|Nicholas Alexander Kalata|
Nick Kalata is an American composer and sound designer who was born June 8, 1994 in Seattle, Washington. At a young age, around 10, Nick's parents bought him an Epiphone Jr. with a Marshall amplifier, and he learned to play the electric guitar (though he also had an old Magnus organ growing up). He started to play the Casio LK-40 keyboard at his grandmother's house. Listening to childhood bands like Alice in Chains and Barenaked Ladies got him into music and Kevin Hearn got him into playing keyboards. After that, he started to learn songs by ear. Nick took band class from 7th grade to 11th grade and quit during his senior year. Nick plays keyboards (inspired by Kevin Hearn), Nick also plays guitar, drums, and bass. Nick's favorite video game of all time and the first game he ever played is Pool of Radiance (NES). He also enjoys Famicom games such as Starship Hector (NES) and Die Hard (NES). Besides music, Nick knows a little C++ programming. Nick also logs VGM files. Nick is also a music transcriber for both conventional music and video game music. He has also ported several Non-NES soundtracks to the NES, including Predator 2 (GEN) and WaxWorks (DOS). His favorite PSG sound chip is the RP2A03 and his favorite FM sound chip is the YM3812. He hopes to learn 6502 assembly and create his own video games.
While the NES only has four main sound channels, it is Nick's favorite console to write music for. He personally enjoys the limitations, and even suggests people learning to compose music should take advantage of its limitations, as to not overwhelm themselves.
Nick's musical influences are mainly from the 70's. His favorite bands include Blood, Swear & Tears, Chicago, Pilot, Queen, Steely Dan, and Yes. He is also a big fan of Squeeze, and has even been in touch with their former bassist, John Bentley.
In 2015, Nick was in the band Waking Maya as a bassist, guitarist, and keyboardist. He played keyboards and bass on the Waking Maya EP. However, on September 6, 2016, he departed and then decided pursue music on his own. Since 2019, Nick is the keyboardist, bassist, and singer in the 31 Nights band, whilst still maintaining his own solo career, the Nick Alexander Band.
Nick on how he makes music and sound effects.
Nick's current setup is as follows:
- Ibanez JEM Jr. (tuned down a half-step)
- Martin Acoustic Guitar (tuned down a half-step)
- Yamaha DGX-670 Digital Piano
- A synth on the top tier like the Ensoniq SQ-2 and Yamaha DX7
|2011-??-??||Adventure Cavern (WEB) (Level 1 Music)|| |
|2017-09-24)||Drift (Over) Drive (W64)|
|Unreleased||Back to the Future Part III (NES)|
|Unreleased||Crazy Taxi 2 (NES)|
|Unreleased||Dungeon Hack (NES)|
|Unreleased||Faces ...tris III (NES)|
|Unreleased||Gateway to the Savage Frontier (NES)|
|Unreleased||Jimmy White's Whirlwind Snooker (NES)|
|Unreleased||Maze Madness (NES)|
|Unreleased||Predator 2 (NES)|
|Unreleased||Secret of the Silver Blades (NES)|
|Unreleased||Super Tetris (NES)|
|Unreleased||Treasures of the Savage Frontier (NES)|
|Unreleased||Vegas Stakes (NES)|
|Unreleased||Who Wants to Be A Millionaire? (NES)|