Mark Knight (sound designer)

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Mark Knight
Also known as TDK, madfiddler
Born (1973-01-08) 8 January 1973 (age 41)
Brighton, England
Occupation(s) Sound designer, composer, electric violinist
Instruments Violin
Years active 1992–present
Associated acts TDK, K-Passa

Mark Knight (also known as TDK and madfiddler) (born January 8, 1973, in Brighton, England) is a British video game music composer and sound designer, Chiptune composer, and electric violinist. He started out writing Chiptune and module file music in the Amiga Demoscene,[1] and started his games industry career as a composer in 1992 . He continued until 2000 when he moved to sound design, a role in which he continues to work in.


Mark Knight was born in England on January 8, 1973. His Grandfather started teaching him the violin when he was 6, but it wasn't until he was 10 having been given a Commodore 64 home computer that he took and interest in electronic music. Whilst studying in college he began writing music on the Amiga, releasing tunes within the demoscene. Having been refused a university place to study Music Production, he applied to computer game developers for a role as composer and in 1992 he was given the opportunity to arrange the Wing Commander soundtrack to the Commodore Amiga home computer which gained him a full time contract with Mindscape.

Having left Mindscape in 1997 Knight wrote the soundtrack for Duke Nukem: Total Meltdown before accepting a position at Bullfrog Productions, a development company owned by Electronic Arts, working on games such as Dungeon Keeper 2, Populous: The Beginning and Theme Park World - which won a BAFTA for Best Sound.[2]

In 2000, Mark changed career direction and lead the sound design team on the EA Sports F1 series, stating that "If truth be told however, it was a simple choice of either F1 or Harry Potter".[3] He left EA in 2003, and after spending time at Visual Science he joined Codemasters in 2007 working on their DiRT, F1 and GRID franchises.

Knight has performed on the electric violin with the folk punk band Tricks Upon Travellers (1994-2000), K-Passa (2000-2001, 2008–present), Blue Horses (2002-2003), 4-4-2 (2004), Laura Kenny (2006), Silver Dogs (2006-2007), Bleeding Hearts (2009-2011) and has worked as a session musician for bands such as Pepe Deluxé,[4] The Divine Comedy,[5] C64, and Frost*. He also administers the Fiddle and Alternative Strings Forum.

In 2012 Knight released his first TDK chiptune album, and continues to compose music in this style.


Video games[edit]


  • Cyberspeed Unleashed (2011)
  • FortressCraft Credits (2011)
  • Reawakening (2012)


  1. ^ "List of TDK Amiga tracker modules". 
  2. ^ "Bafta Interactive Sound Winner in 2000". 2000. 
  3. ^ Nichol, David (2012-06-21). "An interview with Mark Knight". Track Time Audio. 
  4. ^ Beatitude (Media notes). Pepe Deluxé. Catskills Records. 2003. ASIN B0000AM6N8. 
  5. ^ Casanova (Media notes). The Divine Comedy. Setanta. 2001. ASIN B00003ZACC. 

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