Mazedude

Members
  • Content count

    230
  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Days Won

    13

1 Follower

About Mazedude

  • Rank
    Heroes vs. Villains Co-Director
  • Birthday 10/26/1980

Profile Information

  • Gender
    Male
  • Location
    Liverpool, NY
  • Interests
    Game music, Capoeira, cooking, taking care of my beautiful wife and daughter

Contact Methods

  • Website URL
    http://www.mazedude.com
  • AIM
    Mazedude

Converted

  • Biography
    Christopher Getman has been making music via the handle "Mazedude" since 1995, with a focus on video game music arrangements since 2001. In the years since, Mazedude has made a name for himself via Overclocked Remix, the Bad Dudes, various guest artist releases across a wide variety of arranged albums, and even some video game soundtracks.

    He has a passion for crafting remixes that honor American game composers, as well as a distinct desire to fuse genres in ways never before heard.
  • Real Name
    Christopher Lee Getman
  • Occupation
    Digital Communications Specialist
  • Facebook ID
    546521208
  • Twitter Username
    Mazedude
  • PlayStation Network ID
    Mazedude

Artist Settings

  • Collaboration Status
    2. Maybe; Depends on Circumstances
  • Software - Digital Audio Workstation (DAW)
    Pro Tools
  • Composition & Production Skills
    Arrangement & Orchestration
    Mixing & Mastering
    Synthesis & Sound Design
  1. New Album: Sound the Clarion Call

    Just bought it on Bandcamp. Congrats man.
  2. April Fool's Gold

    I actually wrote an e-mail to DJP about the site crash. I was very concerned.
  3. David Wise appreciation thread

    Huge nostalgia for me is Battletoads in Battlemaniacs. Have yet to finish a remix for it yet, but still... Couple years back I actually had a chance to meet and hang out with David Wise at MAGFest. And, it totally slipped my mind at the time that I'd remixed work of his from Slalom, Wizards & Warriors, DKC2, DKC3... ah well. The way he puts it, he doesn't really remember a lot of that really early work anyways, heh.
  4. American Pixels wins a SAMMY

    Hey all; just wanted to share some pretty cool news, for everyone here who didn't see the buzz on Facebook. This past Friday, my hometown of Syracuse held their annual "Syracuse Area Music Awards," also known as the SAMMYS. Local artists were celebrated per albums released during the previous year. Considering my remix project of American Pixels was launched last January, and I crafted it in Syracuse, I was nominated. I'm blessed to be able to announce that I actually won the award for "Best Electronica," and was able to use the platform to showcase the world of video game remixing (and game music in general) to a whole new audience! It was awesome to be honored where I grew up, but it was doubly cool to take game music to a place that typically focuses on rock, jazz, and folk, ya know? It was a fun night.
  5. MnP 88: Maniac Mansion - Dave's Theme

    If I wasn't so slammed this week, I'd put something together. Sorry; between the job, the family, church events, and a side music gig (with tight deadlines, but it's really cool, more info to come later), my hands are full. Hopefully you get some last minute love coming your way though!
  6. MnP 88: Maniac Mansion - Dave's Theme

    Wow! I doubt I have time to participate, unfortunately, but I'm thrilled to see Maniac Mansion getting some love. This is a great theme, lots of nostalgia for me. I spent so many hours playing this game, really loved that there were multiple ways to beat it. (And not to make this about me, but I did offer up two Maniac Mansion remixes on American Pixels, ya know, https://mazedude.bandcamp.com/album/american-pixels, nudge nudge wink wink. Maybe I should get one of them on OCR, eh?) In some long lost Overclocked After Dark podcast, I also spoke at length about how this soundtrack needs more remixing. That said, I'm really looking forward to hearing the outcome of this!
  7. Too many projects in general

    Not sure if this tidbit of advice will help, but here's how I finished American Pixels. That was a 5+ year project, tons of excitement at the front-end, and then it turned into... work. And here's the problem, I have a family and a full-time job, so I kept hitting the snag where I'd work all day, spend time with the family, have a pocket of free time at night, and then... not have any energy left. That, or there'd be this sense of "yay, I have time to work on music... and oh no, I feel obligated to work on that project and I'm really not in the mood..." So, that happened over and over, and occasionally I'd have a magic day off (holiday, whatever) where I'd get a wonderful 4 hours in a row to myself... and during those moments, I could tap into the creative juices and get it going again... but man, those little magical windows were rare. Like, once every few months rare. It got really frustrating seeing an album inch to completion in those sporadic bursts. The answer for me: wake up earlier. I'd set my alarm for 4:30am, be in my studio by 5am, and get in a solid hour, hour and a half every morning. My brain wasn't yet tired from the day job, I was rested and fresh, and the stuff that seemed like work before now seemed fun again. And, it actually helped my happiness level, so even though I was sleepy, I was giddy at work considering the progress I made in the early morning hours. And then I just had to ride and chase that feeling until things were done. It was tough to get started, but then it became strangely addicting.
  8. OverClocked ReTreat

    Semi-interested. I miss hanging out with you guys, and at MAGFest (every three years or so when I get to go) I feel like my hangout time with OCR folks is divided up amongst hanging out with other groups of peeps, so it's never as in-depth as it should be. My availability is quite limited, but keep me in the loop regardless, maybe it'll work out where I can get away for a few days.
  9. Ads on OC ReMix YouTube Channel

    Sure, I give consent too. The above is well written and you guys have supported me in the past too, so, it's all good. Go for it.
  10. A thank you to the community

    It's a bit crazy, isn't it? Last time I met up with a djpretzel we both had that moment of "let's see, we've known each other... how many years now? OVER 15?!" A few of us insane ones from back then are still puttering and releasing new tracks too, and I'm one of 'em, so I guess on behalf of the OCR veterans... you're welcome. The really awesome part is how many guys from this community have gone on to become actual game composers and are now making a living doing it. I'm not personally among those ranks - I found I'm a much better remixer than a composer - but just look at Big Giant Circles, Zircon... in fact right now I'm checking out the preview to Wilbert Roget's Call of Duty WW2 soundtrack! It's a cool feeling, being proud of your friends and their accomplishments. It's certainly an awesome community for that.
  11. So very glad you like it! In a fun twist, this is what I got back from the original composer: -- "Thank you so much for taking the time and energy to do such a wonderful remix! I thoroughly enjoyed the new approach from start to finish. I am humbled and grateful that you honored one of my favorite compositions in such a beautiful way." ~ Aubrey Hodges, Quest for Glory IV Composer -- Very nice to know that in answering what seemed like one request, I actually honored multiple wishes all at once. Oh, and if anyone cares to read the extended write-up and listen to the reference/inspiration material, I have it now at http://www.mazedude.com/remixes/space-garden
  12. I'd say... I wish he challenged us more. So much of the music was just too easy. When he threw some of the more complex John Williams stuff at us, I was a happy camper. The magical day he introduced unusual time signatures, I was blown away. 7/8 and 5/8 gypsy music, played by a high school band, now that was something special. I also got quickly bored with the old-timey Sousa material, the showtunes, the Wagner operatic stuff, and so on. Weaving movie music into the mix helped a lot; the high school band renditions of Jurassic Park and Star Wars were pretty cool. And I absolutely loved playing the Olympics theme. There's a piece floating around out there that I played in college that was really epic too, I believe it was called "Mutanza." Edit: aha, I found it, by James Curnow; perhaps a bit long and difficult for high school, but man, this was FUN to play:
  13. Looking for remix for piano

    Alright, so this is by no means an official sheet music release - in fact there are various bugs and errors in this PDF that were fixed on the fly during the album recording - but if you're just looking for more fun stuff to play and want to take a crack at my Skyrim arrangement, here it is. It'll be a bit odd and empty in places if you're playing it without the chiptune counterpoint, but have at it. http://www.mazedude.com/vg_remixes/Dragonborn_Piano_Concerto_v2.pdf Enjoy!
  14. Looking for remix for piano

    I wrote a piano + chiptune solo for my latest album; if you dig it, I probably wouldn't mind letting someone else take a crack at performing it. http://www.mazedude.com/remixes/dragonborn-concerto https://mazedude.bandcamp.com/track/dragonborn-concerto-from-the-elder-scrolls-v-skyrim Let me know what you think!
  15. Well this is funny, I'm a regular at OCR but I'm only just finding this post... and interestingly enough, I have an obligation to deliver a Quest for Glory remix or two due to the "commission a remix" pledge level I offered during my Kickstarter campaign that also happened around this time last year. I have some choices of tracks to arrange, including: Erana's Peace (QFG1) Erana's Pool (QFG3) Erana's Garden (QFG4) @aubreyhodges, if you're reading this, is there a chance I could get MIDIs for just those tracks? That would save me some time trying to decipher these fairly long originals, heh. Shoot them over to production@mazedude.com if that's a possibility, and before long there will be even more American homages under my belt. (The Kickstarter was for my recent album release "American Pixels" in which American composers were honored by way of remix; more info here: http://www.mazedude.com/projects/american-pixels. In turn, the commission requests were all for tracks also developed by American composers, such as yourself.)