ReMix: Mario Kart 64 "Rainbow Snowland"

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The ReMixer writes:

"Rainbow Road was always a sort of trippy course, so I decided to make this arrangement sound a little "out there" and reverbed it out the wazoo. I've been told that it's very sleep-inducing. In fact, it's so mellow that apparently GrayLightning has taken a pretty big liking to it. So this one's dedicated to you, my New Age friend."

Dhsu gives us a laid-back (in case the above didn't convey that) solo piano arrangement of this originally peppy and energetic theme from MK64. Some interesting and more challenging decisions on where to take the chord progression at times, circa 1'25" or thereabouts, and some excellent attention to varied dynamics and especially pacing. This is, as Judge Cabrera points out, a rather slow, deliberate mix, and it certainly takes its own sweet time to say what it has to say, but this is definitely the vibe the ReMixer was shooting for, I feel - something ponderous, appropo as the score for a movie about thirtysomethings dealing with important life issues... in late Autumn. I like the risks taken and the way that, whilst remaining pretty mellow, the progression and dynamics still do some dramatic transitions and swells. Good, intelligent+emotive stuff from Dhsu.

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Discussion: Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
ZArsenalZ
on 2011-03-12 19:16:44

It's as if these two songs had died, and then Dshu breaths new life into them, forming them into one celestial being whose purpose is to spread peace and harmony throughout a sad world.

Brilliant piano work here. Almost inspires me to learn how to play the piano so I can recreate it. Among my more favourite piano tracks on this site. You captured the beauty of the two courses which this was taken off (Sherbet Land, Ranbow Road) and put that into music form. Bravo

phantasia
on 2010-05-18 20:51:38

*Floating away*

Piano orgasm of pure awesome heaven I can't even begin to say how much I love this track. THANK you for making it. People will listen to this even 100 years from now. 1000 years. Seriously.

42
on 2009-12-26 22:08:05

Lol, this is definitely my kind of mix, emotive and weighty. Oddly, I don't feel this as being specifically atmospheric. It also balances precariously between making the listener be an active one or a passive one. There's enough texture here and change in dynamics to make this a pleasant listen, but like as has been mentioned this is sleep inducing. It has a very tidal, natural rhythm to it and an amazingly overpowering peaceful feeling inducing property. This is the kind of complexity I like in the track, and this is so worth listening to.

OA
on 2009-11-27 16:53:50

Definitely not what i'd expect from a Mario Kart track. Generally they are super peppy and pretty vanilla sounding synth affairs, but this really puts some thought and weight into the source. Production is clear and the piano sounds really nice, with some great chord structure added into the track. Excellent rubato gives this a lot of emotion, and really, this is a fantastic snow-evoking piece. I'm really impressed, and if you are in a more relaxed mindset, this is just what the doctor ordered.

Recommended. :-)

Marmiduke
on 2009-01-18 23:03:24

Proof that piano can extract emotion out of anything. Two of the most peppiest melodies from MK64 modified into something warming, touching, soothing and reflective.

Elaborate piano mixes are awesome, but there is always a great need for mixes that simply change an arrangement in such a way that you also change the way you feel about the source tune. I have thousands of memories with MK64, but this mix really allows me to focus on the deeper moments: bonding with friends and siblings, the wins, the losses, the days of the N64 and how they will never return.

Almost chokes me up. Piano can extract emotion out of anything, including me.

Lucentas
on 2008-12-06 16:56:34

Most of Dhsu's stuff could put me to sleep if I let it, including this gem. If the other Mario Kart ReMixes on my playlist bring back memories of high-energy racing competitions between my sisters and I, this one reminds me of those times when I played by myself and just explored the courses, roaming around and staring in awe at the breathtaking vistas...

...Okay, so I didn't get out much as a kid.

Great arrangement nonetheless.

adam2
on 2007-06-19 07:21:16

Wow this is just beautiful. I love this piece. Thanks dhsu

Serenade
on 2007-05-02 14:56:51

This is absolutely heaven. I love this song and I think they should play this as a slow song for couple's. Absolutely bliss and quiet. Beautiful. I could have a fall asleep and have lovely dreams with this piece.:sleepzzz:

Radiowar
on 2007-04-08 03:45:19

this is a nice simple piece, simple in that it is driven mostly by melody. the problem i have with it is the use of rubato and hesitation. it's unnecessary and it puts too much focus on the left hand. nice work though.

Bummer
on 2005-11-25 12:40:08
Can´t help to get a little grumpy. Four remixes from MK64, and there´s only two tracks remixed. WHY?!

For this one, I´m a sucker for piano, so this is earcandy fer me. Very nice play, not a masterfully piano show where the pianist pushes as many keys as possible during the limited time(nothing wrong with that kLuTz), this was actually a calm and thoughtful pianoremix, like if it´s a movie, the main character sits on a stone and tries to remember why´s he´s still alive/ how his childhood memories was/ wondering hy only two tracks are remixed from MK64. Stuff like that.

Very careful work from one of my favorite pianolayers. Nice work Dhsu.

Dhsu could do that easily.

Yeah I know. Then there´s also Pacaud, Jayson and other pianoremixers that´s absolutely excellent.

Arek the Absolute
on 2005-11-25 02:12:09
Can´t help to get a little grumpy. Four remixes from MK64, and there´s only two tracks remixed. WHY?!

For this one, I´m a sucker for piano, so this is earcandy fer me. Very nice play, not a masterfully piano show where the pianist pushes as many keys as possible during the limited time(nothing wrong with that kLuTz), this was actually a calm and thoughtful pianoremix, like if it´s a movie, the main character sits on a stone and tries to remember why´s he´s still alive/ how his childhood memories was/ wondering hy only two tracks are remixed from MK64. Stuff like that.

Very careful work from one of my favorite pianolayers. Nice work Dhsu.

Dhsu could do that easily.

Bummer
on 2005-11-08 04:28:47

Can´t help to get a little grumpy. Four remixes from MK64, and there´s only two tracks remixed. WHY?!

For this one, I´m a sucker for piano, so this is earcandy fer me. Very nice play, not a masterfully piano show where the pianist pushes as many keys as possible during the limited time(nothing wrong with that kLuTz), this was actually a calm and thoughtful pianoremix, like if it´s a movie, the main character sits on a stone and tries to remember why´s he´s still alive/ how his childhood memories was/ wondering hy only two tracks are remixed from MK64. Stuff like that.

Very careful work from one of my favorite pianolayers. Nice work Dhsu.

DarkLink117
on 2005-03-02 19:10:15

this was one of my first downloads here at OCRemix, and still remains one of my favorites of all time. Seven thumbs-up!

Is there any chance of you releasing something resembling sheet music for this?

Txai
on 2004-12-17 07:06:39

The piano sounds well. This music is greatly calm. Our ears need musics thus. Good job!

Jabberbox
on 2004-07-31 18:34:47

loved it, and around 3:50 I loved. this ruled!