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Huelsbeck's music career started at age 17, when he entered a music competition in the German 64'er magazine, taking first prize with his composition 'Shades'. He took a job in music production with the company Rainbow Arts. In 1986, Huelsbeck released the SoundMonitor program for Commodore 64 computer. The program was released as a type-in listing in the German computer magazine 64'er. Discover Nintendo Switch, the video game system you can play at home or on the go. Plus, get the latest games and news on the official Nintendo site.

Background information
Birth nameChristopher Hülsbeck
Born2 March 1968 (age 53)
OriginKassel, West Germany
GenresElectronica, video game music
Years active1986–present
WebsiteOfficial website

Christopher Hülsbeck (born 2 March 1968), known internationally as Chris Huelsbeck, is a German video game music composer.


Huelsbeck's music career started at age 17, when he entered a music competition in the German 64'er magazine, taking first prize with his composition 'Shades'.[1][2] He took a job in music production with the company Rainbow Arts.[2]

In 1986, Huelsbeck released the SoundMonitor program for Commodore 64 computer. The program was released as a type-in listing in the German computer magazine 64'er. This program, featuring the idea of notation data rolling from down to up, is assumed[who?] to have a significant influence on Karsten Obarski's Ultimate Soundtracker (1987) which was a starting point for the still continuing tradition of tracker music programs.[3]

Huelsbeck has written soundtracks for more than 70 titles, the latest being Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams. Many of his scores for the Commodore 64 are regarded as classics among enthusiasts today, most notably The Great Giana Sisters. He is best known for the soundtracks to the Turrican series of games.

He also created a music replay routine for the Amiga called TFMX — 'The Final Musicsystem eXtended', which features more musically-oriented features than rival Soundtracker, such as logarithmic pitch-bends, sound macros and individual tempos for each track.[citation needed]

His music from Apidya, Turrican 2, Turrican 3 and The Great Giana Sisters was performed live at the Symphonic Game Music Concert series in Leipzig, Germany between 2003–2007, conducted by Andy Brick. On 23 August 2008 his music was performed at Symphonic Shades, a concert dedicated to his work exclusively. The WDR Radio Orchestra and a choir performed classics such as The Great Giana Sisters, Turrican, R-Type and others in Cologne, Germany conducted by Arnie Roth. On 19 March 2009 it was announced that Arnie Roth will conduct the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra at the concert Sinfonia Drammatica in the Konserthuset Stockholm. Taking place on 4 August 2009, the concert combined performances of Huelsbeck's Symphonic Shades, with selections from drammatica by Yoko Shimomura.[4]


  • 1991 Shades[5]
  • 1992 To be on Top[6]
  • 1992 Apidya
  • 1993 Turrican Soundtrack
  • 1994 Native Vision - Easy life (single)
  • 1994 Rainbows
  • 1995 Super Turrican 2
  • 1995 Sound Factory
  • 1997 Tunnel B1 Soundtrack
  • 1997 Extreme Assault soundtrack
  • 1998 Peanuts feat. Doc. Schneider - Leben betrügt (single)
  • 2000 Bridge from the past to the future (released at MP3.com)
  • 2000 Collage (released at MP3.com)
  • 2000 Merregnon Soundtrack, Volume 1
  • 2001 Chris Hülsbeck in the Mix (released by ZYX Music)
  • 2004 Merregnon Soundtrack, Volume 2 (English and Japanese edition)
  • 2007 Number Nine
  • 2008 Symphonic Shades
  • 2013 Turrican Soundtrack Anthology (Volumes 1-4)[7]
  • 2015 The Piano Collection
  • 2017 25 Years - Turrican II The Orchestral Album by Chris Huelsbeck[8]


  • Active Soccer (iOS, PC, MacOS)
  • Adrift in a Cobalt Eternity (PC)
  • Adventures of Quik & Silva (Amiga, PC)
  • Apidya (Amiga)
  • Apprentice (Amiga)
  • Bad Cat (C64)
  • Battle Isle (Amiga, PC) (main title music)
  • The Baby of Can Guru (C64)
  • Bubsy: The Woolies Strike Back (PC, PS4)
  • Bundesliga Manager: Hattrick (Amiga, PC)
  • Caribbean Disaster (Amiga, PC)
  • The Carl Lewis Challenge (Amiga, Atari ST, PC)
  • Circus Attractions (Amiga)
  • Cristoph Kolumbus (PC)
  • Danger Freak (Amiga, C64)
  • Denny (Amiga) (unreleased)
  • Down at the trolls (C64)
  • Doctor Who: Legacy (Android, Browser, iOS)
  • Dulcedo Cogitationis (C64)
  • Eddy & Co: Das Eismann-Spiel (PC)
  • Extreme Assault (PC)
  • Gem'X (Amiga, Atari ST, C64)
  • Super Gem'X (Amiga, PC) (unreleased)
  • GeoDrop (iOS)
  • Grand Monster Slam (Amiga)
  • The Great Giana Sisters (C64)
  • Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams (PC, PS3, PS4, X360, XBOne, WiiU, Switch)
  • Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams - Rise of the Owlverlord (iOS, PC, PS3, PS4, X360, XBOne, WiiU, Switch)
  • Hard 'n' Heavy (C64)
  • Hexuma (Amiga)
  • Hollywood Poker Pro (Amiga, C64)
  • Jim Power in Mutant Planet (Amiga, Atari ST, PCE CD)
  • Jim Power: The Lost Dimension in 3-D (PC, MD/Gen, SNES)
  • Jinks (C64)
  • Katakis/Denaris (Amiga, C64)
  • Kubrik (iOS, Wii)
  • Leona's Tricky Adventures (AmigaOS, DC, PC)
  • L&M Adventure: Sunny shine on the funny side of life (Amiga)
  • Madness (C64)
  • Mad News (Amiga, PC)
  • Master Blazer (Amiga)
  • MenaTeus (PC)
  • M.U.D.S. – Mean Ugly Dirty Sport (Amiga, PC)
  • NUREN: The New Reinassance (Oculus, PC)
  • Oxxonian (Amiga, C64)
  • Planet of War (C64)
  • P.T.C. (Amiga)
  • Quik and Silva (Amiga)
  • R-Type (Amiga, C64, iOS) (intro music)
  • Rock 'n Roll (Amiga)
  • Runsters on the run! (Android, Browser, iOS)
  • Seawasp (Android)
  • Sky Fighter (Amiga, Atari ST)
  • StarBall (Amiga, C64) (intro music)
  • Star Wars Episode I: Battle for Naboo (N64, PC)
  • Star Wars: Rogue Squadron (N64, PC)
  • Star Wars Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader (GC)
  • Star Wars Rogue Squadron III: Rebel Strike (GC)
  • Shades (C64 demo)
  • Space Rat Xplode! (MacOS, PC)
  • Star Trek: Infinite Space (Browser) (unreleased)
  • Story Hour: Adventures (Wii)
  • Story Hour: Fairy Tales (Wii)
  • SubSolar (iOS)
  • To be on top (C64)
  • Tunnel B1 (PC, PS1, Saturn)
  • Turrican (Amiga)
  • Turrican II: The Final Fight (Amiga)
  • Mega Turrican/Turrican 3: Payment Day (Amiga, MD/Gen)
  • Super Turrican (SNES)
  • Super Turrican 2 (SNES)
  • Typherra: Colonial Patrol (PC) (unreleased)
  • The War of the Worlds (PC, PS3, X360)
  • X: Beyond the Frontier (PC)
  • X-Out (Amiga)
  • Z-Out (Amiga)
  • ZombieSmash! (iOS)

[9][10][11]'Chris Huelsbeck Productions'. Chris Huelsbeck Productions. Archived from the original on 10 December 2014. Retrieved 28 December 2014.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)</ref>

Additional work[edit]

  • Ball Blazer Champions (PS1) (SFX)
  • B.C. Kid (Amiga) (Sound Support)
  • DeathTrap (Amiga) (SFX)
  • Emergency: Fighters for Life (PC) (SFX)
  • HB Race Game (Amiga) (Music conversion)
  • Indiana Jones' Greatest Adventures (MD/Gen) (unreleased) (Additional conversions)
  • Indiana Jones and the Infernal Machine (N64) (Music conversion)
  • International Superstar Soccer Deluxe (MD/Gen) (Music / SFX conversion)
  • Jaguar XJ220 (SNES) (unreleased) (Music conversion)
  • Journey to the center of the earth (C64) (SFX)
  • Lair (PS3) (Music editing / Voice line editing / Implementation)
  • Perry Rhodan: Operation Eastside (PC) (SFX)
  • Resident Evil 2 (N64) (Music conversion)
  • Targa (SNES) (unreleased) (Additional Sounds)
  • The Secret of Monkey Island (Music conversion)


  1. ^64'er 6/86, p. 173
  2. ^ ab'Chris Hülsbeck'. Next Generation. Imagine Media (3): 53. March 1995.
  3. ^Droege, Joerg. 'Video Interview with Chris Huelsbeck'. Scene World Magazine. Retrieved 2015-04-26.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^'Game Music Online Home - Game Music Online'. Game Music Online. Archived from the original on 20 June 2013. Retrieved 28 December 2014.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^https://chrishuelsbeck.bandcamp.com/album/shades
  6. ^https://chrishuelsbeck.bandcamp.com/album/to-be-on-top
  7. ^'Turrican Soundtrack Anthology seeks Kickstarter funding'. Retrieved 28 December 2014.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^'25 Years - Turrican II The Orchestral Album'. Retrieved 15 November 2016.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^https://www.huelsbeck.com/credits
  10. ^https://chrishuelsbeck.bandcamp.com/track/theme-from-battle-isle
  11. ^https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000S55Y1M/
  12. ^https://www.huelsbeck.com/credits

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Chris Hülsbeck.
  • Artist profile at OverClocked ReMix
  • Chris Huelsbeck discography at MusicBrainz
Retrieved from 'https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Chris_Huelsbeck&oldid=1018500238'

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