Welcome to Studio Stök - the creative outlet of me, John David Karlgren, and my occasional collaborators. I'm a programmer, game designer, electronic musician/producer, and computer enthusiast from Karlskoga, Sweden. This website hosts and describes my current and past projects in these fields.

Short history

Studio Stök began as a nickname for my personal music studio when I was setting it up in late 2002. A friend of mine jokingly suggested that all music studios require a name, and thus, Studio "Stök" (Swedish for "mess") was born. 2004 marked the first release from Studio Stök, when the same friend and I finished our two track demo Limited Edition as the group Terror Punk Syndicate. During 2005, I became more and more interested in C-programming and game development, and in late 2006 I released my first game Action Cyborg as Studio Stök, which also featured music by Terror Punk Syndicate.

Since 2010, Studio Stök has mostly been about indie computer games. I still produce electronic music occasionally, but most of my focus nowadays lies on programming and game development. Releases have been few and usually years apart from each other, mainly due to my personal issues dealing with perfectionism and my inability to finish stuff. My niche has always been retro, pixelated "old-school" games - partly because that's the style I do best, and partly because those are the type of games I grew up with, have always loved, and never get tired of.

This website has gone through several transformations over the years. Numerous times in the past, I've become unhappy and depressed with my work and have removed all or parts of it without announcement. This is a problem I've been struggling with for a large part of my life. As an attempt to overcome this growing personal obstacle (I have, by the way, been diagnosed with OCD and Asperger syndrome), I've decided to make my previous work available again, including ancient versions and releases, even if it sometimes feels like it's at the expense of my embarrassment.

Contact

To contact me, please e-mail: david@studiostok.se or send me a private message on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/johndavidkarlgren/. You'll also find me on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/studiostok/.

Check out music from Studio Stök on SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/studiostok/

Studio Stök is also available on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/studiostok/

As of February 1, 2015, I'm also maintaining a blog called Game Development History.


Game Projects

Total Fucking Psychopath (2011-)

MobyGames description:

Total Fucking Psychopath is a retro arcade style mass murder simulator. You play as a psychotic madman with the goal to survive for as long as possible and get a high-score, while murdering as many innocent civilians and police officers as you can. Your main weapon is a knife, but you can also find other power-ups such as steroids to increase stabbing damage, painkillers to recover health, and pipe bombs to kill a large number of people at once (added in version 2.0). You have a "psychosis meter" that decreases all the time, and if it reaches zero it dawns upon you what horrible deeds you have done and you end your own life. The only way to increase it is to kill. The more people you kill, the more police officers are sent after you to take you out.

Total Fucking Psychopath

Screenshot

Videos

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_mhMyNsI94g

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYolZVc_1hA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7Ug8mVvCd0

Downloads

Total Fucking Psychopath is available for Windows (Win32) only.

Download Version 3
(tfp3.zip, 1,06 MB)
Released: 30 Dec 2014

Download Version 2
(tfp2.zip, 1,05 MB)
Released: 15 Feb 2011

Download Version 1
(tfp1.zip, 1,00 MB)
Released: 16 Jan 2011

Instructions

Use the W,S,A,D or arrow keys to move, and the mouse to turn/aim. Press left mouse button to attack with your knife, and right mouse button to throw pipe bombs. Kill as many people as possible. Avoid running out of psychosis or getting shot by the police.

See the README for more details.

Authors

See the included README.

Post-mortem

To be added.


NetNuclear (2009-2010)

MobyGames description:

NetNuclear is an unofficial remake of the classical Nuclear War. NetNuclear not only offers the possibility of multiplayer matches, but also extends the game to other platforms, like Linux and Macintosh. Since the source code has been released, the remake can be ported into any other system that complies with certain technological requirements.

The game itself hasn't changed at all. The concept is still the same: to blow all opponents into stone age. Following the same premise, the AI is still random, featuring the same mocking events like the cow catapult bombing.

The TCP/IP supports up to five players, adding AI opponents to the vacant seats, since the game requires each to face four foes.

Screenshot

Note

The game is UNFINISHED and the project has been ABANDONED.

It is somewhat playable, but severely lacking in both content and functionality. The game is also prone to random crashes. It is very buggy. Play at your own risk!

Downloads

NetNuclear is available for Windows (Win32). It was ported to Linux, OS X and AmigaOS 4 by contributors who contacted me when I made the source code available, but unfortunately I no longer have those versions.

Download Version 5
(netnuclear5.rar, 766 KB)
Released: 16 Jul 2014
This is just a minor bugfix. Please see the included README and CHANGELOG for details.

Download Version 4
(netnuclear4.rar, 766 KB)
Released: 1 Feb 2010

Download Version 2
(netnuclear2.rar, 753 KB)
Released: 7 Jan 2010

Download Version 1
(netnuclear1.rar, 763 KB)
Released: 20 Dec 2009

Instructions

See the included README for NetNuclear specific instructions. To learn how to play Nuclear War, please consult the original game manual.

Authors

Original game by New World Computing, Inc. See the included README for full credits.

Post-mortem

To be added.


Action Cyborg (2006-2007)

MobyGames description:

Action Cyborg is a short (the game was released with only three levels) 2D platform/action game that takes the player to a futuristic destroyed world populated by cyborgs whose only objective is to kill you. In order to survive, you don't need to kill all foes, but must reach the end of each level to escape. There are four weapons that can be found since the early stages, ranging from a shotgun to a one-shot-one kill rocket launcher. However all of the four kinds of enemies (all which are foul-mouthed) will be heavy armed with them as well. Unlike other platforms, the ammo is not infinite, so the player must try to spare it. In the sound department, Action Cyborg features background music that can be disabled and lots of cursing by enemies cyborgs.

Screenshot

Note

The game is UNFINISHED and the project has been ABANDONED.

It is fully playable, but very short (and easy). There are only four levels in the game, and there is no introduction or ending sequence.

Downloads

Action Cyborg is available for Windows (Win32) only.

Download Version 0.1.2
(ActionCyborg-0.1.2.zip, 2,77 MB)
Released: 24 Jan 2007

Download Version 0.1.1
(ActionCyborg-0.1.1.zip, 2,77 MB)
Released: 5 Dec 2006

Download Version 0.1.0
(ActionCyborg-0.1.0.zip, 2,82 MB)
Released: 25 Nov 2006

Instructions

Use the left and right arrow keys to move. Press Z to fire and X to jump. Change weapons with keys 1-4. Win the game by reaching the end of all levels. Avoid getting killed by the enemies.

See the README for more details.

Authors

See the included README.

Post-mortem

To be added.


Music Projects

Studio Stök @ SoundCloud


First of September (2015-)

First of September is a new, back-to-basics electronic music project by me and Simon Baeckström (of the bands Urgent Messages and Panzermensch), founded in August 2015. We write and record at Simon's studio using his collection of mostly analogue synths, edit and post-process the recorded material at my place, and then mix the final result back at the studio. Once a track is finished we upload it to SoundCloud straight away. Our current goal is to finish and prepare enough tracks for an EP or a small album.

Listen

First of September on SoundCloud

Downloads

First of September - Night Stalker's Theme, part I & II (MP3, 12,6 MB)

First of September - Night Stalker's Theme, part I & II (WAV, 55,9 MB)

First of September - Ode To Hybris (MP3, 11,1 MB)

First of September - Ode To Hybris (WAV, 48,9 MB)

First of September - Bespin Infinite (MP3, 8,64 MB)

First of September - Bespin Infinite (WAV, 65,9 MB)

First of September - Yellow Blend (MP3, 6,83 MB)

First of September - Yellow Blend (WAV, 49,8 MB)


Terror Punk Syndicate (2002-2010)

Terror Punk Syndicate was an electronic music group, founded by me and my friend Giovanni Falcone in autumn 2002. We were heavily inspired by the band Skinny Puppy, and wanted to create a similar-sounding group. We also wanted to oppose the rapidly growing trend of bands dismissing their use of hardware equipment in favour of cheap computer programs/plugins, and made a statement that we would only utilise *real* synthesizers and hardware in our setup, as we felt the ease of doing everything "in the box" (with the computer) had a negative impact on both the "authenticity" and quality of the music.

We released the demo CD Limited Edition in July 2004, after having spent close to two years writing lyrics and refining our sound. The CD marked the first ever release from Studio Stök, was hand-printed in 50 copies, and included the songs Horizon and Dysmorphia. Later that year, after a falling out one alcohol-infused evening, Falcone left the group and I remained as its sole member. Dysmorphia later appeared on a couple of American and European compilation albums and also got some radio play. I began to work on my own on new material for Terror Punk Syndicate, and in the meanwhile I did a few remixes for other bands of the genre/scene that I had made contact with.

In September 2007, after almost three years of writing, composing and polishing the material to near-perfection, the album Extended Playtime was finally released by Swedish label Progress Productions and met great criticism. German magazine Zillo Musikmagazin gave it an incredible 9/10 rating, and Swedish Zero Music Magazine and Release Music Magazine both gave it 8/10. Other reviewers gave similar praise. The album was much better received than I had anticipated it would be. In fact, in February 2008, Terror Punk Syndicate was nominated for an Album of the Year award at the Manifest Awards in Stockholm, Sweden, and won.

After the album was released, I continued to do remixes for others and helped produce a couple of bands. I made some minor attempts at producing new material for Terror Punk Syndicate, but finishing the album had been a somewhat cumbersome process, and I was burned out. I did one final remix in 2010, but then, after eight years of various struggle, having released just one album, not played a single live show, lost my overly-intense passion for hardware instruments and no longer identifying myself as part of the "synth" scene/subculture, I decided it was time to move on. Terror Punk Syndicate had proved to be not completely unsuccessful, but the spark had since long faded and I was interested in doing other things.

All in all, the complete Terror Punk Syndicate discography spans about a dozen records, two video games and approximately 25 songs.

Listen

Official website

Terror Punk Syndicate on SoundCloud

Terror Punk Syndicate on Spotify

Downloads

Terror Punk Syndicate - Burning Heretic (Apoptygma Berzerk cover) (MP3, 6,67 MB)

Terror Punk Syndicate - Dysmorphia (demo) (MP3, 7,20 MB)

Terror Punk Syndicate - Horizon (demo) (MP3, 8,84 MB)

Terror Punk Syndicate - Wish I Was Retarded (demo) (MP3, 6,58 MB)

Basswood Dollies - Allt Jag Har (Terror Punk Syndicate Remix) (MP3, 11,4 MB)

Hioctan - Shine On Me (Terror Punk Syndicate Remix) (MP3, 7,83 MB)

Sturm Café - Der Grosse Schwein (Terror Punk Syndicate Remix) (MP3, 5,43 MB)

Trakktor - Veil Of Thorns (Terror Punk Syndicate Remix) (MP3, 5,68 MB)

Trakktor - Veil Of Thorns (Terror Punk Syndicate Remix) (WAV, 42,8 MB)

Tyske Ludder - Irrsinnige Vögel (Terror Punk Syndicate Remix) (MP3, 9,17 MB)

Discography

To be added.

Post-mortem

To be added.


Miscellaneous

Various music recordings I've done which aren't part of any specific project.

Downloads

Bodycheck - B.I.K. (MP3, 1,88 MB)

The Heart Asks Pleasure First (theme from "The Piano") (MP3, 5,17 MB)

Fergie Ebb - Join In The Fergalicious Chant (Nitzer Ebb & Fergie mashup) (MP3, 6,39 MB)

Fergie Ebb - Join In The Fergalicious Chant (Nitzer Ebb & Fergie mashup) (WAV, 48,4 MB)

Dig It / C.R.E.A.M. (Skinny Puppy & Wu-Tang Clan mashup) (MP3, 3,69 MB)

Dig It / C.R.E.A.M. (Skinny Puppy & Wu-Tang Clan mashup) (WAV, 28,9 MB)