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Biographical Sketch

George Alistair Sanger, also known as “The Fat Man”, was born on December 14, 1957. Since 1983, Sanger (and his band of collaborators, Team Fat) has contributed music, sound effects, voice, and atmospheric pieces for over 250 videogames, including such notable titles as Loom, Wing Commander I and II, The 7th Guest, NASCAR Racing, Putt Putt Saves the Zoo, Ultima Worlds of Adventure: Martian Dreams and Tanarus. Sanger became the first musician accepted into the National Recording Academy based on his work in videogames, he serves on the board of advisors for Game Developer Magazine and Full Sail’s Game Development Degree program, and he hosts two annual conferences, Project BBQ (for interactive audio) and Project Horseshoe (for game design). All of these accomplishments, as well as his pioneering work in MIDI and sound card standards and technology, is detailed in Sanger’s 2003 book, The Fat Man on Game Audio: Tasty Morsels of Sonic Goodness.

Scope and Content Note

Collection includes papers, sound recordings, correspondence, videogames (published and un-published), press clippings, drawings, photographs, appointment books, conference programs, publications, and artifacts that document Sanger’s career in music and videogames. The materials date back to his mobile reel-to-reel recording service that Sanger (pre-Fat Man) operated in the Los Angeles area, and it illustrates many phases of his career from then to his success with Team Fat for such games as The 7th Guest and Wing Commander, as well as his FatLabs work with MIDI and sound card technology.

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