This update will be pretty brief but I wanted to shout out a new colleague I’ve had the pleasure of working with – Sleepless Nights. His name is Jonny Adams and he’s a great guitarist, arranger and producer who’s also getting into video game scoring. Really nice guy as well! I heard his track, Fixation, in the music nerds group I mean Logic Pro Users group I’m a part of on Facebook. To say I loved it is an understatement! So I reached out to him to see if I could collaborate with him, just for fun! He checked out me and my work and agreed. So last Sunday, right before the storms hit Austin (and the rest of Texas) I recorded video and audio for him to use. The new updated version is here:


For those that don’t known what Synthwave is, check out this Wikipedia entry:

Synthwave (also called outrun, retrowave, or futuresynth[5]) is an electronic music microgenre that is based predominately on the music associated with action, science-fiction, and horror film soundtracks of the 1980s.[2] Other influences are drawn from that decade’s art and video games.[3] Synthwave musicians often espouse nostalgia for 1980s culture and attempt to capture the era’s atmosphere and celebrate it.[8]

The genre developed in the mid-to late 2000s through French house producers, as well as younger artists who were inspired by the 2002 video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. Other reference points included composers John Carpenter, Jean-Michel Jarre, Vangelis (especially his score for the 1982 film Blade Runner), and Tangerine Dream. Synthwave reached wider popularity after being featured in the soundtracks of the 2011 film Drive (which included some of the genre’s best-known songs) and the 2010s Netflix series Stranger Things.

I really dig doing this kind of music and hope you enjoy it as well. The cool graphics are also from: so be sure to go give him some love as well. That’s about it. Told you this one would be pretty short! Life is getting back to normal mostly for us here in TX, thank goodness! While the snow was beautiful, it’s great to have power, warmer temps and hopefully we’ll have potable water soon!


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: