Mazedude grew up with video game music, in more ways than one.
At age 4 his parents bought an Atari, and Christopher's education
began. Next was Nintendo. Then SNES. On one hand, the music
was evolving - and on the other hand, Mazedude was growing up.
Amidst his endless hours at the Nintendo, he was learning how
to write music, starting to understand how it all worked, and
also starting to define who he was as a human being.
the advent of audio cassette recording, Mazedude used to record
game music straight from the TV onto tapes, so he could listen
to the songs whilst away from the games. The themes of Rygar,
Super Dodge Ball, and more became a soundtrack not only to Getman's
entertainment, but to his study, to his schooling, and to his
daily activities. When all his friends were listening to Metallica
and the newest radio pop craze, Mazedude was listening to River
age 15 Mazedude discovered the art of tracking, and was immediately
hooked. Over time, his interest in trombone performance started
to fade, and his interest in composing blossomed. When the time
came to choose a major for college, Christopher picked music
composition, in order to refine, perfect, and explore his skills.
However, it was during college that he started to realize that
he had much more of a knack for creating styles, than
compositions. When asked to write a piano solo, the result would
be somewhat unremarkable; but when asked to fuse a string quartet
with techno, for example, the result would blow away everything
day a friend of his asked him to make a Chrono Trigger remix,
and everything clicked. Through the remixing and arrangement
of video game music, Mazedude was able to explore and invent
an endless array of styles, genres, and fusions. At the same
time, it was a dive into the nostalgia of the game music that
he grew up with, a nod and a tribute to the composers and developers
of these early games, and though he didn't realize it at the
time, it was the opening of a door to a whole new world - a
subculture of video game music fans just like himself.
his friends and fellow trackers Chris Hampton (Beek) and Jake
Kaufman (Virt), Mazedude was introduced to Overclocked Remix.
It was a shock and a pleasure for Mazedude to see that not only
was he no longer alone as a remixer, but that there was a whole
community of fans that would eagerly listen to, comment on,
and support his creations. Mazedude had found his niche at last.
long Mazedude had established himself as a veteran remixer,
and watched the scene grow as did his friendships and connections.
When KFSS Studios was launched, Mazedude was invited into the
team. When OneUp Studios was founded via the likes of Mustin,
Dale North, and others, Mazedude was welcomed with open arms.
the years, Mazedude continued to remix, although much of his
time was taken over by work in the movie business, among other
things. Considering his unique voice, he had only made sporadic
appearances on the various tribute albums that were being developed,
his tracks tending to stand alone as quality, yet "oddball"
American Album has been a source of pride and joy for Mazedude.
To be the first remixer to ever create such a tribute, to be
the sole force behind the music created, and to have the support
of a world of fans and colleagues built up over the years, it
has been a true honor for Christopher Lee Getman. He has poured
his heart and soul into this project - and though it may sound
cliche - his only wish it that you enjoy listening to the music
as much as he has enjoyed making it.