This week, take a look at Koji Kondo, his life, influences, and the music he’s made.
Video game music wouldn’t be what it is if it wasn’t for Koji Kondo. This composer almost needs no introduction. He did all of the iconic themes in the Mario and Zelda games as well as a few other stand outs. This episode looks into his influences and his musical background and how they may have influenced him. Like the video? Check out some over stuff on Major Third’s youtube channel!
Intro music by me. Other music includes:
“Super Mario Bros Main Theme (Band Version)” performed by the ever talented Insaneintherain (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MT5pBOKoBs).
All others are from their repective games and composed by Koji Kondo
“Overworld” from Super Mario Bros
“Underworld” from Super Mario Bros
“Overworld” from The Legend of Zelda
“Intro” from The Legend of Zelda
“Goron City” from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
“Snow Mountain” from Super Mario 64
Time Running Out from Super Mario Bros, Star Power from Super Mario Bros 3
“Deku Tree” from Ocarina of Time
“Hyrule Field” from Ocarina of Time
“Temple” from Zelda II (Kondo actually didn’t do Zelda II, I messed up there)
“Kakariko Village” from A Link to the Past
“Athletic Theme” from Super Mario World