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TWO NEW TRACKS RELEASED FOR SKATEBIRD!

It’s been a GOOD, long while since I’ve been able to release some of the new music I’ve been working on for SkateBIRD but that changed yesterday! Blue Streak and Pantone Tone were both released to my Youtube Channel and you can check them out below! SkateBIRD’s OST remains one of the most unique ventures I’ve taken on. It’s quirky, unique and a lot of fun. I’m enjoying taking so many sources of audio and sound, mashing and editing them all together while creating my own samples, recordings and melodies. I’ve also been able to hire several friends along the way to add in things like live trumpet or bass! To date, I’ve got ten songs done and am working on more. I’m so excited for the world to get to play around in the world of SkateBIRD. Enjoy these two tracks below!

Look for SkateBIRD to come out Q1 2021!

THE FROSTLANDS IS NOW RELEASED TOO!

As some of you are aware, I’m an active musician, arranger and producer on Materia Collective. It’s been a wonderful, fun journey over the past five years! Our most recent release is called FLAMESGRACE and it’s a tribute to Octopath Traveler. This is an outstanding game, which I first learned about while working on another cover from the game. Sean Schafianski is a friend and fellow saxophonist and he was kind enough to ask me to play the tenor sax melody and solo over his jazz arrangement of Therion the Thief. Check it out below:

This got me tuned in (pun intended) to the game’s music, which blew me away. What an amazing collection of songs with strong melodies, wonderful arrangements and sonic vistas. So when Materia Collective announced that their next album would be a tribute to Octopath Traveler, I KNEW I had to take part. I put together a proposal to do a big band setting of The Frostlands more in the vein of a pop ballad or Chicago because I didn’t want swing or jazz for this arrangement. I think it turned out great and hopefully you all do as well! Take a listen below!

You can stream the full album as well as purchase it here: https://bandcamp.materiacollective.com/album/flamesgrace-a-tribute-to-octopath-traveler. The variety of high polish of music on this entire album is quite inspiring and I’m very humbled to get to take part in it!

OTHER HAPPENINGS…

I’m also very pleased to say that the audio for that huge side project (the one I can’t really mention by name or such due to NDA) is DONE! It was a massive project – original music, sound design production, editing dialog and implementation of it all into Unity. Whew! So now it’s the waiting game. And I SUCK at waiting. But hopefully soon I’ll have some more specific info to share with you all. In the mean time, I’m enjoying getting back into a better work/life balance, watching Star Trek Discovery with my wife and hoping that this COVID madness ends soon. I hope that all of you are healthy, happy and safe!

WHO AM I?

Nate Madsen is a 15 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 SciPlay for 3+ 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/

Hey everyone! I’m super proud to announce that Epoch: A Tribute Chrono Trigger has now been released! You can stream and purchase the album here: https://materiacollective.bandcamp.com/album/epoch-a-tribute-to-chrono-trigger

Below is the track that Ryan Reilly and I arranged and produced. For those that don’t know how Materia albums work, each participate submits a track arrangement proposal and then the producer(s) behind that particular album select the proposals they feel would be the best fit and direction for the album as a whole. Our first proposal didn’t get selected so in that case we got to pick from any remaining tracks not selected yet. Burn! Bobonga wasn’t picked so Ryan and I took it on. To be completely honest, the original is a rather unique and difficult track to arrange, however I feel that Ryan and I did a good job of keeping the original vibe while expanding on some of its ideas and rhythms.

I also did some of the sound design featured in the opening track of the album:

I must confess…. I’ve never finished Chrono Trigger. I know, I know! (Dodges rotten fruit) I did play all of the way through Chrono Cross at least! But I do need to go back and give ol’ Chrono Trigger a full play through… at the very least to enjoy the excellent music it offers. And I’ve heard such good things about the story.

Finally I’m heading up to my alma mater Oklahoma Baptist University, to give three lectures on networking, working and living as a composer/sound designer in the video game industry. Aside from those things, still working on more tunes for Skatebird and doing other various freelancing for other projects that I can’t talk about publicly yet. And, of course, still at SciPlay. I hope all of you are doing well and not suffering as much from allergies as I am right now! 😛

WHO AM I?

Nate Madsen is a 14 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 SciPlay for 3 years and has been running Madsen Studios LLC since 2005. 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. He’s currently living in Austin, TX and his is favorite color is green. You can get in touch with him here: https://madsenstudios.com/contact/


Exile is Live!

Towards the end of 2018, I joined up with Materia Collective again to take part with a cover album paying tribute to Supergiant Games. The album, Exile: A Tribute to Supergiant Games, was released today. My idea was to take The Mancer’s Dilemma and rework it into a big band swing chart – renamed “The Mancer’s Swing.” If you’ve not played Bastion, Transistor or Pyre, you’re truly missing out! Bastion was a personal favorite of mine so I was really excited to see how I could twist and turn some of it’s themes into something new. I wanted to challenge myself and see how I could take The Mancer’s Dilemma and change it into this new setting. It wasn’t an easy task!

This was really a learning experience for me! While I’ve produced big band-ish tracks using virtual instruments, I’ve never coordinated so many live musicians and took on a project of this size and scope! Some of my approaches worked well and some of them provided great lessons for me to learn!

Huge props goes out to each of the musicians that helped bring this arrangement to life. I couldn’t have done it without their help (and wonderful patience with me):
Daniel Romberger: Trombone
Jeremy McCormick: Drums
John Robert Matz: Trumpet
John Stacy: Trumpet
Ken Crouch Crouch: Trumpet
Peter Jones: Trumpet
Sam Bobinski: Upright Bass
Sean Schafianskiski: Alto Saxophone
Trey Hodge: Guitar
Xale: Baritone Saxophone
And I did the Piano and Tenor Saxophone parts as well as the arrangement, production and mix of the track.

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 nearly 3 years and has been running Madsen Studios LLC since 2005. 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. He’s currently living in Austin, TX and his is favorite color is green. You can get in touch with him here: https://madsenstudios.com/contact/