Tetris and Donkey Kong composer Brad Fuller passes away

Tetris and Donkey Kong composer Brad Fuller passes away
Matthew Jarvis

By Matthew Jarvis

January 5th 2016 at 9:53AM

Atari veteran loses battle with pancreatic cancer

Brad Fuller, who helped create the soundtracks to a number of classic 1980s video games, has died.

Working as a composer for video games since 1978, Fuller joined Atari in 1982, where he created the scores to titles including Tetris, Donkey Kong, Marble Madness and Gauntlet II.

He also worked on a number of licensed tie-in games, such as Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and Rugrats Go Wild.

Serving as director of audio at Atari for more than a decade, Fuller also oversaw the sound effects of releases as well as soundtracks.

In 1993 he was promoted to director of engineering, before leaving three years later to become a partner of Matter to Magic Studios.

After a three-year stint at OpenTV, Fuller co-founded games audio development firm Sonaural Audio Studios.

On December 9th, Fuller posted an update to his personal blog regarding his pancreatic cancer saying that ‘Plan A’ to reduce a blockage in his liver had failed.

A follow-up two days later said that ‘Plan B’ had been successful, and that Fuller would be returning home.

On January 2nd, Fuller’s family posted a short message, saying:

“Thank you for all your prayers and support.

“He fought hard to beat the cancer but in the end he went peacefully.”