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Formerly Manmademusic. I've made many kinds of music over 15 years. Big gamer, husband, and father. Part of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. My album Aphelion is on Spotify, Amazon, etc. PM me for projects

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Posted by Stargame - May 16th, 2021


Been a few months, and music production has slowed significantly, being replaced instead with consistent daily practice and musical studies. I've been disatissfied for some time with my musical skills - 15 years of self education and I still am producing at only an above-average amateur level. I finally invested in online courses with Producertech, which is fantastically cheap and WONDERFULLY informative, and I'm practicing playing my instruments with Melodics, which is also equally fantastic. It's like playing DanceDanceRevolution for drums, finger pads, or piano, so practice is significantly less laborious - the twelve-year drum practice deficit is much faster and easier to overcome. The yearly subscriptions for both are so inexpensive compared to college or formal, one-on-one lessons, and I find that for me, they work incredibly well. I highly recommend both for anyone wanting to increase both knowledge and skills with music production.


I finally obtained an electronic drum kit after dreaming of picking up the sticks again for over 12 years, and I finally have a decent enough MIDI keyboard that I can practice playing piano with it. My goal this year is just to practice and learn as much as physically and emotionally possible - I want to come out of this year ready to hammer out new tracks, with the performance skill to make new material far more easily than ever before. It is extremely busy doing this on top of caring for three kids, marriage, working full time, doing part-time college for said work, and attending to religious duties. Right now my days off, such as today, are becoming wonderful days of rest from these incredibly challenging labors. It's nice, because doing all of these things requires so much of me, and yet I feel so deeply fulfilled knowing that I am giving these important efforts my all. I'll be able look back on this time of my life in the future with few regrets. That's worth more than all the hardship I can bear.


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Posted by Stargame - December 5th, 2020


I'm really pleased with how things have been going musically. I finally finished a second song in a month again, and I feel like I've got momentum once more. Playing Hollow Knight has been especially inspiring - I freaking love that game, and am already hard at work on a second original piece inspired by it, this time with much more synth work. I'm thinking of doing a 3 song EP and calling it "Hollow", but the fact is that the game is so awesome I may do more than that. We'll see how it goes.


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Posted by Stargame - November 18th, 2020


So psyched to have finished my song inspired by Hollow Knight :D out of the 24 songs I intended to make this year, that one comes out at number 13, so I'm definitely behind on my production goals xD by the end of the year I should have at least 16 done, so I'll have a bit less catch up to do than anticipated.


I'm really proud of "The Hollow Knight", and it makes me think I ought to produce more orchestral/cinematic pieces. I loved producing it, and it seems a few people here on NG have enjoyed listening to it as well, so far. I'm thinking of "expanding my brand", so to speak, by starting a YouTube channel (I don't keep up with the movies section here anymore. Is there something I can do like that here as well?)

I'd post "let's play music" sorts of things detailing my production process (partially so I can measure my own performance - progress measured leads to improved progress!), and I'm also looking to do product reviews of different plugins and bits of software. I was curious to see if that's something y'all would be interested in seeing! Let me know!


Follow me on Twitter @StargameMusic for my dumb shenanigans


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Posted by Stargame - October 28th, 2020


Definitely been an interesting few months! 3rd child was born 6 months ago, and we're just starting to hit something of a normal phase where she has a decent sleeping routine. I've still been working on music, and I've been focusing mostly on my mixing skills, particularly as I learned it was a big weakness from the NGUAC contest. I still have so much to learn, and I've not finished anything in the last three months until today. However, I'm not dead! Just dying xD I've got a lot of exciting material in the works, including a new album which will drop on Spotify in the next few months. Say tuned!


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Posted by Stargame - August 9th, 2020


Frontpaged twice!? This is seriously a big deal for me. After years of just being told "it's good" whenever I show people my music, this happens... Again, whoever is putting these tracks up there, thank you. I hope to keep producing material that is enjoyable to everyone. I'm actively working on a new piece that HOPEFULLY should be done this week. I've got a lot of material from the past couple years that I'm putting on here little by little, including the remainder of my album "Aphelion", so be expecting a lot of new music! Some of my songs have been released publicly on Spotify. You can find my stuff at the following link.


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Posted by Stargame - August 3rd, 2020


I don't know exactly how it happened, but whoever front-paged Rock n' Roll Rangers, thank you! That is a very big complement, and I am thrilled that that has happened! I've been working my butt off on music this year. Means a lot. Thank you to everyone who has faved, listened to, or downloaded my music. That is a huge blessing right now, and it's a boost I greatly needed. I've been discouraged of late about producing, and this gives me the drive to keep making more. Though I'm just a little indie artist trying to figure out how to do more with my craft, and though I may not have thousands of followers (yet), every play and every follower lifts me up immensely. Thank you.


Posted by Stargame - August 2nd, 2020


I recently got back onto NG and found, upon going through my responses to old reviews, that I was a total jerk. I k ow it's been 12ish years, but to anyone I may have offended who reads this, I am sorry. I was a dumb teen, and did not understand what I was doing or saying at the time. I may still say dumb stuff at times. I'll always try to be kind, and if I fail, I'll always try to fix my mistakes.


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Posted by Stargame - March 17th, 2020


Sooo, I'm kind of a father of 2 (almost 3) kids, got a full time job, am happily married, am a part-time college student, and also have a goal to produce two new tracks every month this year for the rest of the year. I still have a long way to go, but it's been a great, life-changing challenge so far. I say life-changing, because I am literally having to re-evaluate how I spend my time, improve my efficiency at work, chores, and my musical workflow, and take a hard look at all the things that are most important to me. I have already wanted to quit the two-songs-a-month goal many times since I started it. I am delighted that it's helping me to even look at my sleep patterns (don't drink caffeine after 1pm, people, I still can't sleep), which will help me have more energy for my wife and children. It's been a huge blessing, and I am thrilled to be getting better than I ever have been before, not because of a lack of hardship, but precisely because things are brutally hard right now. You can't polish a gem without weeks of knocking it around in machines that beat the crap out of it to make it smooth. Ima be one smooth dude by the time this is done B)


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Posted by Stargame - March 9th, 2020


Kinda sorta back after about ten years. These days, I'm known as Stargame on places like SoundCloud and Spotify (WAYYY at the bottom of the list). Gonna upload some new stuff.


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Posted by Stargame - May 12th, 2009


Breaking Nintendo (Dance Mix)

A remix of one of my older songs. VERY different from the original, but still incredibly enjoyable. So, erm... Enjoy :D