Mark Knight

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Mark Knight
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Handle(s) TDK (The Dark Knight) / madfiddler
Comments Since leaving Codemasters, he's now set up his own game audio development company, SONiC Fuel and has also been releasing, and performing, demoscene and chiptune music using the electric violin live.

Mark Alan Knight (born 8 January 1973), also known as TDK and Madfiddler, is a British musician, video game music composer and sound designer. He started out writing chiptune and module file music in the Amiga demoscene, and began his games industry career as a composer in 1992. He continued until 2000 when he moved to sound design, and since 2014 has had a split role as a sound designer and composer.


Born in Brighton, East Sussex in England on 8 January 1973, his grandfather started teaching him the violin when he was 6. At 10 years old he was given a Commodore 64 home computer and took an interest in electronic music. Whilst studying in college he began writing music on the Amiga, releasing music within the demoscene. Having been refused a university place to study Music Production in 1992, he was given the opportunity to arrange the Wing Commander soundtrack to the Commodore Amiga home computer which led him to full-time employment with the developer 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.

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". 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, The Divine Comedy, 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.

In 2015 Knight announced his return to video game composition with F1 2015. and in January 2016 was nominated for Best Western Game Composer, 2015, at the Annual Game Music Awards.

Knight resigned from Codemasters the day F1 2017 launched and is now running his Audio Production company, SONiC FUEL, full time.

He contributed demo-music and patches to the Commodore 64 SID chip emulator, inSIDious, from Impact Soundworks in 2020

Personal life

Knight lives in Warwickshire, England.


Video games

Year Title Notes
1992 Guy Spy and the Crystals of Armageddon
Wing Commander Amiga version
Outlander SNES version
1993 Mario's Time Machine
Alfred Chicken With David Whittaker
Pierre le Chef is... Out to Lunch
Evasive Action
Liberation: Captive 2
Overkill/Lunar C
Out to Lunch
Sim Life
1994 DragonLore
Sim City 2000
Battletoads Amiga version
1995 Cyberspeed
1996 Supersonic Racers
Warhammer: Shadow of the Horned Rat With James Hannigan
MegaRace 2 Special thanks
1997 Duke Nukem: Total Meltdown
1998 Populous: The Beginning
Theme Park World
Warhammer: Dark Omen
1999 Dungeon Keeper 2
2000 Formula One 2000
Formula One 2000 CE
Superbikes 2000
2001 Formula One 2001
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Quake 3: Revolution Audio Production
2002 Formula One 2002 Sound design
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Additional Sound Design and Dialogue Editing
Shox Technical Audio Lead
2003 Formula One 2003
Harry Potter: Quidditch World Cup
F1 Career Challenge Audio lead
2004 Sudeki Sound design
2007 Crysis
The Witcher
2008 Metal Gear Solid Mobile
So Blonde
Race Driver: GRID Audio lead
2009 Colin McRae: DiRT 2 Lead Audio Designer
F1 2009
2010 F1 2010 Audio Lead
2011 F1 2011
DiRT 3 Lead Audio Designer
Dizzy Prince of the Yolkfolk
FortressCraft With Arjan Kroes
2012 DiRT Showdown Audio Group Lead
F1 2012
F1 Race Stars Group Lead Audio Designer
2013 GRID 2 Audio engineer
Colin McRae Rally Special thanks
F1 2013 Audio Group Lead
2014 F1 2014
GRID Autosport
Toybox Turbos
2015 F1 2015 Audio Group Lead and Composer
Dirt Rally Group Lead Audio Designer
Overlord: Fellowship of Evil With Michiel van den Bos
D/Generation HD
2016 F1 2016 Principal Audio Designer and Composer
Shadow Warrior 2 Instrumentalists & Vocals
Micro Machines
2017 F1 2017
Flight Sim World
2019 NASCAR Heat 4
2020 NASCAR Heat 5 Uncredited use of 2019 audio
Unreleased Carmageddon TV
Mario's Mission Earth
Road Rash

Music releases

  • Cyberspeed Unleashed (2011)
  • FortressCraft Credits (2011)
  • Reawakening (2012)
  • D/Generation HD (2015)
  • Project Hubbard: Escape to New Rob (2019)
  • ME! (2019)
  • Retrospect (2020)

Violin sessions

  • 4-4-2 – Come on England
  • Bjørn Lynne – The Gods Awaken
  • C64Audio – Back in Time 3
  • Frost* – The Dividing Line
  • Frost* – Falling Satellites
  • James J Turner – How Could We Be Wrong?
  • Ian Livingstone – Big Fat Gypsy Weddings
  • K-Passa – Born Again
  • Michał Cielecki - Shadow Warrior 2
  • Pepe Deluxe – Beatitude
  • Press Play on Tape – Home Computer
  • SilverDogs – SilverDogs
  • The Divine Comedy – Casanova
  • The Giallos Flame – House at the Edge of the Dark
  • This Morning Call – Deserted
  • Tomorrows Ancestor – Live at Stainsby
  • Tricks Upon Travellers – The Last Fish Supper
  • Tricks Upon Travellers – Where the Skeletons Dance
  • Tricks Upon Travellers – Acoustic Live and Uncut

Music in the UnExoticA collection


Game Comments Year Team / Publisher
Alfred Chicken (AGA) 1993 Twilight / Mindscape
Alfred Chicken (CD³²) 1993 Twilight / Mindscape
D/Generation (AGA) 1993 Mindscape / Mindscape
Guy Spy and the Crystals of Armageddon Ingame 1992 ReadySoft / ReadySoft
Liberation - Captive II 1993 Mindscape / Mindscape
Pierre Le Chef is Out to Lunch 1994 Mindscape / Mindscape
Overkill & Lunar-C (CD³²) CD³² Boot Menu 1993 Digisoft Australia / Mindscape International
Wing Commander 1990 Origin Systems / Origin Systems


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