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.
But 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.
In 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 his career.
As 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 soundtracks.
At 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.
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
Furthermore, 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 Orchestra.
In 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 2005.
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.
Also 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 world.
Since 2006, Fabian also
works together with Dynamedion as composer and sound designer
specifically for handheld video games.