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Buzzopoly (big band)

Buzzopoly features some of the big band music I composed while working at Beecave Games. Driving drums, walkin’ bass lines, a soaring sax solo, punching brass stabs combined with scatting vocals make this an energetic and fun song!

The backstory

In my opinion, creating big band music with virtual instruments is extremely hard. Part of this is due to the large amount of inflections and articulations big band music requires. Another aspect is trying to create the interplay and give-and-take that live jazz ensembles do while performing. The rhythm section is responding to each other while also responding to the ensemble or solo player. Likewise, the brass and wind instruments are responding to each other as well as the rhythm section. It’s a very organic and fluid thing! To try and create that when being just one person working with 90% virtual instruments can be quite challenging. It can also be quite fun! To be honest, I’m not crazy about my singing voice – never have been. But it gets the job done and it was what I had to work with considering the budget and schedule constraints. All music and vocals are by Nathan Madsen. Final mix and mastering were done by Beecave Games audio director, Greg Allen. I hope you enjoy it!

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Sometimes…

… you just need to unwind by playing an old jazz standard on piano. And that’s exactly what I did. Taken with my cell phone, so it’s not studio quality audio/video but I think the playing’s pretty decent. Hopefully you do too! 😛

I teach private piano and saxophone, should you be interested.

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Hot Tin Roof Game & Soundtrack Released!

Here’s a unique soundtrack: chiptune jazz. Trust me, it’s hard to make 8-bit samples swing! But I think the outcome was pretty successful. But don’t take my word for it, take the soundtrack out for a spin.

And check out the game itself: http://www.glassbottomgames.com/projects/hot-tin-roof/

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Dreaming of Summer

I started this track a few weeks ago when it was about 2 degrees outside and snowing hard. It was released yesterday when it was quite a bit warmer, 30 degrees, but still snowing. So yeah, many of us are looking forward to summer! I’m on the tenor sax, Ken McGill is on trumpet/fluegelhorn and Travis Vance is on bass. Composition and production by me. I hope you enjoy it!

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CFC Benefit Concert: 2-25-12

 
I’ll be joining Erya on stage to help promote CFC (Cops Fighting Cancer) this coming Saturday Feb. 25th. Show starts at 7PM. Come hear some great music, enjoy yummy drinks and food and support this great cause! To hear some of the music we’ll be playing jump on over to: http://www.eryamusic.com/fr_home.cfm