• Maestro Mario

  • How Nintendo Transformed Videogame Music into an Art
  • By: Andrew Schartmann
  • Narrated by: Kaleo Griffith
  • Length: 3 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 25-07-14
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • 3.5 out of 5 stars 3.3 (3 ratings)

Summary

"Pa-dum-pum-pa-dum-pum - PUM!" Super Mario Bros. for the NES contains some of the most recognizable tunes in popular culture, and yet it’s safe to say that only a handful of people have thought beyond the music’s entertaining surface. After all, what could possibly be art-worthy about an early Mario score? Or any early game sound for that matter?
In search of answers to these questions, Andrew Schartmann takes us on a journey from the primitive "pongs" of arcade machines to the complex musical fabrics woven by composers of the NES era. Where does that distinctly Nintendo-flavored sound come from? What sets NES music apart from its predecessors? And how has that iconic ‘80s videogame sound "invaded" popular culture?
©2013 Andrew Schartmann (P)2014 Audible Inc.
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3 out of 5 stars
By Liam Wright on 01-11-16

Could have used example tracks

Loved the theory but could have used audio examples. Became a bit too droning without.

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