Robots!

Composer Bear McCreary has a new post up on his blog.

This entry is about scoring the return episode of Caprica and goes into detail about collaborating with director and lead actor Eric Stoltz to produce the right sound for a new set/planet and how action scenes don't always require action music.

Thus far, Caprica has been an amazing musical journey for me. I've written a National Anthem, a Tauron gangster rap, a drag queen burlesque, and an opera for Alessandro Juliani, just to name a few explorations. That journey continues as "Caprica" returns to SyFy, Tuesday nights at 10pm, to complete its first season.

Caprica: Season 1.5

Also, it looks like Caprica's next season depends on its ratings over the next few months, so anyone who's not watching but liked BSG or thinks there's room for stories about sentient robots in their lives, should start watching. #Caprica

Mario Music

Who wouldn't want a complete transcription of the music and effects from Super Mario Bros. for the NES?

Probably, no one. But there's also very few people who would take the time to transcribe all of Koji Kondo's* music and effects from Super Mario Bros. for the NES. Joseph Karam is one of those few, though, and he's been kind enough to post his work online.

His site, mariopiano.com, features all the music and sound effects from Super Mario Bros transcribed for piano, including fingering guidance.

Here's hoping Zelda is up next.

...Today, as a tribute to the man who changed the face of video game music forever, I can proudly present to you a superior, premium, deluxe sheet music transcription of Koji Kondo's original Super Mario Bros compositions from 1985, along with the corresponding midi sound files. I hope these meet your highest standards of excellence and aesthetics, and that the optimized fingering serves as a usable and useful tutorial, helping you improve the efficiency of your learning as well as the fluidity and accuracy of your piano performance.