The book is set for release in May 2015, and will be written by music theorist Andrew Schartmann, the author of 2013's Maestro Mario: How Nintendo Transformed Videogame Music into an Art. Schartmann will explain the circumstances that set the stage for Kondo's music to make a splash, and then analyze the score itself.
Bloomsbury's 33 1/3 series, which began in 2003, consists of nearly 100 relatively short books, each of which focuses on a particular album. Featured records include AC/DC's Highway to Hell, Stevie Wonder's Songs in the Key of Life and Radiohead's Kid A. The name of the series is a reference to the playing speed of vinyl LPs — 33 1/3 revolutions per minute.
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