About

My happy place.

My happy place.

Here's where I'm probably going to write your music.

Here's where I'm probably going to write your music.

 

Dale North is a composer, arranger, and orchestrator for video games, based in the San Francisco Bay Area. As a multi-instrumentalist (piano, vocal, brass), performer, and singer-songwriter with an international training, he brings a unique voice to video game music.

Dale's music mixes traditional instrumentation with vintage colors, blending live pianos and orchestral tones with the synthesizers and sound sets that shaped the sounds of games from the Super Nintendo and PlayStation eras. His upbringing in Tokyo, Japan helped shape his melodic sense (and his love of synthesizers), and he continues to hold the traditions of game music in the highest regard.

Dale looks forward to working on projects that favor creativity and seek to honor game music's rich heritage.

He also really, really likes Welsh Corgis.


Press

Reviews

"...music in this game is wonderful. I haven't heard a great retro-style soundtrack like this in quite awhile." -- OperationRainfall -- Dragon Fantasy Book II
"Dale North and Hiroki Kikuta knocked it out of the park with the soundtrack..." -- SteamShovelers -- Toricky
"...a great soundtrack that feels perfectly at home in the 16-bit world..." -- PocketGamer -- Dragon Fantasy Book II
"...sounds like a pristine late 90's classic soundtrack." -- Higher Plain Music -- Dragon Fantasy Book II
"North has found a way to evoke a sense of nostalgia...while still maintaining a style of his very own." -- OriginalSoundVersion -- Dragon Fantasy Book II
"...the music is well done and always fits the mood." -- The Escapist -- Dragon Fantasy Book II
"...superb variety...suitably sweeping for an RPG..." -- Critical Gamer -- Dragon Fantasy Book II

 

Interviews & News

"Why Video Game Music (Still) Matters" -- Crixeo
"Dale North's Dragon Fantasy Book II on Top Score" -- Classical MPR
"An Interview with Globe-trotting Composer Dale North" -- Pixelitis
"Hot salsa Tetris" -- Salon
"Hiroki Kikuta and Dale North Team Up on Toricky Soundtrack" -- Develop
"Sinmara Saga is an animated short directed by Jason Hendrich" -- Kotaku
"Copies of Dale North's Dragon Fantasy Book II..." -- Critical Gamer