [Underwater] -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Canopy Chaos -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Trunk Twister -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Trunk Twister [Underwater] -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Busted Bayou -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Windmill Hills -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Crumble Cavern -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Cannon Canyon -- Composition & Arrangement
  • High Tide Ride -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Amiss Abyss -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Current Capers -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Bonus Stage -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Bonus Lose -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Bonus Win -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Staff Roll 1 -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Staff Roll 2 -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Secret Temple 1 -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Secret Temple 2 -- Composition & Arrangement

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