ASCENSION IS OUT!
I just released my first single called Ascension! About two weekends ago I was playing around in the studio and hit upon a neat sound/texture. I was taking a piano felt sound and then pushing it through several different guitar pedals to create a synth-like sound that had a ton of vibe and mood. While improvising with this sound, I found a little hook which sounds like this:
You see, every time I get a new suite of sounds and/or plug-ins, I create a new Logic session and usually name it “Messing Around with [Insert new plug-in/sound name here]. That’s how I came up with this song. This approach is great because your energy level is already higher than normal because you’re excited to dig into the new gear/sounds! You can’t help but become inspired! Back to my story – so I landed on this cool sound and came up with a riff that was, IMO, evocative. I decided to dig in a bit more and kept working on it. A day or so later, I had the full song done but it was 100% MIDI. I decided to call for some back up.
BRINGING IN LIVE MUSICIANS
Any time you get to work with live musicians, it’s a real treat! I’m not a huge name composer, so it’s still a unique and novel thing for me as most of my stuff is virtual. I may have a part or two played in by a live player but rarely does that ratio meet 50% or higher. For this track, which was still just named “Messing Around with Noire” (Noire is the new piano library playing that main riff.) I decided to include: Violin, Cello, Classical Guitar, Electric Guitar, Bass, Drums. This meant that most of the track was being played by live musicians! I kept some of my mocked up drums for accents as well as all of my synth related stuff and let these great musicians fill in the rest.
To fill the ranks I went to Fiverr, a website where I freelance as a remote saxophonist and educator. I was able to find everything I needed and the results were spectacular! I decided to name the song “Ascension” and, to me, it conveys a mixture of beauty, hope, sadness, mystery and ethereal wonder.
Here’s the song and I hope you enjoy it! (Here’s my hyper follow link if you wanna know where else you can stream/buy the Ascension single.)
These fine people helped me make Ascension happen:
Violin: Julia Stein
Cello – Carolina Teruel
Classical Guitar – Carolina Diez
Guitar – Jonny Adams
Bass – Dan G Bass
Drums – Glenn Welman
Synths – Nathan Madsen
Composed, Produced and Mixed by Nathan Madsen
Artwork by kmdesignz
All of these folks but Jonny Adams are on Fiverr. Jonny is an amazing guitarist, composer and producer and we’ve worked together on some of his Sleepless Nights stuff.
I plan on doing more of these singles and who knows… maybe this will become a full album at some point.
I’m very pleased to say that the SkateBIRD soundtrack is DONE! I had an internal goal of 15-20 tracks but ended up with a total of 24! 53 minutes of music for the game. My longest OST to date. I’ve been releasing a track here and there and stay tuned (no pun intended) for when the full OST as well as the game get released! In the mean time, here’s a recent track that I put out on them internets:
There are 13 of the 24 songs out right now. More will be coming out as time goes on. Check out this playlist for all of the currently released SkateBIRD tracks.
I’ve been a bit distracted and not as good as I wanted at releasing vlogs. But there have been some new episodes released. This is from mid-February where we had a MASSIVE snowstorm for TX and lost power and water for a good bit.
And this last one is from yesterday… where the weather was MUCH warmer (thank goodness!):
THAT’S ABOUT IT.
Sadly, I still can’t talk about that big project from 2020. Unfortunately some of the COVID restrictions are causing more delays but once those are lifted and I can finally discuss things. Aside from lots of work, I’m down 40 lbs due to some serious dieting and working out. Check out DietBet to learn more about what I’ve been doing! It’s WELL worth it! Lots of fun too! It’s a great program that I believe in and have had some great success with.
I hope you’re doing well and staying healthy as well as safe!
WHO AM I?
Nate Madsen is a 15 year industry vet who’s work has been in games, films, taught college courses and has also performed and recorded in various settings on both piano and saxophone. He’s been with SciPlay for 4+ years and has been running Madsen Studios LLC since 2005. Some of his freelance projects include SkateBird as well as providing sound design, mixing and mastering audio FUNimation anime trailers. On the weekends he likes to be very still and watch the grass grow. He’s considering taking up the bagpipes and really enjoys craft beer. There’s also the chocolate addiction and the Dad jokes collection. He’s currently living in Austin, TX and his is favorite color is green. He’s also trying to increase the number of push ups he can do at one time. You can get in touch with him here: https://madsenstudios.com/contact/