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Skatebird

A bird… riding a skate board?

When Megan Fox of Glass Bottom Games approached me with her next game idea of a bird riding a skateboard, I was more than intrigued. It’s called Skatebird. Once I saw some of the gameplay and how cute the bird was skating around, doing grinds, a frontside or an ollie I knew this was something special. This is also the first time that Megan and I have stepped away from the chiptune fusion idea and, instead, are focused on low-fi hiphop meets jazz meets birdcalls. This was Megan’s idea and I think it’s brilliant! Combine voice over samples that give facts about birds mixed in with some bird calls on top of the music.

While still early in the process, this soundtrack is proving to be one of the most unique ventures I’ve taken so far in my career. Skatebird feels funny, cute, quirky and very interesting as well! The response so far has been very positive and I’m really excited to see how Skatebird turn out! So check out the full version of the track used in the teaser trailer – I hope you enjoy it!

WHO AM I?

Nate Madsen is a 13 year industry vet who’s worked in games, films, taught college courses and has performed and recorded in various settings on both piano and saxophone. He’s been with SGI for over two years and has been running Madsen Studios LLC since 2005. On the weekends he likes to be very still and watch the grass grow. And he’s considering taking up the bagpipes and really enjoys craft beer. He’s currently living in Austin, TX and his is favorite color is green. You can get in touch with me here: https://madsenstudios.com/contact/

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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!

Get in touch!

Wanna chat with me about your audio needs? Curious about what my favorite dessert is? Wanna challenge me at a round in Rocket League! Get in touch!

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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