Everything You Need to Know About The Super Mario Bros Book

Got 42 minutes to spare? Listen to the Modern Vinyl podcast with 33 1/3 author Andrew Schartmann. Andrew’s knowledge of video game music is staggering and the interviewer here has done his homework. Their shared knowledge here is a joy to listen to. When I first came across Andrew’s 33 1/3 pitch I was hesitant to include it in the series because the Super Mario Bros soundtrack isn’t really an album and it was never pressed on vinyl (yet now appearing on the Modern Vinyl podcast!). I took a chance…

Video Vault Episode 68: Koji Kondo Week – A Piano Party Trick for Everyone

To celebrate the upcoming release of our 106th 33 1/3 on  Super Mario Bros., we’re pleased to bring you the fifth and final installment of Koji Kondo week by author Andrew Schartmann!  Who doesn’t love a Mario-themed party trick? And who doesn’t want to be the one performing that trick? The problem, of course, is that many of us who dream of wowing our friends with a ditty at the keyboard aren’t exactly modern-day Rachmaninovs. But fret not! Today’s your lucky day. I’m going to teach those of you with…

Koji Kondi Week – Day 4: Overworlds and Underworlds

To celebrate the upcoming release of our 106th 33 1/3 on  Super Mario Bros., we’re pleased to bring you the fourth installment of Koji Kondo week by author Andrew Schartmann! Read an excerpt from the Chapter “Overworlds and Underworlds” below! In contrast to a rhythm that plods along with dogged metronomic consistency, Kondo’s “Overworld” theme instills in us a strong desire to move. Yet as we saw, this movement is anything but stable; it’s actually quite erratic. So while the music’s major-mode and dance-like character embody the optimism and excitement…

Koji Kondo Week – Day 3: On Koji Kondo’s Ambient Music

To celebrate the upcoming release of our 106th 33 1/3 on  Super Mario Bros., we’re pleased to bring you the third installment of Koji Kondo week by author Andrew Schartmann!  Most game music enthusiasts would agree that Koji Kondo has a knack for composing memorable tunes. Driven by this consensus, countless articles focus on the melodic aspect of Kondo’s art. Few, however, note his skill when it comes to writing ambient music—those colorful washes of sound that enhance the on-screen atmosphere without the help of a memorable tune. Bowser’s Castle…

Koji Kondo Week – Day 2: Kondo’s Musical Borrowings: Super Mario à la Mappy?

To celebrate the upcoming release of our 106th 33 1/3 on  Super Mario Bros., we’re pleased to bring you the second installment of Koji Kondo week by author Andrew Schartmann!  Although Koji Kondo has given many interviews about his approach to video game music, he’s been relatively vague about his influences. We often read about his fondness for Deep Purple and ragtime, both of which are audible in his music, but it’s difficult to pinpoint exact moments where these influences shine through like nowhere else—that is until today. In a…

Koji Kondo Week – Day 1: That Unmistakable Mario Sound

To celebrate the upcoming release of our 106th 33 1/3 on  Super Mario Bros., we’re pleased to bring you the first installment of Koji Kondo week by author Andrew Schartmann!  Mario fans the world over know that Super Mario Bros. games have a particular sound—a musical style that screams “Mario!” This owes, in part, to the many tunes that reappear in different guises throughout the series. The most ubiquitous of these is the “Star Theme,” which, no matter how much it’s transformed, is immediately recognizable. Other recycled tunes, however, are…

The 33 1/3 New Author Q&A: Andrew Schartmann

Read Andrew Schartmann’s Q&A, below. He’ll be writing a new and exciting 33 1/3 on Koji Kondo’s Super Mario Bros soundtrack! Tell us a bit about yourself in an extended author biography. Andrew Schartmann is a pianist, composer, and theorist. He holds degrees in music from Yale and McGill University, where he taught for several years. Andrew also has a passion for music pedagogy. In 2011, he was awarded the Schulich School of Music Teaching Award for his course on musical form in the music of Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven.…

14 New 33 1/3 Titles: Coming 2015-2016

LIVE FROM TIMES SQUARE… Bloomsbury is extremely proud to announce fourteen new 33 1/3 volumes…coming to a bookstore (and kindle/iPad) near you in: Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016 and Fall 2016. It was extremely difficult to select these titles from a pool of over 400 brilliant proposals so we hope you enjoy! Coming Spring 2015 Koji Kondo’s Super Mario Bros by Andrew Shartmann Coming Fall 2015 Grateful Dead’s Workingman’s Dead by Buzz Poole Beat Happening’s Beat Happening by Bryan C. Parker Metallica’s Metallica (The Black Album) by David Masciotra Phish’s A Live One by…

New 33 1/3 Title: Koji Kondo’s Super Mario Bros.

Bloomsbury is extremely proud to announce the first of fourteen new 33 1/3 volumes…coming to a bookstore (and kindle/iPad) near you in: Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016 and Fall 2016. It was extremely difficult to select these titles from a pool of over 400 brilliant proposals so we hope you enjoy! To highlight each new title and the author behind it, we’ll announce one book each day over the next two weeks.   Super Mario Bros. – Koji Kondo By Andrew Schartmann Coming May 2015 ! Koji Kondo’s Super…