Newcomer Ben Briggs, alias chthonic, sends in a jammin' Super Mario 64 ReMix of the Wing Cap theme. After reading their unanimously positive but at times reserved opinions, I'd say that I probably dig this more than those members of the judges panel who voted on it. I suppose it's partly because I don't think this is a particularly easy theme to cover, but more that I think Ben's done due diligence in experimenting and actually taking some risks. It's all relative, of course, but the blending of latin piano riffs and percussion with traditional trance elements, with some rippin jazz sax soloing, plus harp glissandos and substantial timbral variety with choral patches struck me as being pretty fresh. Maybe not the "next big thing" to sweep the nation, but not a ReMix that seems particularly conservative or "safe", at least in my book. Regardless of the innovation factor, there wasn't much ambiguity as to what's here being well-constructed, polished, and mixed with something I'd say goes a little beyond just competence. This is a fun mix, sure, but while the integration of the chiptune-esque riff (which ain't ripped but reconstructed) might make it seem "light" at first, the transitions here are handled very gracefully, and the mix does evolve over its four minute timespan. It's sort of a hybrid between groove-oriented composition and more linear styles, due to the cohesive contributions of the sax. Check out the segue to a half-tempo groove with vibe arpeggios at 3'42" that Ben uses to close out the piece - that's not the obvious choice for closure, but when you hear it, I think you'll agree it works quite well. There's elements of this mix that remind me of Gecko, Disco Dan, and Darkesword, which are all great mixers to be compared to, but Ben's also got his own voice. Maybe I'm just in an unusually good mood or something, but to me this is a very promising initial mix that takes relatively simple material and expands upon it in a lot of intelligent, expressive ways. Great lead synth action with large multi-octave spanning portamento glide effects, too. Kudos.
on 2017-01-18 08:45:02
Where can I get a sheet music copy of the sax part? I'm dead serious, can someone get me a link or something?
on 2014-05-30 09:32:09
Oh man that sax worked so well in this one. Not a bad ReMix at all, and the inclusion of the Flav sample as well as switching up the styles as the mix went along definitely justified turning a short source into a four minute song. Nice work.
on 2011-04-10 22:36:42
whenever i want to feel like a young'n again i listen to this remix.
on 2010-11-26 20:09:42
Not a fancy song, but I found myself bobbing my head in joy listening to this with all of the happy sound.
on 2010-06-01 12:26:56
Pretty good stuff- I think the original music is a really difficult to do right because of how repetitive it is, but there are some great additions to this. I actually think that the treatment to this melody would be better served on a more interesting source, but it's still a great listen, with some solid transitions, and some well-deserved breakdowns of the source.
If you love that star power theme you won't find anything better than this one.
on 2010-04-12 01:51:20
Holy crap. I never knew the "power star" sound track would be this good. This totally took my breath away turning into a break dance. Excellent complexity and motion +A must listen!
on 2009-11-16 22:03:39
This is not only a great mix, but has been my absolute favorite OC ReMix for the majority of my time listening to them. So funky, and so joyful. chthonic, I love how your mixes always seem so happy and free.
on 2009-01-19 00:57:35
Now this is invulnerability.
I love how you turn a 15 second song into a 4 minute remix.
Freaking awesome mix and great job.
on 2008-09-10 01:45:23
ugh im so jealous of your soloing skills... rockin song chth
on 2007-01-29 01:09:41
I love how you turn a 15 second song into a 4 minute remix. Awesome job, dude!
on 2006-06-14 11:58:40
If I'm not mistaken, the "Yeah!" is Flavor Flav right? My sister watches a LOT of "The Surreal Life" and it sounds just like him.
I have no idea. I think it has something to do with Def Jam. Or something. I don't really know. But the sample actually says "YEEEAHH BOOYEEE!"
If that helps.
If anyone still cares, the sample came from Public Enemy - Bring the Noise. So yes, it was Flava Flav. Anyways, nice house mix of the Wingcap theme.
on 2006-06-11 14:20:19
I love the Jazz, Dance, and the Techno blend of this song. Must download for the Mario Remix fans.
on 2006-03-19 16:09:35
Damn. This is nice, real nice. The second half of the song is the business, esp. the break around 2:40. Glad I got this.
on 2006-03-19 12:30:28
The w/e that plays the main tune/melody...w/e you want to call it.
Oh well, I still love this mix.
Sources Arranged (2 Songs, 2 Games)
- Primary Game:
Super Mario 64 (Nintendo, 1996, N64)
Music by Koji Kondo
- "Powerful Mario"
- Additional Game:
Super Mario Bros. (Nintendo, 1985, NES)
Music by Koji Kondo
- "Invincible BGM"
- Chiptune, Electronic, Piano, Saxophone, Synth, Woodwinds
- 6,152,875 bytes
- Size: 6,152,875 bytes
- MD5 Checksum: f82d7cd51cdfe8370900a7f1e4df1ee8
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