Sonata per Mario is a project based on the "detournement" of the game "Super Mario Bros." and the keyholders "Soundrop" developed in 2008 by 23N!. How does that work?
"The players use the eight Soundrops of the Super Mario Bros. series as an eight-buttons controller for a game based on pre-recorded plays of Super Mario Bros.. The pre-recorded plays have been stripped of the sound and the goal of the game is to reconstruct it through the use of the Soundrops, in perfect synchronization with the actions of the character Mario. Players earn points by pressing the correct Soundrop button at the right instant." (23N!)
This piece was included in the 2010 New Media Art Festival Mario Viva in Tokyo, Japan:
23N! is a Japanese noise performer working exclusively with homemade gear. His works include circuit bent toys, use of sensors to produce sound, homemade instruments. He performs solo and regularly collaborates with other artists in various fields. Recently, he has been particularly interested in developing extreme live performances that use the body as an essential part of the creative process. In addition to his musical activities, 23N! is working on several projects of media/device art.
Submitted by Matteo Bittanti