Del Priore was born in 1978 and currently resides in Frankfurt,
Germany. He started composing on the Commodore C64, collected
synthesizers since he was very young and took private piano lessons
for over ten years. Also, he has become an established and critically
acclaimed tracker musician under the nickname of "Rapture",
hence the name of this website.
it was not before the age of 16 until his career as a professional
game musician started; After sending a demo tape to "Vision
Media", a German software developer and subsidiary of Chris
Huelsbeck's own company, Synsoniq Records, Fabian subsequently
became a freelance composer, arranger and sound designer at Chris'
company for computer- and video games.
the same year, still counting a mere 16 years of age, Fabian already
experienced his big breakthrough; he composed his first Computer
Game Soundtrack which was over 60 Minutes of CD Audio- and Midi
Music for Bluebyte's "Extreme Assault". Chris Huelsbeck
himself composed three additional tunes for the game. Being one
of the most well-known and best-selling Computer Games in 1997,
it gained excellent reviews with very high music and sound ratings
as well, which gave Fabian more than enough motivation to pursue
a consequence, Fabian was gradually involved in numerous video
and computer games and produced soundtracks for games like "Menateus",
the official computer game for the EXPO 2000 World Exhibition,
the award-winning "Cultures" Game Series including "Cultures
2 - The Gates of Asgard" and "Northland", "Cold
Zero - The Last Stand" by JoWooD, "Hotel Giant"
or "Chicago 1930" by Spellbound, to name a few. He has
since spent parts of the so-earned money on building a professional
midi / audio production studio where he is still working on game
the end of 1999, he met producer Thomas Böcker and it didn't
take long until they had the idea to create "Merregnon",
a world wide project where renowned composers from the computer
games and the demo music scene were invited to accompany characters
from an original fantasy story. They were asked to describe the
adventures and the surroundings of the characters through music
in orchestral style. The result of their work has been put together
on an exclusive CD which gained enormous international success.
In spring 2004, Merregnon Vol. 2 was released. During that work,
Fabian gained extensive knowledge and experience in writing scores
for symphony orchestras.
for Merregnon 2 he worked together with the New York Philharmonic,
Prague Symphony Orchestra and the Prague Philharmonic Choir already
at the age of 23 - the first live orchestra recordings for Merregnon
2 began in early 2002 which were the first live orchestra recordings
of their kind in Germany.
Fabian was musically involved in the first symphonic game music
concert in the world (outside of Japan), which was the opening
concert for the "Games Convention 2003", the biggest
trade show for computer and video games in Europe and took place
August 2003 in the famous Gewandhaus in Leipzig, Germany. Over
2.000 People, including press, television, media and audience,
visited the concert and gave it lots of rave reviews. Among many
other famous game compositions, Fabian composed and arranged two
music pieces for the concert, the first part of the Merregnon
2 Suite and The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker by Nintendo. The
concert was perfomed live by the well-known Czech National Symphony
the following year, the second Symphonic Game Music Concert took
place in Leipzig as part of the "Games Convention 2004"
opening ceremony, this time performed by the Prague FILMharmonic
Orchestra, where Fabian produced three music pieces: The Secret
of Monkey Island, a special Turrican 2 suite and Metal Gear Solid
and additionally worked as Synthesizer Programmer for the concert.
Fabian also arranged music for the Games Convention concert in
Janurary 2006, four school concerts, titled "Helden unserer
Phantasie" ("Heroes of our Imagination"), featuring
video game music were held in Germany, performed by the Neue Elbland
Philharmonie Orchestra. The "Merregnon Soundtrack - Volume
2 - Suite" (as performed at the GC Games Convention Concert
2003) with 4 minutes of music composed by Fabian was played at
all four concerts.
in 2006, the first worldwide video game concert tour, titled "PLAY!
A Video Game Symphony" was announced where Fabian works as
music arranger. Merregnon members such as Thomas Boecker, Fabian
Del Priore, Andy Brick and Jonne Valtonen are taking part in the
project. So far, PLAY! concerts have been announced for Chicago,
Stockholm, Philadelphia, Vienna (Virginia) and Toronto. The concert
tour was extended to 2007 and 2008 with concerts all over the
2006, Fabian also works together with Dynamedion as composer and
sound designer specifically for handheld video games.