One of the 8-bit computing scene’s most talented musicians has sadly passed away, leaving a legacy that includes The Last Ninja and Trap.Game review: Fist Of The North Star: Lost Paradise is a very odd mash-up
The retro gaming scene has lost one of its most celebrated figures, with news that British composer Ben Daglish has died at the age of just 52.
Daglish worked on various 8 and 16-bit computer formats, including the Sinclair ZX Spectrum, Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, and Commodore Amiga.
His best known work was for the Commodore 64 game The Last Ninja, which he created in conjunction with Anthony Lees, but he also worked on many other classic soundtracks, including Trap, 720°, Switchblade, Deflektor, Death Witch 3, MASK III: Venom Strikes Back, and The Vikings.
No matter the quality of the games themselves, Daglish’s music was often a highlight and gamers at the time would often play them just to listen to the soundtrack.
Daglish was also notable for embracing the modern chiptune fan community, many of whom discovered his music without ever having played the games they were originally from. He would also often attend fan events and play his music live for fans.
Daglish’s wife Sarah confirmed the news via Facebook and issued the following short statement:
‘For those of you who don’t already know I’m deeply sorry to pass on the news that Ben died very suddenly on Monday morning. We know that it will come as a shock to many of you as it has to us. We are all at home feeling loved and supported, and our thoughts are with all of you who knew, loved, got irritated by and were lucky enough to have a little bit of his magic in your lives.’